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Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019

How to Scan Your Airbnb for Hidden Cameras

Airbnb’s terms of service dictate that hosts must disclose the presence of cameras to their guests. It’s unclear how common a practice it is for Airbnb hosts to hide cameras in their units, but if you’re particularly worried about prying eyes, there are imperfect ways to search for invasive devices.

Monday, Apr 22, 2019

Could a woman walk around the world today?

Women adventurers reveal how gender inequality can limit movement—and imagination.

Thursday, Apr 18, 2019

Why airlines make flights longer on purpose

Ever wondered why flight times seem to be getting longer? It’s called “padding”, a phenomenon that helps airlines arrive on time – but at a cost.

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019

Getting Stabbed in Colombia

I blog about all my experiences – good or bad – and this story is a good lesson on travel safety, the importance of always following local advice, and what happens when you stop doing so.

Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019

The Future of Aviation Even More Automation

In a study we conducted in 2014, people were much more willing to fly in planes with a human pilot in the cockpit–and quite unwilling to fly with either a human flying the plane remotely or aboard a fully autonomous plane.

Friday, Mar 29, 2019

Woman’s Solo Hiking Trip Shockingly Doesn’t Have To Do With Inner Journey Or Anything

“She’s not graduating from anything, trying to reconnect with her inner child, attempting to understand the soul of her distant but nature-loving father, exploring an external wilderness in order to comprehend and inner universe, assuaging her cultural guilt over lands stolen from indigenous peoples, or trying to kick heroin, so we can’t think and any reason she’d want to explore the outdoors. We’re all pretty freaked out.”

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019

There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.

But the other selling point of a cross-country train trip is a chance to look behind the American scrim: to learn where the nation makes and stores the hidden parts that run it, to find new places you wish you had been born, to spy on backyards and high school football fields whose possible existence had never occurred to you.

Friday, Mar 22, 2019

A Three-Day Expedition To Walk Across Paris Entirely Underground

Journalist Will Hunt, who made the crossing with a group of urban explorers, recounts being menaced by rainwater and rats — and meeting fellow subterranean wanderers along the way.

Thursday, Mar 21, 2019

Naomi Duguid on the Charms of Chiang Mai

Legendary cookbook author Naomi Duguid talks fermented sticky rice wine, raucous Thai market culture, and the immeasurable value of unscheduled time.

Monday, Mar 18, 2019

First-class air travel is in decline

Executives are flying business class; plutocrats are taking private jets.

Friday, Mar 15, 2019

How Fiji changed the way we travel

The little Pacific island nation was the first to incorporate GPS into its aviation system – and in doing so forever changed the way we get from Point A to distant Point B.

Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019

People Are Worried About Singapore Airlines' Entertainment System Cameras. Turns Out, American Airlines Has Cameras, Too.

A viral photo showing a camera in a Singapore Airlines in-flight TV display recently caused an uproar online. The image was retweeted hundreds of times, with many people expressing concern about the privacy implications. As it turns out, some seat-back screens in American Airlines’ premium economy class have them, too.

Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019

Inside the Rise and Fall of a Multimillion-Dollar Airbnb Scheme

Multiple misleading identities, more than 100 host accounts and 18 corporations were created to run an illegal hotel business in Manhattan, according to a lawsuit filed by the city.

Has Anyone Had Success Negotiating With Airbnb

Looking at going to Europe from around June - Oct. Prague, Kosovo, Poland, Albania, Italy etc. Will probably be using Airbnb and always after a deal, has anyone tried to negotiate?

Monday, Mar 4, 2019

A History of Singapore in 10 Dishes

The history of a food-obsessed city-state through its multifaceted cuisine.

Friday, Mar 1, 2019

Hotel booking sites to end 'misleading' sales

Expedia,, Agoda,, ebookers and trivago have been investigated over high-pressure selling tactics and misleading discount claims, the competition watchdog says.

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019

Where Not to Travel in 2019, or Ever

Done well, tourism focus­ed on local peoples can give them more control over their destiny and widen the hearts and minds of travellers to the wonders and complexities of the world. Done poorly, tribal tourism denies people the dignity of being left alone—denies them, even, recognition as people.

Friday, Jan 18, 2019

1 Woman, 12 Months, 52 Places

It was a dream job, visiting the globe’s most alluring destinations on assignment. Here’s what our 2018 Traveler learned in a year of almost nonstop travel.

Monday, Jan 7, 2019

Sexual misconduct on crowded airlines is happening more often. What airlines are doing about it

Reports of sexual harassment and assault on commercial flights are on the rise, although law enforcement officials say the problem is underreported. Airlines and federal officials have moved to address the issue by voicing a policy of zero tolerance for such acts and improving training to deal with reports.

Monday, Dec 31, 2018

Are Your Frequent-Flier Miles About to Lose Value?

Savvy travelers fear the rise of basic-economy and premium-economy seats could cause rewards and upgrades to cost more points.