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Friday, Dec 6, 2019

Confessions of Failed Credit Card Rewards Hackers

There’s no shortage of stories highlighting how an enterprising credit card hacker used rewards to pay for their journey around the world. We’ve even shared our own enthusiastic experiences with cardholder benefits and travel rewards. But the pursuit of rewards doesn’t always lead to miles and smiles.

Thursday, Dec 5, 2019

Nine Secrets I Never Knew About Airports Until I Worked at LAX

From dead bodies in the security line to a cobra in a Pringles can, you wouldn’t believe the crazy things that happen at America’s busiest airport of origin.

Friday, Nov 22, 2019

We bought a $1 house in Italy. Here's what happened next

It seemed like a deal too good to be true. A new house – and potentially a whole new life – for sale in sunkissed rural Italy for the princely sum of just one euro, or little over a dollar…CNN Travel caught up with some of the pioneering buyers – or “€1 citizens,” as the locals call them – who did what most of us have only been willing to daydream about to discover whether it’s been worth it.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019

Airbnb to verify all of its listings

Following the death of five people at a Halloween party hosted at a California Airbnb rental, and a scathing Vice report outlining Airbnb’s failure to prevent nation-wide scams, the company says it will begin verifying all seven million of its listings.

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019

Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Phones and Laptops Unconstitutional

In a major victory for privacy rights, a federal court in Boston today ruled that the government’s suspicionless searches of international travelers’ smartphones and laptops at airports and other U.S. ports of entry violate the Fourth Amendment.

Monday, Nov 18, 2019

Travel photos are underrated

In other words, I agree that photos can be distracting and unnecessary, not to mention borderline rude. So why do I take photos? I love capturing the little moments of daily life that happen at street level as I’m wandering around a city, whether it’s a new one an ocean away or my own neighborhood in San Francisco.

Friday, Nov 8, 2019

I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam on Airbnb

While searching for the person who grifted me in Chicago, I discovered just how easily users of the short-term rental platform can get exploited.

Friday, Nov 1, 2019

I Just Took the World’s First 20-Hour Flight. Here’s What It Did to Me

I’ve just endured the world’s newest longest flight, a 16,200 kilometer (10,100 mile), nonstop ultra-marathon from New York to Sydney. It took about 19 and a half hours, and was almost as demanding as that sounds.

Thursday, Oct 31, 2019

My own private Iceland: Tourism has never been “authentic.”

”Overtourism is what happens to a place when an avalanche of tourists “changes the quality of life for people who actually live there,” says Andrew Sheivachman, an editor at the travel website Skift, whose 2016 report about Iceland established the term. In other words, Sheivachman says, “a place becomes mainstream.”

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019

How to Travel Like a Tourist Because That’s Exactly What You Are

I don’t know why the word “tourist” is so dirty. I don’t know when “tourist” and “asshole” began to mean the same thing, or when “like a local” became the ideal way to travel. But it’s nonsense.

Friday, Oct 25, 2019

Why We Get Jet Lag..And 5 Tips For Making It Less Painful

I decided to deep dive into research and articles about sleep, jet lag and circadian rhythms. In the process, I came up with a system that has done wonders for me in minimizing jet lag when I shift time zones. While this isn’t my typical narrative post, many readers write complaining about jet lag and asking how to make it easier. I thought I would share what I’ve learned.

Thursday, Oct 24, 2019

I Meet Dead People Every Day: How to avoid becoming one yourself

Travel is a necessary evil because the payoff is worth all the trouble. Travel broadens our perspectives and educates us about the world and how other people live. Travel reminds us of how small we are.

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019

Travel without a phone

Where you are is partially defined by where you are not. When you’re somewhere, you’re not somewhere else. But when you use your phone, you’re everywhere. You keep in touch with friends. You hear what’s going on at home. You see the screen exactly as you do anywhere else. It’s wonderful to be cut off from everywhere else — to be more fully only there.

Friday, Oct 11, 2019

‘Worse Than Anyone Expected’: Air Travel Emissions Vastly Outpace Predictions

The findings put pressure on airline regulators to take stronger action to fight climate change as they prepare for a summit next week.

Monday, Oct 7, 2019

The curious economics of being ripped off on holiday

Travellers are well used to these: the strange cover charge in the tourist-trap restaurant; the outrageous price of the hotel minibar and WiFi; those painful fees for flying with luggage. (Does it cost more to carry your bag on to the plane, or to put it in the hold? I lose track.)

Friday, Oct 4, 2019

Why I won't use Airbnb again

So a couple weeks ago, we had a pretty ridiculous fiasco with Airbnb, in which they claimed that “A fan legally constitutes an air conditioner”.

Thursday, Oct 3, 2019

Why ‘flight shame’ is making people swap planes for trains

The flight shame movement is about feeling accountable for your carbon footprint - but it is also about rediscovering the joy of slow travel, writes Jocelyn Timperley.

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

Underpopulated Italian region offers visitors €25,000 to move in

An underpopulated region in southern Italy is offering newcomers €700 per month for three years to live in one of its villages. There are a few catches, however: the village must have fewer than 2,000 residents, and the newcomer must pledge to open a business.

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

What's the very best thing you ever invested in for life on the road?

For me it was my camera, what have you bought that made your travellers life easier/more fruitful?

Friday, Sep 13, 2019

The wisdom of never leaving your hotel room

The rare, forgotten feeling of knowing that someone else, someone responsible, is taking care of life for you.