November 10, 2013 |
Here's a website that helps you locate vacation rentals in proximity to your interests. Name: Pinocular.com What it does: It lets you search based on activities you like and how far you want to drive or fly from major cities in the U.S. and Europe. There are 85 activities to choose from or combine. What's hot: It's helpful that Pinocular pairs vacation rental options with activities I am interested in - and some I hadn't even considered. I could find properties that are near horseback riding, fishing, hot springs, opera, laser tag, geocaching and more.
July 30, 2012 |
Air travelers, rejoice: Relief from soaring airfares may be just around the corner, at least temporarily. For travelers, it can't happen soon enough. In the first three months of the year, the average domestic airfare in the U.S. climbed to $373, up 4.8% from the same period last year, according to the U.S. Transportation Department. That was on top of an 8.3% increase in fares in 2011 and another 8.3% increase in 2010, according to statistics from the agency. But air travelers should get a break next month, when airfares are expected to drop 10% to 20%. That is the prediction from Rick Seaney, chief executive of travel website FareCompare.
April 2, 2012 |
With airfares to Europe on the rise, it looks like Americans are planning to rediscover the good ol' U.S.A. this summer. As a result, perhaps more Americans will use the opportunity to visit some of the country's landmarks such as the Alamo and the Grand Canyon that sometimes get overlooked. Summer airfares to Europe have climbed about 11% compared with last summer, according to travel website Kayak, which attributes the jump to airlines trying to cash in on travelers visiting the London Olympics starting in July.
March 5, 2012 |
Gas prices may be rising, but that hasn't dampened Americans' dreams to hit the open road. About 25% of men and 33% of women say they have not driven across the country but "always wanted to," according to a survey released last week by the travel website Expedia. And 41% of Americans and nearly half of men who were surveyed said they've already driven cross-country at least once in their lives. The survey of 2,262 adults by Harris Interactive on behalf of Expedia went beyond Americans' automotive bucket lists.
May 26, 2013 |
The cost of flying might be going up, but this time it's not the airlines raising prices. The Obama administration has proposed raising the taxes on air travel by about $14 per flight, a move airlines strongly oppose. Higher taxes are needed to help reduce the deficit, pay for improvements at the nation's airports and add thousands of new immigration and customs officers to reduce wait times to process foreign visitors, the administration says. Airlines say higher taxes will backfire and hurt the economy.
November 25, 2012 |
As an information technology supervisor at Pitzer College in Claremont, Dennis Crowley had so much work to do last year that he finished 2011 without using nearly five days of paid vacation. "And to be frank, I was too busy to even realize I was losing time," he said. Crowley's situation is not unusual. A survey by Harris Interactive Inc. found that by the end of 2012, Americans will leave an average of 9.2 days of vacation unused, up from the average of 6.2 days in 2011. Nearly 90% of those questioned said they would take more leisure trips on their vacation if they had the time and money to do so, according to the survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults that was commissioned by travel website Hotwire.