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.
September 1, 2013 |
The digital revolution has imperiled the future of many job categories, including darkroom film processor, typewriter repairman and telephone operator. With the surge of sophisticated travel websites, can we include travel agents to the list of nearly obsolete jobs? As you might expect, the American Society of Travel Agents doesn't think so. The trade group that represents more than 5,900 travel agents and travel firms rejects the notion that travel websites will eventually put warm-hearted agents out of work.
July 4, 2013 |
On-site movie theaters and sleeping areas. Those topped the list of amenities that travelers said they wanted at their dream airport. Scotland-based travel website Skyscanner asked 10,000 travelers worldwide what services would improve their airport experience. According to the website 's survey, the rest of the top 10 are: -- Libraries that would allow you to grab a book for the trip and return it when you land -- Parks -- Hair salons and spa treatments -- Children's play areas -- Pools -- Fitness centers -- Man-made beaches -- Bicycles Many airports already offer services such as massages and hair salons, and some feature sleeping areas.
June 28, 2013 |
On my last two flights, I've sat next to passengers who never turned off their cellphones. One passenger was sending texts during our Wi-Fi-free flight from Salt Lake City. Beyond violating federal regulations federal Federal Communicationss C and FAA regulations, should we worry when passengers continue to use their devices? "Given that we know pilots and flight attendants admit that they sometimes accidentally leave their phones on, it's likely not a huge safety risk," says Warren Chang, vice president and general manager of Fly.com , a travel website owned and operated by Travelzoo.
June 14, 2013 |
The most and least expensive summer destinations in the U.S. both offer lots of sand, sun and palm trees. Honolulu was ranked the most expensive summer destination on an annual ranking by the travel website TripAdvisor. Las Vegas was ranked as the cheapest vacation spot. Los Angeles came in as the sixth most expensive, largely because hotel prices have jumped nearly 30% in the last year. Quiz: What can't you take onboard a jetliner? The ranking was based on the total cost of a one night stay at a four-star hotel, drinks and dinner for two and a round-trip taxi ride.
June 8, 2013 |
Scrape the bugs off your windshield and check your radiator coolant because the next few months are stacking up to be one of the top summers for road trips in years. With consumer confidence up, fuel prices down and frustration over airline fees growing, Americans are expected to hit the road in big numbers over the next few months, rolling to such hot spots as Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Lake Tahoe. Travel experts and surveys conducted in the last few weeks point to a season of busy freeways and crowded roadside attractions.
June 2, 2013 |
So much for the U.S. traveler's reputation as the "ugly Americans. " Americans are second only to Germans in the rate at which they leave tips at hotels and restaurants, according to a survey of more than 9,000 travelers in eight countries by the travel website TripAdvisor. QUIZ: How well do you know fast food? When asked how likely they are to tip, 69% of Germans say they always tip, compared with 57% of Americans, 53% of Russians, 40% of Brazilians and 39% of French and British.
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.
May 22, 2013 |
Are staycations coming back into fashion? The number of Southern Californians expected to travel at least 50 miles for the Memorial Day weekend will drop about 2.1% compared with last year. The annual forecast by the Auto Club of Southern California concluded that about 60,000 fewer Southern Californians will travel for the three-day weekend, compared with last year, with the biggest drop coming among air travelers. Live chat: Join travel reporter Hugo Martin here at 3:30 Pacific That will bring the total number of vacationers leaving home for the weekend to 2.53 million.
May 17, 2013 |
Airports will be crowded this summer and empty airline seats rare as Americans take to the skies in numbers that are expected to edge closer to the pre-recession peak. Nearly 209 million people will fly on U.S.-based airlines this summer, up 1% from a year earlier, according to an estimate released Thursday by Airlines for America, the trade group for the nation's airlines. That would mark the fourth year in a row that passenger totals have increased, climbing close to the pre-recession total of 210 million in 2008.