This Sunday we ponder the effects of reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone and, I hope, realize the unintended consequences of many of our conservation actions. TSA learns that all trusted travelers are to be trusted. And, a new travel player allows passengers to pay to lock in low fares.
We look at how Scandinavian airports manage to keep their airports open even with days of non-stop snow. We have an explanation of what defines business class and discover that it is not too easy a class to define. And, USA Today takes a look at the possible pilot shortage new rules and low pay […]
Yesterday, a group of Representatives introduced the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014. This bill is a major step backwards for consumers and the sponsors of this bill, from both sides of the aisle, have simply not thought through what they are proposing. And, the airline lobbyists, intent on finding ways to make airline pricing more obscure, are flogging a dead horse that has been killed at least three times over the past three years.
Will Americans change habits that have become ingrained over two centuries of choosing work over play and begin to take more vacations?
Eighty percent of Americans said that vacations make them happier than marriages (and weddings), religion, cats and birthdays. Eighty-two percent of Americans get more pleasure out of vacations than possessions, and 94 percent would give up at least one of life’s “prized possessions,” including alcohol, video games, chocolate and favorite clothing for an entire week, in return for a single extra vacation day.
From cars to luggage and from tourism economics to a teenage obsessions with smart phones, these videos capture a slice of life that transcends languages and borders (well, maybe not the economics lecture) and shouts out the benefits, emotions, feelings and joys of travel.
This in-depth reporting about how American developed its current transportation system and how it may be improved or changed in the future covers everything from telecommuting to why we hate our commutes, from transportation’s historic underpinnings to a future without cars.
Enjoy this a video that plays to India’s all-work-and-no-play lifestyle of those with young families. See how United Airlines advertised their Olympic sponsorship. Finally, look inside one of the most unique airport hotels in the world.
Here are 50 things every traveler should know. They are fairly random, but do come in handy. Try knowing how to say airport in eight languages or know what hand with which to eat. It may take some learning and some of these things to know are location specific, but overall, plenty of food for thought.
A recent study of rental car prices and taxation concluded that taxes on travelers manage to hit local residents harder than expected. Thought, once upon a time, rental cars were focused on airports and served predominately visitors, today’s almost 50 percent of car rentals serve locals and end up taxing the lower income residents who do not own cars. That’s not what legislators had in mind when they slapped taxes on “visitors.”