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Introducing the Airbnb of Camping

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2016, 4:00 AM

In recent months we've introduced you to companies aiming to be the Airbnb of RVs and the Airbnb of boats. Now we'd like to introduce you to the Airbnb of camping. Photo: Hipcamp/Instagram It's a startup called Hipcamp, which lets you select campsites from among 280,000 options across the country. You can stay in glamorous yurts, on rustic nature preserves and working farms, and e...

TSA, Airports, and Congress Get Security Wait Times Under Control

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2016, 4:00 AM

After a frustrating spring filled with long, slow-moving security lines at airports, Congress, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), airlines, and airports banded together to take action in June—and it looks like it paid off, at least in the short term.  While getting through security regularly took an hour or more in May, the TSA says that by the end of July the average wait t...

National Parks Centennial, a Record-Breaking Glass Bridge in China, and More: Today's Travel Briefing

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2016, 12:00 AM

A roundup of travel news from all over...

Baby Born on Flight Gets 1 Million Air Miles

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/23/2016, 4:00 AM

A newborn named Haven just received a gift we're guessing her parents didn't register for: 1 million air miles from Philippines carrier Cebu Pacific.  How come? Because last week Haven was born on one of the airline's flights. Haven's mother went into labor—more than five weeks early—in midair somewhere between Dubai and Manila. With the help of the cabin crew and two nurses who happen...

Nightmare Traffic at LaGuardia Airport

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/23/2016, 4:00 AM

Traffic around the entrances and exits to LaGuardia Airport was a nightmare yesterday, resulting in major delays and in some cases missed flights.  The source of the trouble: the airport's ongoing, $5.3 billion renovation project, which has required lane closures for new construction, leading in turn to the sort of traffic snarls that could impel frustrated travelers to abandon their cars ...

Nightmare Traffic at LaGuardia Airport

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/23/2016, 4:00 AM

Traffic around the entrances and exits to LaGuardia Airport was a nightmare yesterday, resulting in major delays and in some cases missed flights.  The source of the trouble: the airport's ongoing, $5.3 billion renovation project, which has required lane closures for new construction, leading in turn to the sort of traffic snarls that could impel frustrated travelers to abandon their cars ...

Woman Lives on Cruise Ship All Year Round

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/23/2016, 4:00 AM

Recently, our own Arthur Frommer discussed the possibility of seniors ditching the retirement village and moving onto a cruise ship to live full time, 52 weeks a year. If you've got the money, spirit of adventure, and relative good health for it, the idea doesn't sound like a bad one. After all, on a cruise pretty much everything is taken care of for you—cooking, cleaning, entertainment, a...

Indoor Rainforest Coming to Dubai Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2016, 4:00 AM

El Yunque National Rainforest in Puerto Rico (photo: FreeImages/sue anna joe) The latest over-the-top luxury hotel planned for Dubai is for all those who have found themselves in a rainforest and wondered, Where are the robot baggage handlers? Planned for the United Arab Emirates city's Al Thanyah district, the 448-room, 1-million-square-foot Rosemont Hotel and Residence will feat...

Sydney Opera House Getting a $202 Million Renovation

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2016, 4:00 AM

(photo by Bkamprath/Wikimedia Commons) The Sydney Opera House is unquesionably one of Australia's most iconic sights—if we're talking manmade landmarks, it probably tops the list. But let's be honest: few who visit the architectural stunner come back raving about how entertained they were. Most just snap a photo or two (or 30). That could change in the not too distant future, ...

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