Bringing Plastic Bags to Kenya Could Land You in Prison

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/04/2017, 12:00 AM

While some world cities have been dabbling in the reduction of plastic bags by charging customers if they want one or switching to paper, Kenya has just instituted the harshest plastic bag ban in the world. Now, importing plastic bags to Kenya could result in fines of up to $31,000 or even prison time. Plastic bags, which take as long as 1,000 years to break down, make their way into oceans, wher...

Four New Cities Get $99 Flights to Iceland

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/30/2017, 12:00 AM

WOW Air, which has been earning its name with an aggressive expansion plan and tickets as low as $99 with advance purchase, is adding nonstop flights to Iceland from four Midwestern American cities that, until now, have not enjoyed them. This spring, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit, and St. Louis get their own routes to Reykjavik. Once there, WOW also connects to Northern Europe. WOW already flies...

Now Rolling: San Fran-to-LA Luxury Overnight Buses

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/21/2017, 2:00 PM

Now rolling (again): the bus that takes you overnight between Los Angeles and San Francisco in your own sleeping pod. If it sounds familiar, it's because we tried this already. In April of 2016, SleepBus launched for $45 each way, but demand was so strong that its backers were overwhelmed and realized they were onto something. They pulled the product for a complete revamp. This July, it returned t...

The New Cruise Ship with a Go-Kart Track on Top

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/14/2017, 10:00 AM

In case there was any doubt left that the cruise industry is turning away from retirees and toward Millennials, make way for the Norwegian Bliss. This cruise ship continues the long industry drift away from shuffleboard and a good book and toward adrenaline sports and pants-wetting thrills: Its signature feature, as seen in the rendering above, will be a twisting go-kart track plopped on a portion...

Tourist Jailed for Wearing Sandals in Asian Temple

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/07/2017, 4:00 AM

Taiwan's The China Post reports that a Russian tourist has been imprisoned in Myanmar for the crime of wearing sandals in the world-famous tourist site of Bagan. Wearing shoes in pagodas and other holy places is considered highly insulting to the Burmese, and multiple signs sternly warn visitors against it. It's not known whether the Russian tourist couldn't read the signs or if she simply didn't ...

Another Big Hotel Chain Makes Cancelling Costly

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/25/2017, 5:15 PM

In June, Marriott changed its rules about cancelling hotel reservations. Before then, customers usually could cancel a room all the way until the day of check-in, sometimes the day before, and suffer no penalty. But as of this summer, the new Marriott deadline is 48 hours in North America and Latin America. If you don't cancel your Marriott room at least two days before check-in, you must pay t...

A New Airline "Aimed at Millennials" to Take Flight

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/20/2017, 5:00 PM

Air France-KLM Group is launching a new airline, Joon, which will be "aimed at Millennials." In a press release that read like satire, or at best a cry for help—it was headlined "YOUNG AND CONNECTED… DISCOVER JOON!"—Air France-KLM Group and its executives dropped buzzwords marketers use to reach for the 18-to-35 set. The new carrier will offer "a global travel experience," proclai...

USA to Barcelona for $150 on a New Budget Airline

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/05/2017, 2:15 PM

Last week, without much fanfare, a new airline began shuttling passengers between Barcelona, Spain, and the West Coast of the United States. It's called Level, a joint British-Spanish venture, and it was encouraged by the success of Norwegian and WOW, which sell no-frills seats across the Atlantic with prices as low as $99 with extreme advance purchase. It flies between Barcelona and L...

False Alarm: EU Drops Threat to Require Visa of Americans

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/08/2017, 5:15 PM

Europe is backing down. The European Commission has decided not to require Americans to obtain visas to travel to Europe—for now. The proposal to force Americans to secure paperwork for their visits has been kicking around the EU bureaucracy since late winter, a non-binding resolution was aired in the EU Parliament, but it failed to clear all the hurdles. Proponents of the visa were mi...

New Airport Puts More Caribbean Islands in Play

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/15/2017, 8:30 PM

St. Vincent and the Grenadines are some of the prettiest islands in the Caribbean. They're lightly developed, bucolic-feeling, famous for countless empty beaches and chill village nightlife. That's because up to now, their primary airport couldn't handle long-haul flights, so the best way to reach them has pretty much been by yacht or small ship. Limited access has a way of keeping a place qua...

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