Bowling Green Strikes Back

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/07/2017, 12:00 AM

  Today we received a topical press release from the people who promote Bowling Green, Kentucky. It seems they've read the same headlines that we have about terrible things that never happened there. Cleverly, they're seizing the hashtag moment to remind Americans of all the great things that truly are actually, really, honestly happening in Bowling Green.  We won't act as...

Famous Sequoia "Tunnel Tree" Toppled

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/09/2017, 9:30 PM

The tree in 1899   The Pioneer Cabin Tree, a historic tourist attraction carved out of a giant sequoia in the 1880s, was felled by a winter storm in Northern California this week.  The 150-foot-tall tree, a part of Calaveras State Park's "Big Tree Trail" near Arnold, California, had been leaning badly over the past few years. For some of its history, cars were permitted to dri...

Carnival's New "Ocean Medallions" Track Every Move—And Make Spending Thoughtless

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/05/2017, 6:45 PM

Inspired by Disney's controversial MagicBand system, the largest cruise line company in the world launches new disks that will track guests' every whim and move....

Obama Protects Two New National Monuments

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/29/2016, 12:15 AM

Cedar Mesa, Bear Ears Buttes National Monument   President Obama has set aside another 1.65 million acres for public use and future vacations by declaring them National Monuments. Federal land surrounding Bears Ears Buttes in southeastern Utah and Gold Butte northeast of Las Vegas are desert areas that include crucial Native American petroglyphs of archeological and historic i...

Airline Starts Charging for Hot Water

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/23/2016, 6:30 PM

If you're a business owner, you know there are certain lines your customers will not allow you to cross, even if they make you more money.  If you run an airline, though, you are bred without shame. This is why British Airways is now charging for hot water aboard its flights. Yes, you read that correctly—an airline is finally charging for water. It will also charge for empty c...

Priceline Adds Road Trip Deal Map Tool

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/16/2016, 6:30 PM

Until now, if you were on a road trip and you wanted to scout nearby hotel deals where you could crash, you had to figure out the name of the nearest town so you could plug it into an app. Priceline has moved ahead a step—it's a wonder it took until 2016. Now, when you open the Priceline app, you can tell it you're "On a Road Trip," and it will sense your location and allow you to ent...

Maker of the Liberty Bell to Call it Quits

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/05/2016, 6:15 PM

2016, you terrible year, now you have claimed the sound of liberty itself. London's Whitechapel Bell Foundry, which has been casting bells for the world since 1570, announced this weekend that it can no longer keep its doors open. The oldest manufacturing company in Britain has said its own bell will toll in May. Its current home, in which it has been operating since 1738, was est...

You Can Now Download Netflix to Watch Later

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/30/2016, 6:00 PM

  Hooray! Tedious airplane trips just got a lot sweeter. Netflix is finally—finally!—rolling out the ability to download shows to your device to watch later, which means that soon, you will not require a high-speed internet connection if you want to be entertained. For many people, this could spell doom for the lousy or overpriced entertainment options on flights, and for many oth...

Airlines Now Award Points for Airbnb Stays

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/06/2016, 10:00 PM

  As if the hotel industry didn't have enough reasons to quake in its boots over falling popularity, the airlines are now encouraging frequent flyers to choose Airbnb rentals by offering them points for stays.   Quartz reports that this week, Qantas and Virgin America notified customers that they will earn points for stays booked through their websites.    No one is going t...

VIDEO: Hero Warns Travelers Away from Prague Tourist Trap

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/06/2016, 10:00 PM

Janek, we love you.    This guy, who runs the Honest Prague Guide, stood in front of a money exchange office in Old Town Square, near the world-famous Astronomical Clock. His sole mission was to warn tourists that the joint is locally known for giving tourists a lousy rate. As he explains, the place sells the local currency for 15 to the euro when the actual rate should be more like 27...

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