JetBlue Now Offers Free Wi-Fi for All on Every Flight

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/13/2017, 5:00 AM

JetBlue has good news for passengers terrified of spending a single solitary second away from the internet: The carrier now offers free high-speed Wi-Fi at every seat on every flight within the contiguous United States.  Introduced in 2013, the airline's Fly-Fi network has finally been expanded to the entire fleet of aircraft. What's more, you don't have to wait until the plane reaches a c...

Los Angeles Chosen As Site of George Lucas Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/12/2017, 5:00 AM

Los Angeles has been chosen by Star Wars creator George Lucas as the site of his upcoming Museum of Narrative Art.   The facility, which will house the film director's collection of popular art and movie memorabilia (from his own work as well as others'), was previously planned for San Francisco and then Chicago, but community activists in both of those cities objected to proposed building...

Airlines with the Best and Worst On-Time Performance in 2016

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/11/2017, 5:00 AM

FlightStats, an aviation insights company, has released its highly regarded annual analysis of international airlines' on-time performance records. Topping the rankings for 2016: Dutch-based carrier KLM. Book a flight with that airline and your chances of being delayed are only about 11%. Contrast that with the airline with the worst on-time record, Israel's El Al, whose passengers are...

City of Ice Opens in China

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/10/2017, 5:00 AM

(photo: @theeconomist / Instagram) If you take your vacation cues from Elsa in Frozen, you'll want to make your way immediately to northern China, where the 33rd annual Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival has officially launched.   The yearly event is best known for its enormous illuminated sculptures, built this year with 180,000 cubic meters of ice—all of which came from ...

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...

New Travel Trend: Camping in Medieval Churches in England

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/09/2017, 5:00 AM

Camping in churches—or "champing"—is an increasingly popular activity in southeastern England. Possibly because adherents don't call it "churmping."  The growing trend dates to 2014, when the Churches Conservation Trust opened the medieval All Saints' Church in Aldwincle, Northamptonshire, to overnight guests willing to pay a relatively small fee (it's currently £55/US$68 per night).  ...

Forthcoming Decisions by Trump May Have a Major, and Not Always Favorable, Impact on the U.S. Travel Industry

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/08/2017, 12:00 AM

Your right to travel has always been intertwined with political affairs, and this moment in American history poses more questions about the future of travel than most....

$7 Billion Renovation Planned for NYC's JFK Airport

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/06/2017, 5:00 AM

New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport is getting a makeover.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced plans for a $7 billion renovation of the facility, which served 60 million passengers in 2016.   A big part of the project involves making the airport's various pieces better connected. Under the proposal, newer terminals would be expanded and older ones would be r...

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....

New, Lower Train Fare Between UK and Continental Europe for Eurail Pass Holders

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/05/2017, 5:00 AM

Britain isn't always keen on linking up with the rest of Europe, but here's a rare exception that could benefit budget-conscious travelers.  Eurostar, which offers high-speed passenger service between the UK and the European continent via the Channel Tunnel, has been added to Eurail, a network connecting 28 different member countries, each of them accessible with one of Eurail's passes. ...

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