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Spirit Airlines Gouges for Checked Bags This December

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/22/2014, 2:30 PM

You call this Christmas spirit, Spirit? The much-reviled airline will renew its nasty regulation this December when it charges passengers even more to check a bag—just because it's Christmas Between December 18 and January 5, the airline hikes the price by $2. Now casual passengers pay between $32 (booked online) to $102 (if they wait until they get to the gate). Not because fuel costs...

Taiwan Impressions, Final Day: Innovation, Malls and Glove Puppets

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/08/2014, 2:00 AM

Last full day in Taiwan 1) Went to the Taiwan Excellence Pavilion, the museum where the government showcases the most innovative Taiwanese inventions of the last year. Saw an air filter that sweeps viruses out of the air (supposedly), a contact lens that retains twice as much moisture (need that!), a track suit made of coffee grounds that also traps body odor and, most impressively, a sel...

Taiwan Impressions, Day 3: Head Hunters, Selfie Sticks, Women on Top, Flying Lanterns

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/07/2014, 2:30 AM

                                                                          Aboriginal headdresses (photo by Pauline Frommer) Today in Taiwan.... 1) I discovered that selfies are evolving in Taiwan (and perhaps in Asia in general). Instead of posing doing the double "peace sign", I saw a couple of people posing "thumbs up". This is so their friends will "like" their photos on FB. (...

Taiwan Impressions, Day 2: Java, Burial Rights, Vice

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/05/2014, 5:15 PM

(This is part 2 of a series of, well, snippets. They're random, but I hope interesting, impressions of what I experienced recently in Taiwan).                                                                           (Longshan Temple, Taipei; photo by Pauline Frommer) What I learned today in Taiwan: 1) If you want a latte you can go to Cursive Coffee or Let's Cafe! But you'll...

Taiwan Impressions, Day 1: Odd Signs, Odder Fish and Bathrooms That Hum

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/04/2014, 10:00 PM

I recently returned from a trip to Taiwan, my third in a year and a half. And, as before, I had a number of experiences that surprised and delighted me. I wasn't there to write an article on the country (I was in Taipei for my radio show). But habits die hard, and for me, my habit is to take notes. So, for the next several days, I'll post those scattered impressions here, in the hope that...

Bucket List: Tourism Board Gets Iced

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 09/03/2014, 6:15 PM

Visit Syracuse has tagged Visit Rochester and the I LOVE NY team in the Convention and Visitors Board version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  Taunting Rochester and undgergoing the ice at the start of last week's Great New York State Fair is Visit Syracuse Director, David Holder. The Great New York State Fair, held every year from August 27 to September 7, is vintage slice of ...

Where was ABC's series 'The Quest' filmed?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/02/2014, 1:00 AM

ABC's groundbreaking reality competition series The Quest has not been a summer ratings bonanza. In fact, for its final few weeks, the network plans to air episodes back-to-back as to burn off its inventory so it can broadcast more lucrative programs. Nevertheless, its fans are passionate, and one of its central actors, Peter Windhofer, is achieving cult matinee idol status, as this fan s...

Highland "Games"—Visit Scotland Banks on Outlander to Be New Game of Thrones

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 08/09/2014, 6:45 AM

VisitScotland is banking on the new Starz TV series Outlander to out game Game of Thrones. Sword slashing, derring-do, lots of sex and violence along with a compellingly romantic narrative about Highlanders' striving for freedom provide the backdrop.   Today, the tourism board unveils its new "Outlander" website that leads fans of the bestselling book series and the new Starz show...

Taking the Road That's Most "Emotionally Pleasing"

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/08/2014, 3:45 PM

If it’s the journey that matters and not the destination, then Yahoo Lab’s latest initiative should improve travelers’ lives. According to a recently published paper, the scientists working for Yahoo will soon release a navigation app that will suggest routes that are the most “emotionally pleasant”. By that, they mean reasonably direct routes that are scenic and quiet. The app will be ge...

New App Finds Last-Minute Airfare Price Drops

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/30/2014, 3:30 PM

Inspired by (actually very inspired by) the last-minute hotel booking app Hotel Tonight, a newcomer called Flight Tonight hopes to help travelers find those instances in which airlines suddenly slash fares at the very last minute. Humane last-minute fares are not easy to find, as anyone who has ever had to attend a faraway funeral or an unexpected meeting has discovered. But the app makers...

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