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Floating Hotels Drift into France and Japan

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/25/2016, 12:15 PM

Looks like floating hotels could become the latest trend in travel. The hip Hôtel Off Paris Seine is already bobbing in that river near the Pont Charles de Gaulle. And now an amusement park in Japan's Nagasaki Prefecture has announced plans for a floating hotel that can be towed by boat. Located in an up-and-coming industrial neighborhood of Paris, the two-story Hôtel Off features a stylis...

Glamping in the Heart of New York City—For $2,000 a Night

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/22/2016, 12:45 PM

The W New York hotel is offering guests a chance to go camping in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.  The hotel's Extreme Wow Glamping Suite is a colorful, 12-foot yurt decked out with rattan chairs, lanterns, and a faux fire pit. And here's the best part: it's set up on an outdoor terrace on the building's 17th floor, where you can take in excellent views of the Manhattan skyline. Rates ...

Irish Island Welcomes Americans Fleeing Trump

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/22/2016, 12:30 PM

If this week's Republican National Convention has you worried about the future of the country, the tiny Irish island of Inishturk would like to offer refuge. Located about 9 miles off the coast of County Mayo, Inishturk will welcome, officials say, those Americans considering leaving the U.S. if Donald Trump is elected president. The island could certainly use the population boost—it curre...

Southwest Airlines Continues to Grapple with Effects of Computer Glitch

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/22/2016, 12:15 PM

Southwest Airlines and its passengers continue to grapple with the effects of a computer glitch on Wednesday that has canceled and delayed more than 1,000 flights. The carrier says that a failed router is to blame for crashing the company's computer system for 12 hours on Wednesday—an incident expected to have consequences lasting into the end of the week. Southwest says it's currently upd...

Japanese Airline to Make Jet Look Like "Star Wars" Droid

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/21/2016, 12:30 PM

Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) is going to paint one of its Boeing 777 jets to look like the Star Wars character C-3PO. That will make it the fourth Star Wars-themed plane in the company's fleet. The others are painted to look like C-3PO's fellow droids R2-D2 and BB-8. Those two characters each have their own planes and a third has both of their likenessess—all before ANA got around to C...

You Can Take a Yoga Class on a Ferris Wheel in Vegas

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/21/2016, 12:15 PM

Where's the ideal spot to practice yoga? On top of some mountain in the Himalayas? How about on board a Ferris wheel in the heart of the famoulsy serene Las Vegas Strip? Sin City's the High Roller—at 550 feet, the world's tallest observation wheel (it's located at the Linq promenade across from Caesars Palace)—now hosts daily one-hour yoga sessions in the wheel's cabins. With the Strip and...

Parents Not Suing Disney World Over Toddler Killed by Gator

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/21/2016, 12:00 PM

The parents of a toddler killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World in Orlando say they have no plans to sue the theme park over the incident. Two-year-old Lane Graves of Omaha, Nebraska, was dragged into the water by an alligator on June 14. His body was recovered the next day.  In a statement, the boy's parents, Matt and Melissa Graves, describe themselves as "broken" by the death, ...

New App Lets You Switch Rental Cars on the Spot

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2016, 12:15 PM

Rental car company Avis introduced a new mobile app last week designed to give customers more control over the car-choosing process. If you're unhappy with the car assigned to you, you can pick another on the spot by swiping through images of the available inventory until you find a make and model more to your liking. You can also use the app to extend or shorten your rental agreement or summon...

Interest in Travel Insurance Surges Following Terror Attacks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2016, 12:00 PM

Experts in the travel insurance industry say that consumer interest in terrorism coverage and trip cancelation policies has surged following recent attacks in Brussels, Paris, Nice, and elsewhere. Despite the increased interest, however, you shouldn't be seeing rate hikes or policy changes; those things are heavily regulated. But although terrorism coverage has become standard since 9/11, make ...

Cruise Lines Continue to Cancel Stops in Turkey

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2016, 12:00 PM

Cruise lines—including Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, and Celebrity Cruises—continue to cancel stops in Istanbul and other Turkish cities, substituting days at sea or calls at Mediterranean spots in Greece and Italy. The latest moves come in response to a failed military coup intended to overthrow Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Previous cancelations have been prompted by terror...

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