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The Airbnb of Cannabis Tourism

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/01/2016, 4:00 AM

The growing field of cannabis tourism now has its answer to Airbnb.  It's called Bud and Breakfast, and it lets users search a worldwide network of pot-friendly hostels, private homes, and hotels.  The Colorado-based startup currently has about 100,000 registered users and more than 500 listings in about a dozen countries. There are options for everything from dorm rooms to luxurious e...

TripAdvisor to Begin Selling Cuba Travel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/01/2016, 4:00 AM

The latest in expanded options for travel from the U.S. to Cuba: Soon you'll be able to use TripAdvisor to book hotels, flights, short-term rentals, and cultural tours for your trips to that Caribbean island nation, thanks to a license granted by the federal government. The popular travel website expects to begin offering those services within the next few months, but your reason for visit...

Runway Fire at O'Hare Throws Debris Nearly Half a Mile

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/01/2016, 4:00 AM

Debris from a fiery runway accident at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport last week was thrown as far as nearly a half mile, investigators have revealed.   The incident took place seconds before American Airlines flight 383 was set to take off for Miami with 170 people aboard. As the Boeing 767 headed down a runway, the right-side engine experienced an "uncontained" failure, meaning in...

Amsterdam's New Hangover Bar Offers Morning-After Comfort

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/31/2016, 4:00 AM

If you overindulge the next time you're in Amsterdam, you might want to consider a morning-after stop at the city's new Hangover Bar. Open only during the day from Friday to Sunday, the first-of-its-kind establishment is designed to supply everything you need to recover from a boozy evening, including vitamin-rich smoothies, an oxygen bar, and beds planted in front of TVs loaded with binge...

Mystery Cruise Leaves Passengers in the Dark About the Itinerary

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/31/2016, 4:00 AM

For those who think travel no longer feels like an adventure into the unknown, the U.K.'s Bolsover Cruise Club is offering a 16-night luxury cruise on which passengers will have no clue where they're going.  Purchase the company's Secret Sailaway for £12,339 (US$15,000) per person, and you'll be told only the departure and return dates of the trip, as well as info on where to board the ves...

Expedia to Begin Showing Vacation Rentals with Hotel Search Results

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/31/2016, 4:00 AM

When you search for hotels at Expedia or any of the various booking sites the company owns (including Hotels.com and Travelocity), you'll soon see vacation-rental options displayed, too, according to CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.  Expedia.com currently has a tab for "vacation rentals" that takes you to search results from HomeAway, an Airbnb competitor acquired by Expedia in 2015. But under t...

A French River Cruise Line Is Making a Concerted Effort to Fill Their Budget-Priced (But Good Quality) Ships with English-Speaking, U.S. Passengers

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/31/2016, 12:00 AM

CroisiEurope seeks to make a splash in the river-cruising market by appealing to American travelers....

World's Tallest Church Being Eroded by Public Urinators

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/28/2016, 4:00 AM

(photo: Karle3 (Diskussion)/Wikimedia Commons) Germany's Ulm Minster, which holds the distinction of being the tallest church in the world, is being slowly but surely eroded by pee.  The Lutheran cathedral's custodians say that public urinators are leaving behind an acidic buildup that eats away at the stonework on the lower walls, causing lasting damage to a building that has sto...

"Field of Dreams" House to Open for Tours

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/28/2016, 4:00 AM

(photo: Jesster79/Wikimedia Commons) For the first time ever, the Iowa farmhouse that appeared in Field of Dreams will soon be open to the public for tours.   Located near the town of Dyersville, the house overlooks the baseball diamond and cornfield that are also featured prominently in the 1989 Kevin Costner film. But while the site's owners—a group called Go the Distance Ba...

Delta's App Now Lets You Track Your Checked Bags on a Map

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/28/2016, 4:00 AM

Delta Air Lines has updated its mobile app so that passengers can now track their checked luggage from the moment it's dropped off to when it ends up in baggage claim (with any luck, at the correct destination).  Using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, the app's new feature lets your follow your luggage's journey via a suitcase icon that appears on a map of the U.S. Tap the icon ...

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