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Give to Charity, Get Discounted Hotel Rate

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/29/2016, 4:00 AM

A new hotel booking website aims to incentivize charitable donations by linking them to discounted rates for rooms.   It's called Kind Traveler and here's how it works: users who donate to a charity through the site get hotel prices that are 10-25% lower than published rates.  The site launched earlier this month with 21 hotels in 11 North American locations. Participating properties—w...

Steep Decline in Paris Tourism Following Terror Attacks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/29/2016, 4:00 AM

From January to June of this year, a million fewer people visited Paris compared with the same period in 2015.  If you follow the news, you shouldn't have trouble figuring out the reasons for this sharp dropoff: recent attacks by Islamist militants in Paris as well as other locations in France including Nice and Normandy. Labor strikes and flooding in the French capital earlier this year h...

Obama Names New National Monument in Maine

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/29/2016, 4:00 AM

Mount Katahdin in Maine (photo: InAweOfGod'sCreation/Flickr) On Wednesday of last week—the day before the National Park Service's 100th birthday—President Barack Obama created the 413th site in the system: Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.  It's located in northern Maine, on 87,000 acres donated by Burt's Bees founder Roxanne Quimby. The monument encompasses the East Br...

Prince's Paisley Park to Become a Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Starting today, August 26, at 2pm, you can buy tickets to tour Paisley Park, the estate outside of Minneapolis that once belonged to music legend Prince, who died on April 21.  Guided tours will take you through the Purple One's recording studio, private music club, and concert hall, among other rooms. You'll also get to see some of the artist's unforgettable wardrobe and musical instrumen...

Prince's Paisley Park to Become a Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Starting today, August 26, at 2pm, you can buy tickets to tour Paisley Park, the estate outside of Minneapolis that once belonged to music legend Prince, who died on April 21.  Guided tours will take you through the Purple One's recording studio, private music club, and concert hall, among other rooms. You'll also get to see some of the artist's unforgettable wardrobe and musical instrumen...

Myanmar Earthquake Damages Famous Bagan Temples

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Bagan Temples following Wednesday's earthquake in Myanmar (photo: baganurbanadventures/Instagram) Wednesday's 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Myanmar killed at least one person and damaged about 60 historic Buddhist temples in the ancient city of Bagan, a major archaeological site and one of the country's top tourist destinations. Built between the 10th and 14th centuries, the pagodas...

Does Southwest's "Bags Fly Free" Policy Cause Delays?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Southwest Airlines makes a big deal out of still not charging passengers for checked bags (well, up to two bags, anyway), even as the carrier's major competitors have all instituted fees over the course of the last decade. A recent study published in the journal Management Science, however, found that letting "Bags Fly Free" might be hurting Southwest's on-time performance. Which begs ...

World's Highest and Longest Glass-Bottomed Bridge Opens in China

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/25/2016, 4:00 AM

Zhangjiajie glass bridge in China (photo: skytg24hd/Instagram) Having just recently become the site of a terrifying cliffside glass walkway, China's Zhangjiajie mountains are now also home to the world's highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge. Connecting two mountain cliffs in the central Hunan province, the structure features 99 glass panels stretching across 430 meters (1,400...

Johnny Cash's Tennessee Ranch Made Into Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/25/2016, 4:00 AM

(Photo: Trish Keennan/Flickr) Fans of the Man in Black have another pilgrimage site to add to the itinerary.  There's already the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville, the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Arkansas, Sun Studio in Memphis where Cash got his start (alongside Elvis Presley), and, if you're a real diehard, Folsom Prison in California. Now you can also visit Cash's for...

Happy 100th Birthday, National Parks!

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/25/2016, 4:00 AM

Yellowstone National Park (photo: FreeImages/Erik Marr) On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill creating the National Park Service to protect and maintain sites of natural and historical significance. It was one of the smartest moves we ever made as a country, ensuring the longevity of the places that make America, well, America—from majestic mountain ranges and wid...

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