Not Using Your Vacation Costs America Dearly

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/26/2014, 10:45 AM

Ten points for the always excellent CBS News Sunday Morning for recently airing this pithy commentary by its contributor Faith Salie. Salie calculates how much the American economy loses when people don't use up their vacation days—and what it costs if we don't give workers time off to begin with. Some Americans believe that the fact our workers don't receive much vacation time (compared t...

Icelandair Makes Viral Video to Remind You About Free Stopovers

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/26/2014, 10:30 AM

Budget travelers have long known about Icelandair's competitive deals on airfare to Europe, but the general public could use the good news. If you're willing to make a pit stop in Reykjavik before carrying on across the ocean, you can usually score some terrific deals on transatlantic airfare. The comparatively lower airfare is only half the benefit, though. Ordinarily, a layover can be a re...

Spirit Airlines Gouges for Checked Bags This December

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/22/2014, 10:30 AM

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 more...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/07/2014, 10:00 PM

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 self-r...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/06/2014, 10:30 PM

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. (Sigh). ...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/05/2014, 1:15 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 probably...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/04/2014, 6:00 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 th...

Bucket List: Tourism Board Gets Iced

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 09/03/2014, 2:15 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 Ameri...

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

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/01/2014, 9:00 PM

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 shri...

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

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 08/09/2014, 2:45 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 throug...

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