French Baguettes and Cuban Light Rum Get UNESCO Heritage Status

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/06/2022, 6:15 AM

Anyone who has ever bit into a fresh baguette in France already knows that crunchy-chewy creation counts among the exceptional achievements of humanity. But now UNESCO has made it official, adding the beloved French bread to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, along with 38 other newly inscribed one-of-a-kind traditions, arts, festivals, foods, and music style...

Alaska Airlines Launches Electronic Bag Label: See How it Works

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/01/2022, 3:45 PM

Alaska Airlines has started rolling out a new electronic bag tag that eliminates the need for printed destination labels for checked luggage. The new devices, which were announced earlier this year, are now available for about 2,500 of the airline's most loyal travelers. The tags will be available for purchase by any passenger starting in 2023. Before their trips, passengers can load the reusable...

Frontier Airlines Hangs Up on Customer Service by Phone

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/30/2022, 10:00 AM

Frontier Airlines, the carrier so cheap it won't even allow most passengers to recline seats without fees, has found a new way to cut costs and further contribute to the indignity of flying.Did Frontier lose your baggage during a stopover? Do you have questions about seating your family together? Is the website not working for you?Too bad! Last week, Frontier disconnected its customer service phone...

Verizon Gooses Its International Data Benefits to Be More Competitive

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/22/2022, 2:30 PM

Earlier in 2022, smartphone service giant T-Mobile, which gobbled up competitor Sprint in 2020, flexed the power of its post-merger muscle by increasing the speed and data available to its customers who travel abroad.Starting in June, customers who have some T-Mobile plans automatically got 5G of monthly free data in many international destinations, often at crisp 5G speeds, and with no roaming cha...

Washington Metro Finally Connects D.C. with Dulles Airport and Virginia Wine Country

By Kaeli Conforti

Posted on 11/17/2022, 11:30 AM

After four long years of delays, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s long-awaited Silver Line extension finally opened to the public on Tuesday, November 15, officially connecting the District of Columbia with Dulles International Airport and Virginia’s wine country by Metrorail for the first time. The $3 billion project adds six stations along 11.4 miles of new track stretching...

New BattleBots Live Show to Bring Metal Mayhem to Las Vegas

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/11/2022, 10:30 AM

Among the performers you can see in Las Vegas next year: Keith Urban, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, and a murderous fleet of robots fighting to the death. Discovery's BattleBots TV show is getting a live theatrical version. In case you're unfamiliar, the reality competition features teams pitting weaponized, remote-controlled creations against each other in displays of explosive mayhem that's still not an...

Airbnb Is Making It Easier to See Hated Cleaning Fees Earlier in Search

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/08/2022, 6:00 AM

Airbnb is at last bringing more—though not complete—transparency to how rental prices are displayed. In December, the company will begin rolling out a feature that lets users of the platform see a rental's total price, including cleaning fees and all other pre-tax charges, in search results, on maps, in filtered searches based on price range, and elsewhere, Airbnb announced yesterday. Up to now...

“No TikTok”: Nepal Bans Video Platform at Top Tourist Spots

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/03/2022, 12:45 PM

TikTok creators in Nepal have made such pests of themselves at certain scenic and sacred places that officials have banned use of the platform at tourist attractions throughout the South Asian country. "No TikTok" signs have reportedly gone up at the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Lumbini (traditionally known as Buddha's birthplace), Kathmandu's Boudhanath Stupa (pictured above), and the temples of J...

The Lavish Italian Hotel Where the Second Season of “The White Lotus” Was Filmed

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/28/2022, 5:15 PM

The White Lotus, writer-director Mike White's Emmy-winning social satire about privileged, problematic Americans on disenchanting luxury vacations, returns for a second installment starting Sunday, October 30, on HBO Max. After a hit first season set in Hawaii, the latest go-round unfolds at a different outpost in the fictional White Lotus resort chain, this time on the Italian island of Sicily, ...

Mexico City’s Island of the Dolls Is the Creepiest Place on Earth

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/27/2022, 12:30 PM

We've covered our share of scary places over the years: haunted hotels, overgrown cemeteries, the house that inspired The Conjuring, Nevada's Clown Motel, literally any airplane lavatory. But if there's one place on earth that deserves to be the capital of spooky season, we hereby nominate Mexico City's Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls). Imagine, if you will, the world's creepiest old-ti...

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