When it comes to airlines and cruise lines, there’s a consensus among experts that there’s almost no such thing as green — only shades of fake green. “There’s a lot of greenwashing,” say ecotourism experts. Both airlines and cruise lines pollute and dump to such an extent that some travelers find it difficult to justify a booking.
Disconnecting is passé, which is bad — and good. It’s bad in the sense that people really need a break. In fact, the right to disconnect is recognized by some forward-looking employers, including Mercedes-Benz. Earlier this year, France enacted a law that required companies with more than 50 workers to set hours when employees are not supposed to send or answer emails. But it’s good in the sense that a connection can be a powerful tool that can improve your vacation.
New artificial intelligence (AI) technologies promise to make travel a little smarter. The latest entrant is Aeromexico’s new AI-based customer-service bot, billed as a “smart brain” capable of machine learning. It launched earlier this year in Spanish on Facebook, and an English version is being rolled out now.
Hotel rates, cruise-ticket prices and tours quote rates based on double occupancy. Go alone and you’ll pay a single supplement that can double the cost of your vacation. Understandable? Sure, considering that most rooms accommodate two or more people. Unfair? Yes. But that’s slowly changing. The industry appears to be gradually ending its discrimination against the lone traveler. Why? Because more people are going it alone.
Might entitled passenger monsters be creating problems on flights? These days we almost can’t go a week without seeing some sort of horror story about […]
The number of travel agents has shriveled from 124,000 in 2000 to 74,100 in 2014, according to the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. But that’s good news. Many of the mundane tasks travel agents used to do, such as writing airline tickets, have been automated by travel websites. Today’s travel professional is far likelier to have expertise, knowledge and deep connections that can ensure your trip is a smooth one.
Drinking wine is part of the grand experience of dining. It doesn’t have to be daunting. These tips and rules are normally universal, whether ordering in a luxury restaurant or at the corner bistro. Remember, wine is an organic creation and a living thing. Even the most expensive wine can be flawed, just as the least expensive may be. Plus, any decent restaurant will not question your decisions about what to order or, heaven forbid, turn back as unacceptable. Be brave. Read on. You can’t go wrong.
Reality check: Most of us (me included) are just talking about cars. We don’t have the money for a new vehicle, and even if we did, we’re reluctant to take on another burden. But for those of us who need a new set of wheels, there’s a right way to do it. The perfect summer road trip cars, it turns out, have a few things in common.
A survey conducted by the National Association of Career Travel Agents suggests the term “travel agent” is close to obsolete. Roughly half of the respondents want to be called “travel consultant.” About a quarter said they liked “travel professional,” and only 13% went with “travel agent.” The best travel agents do more than book airline tickets or rental cars. They find lost IDs for their clients, ensure your favorite chair is in your hotel room, and even lobby for laws that benefit you. When was the last time your travel site did that for you?
Who is sending Katherine Johnson’s daughter parking tickets? The Miami Parking Authority’s citations, usually for $42 apiece, have arrived in the mail intermittently since 2014 […]