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How To Get Around Priceline's Annoying New Bidding Hurdles

How To Get Around Priceline's Annoying New Bidding Hurdles If you're accustomed to bidding for hotels, flights and rental cars on Priceline, you may have noticed that in recent months the bidding process has become more cumbersome and time consuming. When your bid is rejected, you need to change some element of your offer before...

Thailand Wants To Be The World's Most Popular Golf Destination

Thailand Wants To Be The World's Most Popular Golf Destination Thoughts of Thailand may bring images of red shirts and yellow shirts, the temples of Bangkok or swimming with elephants. But what about golf? Thailand has hundreds of golf courses and wants the world to know about them. Starting May 1, 2013, Golf In A Kingdom kicks off,...

Condé Nast Traveler's 'Hot List': Too Rich For My Blood

Condé Nast Traveler's 'Hot List': Too Rich For My Blood Condé Nast Traveler (CNT) released its annual "Hot List" of the world's "best new hotels" this week, featuring 154 newish properties in 57 countries around the world. CNT boasts that 62 of these hotels have room rates that start at $300 per night or less but is that...

Wanderu's Site Lets You Research And Book Bus And Rail Travel

Wanderu's Site Lets You Research And Book Bus And Rail Travel If you're a traveler, then you're a Kayaker. Not a paddler, but a devotee of Kayak.com, the airline (and hotel and rental car) search engine that makes booking the lowest fares a breeze. If you're a traveler, then you've also probably cursed the fact that a similar site...

Picture Perfect: Why Bolivians Insist Upon Flawless US Dollars

Picture Perfect: Why Bolivians Insist Upon Flawless US Dollars My first encounter with the Bolivian mania for perfect U.S. dollars occurred at 3 a.m., as I blearily stood in line at Immigration, attempting to pay for my entry visa. I'd been in transit for over 30 hours, and was fumbling in my travel wallet for the stack of twenties I'd...

Layover Report: Where To Eat At Miami, Lima, And Bogota International Airports

Layover Report: Where To Eat At Miami, Lima, And Bogota International Airports I just returned from three weeks in Bolivia and Paraguay. In that time, I had 12 flights, five of which were required to get me from my home in Colorado to La Paz. Now why, you may ask, in this age of expedited air travel, does it take so many connections to travel 4,512...

China Opens World's First 'Airplane Supermarket'

China Opens World's First 'Airplane Supermarket' On the heels of a report that shows Chinese tourists spend more money than anyone else comes news that the world's first "airplane supermarket" has opened in Beijing. Typically, private aircraft are purchased through private deals, at local airports or online. Opening a...

A Q&A With Plastiki Adventurer David de Rothschild On The WHOLE WORLD Water Campaign

A Q&A With Plastiki Adventurer David de Rothschild On The WHOLE WORLD Water Campaign Three years ago, adventurer, entrepreneur and activist David de Rothschild sailed from San Francisco to Sydney on a catamaran made of 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles. His goal with the Plastiki project was to bring awareness to environmental issues like global warming...

In America's 'McFarthest' Place, Strippers And Coyote Hunting But No McDonald's

In America's 'McFarthest' Place, Strippers And Coyote Hunting But No McDonald's If Rebecca Bierman gets an urge for a Big Mac, she has at least four options to satisfy the craving. "I can go to Pierre or Sturgis, here in South Dakota," says Bierman, a farmer and rancher who lives in Glad Valley, South Dakota. "Or I can go to Dickinson or Bismarck in...

Facebook Timeline For Travel Industry

Facebook Timeline For Travel Industry The World Travel and Tourism Council has introduced a fun element to their Facebook page: rather than a timeline of their own milestones, they've designed a timeline highlighting all of the events in the travel industry. Starting in 1400 with the first passport, and ending...

Meet The Reclusive American Billionaire Who Bought Lonely Planet

Last year, the Wall Street Journal called Brad Kelley "the man with a million acres." Now the American billionaire and land addict has expanded his kingdom to include the world's biggest travel-guide publisher. Kelley's NC2 Media bought Lonely Planet from BBC Worldwide...

Virgin America And Singapore Airlines Launch Mileage Partnership - Star Alliance Next?

Virgin America And Singapore Airlines Launch Mileage Partnership - Star Alliance Next? Passengers on the scrappy airline startup Virgin America were introduced to a new benefit last week: an expanded partnership with Singapore Airlines. Now, in addition to the assorted codeshare agreements currently in place, fliers on each airline can accrue miles from the...

Video: Japanese Customer Service Is Different From Ours

In keeping with Japan's reputation as a most hospitable country comes this video from LiveLeak. Two Canadian backpackers are attempting to purchase subway tickets so they can visit Tsukiji Fish Market, but have problems with the dispenser. No worries! Apparently, in...

The Airport Shoeshine: A Tradition Worth Supporting

The Airport Shoeshine: A Tradition Worth Supporting I've been dimly aware that it's possible to get one's shoes shined at airports the world over for many years. That said, I'm a chick, and despite my boot obsession, I usually travel in Chuck Taylors. I don't know from shoeshine, other than my love of Johnny Cash ("Get...

San Francisco's Mobile Eateries: SOMAny Food Trucks, So Little Time

San Francisco's Mobile Eateries: SOMAny Food Trucks, So Little Time In a city like San Francisco, there's so much to love, it's easy to veer into bad poetic cliche (the fog rolling in on the Golden Gate; how, on unseasonably warm days, the entire city appears to be picnicking on every available patch of green; the dreamy views of the bay...

An Unforgettable Coffee Tour At Finca Rosa Blanca In Costa Rica

An Unforgettable Coffee Tour At Finca Rosa Blanca In Costa Rica Coffee! It's the most addictive drug in the world. Many of us could barely function without it, but have you ever toured a coffee plantation? I hadn't until I stumbled upon a coffee plantation and inn called Finca Rosa Blanca near San Jose last week. We were set to arrive in...

US Airways And American Airlines To Officially Announce Merger

US Airways And American Airlines To Officially Announce Merger American Airlines and US Airways are set to officially announce their merger plans today, after months of speculation and planning. The joint operation between American, the currently bankrupt carrier based out of Dallas, Texas, and US Airways, the twice-bankrupt carrier...

Have A Heart: How This Organ Meat Is Eaten Around The World

Have A Heart: How This Organ Meat Is Eaten Around The World Americans are frequently credited with having a lot of heart, but when it comes to eating them, we're not so hip on the idea. Even though offal, or "nose-to-tail" eating has been on-trend for some years now, a lot of people still flinch at the idea of dining on animal heart....

Starwood And Delta Air Lines Announce 'Crossover Rewards,' Joint Loyalty Program Benefits

Starwood And Delta Air Lines Announce 'Crossover Rewards,' Joint Loyalty Program Benefits There's news this morning of a new partnership called Crossover Rewards that's forming between two juggernauts in the travel industry. Starting March 1, Delta Air Lines and Starwood will be sharing some benefits from their loyalty programs, meaning members of SkyMiles and...

Photo Gallery: Why Are These Moroccan Goats Climbing Trees?

Photo Gallery: Why Are These Moroccan Goats Climbing Trees? Argan oil has been a beauty buzzword for the last several years. Pressed from the nuts of the Moroccan argan tree, this light, golden oil has significant anti-inflammatory properties, and is found in countless hair and skin care products. Argan oil is also considered a...

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