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Ryanair Officially Tries to Be Nicer

Ryanair Officially Tries to Be Nicer Oct 29th, 2013 at 2:30PM: Shutterstock / Peshkova In this day and age of social media, it's getting harder and harder for airlines to get away with bad behavior. Lose someone's luggage? You'll hear about it within minutes of them landing. Serve a bad meal? Expect that to go viral on Instagram. If your customer service isn't spot-on, you'll be sure to hear about it. But one airline has consistently refused to bow to...

Heathrow is Now the Most Family Friendly European Airport . . . After Being the Least

Heathrow is Now the Most Family Friendly European Airport . . . After Being the Least Oct 22nd, 2013 at 2:00PM: srv007, Flickr Rethink your travel plans families: if you're adventuring with children, the best airport you can travel to, from and through in Europe is London Heathrow. That's a big deal if you consider the fact that only last year it was ranked as the worst. The rankings come via Skyscanner, which did a study focusing on families with children under 4 years old and looked at travel from...

Killer Hornets Are Taking Over China - and Europe Might be Next

Killer Hornets Are Taking Over China - and Europe Might be Next Oct 1st, 2013 at 11:45AM: woodleywonderworks, Flickr Planning a trip to China soon? Watch out for killer hornets. It's not just the country's pollution that's bad for you; Asian giant hornets have been making their way into Shaanxi Province recently, and at the size of your thumb, they're not only a threat to local honeybees but humans as well. The hornets can actually be fatal, and the stats aren't encouraging. In city...

Hiker Finds Over $300,000 Worth Of Buried Treasure In The Alps

Hiker Finds Over $300,000 Worth Of Buried Treasure In The Alps Sep 27th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Tom Fahy, Flickr It sounds like something out of a movie, but a mountaineer scaling the Alps has come across a valuable stash of jewels including emeralds, sapphires, and rubies, buried in the snow -- a treasure trove estimated to be worth $332,000. The French climber stumbled across a metal box while scaling Mont Blanc, Europe's highest peak, earlier this month. Upon opening it, the hiker...

Get A Free Ride With Your New Car: European Delivery Programs

Get A Free Ride With Your New Car: European Delivery Programs Sep 11th, 2013 at 10:35AM: Like many longtime New Yorkers, I don't own a car and know little about the finer points of purchasing or owning a vehicle. A recent Volvo ad caught my eye in an airline in-flight magazine: If you purchase your car and pick it up in Sweden, they'll pick up the tab on your trip. A new car and free travel? This was something I could get behind! Doing some research, I discovered quite a few of the...

Is This The Death Of The College Visit?

Is This The Death Of The College Visit? Aug 26th, 2013 at 10:30AM: YouVisit.com Would you enroll at a university without ever setting foot on campus? A new website, YouVisit.com, is making it easier to scope out colleges by offering virtual guides and professional photos for hundreds of campuses. Prospective students and their parents can scope out everything from the college green to the inside of dining halls -- and they don't have to pay a penny for the...

Will Hostels Ever Catch On In America?

Will Hostels Ever Catch On In America? Aug 22nd, 2013 at 5:00PM: nest hostels valencia, Flickr Ask an average American if he or she would stay at a hostel and you'll probably get a puzzled look. If Americans even have a clue what hostels are, they probably associate them with young budget travelers looking to party. On top of that, they probably think hostels only exist in Europe. But the reality is, there are approximately 350 hostels in the United States,...

World's Worst Artist Set To Make A Fortune

World's Worst Artist Set To Make A Fortune Aug 22nd, 2013 at 9:30AM: Wikimedia Commons Cecilia Gimenez became a laughing stock last year when her bungled attempt to restore a 19th century painting went viral, but now it looks like she'll be laughing all the way to the bank. The 82-year-old tried to fix the flaking fresco titled Ecce Homo by Elías García Martínez at her local church, the Santuario de Misericordia in Borja, Spain. The result...

Tourists In Venice Shocked By €100 Coffee Bill

Tourists In Venice Shocked By €100 Coffee Bill Aug 21st, 2013 at 4:30PM: Richard, enjoy my life! Flickr It's no secret that Europe is an expensive travel destination, but sometimes even Europeans are shocked to discover just how pricey their homeland can be. A group of tourists from Rome got a nasty shock after enjoying a caffeine fix at a café in Venice. The travelers had taken a seat outdoors at the well-known Caffe Lavena in St. Mark's Square where they...

Why Do We Give Countries Different Names?

Why Do We Give Countries Different Names? Aug 15th, 2013 at 1:30PM: EndonymMap.com You booked a trip to Germany, so why does your passport stamp say Deutschland? Your name didn't change from John to Johann, so why should the country's name change? If you've ever wondered why countries go by different names in different languages, you can check out the Endonym map, that displays each country by their own name. Endonyms are a country's name within its own borders...

Video Of The Day: The $20,000 Timelapse Of Europe

Aug 13th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Kickstarter campaigns seem to be all the rage lately -- but it's more rare to see the finished product of whatever campaign passes through the news. Luke Shepard, an American student studying abroad at the American University of Paris, took three months to visit 36 cities in 21 countries. After shooting thousands of photographs, he strung them together in post-production to produce Nightvision....

Running Of The Bulls Comes To America

Running Of The Bulls Comes To America Aug 6th, 2013 at 11:30AM: klmcmahon, Flickr Daredevil tourists no longer need to head to Pamplona, Spain to be chased by bulls. A company called The Great Bull Run is bringing a stampede of Spanish-inspired bull runs to ten cities across the United States. About 5,000 people have already signed up to take part in the first festival, which will take place later this month just outside of Richmond, Virginia. These bull...

Great Comeback Cities For Travel

Great Comeback Cities For Travel Aug 1st, 2013 at 11:03AM: Flickr, Michigan Municipal League Recently, the former automotive boomtown of Detroit made history by filing for bankruptcy, making it an easy butt of jokes on Twitter and in the news. However, Motown has also been making strides to become America's great comeback city, with artists and entrepreneurs lured by cheap rents, and innovative projects happening all over town (disclosure: I'm a big fan...

Tiny Spanish Village Hopes to Profit From Antiquities Thief

Tiny Spanish Village Hopes to Profit From Antiquities Thief Jul 23rd, 2013 at 3:00PM: Should a town have the right to display looted antiquities stolen by one of its residents? According to an intriguing piece by Suzanne Daley in The New York Times this morning, the mayor of tiny Aranda de Moncayo, Spain, population 200, thinks they should. A 60-year-old village resident named Ricardo Granada unearthed some 4,000 antiquities using primitive implements, like a metal detector and a...

48 Hours In Brussels: 5 Budget-Friendly Things Not To Miss

48 Hours In Brussels: 5 Budget-Friendly Things Not To Miss Jul 10th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Anna Brones Beyond beer and the European Parliament I wasn't sure what Brussels had to offer. Oh wait, waffles, there had to be waffles. Brussels often gets a bad rap. Maybe it's because one of the iconic tourist symbols is a statue of a peeing boy, or maybe it's because in having the headquarters of several major IGOs, it has a very business feel, but either way, if you choose to skip...

Heathrow Or Frankfurt: Two Of The World's Worst Airports?

Heathrow Or Frankfurt: Two Of The World's Worst Airports? Jun 30th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Air travel can be a tribulation anywhere but traveling through the world's mega-airports is never high on my list of fun things to do. Last week, I spent some time at Heathrow (in London) and at Frankfurt International airport - two of the world's dozen busiest, and some would say best-avoided, airports. These temples of transit require travelers to demonstrate the patience of Job, the endurance...

Bruges: 7 Reasons The 'Venice Of Belgium' Is Worth Visiting

Bruges: 7 Reasons The 'Venice Of Belgium' Is Worth Visiting Jun 27th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Anna Brones The only memory I had of the Belgian city Bruges was thanks to the black comedy film "In Bruges," where the city is more or less equated to some form of purgatory. The only image I had retained was a grey, misty and dismal city with not much going for it. Not the case. An easy day trip from Brussels, Bruges is worth your time, and not just if your obsessed with waffles. If...

Europe Hit By Wave Of Air Traffic Controller Strikes

Europe Hit By Wave Of Air Traffic Controller Strikes Jun 11th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Mark Brouwer The French air traffic controller union is on strike and will soon be followed by those of nine other European nations, the BBC reports. The strike is being launched in protest against European Union plans to form regional blocs for air traffic control. It says this will be more efficient than the current national system and will reduce flight distances. The unions say it reduces...

Photo Of The Day: Guatemalan Ice Cream Truck

Photo Of The Day: Guatemalan Ice Cream Truck Jun 6th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Adam Baker, Flickr I'm traveling in Sicily this week, and was reminded how crummy the aptly named Continental breakfast can be in this part of Europe: a cup of coffee (the only time of day it is socially acceptable to have a cappuccino, incidentally) and a roll or small pastry. While I'm not a person who starts every day with steak, eggs and a short stack, the Italian "breakfast" makes me yearn...

Cruise Lines Flee Europe, Blame High Airfare, Again

Cruise Lines Flee Europe, Blame High Airfare, Again May 28th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Chris Owen North American cruise lines really want to be friends with travelers from Europe. A number of times, various cruise lines have scheduled their largest deployment ever to Europe, only to pull back later when demand for their services was less than anticipated. Looking ahead to 2014, that trend looks to be continuing as major North American cruise brands cut back on European deployment....

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