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Facebook, Instagram Release Top Checked-in Locations of 2013

Facebook, Instagram Release Top Checked-in Locations of 2013 Dec 13th, 2013 at 2:23PM: Alamy Photo-sharing app Instagram and Facebook, a website your parents visit, released lists of their users most checked-in locations for 2013 earlier this week. Congratulations to Disneyland for being the top U.S. spot for Facebook check-ins and the third most photographed location on Instagram. And props to all of Canada: its most checked-in location was a hockey arena. Here are both...

There's a Japanese Travel Agency for Stuffed Animals (Because of Course There Is)

There's a Japanese Travel Agency for Stuffed Animals (Because of Course There Is) Oct 22nd, 2013 at 12:15PM: Unagi Travel, Facebook You think you're feeling cooped up and need to get out and explore? What about that teddy bear of yours that hasn't emerged from your storage closet since 1985? A Japanese travel agency, Unagi Travel, which calls itself a "travel agency for stuffed animals," has been taking plush animals on trips for the last three years. Why? To allow their owners to live vicariously...

Airlines Can't Keep Up With Customers' Social Media Complaints

Airlines Can't Keep Up With Customers' Social Media Complaints Sep 5th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Flickr user Patcard Days after the son of an irate passenger bought a promoted tweet to shame British Airways, a second European airline is feeling the sting of a social media barrage aimed at its alleged ineptitude. Air Berlin flight 8109 took off on August 9 without a single piece of checked baggage for the 200 passengers on board. Making matters even worse, it couldn't locate any of the bags...

Gummy Bear Art Car Takes Grand Tour

Gummy Bear Art Car Takes Grand Tour Aug 30th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Courtesy of Alex Leuchte Sometimes an "only in New York" moment has a more global story. On a rainy afternoon this week in Manhattan, my friend visiting from Germany was excited to spot a Mercedes with Munich plates. The car had a distinctive pattern covering its exterior, we debated whether it was metal, fabric or beads, but the actual decoration is much sweeter: gummy bears. The back window...

3 Tools For Finding Friends On the Road

3 Tools For Finding Friends On the Road Aug 26th, 2013 at 12:30PM: Facebook.com In the age of smartphones and social networks, it seems rare that anyone would ever be lonely. But technology doesn't always fill the void for some good old fashioned personal contact. When you're on the road, these tools and social sites can help you find a friend in a city full of strangers -- and in some cases, you might end up saving money, too. Graph Search Good For: Anyone...

#CheckIn: Hotels Cater To The Social Media Obsessed

Jul 29th, 2013 at 1:15PM: Some people just can't break away from their networks when they travel -- and hotels are catching on. The social media-obsessed can update their statuses (complete with pictures of themselves) at Facebook kiosks set up around the Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel, and at the Sol Wave House in Majorca, a special web application only available on the hotel's Wi-Fi network allows guests to share pictures...

An App For Apps Makes Travel Easier, Maybe Too Easy

An App For Apps Makes Travel Easier, Maybe Too Easy Jul 17th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Joe Lanman/Flickr In the world of travel apps, we've seen geo-based, crowd-sourced and sharing technology that has opened up a lot of possibilities for travelers. We can automatically create a travel log with one, find a hotel on the fly with another and map our way through unknown lands with ease. The result? A home screen full of apps that demand to be sorted, modified and updated to be useful....

Passengers Refuse Startup Millionaire's $100 Offer To Switch Seats

Passengers Refuse Startup Millionaire's $100 Offer To Switch Seats Jul 16th, 2013 at 11:15AM: Facebook Would you switch seats on a transatlantic flight if someone offered you $100? Jason Goldberg, founder and CEO of online shopping website Fab.com, can't seem to understand why someone refused that same offer. The startup millionaire asked surrounding passengers to trade seats so he could get work done with his business partner on a flight from Sweden to the United States. The...

Will Instagram's New Embed Function Change Travel Blogging?

Jul 10th, 2013 at 5:30PM: Instagram just announced users now have the ability to embed photos and videos, a move that has the potential to change the face of travel blogging. Now, even novices will be able to bypass fancy editing software and the hassle of YouTube or Vimeo uploads. Short clips can be composed, edited, uploaded and pasted to websites in a matter of minutes -- while simultaneously being shared across...

What Would You Do With One Million Loyalty Points?

What Would You Do With One Million Loyalty Points? Jun 29th, 2013 at 3:00PM: the Italian voice/Flickr That's the question 10 lucky winners will need to decide in Best Western International's Loyalty Millionaires promotion, a part of their 25th anniversary celebration. Two randomly selected winners will be chosen each week through July 14, each winning one million bonus points to redeem in any way they like, and not just on hotel rooms either. "Whether it's a trip with...

Video: Spinning Gold In Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

May 29th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Earlier this year in Istanbul, I was lucky enough to stumble upon a man who spins gold thread at the Grand Bazaar. His noisy workshop is tucked into a courtyard off one of the bazaar's main "streets," past a few jewelry kiosks and before a reasonably clean but squat-style toilet. Huge fan belts crisscross the room and antique machines creak and spin spools of thread in metallic and bright...

Travel App Upgrades Add Value, Reduce Frustration

Travel App Upgrades Add Value, Reduce Frustration May 14th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Taking the skeptical point of view on travel apps can be dangerous. But with so many apps from a variety of sources doing their rendition of the technology du jour, it is easy to dismiss the lot of them as more of the same. Sometimes though, tiny updates to existing apps can make them a valuable addition to our soft travel gear. Travel Plans In One Place, Now With Ground Options Subscribers to...

Travel-Related Websites That Really Engage Their Customers

Travel-Related Websites That Really Engage Their Customers May 6th, 2013 at 3:00PM: They all talk about it. "Like us on Facebook," "Follow us on Twitter" and "Read our blog," say travel-related websites selling everything from guidebooks to airline flights, gear and gum. Many give us little reason to like them, follow them or do anything other than buy their products on the way to the next online destination. But some travel seller sites actually do put some time and effort into...

Australians Outraged Over Qantas Pork Ban

Australians Outraged Over Qantas Pork Ban Apr 11th, 2013 at 1:30PM: To the outrage of some Australians, pigs can no longer fly on Qantas airlines. Many meat eaters can talk for hours about their love of bacon, but when the airline took pork off their menu the company's Facebook and Twitter pages were bombarded with racist and religiously offensive comments. On the heels of a new partnership with Dubai-based Emirates airline, Qantas removed the meat from some...

Get Personalized Guides For Food And Drink With Eight Spots

Get Personalized Guides For Food And Drink With Eight Spots Mar 28th, 2013 at 2:00PM: If you are traveling in a big city and want restaurant recommendations, it can be overwhelming to turn to online review sites like Trip Advisor or Yelp that list hundreds of places, many of which are irrelevant to your tastes and preferences. A new website launches today, giving you personalized guides of where to eat and drink, focused on spots you'll like. Eight Spots gives you just that: a list...

The Kimchi-ite: 10 More Differences Between South Korea And The Rest Of The World

The Kimchi-ite: 10 More Differences Between South Korea And The Rest Of The World Mar 22nd, 2013 at 3:00PM: In the U.S., there is the art of tipping. In Finland, there is no such thing as college tuition; it's almost completely subsidized by tax Euros. And in Ethiopia, food is eaten only with the bare right hand. Given South Korea's unique history and culture within Asia, there is no shortage of comparisons that can be made between it and the rest of the world. Even though I already reported on "10...

Facebook Timeline For Travel Industry

Facebook Timeline For Travel Industry Mar 21st, 2013 at 1:00PM: 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 with the 1,000,000,000 international tourist arrival in December 2012, it puts the whole development of tourism in context....

Half The Sky Launches Facebook Game To Provide Funding For Women And Girls Worldwide

Half The Sky Launches Facebook Game To Provide Funding For Women And Girls Worldwide Feb 20th, 2013 at 3:00PM: About 300 million people play social games on Facebook per month. Now imagine if even a fraction of their time was spent playing games that could trigger funding for positive causes. That's the concept behind "Half the Sky Movement: The Game," a new Facebook game that engages players in a series of stories and adventures related to the challenges facing women and girls worldwide. The journey...

Stricken Cruise Ship Passengers Make Most Of Bad Situation

Stricken Cruise Ship Passengers Make Most Of Bad Situation Feb 13th, 2013 at 1:30PM: Life on board stricken cruise ship Carnival Triumph is far from the travel brochure promise of sandy beaches and warm Caribbean nights. As the ship is being towed to shore after an engine room fire knocked out the ship's propulsion, passengers have had quite a different experience than what they bargained for. Still, experienced travelers know that not everything goes as planned and making the...

Around The World Without Flying, Irish Guy Wages War On Thoughtless Living

Around The World Without Flying, Irish Guy Wages War On Thoughtless Living Nov 13th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Traveling around the world without flying, Ireland's Niall Doherty quit his regular 9-to-5 job a little over a year ago, choosing to pursue his passions and help others escape mediocrity. Living a nomadic life ever since, Doherty has never stayed in one place more than four months and is quick to reveal his secret to breaking away and doing life his way. "I work online, meaning I can work...

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