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Airbnb Produces Short Film Made Out Of 6-Second Vines

Sep 24th, 2013 at 4:15PM: Think a 6-second video isn't long enough to tell a story? How about 600 seconds? Airbnb produced an impressive short film with their Hollywood & Vines project. Screenwriter Ben York Jones, known for the prize-winning film "Like Crazy" about a long-distance romance, came up with the simple concept of the journey of a piece of paper (lots of paper airplanes are involved). After the...

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...

Remembering The 'World's Most Dangerous Amusement Park'

Sep 3rd, 2013 at 4:00PM: Amusement park safety has been a hot topic this summer. After a deadly fall from a Six Flags roller coaster in July, even minor injuries have been making headlines. But are amusement parks really as dangerous as they used to be? A new documentary sheds light on what Mashable is calling "The World's Most Dangerous Amusement Park," a New Jersey waterpark called Action Park that closed in 1996....

Got A Complaint About An Airline? Buy a Promoted Tweet.

Got A Complaint About An Airline? Buy a Promoted Tweet. Sep 3rd, 2013 at 2:00PM: Pete, Flickr Social media, in particular Twitter, has completely changed how airlines do customer service. Whereas once you would have to type an official complaint letter and send it to corporate headquarters, or give call the customer service hotline, nowadays you can simply post your feelings to the wide world of the internet, in the hopes that the company will pay attention. But while...

#lpmemories: Some Personal Reminiscences And Reflections

#lpmemories: Some Personal Reminiscences And Reflections Aug 2nd, 2013 at 9:00AM: When news emanated from the Melbourne headquarters of Lonely Planet two weeks ago that the iconic publisher of guidebooks and related travel titles was laying off up to 80 editors and other staffers, shock waves reverberated throughout the travelsphere. LP is the world's largest guidebook publisher, with 500 titles covering 195 countries, produced by hundreds of writers and editors, and...

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...

#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...

Penn Station And The Meaning Of Life In 4 Tweets

Jul 23rd, 2013 at 12:46PM: "Up in the Air" author Walter Kirn, "Absurdistan" author and travel writer Gary Shteyngart, and author of more books than some people will ever read, Joyce Carol Oates, had the following exchange on Twitter this morning. If you've ever traveled through New York's Penn Station, the sentiments might feel familiar. @walterkirn Penn Station no more labyrinthine or forbidding than life, once...

Twitter Users Give Bankrupt Detroit New Tourism Slogans

Jul 19th, 2013 at 12:48PM: With a budget deficit believed to be upwards of $380 million and long-term debt that could be as much as $20 billion, Detroit has officially filed for bankruptcy. The city's dire situation is no laughing matter, but Twitter users have made the once mighty Motor City the butt of their jokes using the hashtag #NewDetroitCityMottos. Here's a slideshow with a few suggested tourism slogans that made...

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 Staten Island Ferry Commuters Really Think Of Statue Of Liberty Tourists

What Staten Island Ferry Commuters Really Think Of Statue Of Liberty Tourists Jul 4th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Josh Michtom, Flickr New York's Staten Island Ferry carries a whopping 75,000 people each day. This includes thousands of tourists looking to snap obligatory photos of the Statue of Liberty, much to the grumbly dismay of seasoned commuters. As the Statue of Liberty reopens for the first time since Hurricane Sandy today, it will likely offer commuters some welcomed respite from the droves of...

Subway Hack Guarantees You'll Always Have A Handle

Subway Hack Guarantees You'll Always Have A Handle Jun 25th, 2013 at 3:00PM: @__NachT__, Twitter In a move that would make video game legends Mario and Luigi proud, a woman used a toilet plunger suctioned to the roof of a subway car to help stabilize herself. It's likely that the picture, which surfaced on Twitter, is just staged for video game lovers, but it's kind of an ingenious way to keep standing when there's no place to sit and no hand rail in sight. That's not...

Learn Spanish With Lonely Planet's Fluent Road

Learn Spanish With Lonely Planet's Fluent Road Jun 13th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Courtesy of FluentRoad.com Traveling to Spain or Latin America this summer and want to say more than "Donde esta el bano?" (though, that's an important one to know)? Lonely Planet has just launched a new online foreign language program, Fluent Road, partnering with Spanish language program Fluenz. The focus is on Spanish for now, but you can choose from dialects from Argentina, "neutral" Latin...

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...

Galley Gossip: 10 Ways To Handle A Tight Connection

Galley Gossip: 10 Ways To Handle A Tight Connection May 3rd, 2013 at 11:00AM: 1. Book wisely. If you need to be somewhere really important, it's probably not a good idea to book your flights with less than an hour between them. Even an hour is pushing it. An hour and a half is good. Two hours, even better. Whatever you do, don't take the last flight out! Delays happen. So do cancelations. 2. Pay the extra fee. If you're the anxious type and travel is stressful, pay the...

Travel Farther To Be Happier, Says Science

Travel Farther To Be Happier, Says Science Apr 12th, 2013 at 3:00PM: In a new study conducted at the University of Vermont, researchers have discovered that the farther you are from home, the happier you are. The BBC reports that social scientists mined data from 37 million geotagged tweets sent by 180,000 people to determine the correlation between happiness and travel, in a science that The New York Times calls "twitterology." Tweeters' happiness was...

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...

Roger Ebert, Travel Writer

Roger Ebert, Travel Writer Apr 10th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Last week, the world lost one of the all-time great film critics, when Roger Ebert passed away at age 70. He was mostly known for his love of movies and long career reviewing them at the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as his witty and wide-reaching Twitter feed. Roger was first and foremost a journalist, and he applied his curiosity and ease of language to many things, including travel. If you...

13 Travel Tweeters That Drive Us Crazy

13 Travel Tweeters That Drive Us Crazy Apr 5th, 2013 at 1:00PM: With more than 50 million active users logging in every day, it comes as no surprise that Twitter has its fair share of obnoxious tweeters. The travel industry is far from exempt from annoying irritating users, so (just for laughs!) the Gadling team put our heads together and profiled 14 of the most eye roll-inducing tweeting types in our feeds. That's not to say our bloggers haven't been...

Arthur Frommer Will Again Publish Guidebooks

Arthur Frommer Will Again Publish Guidebooks Apr 4th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Last week, I wrote a lengthy tribute to guidebooks and the sad news that Frommer's guidebooks would cease publication, and many readers here and on Twitter shared in my grief. Well, it's time to remove the black armbands, because Arthur and his trusty guides are back! Don't place your orders just yet; there's still a lot up in the air, but the key news is that Arthur Frommer has reacquired his...

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