In brief: A round-up of today's news
TripAdvisor users made vulnerable, Hawaii goes on sale, a mudslide on California's Highway 1 and more. Here are the top stories that travellers are buzzing about:
TripAdvisor hacked, some member e-mails stolen
If you use TripAdvisor, you may start receiving more spam from strangers. The world's largest travel site said yesterday that a computer hacker had stolen many user e-mail addresses. Passwords and other information remain safe, however.
Hawaii hotels on sale, as many Japanese cancel trips
Tourism to the Aloha state has dropped by 19% . The main reason? Many Japanese travellers are cancelling their trips after natural and manmade disasters at home. Each year, about 1.9 million Japanese visit Hawaii. Now, the state's hotel owners hope to put "heads in beds" by deeply discounting rooms for all visitors.
Mudslide closes part of California's Highway 1
Considered one of America's most beautiful drives, a stretch of Highway 1 along the Central California coastline is closed. A landslide on Thursday afternoon hit the freeway 13 miles south of Carmel. An earlier slide has shuttered another point, about 25 miles south of Big Sur. Travellers should plan alternate routes, says the LA Times.
The mega retweet
We scour Twitter and republish a standout travel tweet.
While I dislike music on almost any website, I will make an exception for SNCF (French trains) - they have their own radio station
- @501places (Andy Jarosz)
Freelance writer Jarosz pointed out this morning that the official website for French Railways has background music from SNCF La Radio. The station broadcasts a mix of regional train traffic reports and euro-pop music.