In brief: Ash cloud still grounding flights in South America
Tourists could soon be paying extra to visit Cornwall, California’s Highway 1 reopens, an ash cloud continues grounding planes in South America, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Ash cloud continues grounding planes in South America
Flights resumed Wednesday after an ash cloud, spewed out from Chile's Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcanic range, grounded planes earlier in the week. But changing winds have pushed the cloud back across Southern Argentina, grounding all flights from Buenos Aires and many from Montevideo, Uruguay Thursday, the BBC reports. Even the presidents of the two countries couldn't take off, according to the Associated Press.
Cornwall considers taxing tourists
As Britons flock to Cornwall to soak up the summer sun on England's best beaches, Cornwall's population grows from 500,000 to 5 million. According to BBC News, the Cornwall Council is trying to further capitalise on holidaymakers by instituting a £1-a-night tourist tax it hopes will help raise £26m a year, corporate director for the economy, Tom Flanagan said Thursday. The move is sure to irk visitors, and it has already stirred up controversy among businesspeople who believe it could deter tourists who already bring a major boost to the area's economy.
Study confirms you probably shouldn’t use electronics during takeoff
If you happen to secretly listen to your iPod or play Angry Birds on your phone during takeoff, it turns out you might actually be contributing to dangerous electronic interference. A report by the International Air Transport Association documents 75 incidents of electronic interference — most of which affected navigation and communication systems, as well as flight controls — that pilots and crew members believed were caused by personal electronic devices, ABC News reports. However, a direct connection could not be verified.
California’s Highway 1 reopens
The coastal highway finally reopened yesterday afternoon after a landslide forced it to close for nearly two months. Before the road reopened, visitors coming from both directions were forced to bypass one of America's most beautiful drives or take a several-hour detour to access Big Sur and surrounding state parks. Despite welcome news that traffic is rolling, plenty of work still needs to be done on other parts of the highway, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Avoid pedestrians, construction, taxis – and fines -- when cycling in New York
Cycling in New York comes with plenty of obstacles — pedestrians, construction and taxis (watch out for the yellow ones, they don't stop!) to name a few. So, thank goodness there are bike lanes! But the lanes designated for biking can be just as hazardous as the rest of the road, which cyclist Casey Neistat proved with an amazing video he produced after being fined for riding outside the bike lane.
"With their oversized backpacks, waterproof capris, and sneaker-sandal hybrids, the traveler is perhaps the most immediately identifiable type of passenger. …Excited by the prospect of making a new worldly friend, you work up the courage to practice your high school level French with them. Unimpressed, they explain to you that they’re Dutch and promptly return to reading their existentialist literature."
In a satirical piece for Thought Catalog, Andrew McFarland explains the five people you meet on a Chinatown Bus. Budget buses that depart New York's Chinatown for East Coast cities offer incredibly low prices, and subsequently an interesting mix of characters