Every Friday, we help you navigate the week’s most
important and interesting travel news stories.
Amazing things that should happen more often
Rebooking a hotel room
right before heading on a trip is a way travellers can snag a cheaper rate.
Keep in mind, though, the hack is still a gamble. [Lifehacker]
Photos and videos that went viral on the Web this week
These 50 photos of 50 US states show the natural beauty and diversity of the world's
third largest country. [Twisted Sifter]
The glory days of air travel are over, and it's not just about the death of
free checked luggage and a bag of peanuts. These photos of flight attendant fashion through the ages will make you miss
the good old days. [Paper Magazine]
Ready for takeoff
All set to go, but too soon to tell what’s ahead
Airlines will try anything to save a
buck. In an attempt to cut 30 million rupees in fuel costs, Indian airline Go
Air announced it will employ only
lightweight female flight attendants. Clever PR move or new method of discrimination?
Fans worldwide have found different
ways to pay tribute to beloved actor James Gandolfini, who died last week. For
some that meant going to New Jersey for a Soprano's tour, which has seen a sharp increase in guests since the
star's death. [Skift]
Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky
A United Airlines crew forgot to bring toilet paper on a 10-hour flight from San Francisco to London.
Eventually, they passed out extra cocktail napkins to be used instead, but
passengers were not exactly thrilled. [New York Daily News]
Ride share apps like Lyft and
Sidecar are at the centre of a legal transit debate in Los Angeles, where cab
drivers are claiming they are illegal taxis and protesting the services.
Twenty tourists were stranded in the Canadian Arctic
when a 3.5 square mile sheet of ice they were on broke off and starting
floating along. All were rescued and are now safely back on land. [CNN]
Taking to the road with solely a GPS
system might not be the best way to travel. Apparently 63% of GPS users have been
misdirected before, some of which ended up in extreme and dangerous situations.
One woman was stranded for three days in Death Valley with her daughter and a
friend because of faulty GPS guidance. [Today]
It’s a no-go
The Dreamliner nightmare just won't seem to go away. In the last 10 days, four Boeing 787s have
been grounded for reasons ranging from brake indicator problems to broken air
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