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Luggage with high-tech gadgets that would make even James Bond proud

May 22, 2016

One of the things travelers worry about most is their luggage. It gets lost. It gets stolen. It gets damaged. Lost or stolen luggage is a tremendous headache. Nothing gets a trip off to a bad start like arriving at our destination only to realize that we don’t have a change of clothing or toiletries for our morning and evening ablutions. Luggage manufacturers have not exactly been leading innovators. As CIO magazine puts it: “Luggage is long overdue for some serious innovation. The last big breakthrough — wheeled suitcases — rolled out in 1970.” Things are finally changing on that front. Crowdfunded startup companies and traditional brand-name luggage companies seem to have suddenly realized the market opportunity, and they are adding wi-fi hot spots, Bluetooth, SIM cards, GPS and built-in batteries to their latest line of products. One of the most useful built-in technologies of so-called smart luggage is … (click on the headline to continue reading)

15 apps that make a difference for travelers

May 10, 2016

“There is an app for that” has become a cliché of the technological era. Clichés become clichés for a reason. There really is an app — a self-contained program or piece of software code designed to fulfill a particular purpose — for just about anything you can think of. So it’s no surprise that there are dozens and dozens of apps (short for applications) for travelers. There are so many travel apps that the average person would have a difficult time sorting the standouts from the also-rans. Not to worry. This week’s posting will alert you to some of the best travel apps available, and easily downloadable onto your smart phone or tablet. The following is a list of some of the most useful travel apps that we have gathered from sources such as The Guardian, Forbes magazine and Buzzfeed … (click on the headline to continue reading)

Artificial intelligence and the future of travel

April 22, 2016

First of all, artificial intelligence is a misnomer. There is nothing artificial about computerized intelligence that beats human beings at chess and Jeopardy. It would better be stated as machine intelligence or non-organic intelligence. To maintain continuity with conventional usage, we will refer to it as artificial intelligence in this posting. Was that a snicker I heard? If you think artificial intelligence is one of those flights of fancy that dreamers like to embrace, think again. Its implications and applications will be far and wide, including in the travel industry. That assessment comes from no less an authority than Internet and hospitality mogul Barry Diller. Diller, the chairman and senior executive of Expedia and IAC/InterActiveCorp., flatly states that … (click on the headline to continue reading)

The boutique hotel era

April 11, 2016

Quite a number of years ago Steve Jobs figured out that people’s buying decision and customer satisfaction was driven by the “user experience” — which involved everything from artistic design to easy operation to smart packaging. Many have learned from that lesson, embodied by Steve Jobs and Apple, and embraced it for their own organizations. They are among the chief reasons the boutique hotel era has taken the travel business by storm. Travelers have an expectation of a “total experience.” They tend to find that more readily in smaller, more intimate settings. In a phrase, the boutique hotel. Why do local boutique hotels beat the big-brand multinationals for so many travelers? As food and travel writer Lara Dunston puts it: “We’ll take more intimate, interesting, idiosyncratic accommodation, preferably family-owned — in other words, places with stories to tell — over large, characterless franchises owned by big corporations any day.” When choosing a boutique hotel, we would advise focusing on the characteristics that are the hallmarks of the boutique hotel sector. Those include … (click on the headline to continue reading)

11 tips for getting quality sleep on jetliners

March 25, 2016

The hard part of travel is the travel. It’s the destination that we’re all excited and energized about. But first we have to get there and (unless you’re a world-class sleeper) it is hard to sleep on an airliner. They’re crowded and noisy, and if you’re airborne for many hours it can drain our energy and make our first day at our destination a listless one. The same is true for our first day back home. Not the way we like to start and finish our business or leisure travel. This is especially true when we are crossing into different time zones. Studies have shown that lack of sleep can decrease brain performance by 20 percent. Obviously, getting some quality sleep on flights to and from our destination can make a big difference. Fortunately there are ways to maximize our prospects for finding our way into the Land of Nod, even at 30,000 feet. And if you want some really good tips about how to get shuteye on your flight, consider these suggestions … (click on the headline to continue reading)