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10 tips for staying fit while traveling

February 08, 2018

The good news about travel is that it breaks us out of usual patterns and makes our lives less repetitive. The bad news about travel is that it breaks us out of the routines we don’t want interrupted: diet and exercise. It doesn’t have to be that way. A well-planned trip can easily include good nutrition at least a moderate degree of exercise that keeps us fit while on the road, which is especially important for business travelers with aggressive schedules. Here are 10 tips for staying fit while traveling … (click on the headline to continue reading)

25 of the best travel movies of all time

January 22, 2018

Few things inspire us to travel like movies do. They take us to the places we want to go. Which begs the questions, which travel movies have made the biggest impact on viewers? Which are the most inspiring of them all? One of the organizations that has taken the effort to rank some of Hollywood’s greatest travel movies is IMDb, one of the world’s most popular sources for movie, TV and celebrity content, with 250 million unique monthly visitors. The ten highest ranked travel movies, based on the 10-star rating system used by IMDb, are listed here with a very brief description of each … (click on the headline to continue reading)

The storied Boeing 747, world’s first jumbo jet, is cleared for retirement

January 11, 2018

Ask a person to name a passenger airliner and the first numbers that will pass their lips will most likely be the 747. The so-called Queen of the Skies, aviation’s first jumbo jet, is being retired after more than four decades of operation and carrying over 3.5 billion passengers the world over. The 747, manufactured by Boeing Company, started carrying passengers in 1970, when its big selling point was that it could transport 400-plus passengers, more than twice as many as the largest airliner previously in use. Despite its storied history and longtime dominance, the 747 is being phased out in favor of lighter, more environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient jets, such as Boeing’s 777 and 787 Dreamliner. Two of the largest U.S. air carriers, United and Delta, announced last year they were retiring the 747 from their fleets. United sent one of its last 747s on a farewell tour of its major hubs during the fall of 2017. Seats on the airline’s final 747 flight from San Francisco to Honolulu took place in November and sold out within … (click on the headline to continue reading)

Air travel survival tips for the holidays

December 21, 2017

Imagine you’re preparing for holiday travel, only to find out that your American Airlines flight is in danger of being canceled because of a scheduling glitch that created a vast shortage of pilots during Christmas and New Year’s. Or, you’re at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International — the world’s busiest airport — when a sudden power outage shuts down the terminals and forces the cancellation of hundreds of flights. In the first case, American Airlines took emergency measure to rectify the glitch and restore its flight schedule, much to the chagrin of pilots who lost out on their holiday time off. In the second case, travelers were not so fortunate, as it took nearly 11 hours to restore power to Hartsfield-Jackson International. Both cases — and many others throughout the history of aviation — underscore the necessity to be prepared for the unforeseen with some survival tips, especially since well over 6 million people are scheduled to travel by air this holiday season. Given the prospects that things could go wrong at certain airports or airlines, reporter Kara Driscoll of the Dayton Daily News drafted a story suggesting air travelers observe these five travel tips … (click on the headline to continue reading)

Over the top: Automated drone taxis promise to fly travelers to their destinations

December 13, 2017

One of the great things about technology is that it has advanced to the point that it is now showing the promise of solving problems that have previously been considered intractable. Think about self-driving cars ability to substantially reduce the number of accidents (almost all accidents are human error) and, hence, vastly improve traffic flow on busy highways and thoroughfares. The full deployment of self-driving cars could take a long time, though, and is an expensive proposition, at least in the near term. Yet another transportation technology that could leapfrog driverless cars is about to be deployed in Dubai and probably many other cities in the not-too-distant future. They are self-navigating drone taxis that can be called to the scene via an app on your smart phone, so you can be transported by air to the destination, without the time and frustration involved in traffic jams. The Volocopter, manufacturer by a German company, is the drone in question, though a competing Chinese company named eHang was supposed to be the first to launch a fleet of flying taxis in the city, but its plans appear to have … (click on the headline to continue reading)