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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)

New sleep technologies that can aid sleep-deprived travelers

November 27, 2017

It is often more difficult to get a full night’s sleep while traveling. But the truth is, a very high percentage of us have trouble sleeping whether at home or traveling. Some 41 million Americans alone (30 percent of the U.S. population) are sleep-deprived — sleeping six or fewer hours per night — according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you’re wondering if you are suffering from lack of sleep, consider this list of sleep-deprivation symptoms from Health.com: You’re always hungry. You’ve gained weight. You’re more impulsive. Your memory isn’t what it used to be. You’re having trouble making decisions. Your motor skills (coordination) is off. Your emotions are erratic. You’re getting sick often. Your complexion is blemished. Keep in mind that lack of sleep can be a serious health issue. The good news is that there are a host of new tech gadgets that poor sleepers can use to enhance their nighttime rest … (click on the headline to continue reading)

High-flying luxury for airline passengers willing to pay a premium

November 18, 2017

Luxury on some of the world’s airlines has never been more luxurious for those with the means and desire for extra space and special attention from airline crews. Consider some of the most luxurious options. Qatar Airways has introduced double beds with privacy panels allow couples complete privacy from flight attendants and other passengers. The “room” comes with a DO NOT DISTURB sign. The seats in the luxury cabin are finished with hand-stitched Italian leather and satin rose gold finishing. Nice. Not to be outdone, Singapore Airlines first-class cabin is … (click on the headline to continue reading)

Dream come true: Napping pods for stranded travelers

October 26, 2017

Extreme weather, canceled flights and other traveler afflictions at airports can leave people stranded for hours or even through the night. If you have ever tried napping or trying to get a night’s sleep in an airport terminal, you know that only the most resilient and deepest of sleepers can get any meaningful shut-eye in that environment. The good news is there are companies trying to ameliorate the problem with the introduction of airport napping pods to give stranded travelers a fighting chance to enter the Land of Nod. Several companies that manufacture the sleeping modules and are angling for space in the world’s airports. Bloomberg recently reported the names of four companies battling for precious airport terminal space … (click on the headline to continue reading)

Why take a ‘staycation’ and 4 tips for making it successful

October 17, 2017

On its face, the staycation (a vacation spent in one’s own local area) would seem to pale next to the more exotic possibilities afforded by the traditional vacation. But there are significant advantages to staycations. For starters, a staycation can be far less expensive undertaking, taking pressure off sometimes strained household budgets. Second, it can be a great supplement to a person or family’s annual vacations. Third, they can be more relaxing than long-distance travel to another time zone, as the trip to and from our destinations are often the most stressful part of the sojourn. Getting to your destination in less than an hour also gives more time for touring and relaxation, and staying in the same time zone will likely result in better nights of sleep. Fourth, it’s a great opportunity to visit local attractions that you never got around to seeing. So, assuming your sold on a staycation, here are four tips for making it successful … (click on the headline to continue reading)