Best Carry On Luggage 2016

I traveled with a smart carry-on and I’m never using a ‘dumb’ bag again

By on July 1, 2016 at 1:31 PM.

I traveled with a smart carry-on and I’m never using a ‘dumb’ bag again

Nearly three hours had passed before the realization finally hit me: I left my carry-on in the trunk of the taxi that drove me home from the airport. My laptop, my clothes and everything else I had stuffed into my little Tumi suitcase were no longer in my possession and I had no idea if my belongings would ever be returned to me. I can’t even imagine the look of panic that must have washed over my face.

Thankfully, I got lucky that time. I was the driver’s last fare of the evening and the cab company found my bag in the trunk of his car. But not everyone is so lucky. Baggage loss and theft have always been huge problems in airports, hotels and elsewhere. But as it turns out, there is a solution — and it’s sleeker and more stylish than you might imagine. More →

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Lost Luggage

These are the U.S. airlines most likely to lose or damage your luggage

By on May 27, 2016 at 3:30 PM.

These are the U.S. airlines most likely to lose or damage your luggage

One of the more frustrating aspects of air travel is when an airline loses or damages your luggage. Even in instances when an airline misplaces your luggage and successfully tracks it down to another city, retrieving it can often be an exercise in frustration. All the more so if your luggage contains items that you need immediately or if you’re only on a short vacation and don’t have the luxury of waiting a few days for your luggage to finally reach you.

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Watch the world’s biggest plane land in Australia

By on May 16, 2016 at 10:23 PM.

Watch the world’s biggest plane land in Australia

Tens of thousands of Australians turned out to gawk as the world’s largest plane descended into Perth’s airport on Sunday. The hulking Antonov An-225 cargo plane, which boasts six engines and wings that measure almost 300 feet long, was delivering a 100-plus-ton generator for a refinery. It landed smoothly with puffs of smoke from its many wheels.

It was an unusual aviation event, marking the first time the plane landed in Australia, and the moment spurred huge traffic delays around the airport as people came out to glimpse the enormous airplane, according to local media. More →

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Most Forbidden Places

4 of the most forbidden places in the entire world

By on May 12, 2016 at 1:27 PM.

4 of the most forbidden places in the entire world

In today’s modern age, a passport and some cash are all that you really need in order to see the vast wonders that make up world. Whether you want to travel to Australia, China, the rain forests of Costa Rica or even to North Korea (though we wouldn’t recommend it), the world today is more accessible than it’s ever been at any other point in history.

There are, however, a few notable and interesting exceptions. While a passport can get you to and from most places, there exist a few locations throughout the world that are effectively off-limits. Touching on this topic in fascinating detail, a recent Quora thread set out to list all of the forbidden places located across all corners of the globe. While some locations on the list are off-limits to certain groups of people due to religious reasons, others are completely off-limits to all humans due to safety considerations. We’ve since pored over some of the more interesting examples Quorans brought to light and have them listed below for your reading enjoyment.

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Highest Quality Of Life

10 U.S. cities with the highest quality of life

By on March 31, 2016 at 3:01 PM.

10 U.S. cities with the highest quality of life

Earlier this month, we highlighted which global cities ranked the highest in terms of quality of life, a ranking based on a whole array of factors, including the prevalence of crime, pollution, health of the citizenry, medical and educational facilities, infrastructure, political repression, and the availability and affordability of essential goods and services.

Interestingly, not a single U.S. city on the list managed to crack the top 20. In fact, the highest ranking U.S. city – San Francisco – didn’t make an appearance until the 28th spot. Occupying the top 20 spots on the list were a smattering of cities from the likes of Germany, New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland.

But if you have no intention of traveling to or living in Dusseldorf, Germany, you might naturally be wondering which large cities in the United States have the best quality of life. Well, wonder no more. Mercer, a human resources consulting firm, tabulates a “Quality of Living” ranking every year and this is how large U.S. cities stacked up in the company’s 2016 report.

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Passport Index

The most powerful passports in the world

By on March 27, 2016 at 11:30 AM.

The most powerful passports in the world

One might reasonably and understandably assume that all passports are created equal, which is to say that a passport from most any country will provide a consistent level of travel access across all corners of the globe. The laws governing international travel, however, are much more nuanced than you might otherwise assume. In truth, the country associated with a given passport can have a significant impact on the degree of travel freedom a passport holder can enjoy.

The following list, which was originally compiled by Arton Capital, highlights which countries offer travelers the most expansive travel options without requiring a visa for entry.

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Cheapest Places To Live

Where are the cheapest places to live in the world?

By on February 9, 2016 at 11:30 PM.

Where are the cheapest places to live in the world?

The one and perhaps only golden rule about real estate — location, location, location — is well deserved. Whether you’re renting an apartment or buying a house, you’re not just paying for basic square footage, you’re paying what in essence amounts to a neighborhood tax. It’s why renting a tiny studio in Manhattan can cost you upwards of $2,000 a month while buying a house in Detroit might only set you back $500.

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Netflix For Planes

The ‘Netflix for planes’ offers unlimited air travel for a monthly fee

By on February 2, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

The ‘Netflix for planes’ offers unlimited air travel for a monthly fee

A new company named OneGo is hoping to do for air travel what Netflix was able to do for movies: Provide an all-encompassing service for a recurring monthly fee. Primarily geared towards business travelers, OneGo offers unlimited travel within the United states via all major U.S. airlines. So in that sense, it’s essentially Netflix for airplanes.

The service truly sounds like great idea, but there are a few wrinkles you should be aware of.

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Travel Hotel Industry Secrets

Hotel personnel reveal the industry’s dirtiest secrets

By on January 13, 2016 at 2:42 PM.

Hotel personnel reveal the industry’s dirtiest secrets

Now that we know some of the biggest secrets of the airline industry as revealed by personnel, it’s time to focus on the hotel industry – after all, you often take an airplane just to then check into a hotel from a well-deserved vacation. However, not all hotel experiences are pleasant, and some of your biggest worries might be true: Yes, the sheets might be dirty, and some employees might be eating some of your fries. More →

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Airline Travel Industry Secrets

Airline personnel reveal the industry’s biggest secrets

By on January 12, 2016 at 2:46 PM.

Airline personnel reveal the industry’s biggest secrets

Whether you’re a seasoned flyer or you hate air travel, the chances are good that you still have a lot to learn when it comes to traveling by airplane. Luckily, airline staff, pilots included, may have answered some of your questions in a Reddit thread about the industry’s biggest secrets – and you won’t like all the answers.

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Etihad Airways A380 Residence Flight Video

What it’s like to ride a $32,000 flight from New York to Abu Dhabi

By on December 21, 2015 at 2:45 PM.

What it’s like to ride a $32,000 flight from New York to Abu Dhabi

Are you planning to travel to the United Arab Emirates soon? Well, you probably aren’t, but if you are and you have tens of thousands of dollars to spend, you should really consider trying The Residence on Etihad Airways’ A380 jet for the most luxurious flight ever. Brian Kelly, a.k.a., “The Points Guy,” recently took the plunge and spent $32,000 to fly from New York to Abu Dhabi in The Residence and he couldn’t say enough nice things about it. Simply put, this is the epitome of world-class flying. More →

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Cheap Flights Europe WOW Air

Now’s the time to fly to Paris, London, Amsterdam and Iceland cheaper than ever

By on November 4, 2015 at 5:10 PM.

Now’s the time to fly to Paris, London, Amsterdam and Iceland cheaper than ever

The holiday season is almost upon us, which means there’s going to be plenty of travelling, including escaping to Europe. People who are looking to fly to Europe as cheaply as possible can do it for as low as $99 if they’re going to Iceland. Other hot European destinations — including Paris, London and Amsterdam — are also very affordable if you pick the right airline this time of year. More →

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Airline Travel Hacks

Awesome airline travel hacks you can start using today

By on September 6, 2015 at 12:20 PM.

Awesome airline travel hacks you can start using today

Air travel can be a stressful endeavor. From long lines and frustrating logistics to uncomfortable seats and disappointing food, even a 3-hour plane trip can be an exasperating experience. And that’s all without even factoring in the huge cost of flying in the first place.

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