Holiday Flights: Best And Worst

Here are the best and worst airlines to fly this holiday

December 6th at 7:15 AM

Here are the best and worst airlines to fly this holiday

If you’re taking to the skies to visit family or friends this month, you better hope you’re flying Delta. That’s according to a report on Forbes that estimates the number of on-time flights by scraping data from holiday flights over the past three years.

Using flight arrival and departure times logged by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Forbes crunched the numbers to come up with the percentage of flights for each of the ten largest U.S. carriers, and there’s a surprising contrast among them. Here’s the list, ordered by the percent of on-time flights from highest to lowest:

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Worst Airports In The U.S.

These are the 10 worst airports in the United States

November 6th at 12:09 PM

These are the 10 worst airports in the United States

Nobody particularly enjoys the process of traveling, but a nicely designed airport can often elevate an otherwise frustrating experience into an enjoyable trip. Whether it be absurdly long lines or a ridiculously meager selection of food, one doesn’t have to dive deep in order to come up with a list of airport grievances.

That said, if you happen to be planning a trip sometime soon and have some flexibility in what airport you’ll be flying out of or into, a recent post from The Points Guy detailing the best and worst U.S. airports is certainly worth checking out.

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Plane Tickets

Plane tickets are about to get incredibly cheap thanks to increased competition

October 14th at 12:22 PM

Plane tickets are about to get incredibly cheap thanks to increased competition

If you’re looking to travel either domestically or internationally over the next few months, you may soon be able to take advantage of cheaper fares across the board. Thanks to increased competition from low-fare airlines, a number of the bigger airlines may soon be forced to cut fares as well.

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Nomatic Travel Bag Carry-on Luggage

This travel bag might make carry-ons great again

August 3rd at 5:57 PM

This travel bag might make carry-ons great again

For the longest time, I’ve been looking for the perfect carry-on bag. It needs to have plenty of available space so that you can easily squeeze in a few days’ worth of clothes, but also a decent numberof compartments for all my gadgets and the cables that go with them, as well as extra travelling accessories. Oh, and there must be space for shoes. I should be able to open it easily for security checks, and put it back together just as fast. Finally, I’d like to be able to carry it as a backpack most of the time, so my hands are free.

Not a long or demanding list then! Luckily, it looks like Kickstarter is on it.
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Best Carry On Luggage 2016

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

July 1st 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

May 27th 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

May 16th 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

May 12th 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

March 31st 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

March 27th 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?

February 9th 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

February 2nd 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

January 13th 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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