When one thinks of renting out a place on Airbnb, one’s mind tends to either think of an affordable, yet livable space or a luxurious and gargantuan house. This Airbnb listing, though, doesn’t fall into either category.
Behold. The smallest and craziest Airbnb listing you’ve ever seen and will likely ever see.
If one were to list out all of the things that make air travel so damn frustrating, it’d be hard to know where to even begin. From delayed flights and cramped seating to what is often an exceedingly long check-in process, air travel is rarely a seamless experience.
All that aside, the notion of accessing the Internet while mid-flight is certainly a surefire way to relieve some in-flight boredom and discomfort.
Or so you would think.
Unfortunately, in-flight Wi-Fi is not only pretty expensive, but it also has a tendency to be painfully slow if you’re trying to do anything more intensive than checking a few emails. The end result is that many fliers often find themselves paying a pretty penny for shoddy service, a losing proposition on both ends.
Though many airlines have recently taken steps to improve the overall flying experience, free Wi-Fi still remains elusive on most popular U.S.-based airliners. More often than not, Wi-Fi service is offered through a company called Gogo which provides Internet connectivity at varying rates depending on how long you want to use it. An all-day pass, for instance will set you back $16 while an hour pass will cost you $5.
When deciding where to travel on vacation this summer, the usual suspects are probably the first that come to mind: Disney World, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls… or probably just whichever beach is closest to your house. But, if you’re looking to get a little more adventurous, a recent Quora thread brought users together to answer one simple question:
“What are some amazing/unique places in the U.S. that are not commonly visited by tourists?”
Unless you’re flying first class, air travel can often be exercise in frustration. From cramped seating to mediocre, if not questionable, food, travelling via coach often leaves passengers counting down the time until they land. Naturally, the frustration is compounded on longer flights where boredom and discomfort tend to join forces to create what often amounts to a miserable few hours.
Thankfully, some airliners are stepping up their game and are providing travelers in coach with amenities that were previously only enjoyed by those lucky enough to travel in first class.
With the advent of mobile devices, odds are pretty high that most people these days don’t pay attention to airline safety videos. Delta, however, is out to change that with a new Internet-meme themed video that splices together your standard flight safety instructions with an avalanche of Internet memes, both new and old. To top it all off, the video even features a few cameos worth keeping an eye out for.
With the “Internet of Things” already ushering in a completely new world of device interaction, it’s no surprise that even mundane appliances like coffee makers are starting to come with built-in WiFi.
Looking to take the “Internet of Things” to even stranger new places, Samsung and Samsonite are reportedly working together to bring you smart luggage. While the notion of smart luggage, at first glance, seems somewhat preposterous, a few interesting use cases do present themselves.
Many people may have already tried Airbnb and similar services that offer great alternatives to hotels, but not many can say they were able to rent an entire village. That’s apparently one possibility available to tourists traveling through Hungary, as they’ll be able to rent an entire village, complete with the horse in the picture above, for just around €700 a day, The Guardian reports. More →
Dying for the country might not be the ultimate patriotism test anymore, but having more sex, particularly the kind that leads to having more children, could do it. At least that’s what the Danish government is asking its citizens. And that’s not only because Denmark has the lowest birthrate in Europe, but also because it’s pleasurable. More →
Flying is amazing. You can start your day in Russia, and finish it in Reno. You can travel in relative comfort at over 500 miles per hour. Of course, the operative word here is relative. Few things are sweeter than figuring out a way to cruise in business class as you cross an ocean or two, but if I’m honest, it’s pretty impractical for the vast majority of humans. So, do you squeeze yourself into an impossibly tight seat for 13 hours to get from Atlanta to Seoul, or do you stay home and spend the day clicking through Google Images?
I’ve endured my fair share of excruciatingly long flights in economy class, and there’s really no redeeming quality to the experience. The only benefit is that you arrive somewhere different. In fact, a quick Google search for “how to survive long flights” yields page upon page of tips from here, there, and yonder. I suppose I’m adding yet another to the pile. More →
When traveling overseas or even across the country, we are forced to deal with long lines, disgruntled TSA agents, crying babies and hours of terrible movies. Airline travel has become such a hassle that this writer is more likely to embark on a multi-day road trip than hop on the next flight out of JFK. For years, TV shows and movies have imagined different and unique ways we might travel, but most of them are very far fetched in terms of currently-available technology. While various countries employ high-speed bullet trains, the airlines are still the fastest way to get from A to B for the time being. If one company’s technology manages to gain support, however, this might not be the case in the near future. More →
Researchers at Microsoft have created software that can translate a user’s voice into a foreign languages, a solution with the potential to revolutionize communications, MIT’s Technology Review reported on Monday. “We will be able to do quite a few scenario applications,” said Microsoft researcher Frank Soong. “For a monolingual speaker traveling in a foreign country, we’ll do speech recognition followed by translation, followed by the final text to speech output [in] a different language, but still in his own voice.” Read on for more. More →