Claim unclaimed baggage

When checked baggage gets lost and can’t be reunited with its owner – or someone just doesn’t pick up their luggage – airlines sell the bags after 90 days to the Unclaimed Baggage Center which has built a monopoly in the niche business of selling used items out of luggage. The store is in Scottsboro, Alabama. They buy bags sight…

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Know before you go

If seeing is believing, then planning your next vacation is about to get a little easier. New virtual tour technology now being deployed by the major vacation rental sites promises a more immersive view of a property before you push the “buy” button. A virtual tour is a simulation made up of a sequence of videos or still images. And…

How low can you go?

Want to find the cheapest places to travel in 2020? You’re in the right spot. Welcome to our annual report on the world’s most affordable travel destinations! We’ve completely updated our rankings for this year, and for the first time ever, we have a new number one…but we’ll get to that in a bit! As you know, finding cheap vacation…

You’re in the driver’s seat

When it comes to the future of auto rentals, big ideas may be taking a back seat to incremental, practical changes in 2020. And this car rental upgrade is good news for consumers, who could have a more seamless and customized experience as a result. We’re not talking about flying cars and autonomous vehicles today,” says Paul Reh, the VP…

Overstaying your welcome!

In April, Israel Benyair, general manager of the Mayflower Inn, got a phone call from a man looking to make a reservation. Located two hours outside of New York City in Washington, Connecticut, the Mayflower has long been an idyllic weekend getaway. But this inquiring guest didn’t want to stay two days, or even two weeks. He wanted to stay two…

You can get a refund & a voucher

Early on in the pandemic I told you to wait to cancel your travel plans. Two months ago I suggested that future plans shouldn’t cancelled right away because if the travel provider cancels on you then you’ll be entitled to a refund, while if you cancel plans when a flight is still operating all you can get is a voucher. That’s…

‘Leave No Trace’

The seven “Leave No Trace” (LNT) principles were formed by the Leave No Trace organization as a set of guidelines meant to educate campers and protect the environment. One of the tenets of outdoor recreation—camping, specifically—is the idea of enjoying the natural world while minimizing impact as much as possible. For future generations to be able to enjoy spaces that we use…

If you’re close to Osaka . . .

….Okayama is a must-see sightseeing area tourists often miss. Okayama is lies on the Shinkansen route connecting the two iconic tourist centers of Osaka and Hiroshima that are popular among many tourists to Japan. Its accessibility is yet another part of its appeal.For travelers wanting to explore historic spots, experience cultural activities, soak up stunning scenery, or savor fine cuisine—Okayama…

And now for something completely different

It’s possible that you’ve thought of living in another country.  But have you thought of working there, as well? Japan is an endlessly fascinating country that actively welcomes workers from around the world. Many foreign residents from English speaking countries, work in Japan as language instructors. The demand for native language instructors remains relatively high, with some major language schools…

Can I have it? Yes, you can’t.

The U.S. government is clear that airlines must refund passengers whose flights are cancelled. The European Union is clear on this too but airlines have ignored their rules. In fact, European airlines have offered refunds to Americans (or where itineraries touch the U.S.) but not for Europeans (travel that doesn’t touch the U.S.). Canada had been clear that airlines do…

None shall pass

While Deloitte, as administrator, seeks to find new money to restart the carrier, it’s also going to be restructuring the airline’s debts.  Since Virgin Australia reportedly owes about US$10 million to the Perth airport in unpaid fees, the airport decided to block a Boeing 737-800 from taking off as a way of physically securing their claim – using a bulldozer.…

Flights – 50% off

An island in Italy is offering to pay for half of your plane ticket, as well as a night at a hotel and your attraction entry fees in a bid to encourage tourists to return. Sicily, located off the south of Italy, is attempting to lure foreign visitors back to the island after the lockdown ends on May 4. Read…

Where BnB?

Brian Chesky is no stranger to big lifts. The 38-year-old former bodybuilder and Airbnb CEO has, in the space of 11 years, hauled his property rental dream from a single air mattress to a multi-billion dollar startup success story. But as hosts rage and debt piles up, the huge weight of the coronavirus pandemic might be too much for Chesky…

Micro wave

‘READY meals’ have never really been a ‘thing’ in Spain, with supermarket produce historically focusing largely on raw ingredients and very geared up to home cooking – but now, with the two newest generations of adults who, unless they are in the catering industry, admit they can just about cope with microwaving a tortilla without their mum’s supervision, pre-packed dinners…

How to change the past

What if you purchased something that’s non-refundable? With the current pandemic, many travel-related businesses are allowing their customers to get a full refund. Here’s our guide on How to Cancel Non-Refundable Organized Group Tours and Hotels. Read more courtesy of TwoMonkeysTravelGroup.com   Klook.com

A dear in the headlamps

Melbourne based outdoor company Knog seem to have a thing for launching new products through kickstarter campaigns. Their last few crowd-funded headlamps have been way over-subscribed and it appears their latest product – the 400 lumen Bilby – is no exception. Read more courtesy of wild.com.au.   Klook.com Please rotate on mobile devices

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