Airplane cabins of the future!

Air travel is still far from pre-pandemic levels, but it began bouncing back in May. Still, travelers are rightly nervous about climbing aboard a packed plane, but thankfully, designers are already thinking ahead at what the cabins of the future might look like.In a newly released concept, UK-based design studio PriestmanGoode has developed a post-pandemic cabin to focus on hygiene and personal…

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New York to London in two hours

Virgin Galactic is still aiming to send tourists to space, but the space tourism company is also looking at how to whiz people across our planet as quickly as possible. Virgin Galactic has premiered a new jet design for high speed air travel: a streamlined, Concorde-esque delta-wing aircraft with capacity for nine to 19 people cruising at an altitude of over 60,000…

Go back in time – plague-free

Six students from De Montfort University have created a stellar 3D representation of 17th century London, as it existed before The Great Fire of 1666. The three-minute video provides a realistic animation of Tudor London, and particularly a section called Pudding Lane where the fire started. As Londonist notes, “Although most of the buildings are conjectural, the students used a…

Paper trails

Ted Florence is ready for his family trip to Botswana. He has looked up his hotel on Google Maps and downloaded a digital map of the country to his phone. He has also packed a large paper map. “I travel all over the world,” says Florence, the president of the international board of the International Map Industry Association and Avenza…

Samsara on sale? Yes!

If you appreciate quality and innovative design, then you will recognise the Samara name.  Their products push the boundaries for travellers. Samsara holds a deep belief in creating a world where the inconvenient part of traveling becomes an effortless experience. Samsara Luggage is dedicated to combine and utilize cutting edge technology and design within its products. Samsara means continuous movement, providing…

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…

Is this the real life?

Is this just fantasy? Philosophers and physicists say we might be living in a computer simulation, but how can we tell? And does it matter? Our species is not going to last forever. One way or another, humanity will vanish from the Universe, but before it does, it might summon together sufficient computing power to emulate human experience, in all…

You’ll never talk alone

Now, this is good news! With a large touchscreen, noise-cancelling microphones and a text-to-translate camera, Pocketalk is able to create connections across 74 different languages. The sleek design is equipped with high-quality, noise-cancelling microphones and two powerful speakers so it’s easy to have full conversations, even in noisy environments. The camera instantly recognizes and translates text, the written word, and…

How many pictures can YOU take?

Over the past few years, Google, Microsoft and even Apple have bene pushing cloud storage as a safe and secure method to store our data online while also allowing for quick and simple file sharing.  Google Drive has been one of the leaders in the space for quite some time, offering free storage tiers to anyone who has a Google/Gmail…

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…

Remember earth?

Remember Google Earth? Many years ago, it was on everyone’s lips.  Oooh and ahhhh. But then it all seemed to go quiet. Perhaps it’s time for another look.  Not only is it dazzling technology, but it can also be very useful in your holiday planning. See more courtesy of GoogleEarth.com   Booking.com

See into the future

We may not be living on Mars or traveling to work using jet packs, but there’s no doubt the coming decade will bring many exciting technological advances. In this article, author Bernard Marr wants to outline the 25 key technology trends that I believe will shape the 2020s. Read more courtesy of Forbes.com  

Reach for the stars!

Big projects come with big risks, and sometimes those risks end up outweighing the project’s benefits. That leads to truly impressive objects and buildings being abandoned, and in some cases, they’re abandoned before they’re even finished! There are many reasons why an ambitious engineering or construction project might be given up and left behind, and we’re about to take a…

Running on empty

Airlines are flying very few passengers and near-empty aircraft these days, courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic. A captain for a large international carrier told me he recently flew a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Los Angeles. His aircraft normally seats 255 passengers, but there were only 25 on board. Separately, a first officer for a U.S. carrier said in an email…

Warm regards

The Telegraph (UK) was the first foreign media outlet to visit the Chernobyl control room, a few dozen feet away from the reactor that blew up and would become one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. Read more courtesy of The Telegraph.co.uk   https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=wpqet3HCIlI Klook.com

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…

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