Sightseeing News & Views
December 16th, 2015

Sightseeing News & Views - December 16th, 2015

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Genius Cat Pack lets your pet travel like a little astronaut Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Dodo
Now your indoor cat can boldly go where he wasn't allowed before. A photo has been making the rounds on social media showing a rather comical little scene: A cat in a backpack peering out through a porthole window, like a feline cosmonaut bravely exploring the wide reaches of the world beyond. Just look at him marveling over what appears to be a coffee shop full of strange inhabitants (otherwise known as hipsters).  READ MORE

Americans demand vacation from the holidays! Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel and Tour World
The hectic holiday season can unhinge even those with holiday spirit to spare, which is why 56 percent of Americans admit that they need a vacation from the holidays, according to a new survey commissioned by priceline.com, a leader in online and mobile travel and part of The Priceline Group. It was that insight that led priceline.com to launch a new holiday promotion called Express Deals UnwrappedSM, which "unwraps" the names of deeply discounted Express Deal hotels on the priceline.com app.  READ MORE


Travel Weekly's 2015 Travel Industry Survey Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel Weekly
The travel industry has been outpacing global gross domestic product for several years running. This year's survey reveals that the golden age of selling travel continues, delving into results on topics such as sales tools, global issues, fees, social media and agency growth.  READ MORE


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Well-planned Cycling Tours specifically for active seniors Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Welcome to Senior Cycling. We offer custom designed bicycling trips developed specifically for active seniors. We hold our excursions in various parts of the country. Florida Keys and Central Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C, New York, Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Canada. The trips range from 2 to 10 days.  READ MORE

How to sightsee in Europe with a porn star as a tour guide Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Daily Dot
Imagine if there was an Airbnb-type site for tourism, where locals could offer themselves as guides and share an insider view of their area that doesn't normally get seen on a quick visit. Now imagine if those guides happened to be porn stars. Call it an erotic Eurotrip. That's exactly what's happening through a new partnership with European porn producer Erika Lust and a travel startup called Trip4real: Porn star tour guides, with each one offering a truly unique view of the respective cities in which they live.  READ MORE

Luxury Star Wars travel Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Forbes
As excitement over Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens reaches a fever pitch, opportunities abound for experiencing it, from a chance to see the film at a private screening in Paris before anyone else to luxury escapes to spectacular filming locations. Here are four luxurious trips where the Force is strong.  READ MORE


House tightens controls on visa-free travel to US Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Associated Press via KING-TV
The House has approved legislation tightening controls on travel to the U.S. and requiring visas for anyone who's been in Iraq or Syria in the previous five years. The bill was approved 407-19. It takes aim at the "visa waiver" program, which allows citizens of 38 countries to travel to the U.S. without first obtaining a visa. Belgium and France, home to most of the perpetrators of the Paris attacks, are among the participating countries.  READ MORE

No limits: Adventure travel for people with disabilities Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
YAHOO
"When you're skiing, you're not thinking about being overseas or bills or family or all the other stupid life stuff," says Telluride ski instructor Scott Ostrom. "You're just thinking, Don't fall down. Have as much fun as you can, and don't fall down." That feeling was especially freeing for Ostrom, who came back from two tours as a marine in Iraq with a traumatic brain injury and acute PTSD.  READ MORE


   TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY NEWS


This sleek $30 device fixes one of the worst problems with travel Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tech Insider
One of the worst feelings is sitting on an airplane watching the charge on your smartphone go down: 60 percent, 30 percent, 20 percent, dead. It's like: Oh my god what am I going to do? How will I figure out how to get to my hotel/Airbnb/friend's place? How will I listen to music? What if I need to call an Uber?  READ MORE

The most essential free travel apps right now Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Thrillist
Forget silly things like "suitcases" and "passports." The smartphone is easily the most essential travel accessory of our time. How else will you get directions? Or pull up your boarding pass? Or take pictures? It's amazing anyone ever took a vacation before them. But to get the most out of said intelligent phone, you're gonna need the right apps. And while we all know about the Kayaks and TripAdvisors, the Ubers and Google Translates, there are a many other incredibly useful (and FREE!) ones out there just waiting to be downloaded.  READ MORE

HomeAway initially oversold its performance to Expedia Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Skift
As Expedia Inc. closes on its $3.9 billion acquisition of vacation-rental leader HomeAway, it is worth noting that Expedia is buying a company that is likely to be considerably less profitable over the next few years than what Expedia was initially led to believe in talks with HomeAway officials. Specifically, an estimated $86 million less profitable in 2018, for example.  READ MORE


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