The Future Will See You Now

Have This Artificially Intelligent Travel Agent Book Your Next Vacation

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Just when we were all convinced that travel agents had become obsolete did we find out they’ve actually just gotten a hi-tech revamp for the next century.

A link on Reddit tipped us off this morning to Dobby, a service claiming to be an artificially intelligent travel agent that will take care of all of your flight accommodations for you. Simply send Dobby an email telling him where and when you want to go, and he’ll reply with three itineraries in five minutes or less. All that’s left for you to do is choose. Read More

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Looking for Elizabeth Gallagher? ‘Connections’ Matches Same-Named People to Unused Plane Tickets

You could travel here for free — if you have the same name as someone who can't make their flight. (Yore Oyster)

In the past week, the name Elizabeth Gallagher has gone viral.

In case you missed it, it all began when Torontonian Jordan Axani booked tickets for a round-the-world trip with his then-girlfriend, Elizabeth Gallagher. The pair broke up before they could take their journey, and Mr. Axani — who who didn’t want to go to the trouble of changing the names on the tickets, but also didn’t want to cancel them altogether — took to Reddit to find another Canadian with the same name as his former paramour who might like to score some amazing plane rides for free. Read More

sailing on the high-tech seas

Royal Caribbean’s New Ship Has Robot Bartenders to Amuse Its Midwestern Visitors

Vroom vroom. (Photo: Royal Caribbean)

What’s a vacation worse than Myrtle Beach? A freakin’ cruise.

With their lack of flexibility, dreary windowless cabins, and cramped pools, cruising leaves a lot to be desired. And millennials are horrified to learn there’s no Internet in sight. Royal Caribbean, however, hopes to change that with the introduction of its “Quantum of the Seas” ship.  Read More

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Distracted By iPad, Co-Pilot Doesn’t Realize Plane Plunging 5,000 Feet

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As if the recent spate of airplane disasters wasn’t enough to drive you into a Xanax binge before taking off, this might do it.

Last week, a Jet Airways flight from Brussels to Mumbai plunged 5,000 feet because their pilots were preoccupied. The captain was taking a “controlled rest,” a law-approved nap that happens a lot on long-haul flights. Meanwhile, the co-pilot, who was in charge of controlling the Boeing 777, was too busy playing on her iPad to notice the plane descending so quickly.  Read More

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‘Trippy’ Travel Site Gives Vacation Advice You Might Actually Use

J.R. Johnson, Trippy's founder and CEO

Traveling is fun, but planning a trip can be stressful — especially when it involves hours of scouring TripAdvisor reviews, trying desperately to find a piece of information that’s helpful to your particular situation.

That’s the problem that travel site Trippy is trying to solve. Founded in 2011, the site relaunched last April as a place where users can post specific questions regarding their upcoming trips, and knowledgeable members of the Trippy community can offer up helpful suggestions. Read More

App for That

Travel App Lets Users Create Their Own Tours — And Get Paid

A sample Stray Boots tour. (Stray Boots)

Stray Boots, the travel app that lets you download interactive tours, is now making room for user-generated content.

Founder Avi Millman started the company back in 2009, after a family trip to Rome.

“We were visiting a bunch of different locations like the Pantheon, the Colosseum — I felt like I was sort of on a scavenger hunt, checking spots off on my list,” he told Betabeat. “It struck me that tour guide experiences are just extremely passive experiences, and not particularly social. If you could turn exploring a city into a game, you could make it a lot more fun, engaging and social.” Read More

Work-Life Shmalence

A Month At a Time: Why I Quit Travelling And Started Living Mini-Lives

The author poses with his book in Buenos Aires.

I have a confession. Are you ready for this? I feel like you’re going to judge me.

Okay, well here goes…I don’t really like traveling.

I feel like I’m the only person. It seems everyone fantasizes about quitting their job and traveling around the world, sleeping in hostels with all of their possessions on their back—and I’d be shocked if I ever saw an online dating profile that didn’t mention traveling.

But to me, it’s not that great. Read More