The Future Will See You Now
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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.
sailing on the high-tech seas
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.
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.
We at the hotel motel Holiday Inn
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.
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The hotel room key is getting quite the upgrade. Hilton is eliminating everyone’s favorite free travel souvenir and replacing it with an app that unlocks your room door.
App for That
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.
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.”
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.
If there’s something that excites you people more than WiFi on the subway platforms, then it’s definitely accessing the Internet while being 30,000 feet in the air. Increasingly, internet access is the most-requested perk from air travelers–even if being able to log on means they have to give up basic human rights.
There is only one discernible way to make flying more hellish, and Virgin Atlantic has just added it to its roster, alongside the purple mood lighting and ability to order beer via TV screen: the airline has introduced live stand-up comedy to select domestic U.K. flights.