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Dear Reader, Travel should always inspire us. But who hasn’t stared blankly at an airline website, or faced the daunting set of choices in a hotel booking engine, hoping that they’re making the right decision? The time spent away from the bustle of our daily lives is so precious, and... Read More

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Waiting is rarely easy, and almost never enjoyable, but it’s an inevitable part of travel. During the dark ages, conventional wisdom suggested that one show up well in advance in case of any snags along the way. But these days technology is enabling us to guess less and anticipate... Read More

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Yotel

It was a late May weekend in New York City — which meant heavy flash rains and muddy streets. Having just gotten into the swing of spring, I was woefully underdressed on my way to Yotel on Tenth Avenue. Thank heavens, then, that I could get my keys straight... Read More

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HotelTonight

HotelTonight, the last-minute hotel-booking app, has launched a tool called Escape to source the greatest getaway deals for the weekend ahead. Booking a room via the app is already a snap, but Escape makes it more convenient to book an entire getaway that’s up to an additional 30-40 percent off average... Read More

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Bag2Go

Your suitcase is going high-tech. From tracking apps to suitcases that weigh themselves, here’s what’s new in the world of suitcases (and a few things we can’t wait to become reality). ... Read More

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Power problems are a major pain in the you-know-what for travelers. Every country seems to have its own voltage and requires its own adapters, accounting for power as well as outlet shape. Even more confusingly, not all adapters work for all devices — we’ve often found, for example, the... Read More

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Today, smartphones are arguably better navigators than those traditional GPS units that sit on the dashboard, thanks to real-time map updates and an infinitely searchable database. That’s as long as you have internet connection, of course. But what happens when you’re in a remote region here in the States... Read More

Facebook, Emergency Alerts
Darren Murph

The recent Nepal earthquake is devastating, but it’s worth noting that, in the wake of disaster, a handful of technology companies have stepped up to provide help in any way that they can. One of those ways is by enabling people on the ground to easily get the one message that matters... Read More

Google Project Fi
Google

We already know that standard international roaming rates can lead to horror stories of coming home to insanely high smartphone bills. That’s why many of us simply switch our smartphones to airplane mode when heading to a foreign land, relying on spotty and inconsistent WiFi signals to attempt to stay in touch.... Read More

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With Apple Watch shipping to consumers later this month (April 24th, to be exact), it’s fair to say that the smartwatch revolution is officially underway. Even in Apple’s promotional keynote, it leaned heavily on travel-related examples to prove the product’s value. Many have questioned whether or not you truly... Read More

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We’re all about saving money while traveling, but the need for convenience and unexpected complications can bust a budget in a hurry. These apps can come through in a pinch, helping with everything from finding a ride to a fast, affordable meal. ... Read More

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Hotel Tonight New Features
HotelTonight

One of our favorite money-saving travel apps, HotelTonight, which lets you book last-minute hotel rooms at steep discounts, is introducing some new features today: Bonus Rate and Rate Drop. These updates will give travelers even better last-minute hotel deals. ... Read More

Chip-and-PIN

Have you seen the new(ish) credit cards with embedded square chips on the front? Or heard travel friends throw around the phrases “chip-and-PIN” or “chip-and-signature”? While these cards — otherwise known as smart cards or EMV cards — are a relatively recent product from American banks, they’re widely used... Read More

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Space travel. Bitcoin payments. Suites on airplanes. Some trends just keeping popping up on our news feeds time and time again. Some of these are fantastic and others… not so much. But for better or worse, here are nine that we think are here to stay. 1. Wearable tech. Now that... Read More

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Last month, Hilton Worldwide announced its latest foray into the lifestyle category with Canopy by Hilton, a new concept from the international hotel behemoth that will localize the guest experience. Poised to open its first set of doors in 2015, we spoke with Gary Steffen, the brand’s global head... Read More