Archive for October, 2017

Did you know…Chile has been named the top travel destination for 2018?

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Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 is the highly anticipated collection of the world’s hottest destinations that should be on every traveler’s wish list in the year ahead. The world’s leading travel media authority reveals its selections of the top 10 countries, cities, regions and best value destinations that Lonely Planet experts recommend travelers experience in 2018.

Chile takes the coveted top spot of the best country for travelers in 2018 (Check out our post with the Chilean Tourism Board). Seville receives the accolade of number one city in the world to visit next year. Hot on the Spanish city’s heels is the American comeback city Detroit and Australia’s oft-overlooked capital Canberra. The region which Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 declares the number one must-see in the coming year is Belfast and the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland, with Alaska in second place. Tallinn, Estonia has been crowned Lonely Planet’s best value destination of 2018, closely followed by Lanzarote in the Canary Islands and Arizona in the USA.

San Juan is also showcased in the 10 best cities list. Lonely Planet’s Central America and Caribbean destination editor Bailey Freeman said, “While Puerto Rico’s capital was hit hard by the hurricane last month, San Juan’s resiliency will have it back on its feet for travelers in 2018.”

Deciding what destinations to include in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel annual selection is a considered process involving Lonely Planet’s most experienced travelers providing hundreds of recommendations of places not to be missed. These places are then shortlisted by a panel of in-house travel experts who consider criteria such as topicality, novelty, and wow-factor to decide what to include in the inspirational travel yearbook – available in hardback for the first time this year.

“These are the places you shouldn’t miss next year,” said Lonely Planet’s US magazine managing editor Alex Howard. “From Alaska to South Africa, our community of travel experts have named the top places to experience. Whether they’re coming into their own, celebrating an anniversary or have seen a resurgence in recent years, all these destinations are worth a visit in 2018.”

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 features trends and experiences to prepare for in the year ahead. Top trends include destination races, vegetarian and vegan travel, and exploratory cruises. Lonely Planet’s experts also rank the top 10 best new openings, places to stay and culture trips for families.

 

Holidays gift wrap a boon for the airlines

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Airfarewatchdog.com, a resource for consumer travelers seeking airfare deals and expert money-saving tips, just released the results of a poll of more than 1,300 travelers, asking them if they will be flying for this holiday season. Almost half (46%) plan to take to the skies—up 53% from 2016 and almost double from 2015.

US airline trade organization, Airlines for America, concurs. According to their data, during the 21-day holiday travel period starting Dec. 16, 45.2 million travelers will fly on U.S.-based airlines, prompting airlines to add extra flights or bigger planes to serve the travel surge.

In a report from the Chicago Tribune, Airlines for America predicts that the busiest airports during the holiday period should be Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

To accommodate the increased demand, airlines are expected to add 99,000 extra seats a day during the holiday season, a 3.9 percent increase. Read the full story here.

Top 10 Campgrounds for Fall Foliage

Red, gold, amber and green — It’s time to wave fall’s foliage flag! The official start of fall and the harbinger of shorter days is a great motivator to get outside and take in the scenic beauty of this special time of year.

What are the best spots for autumnal appreciation? We caught up with Hipcamp —a startup that creates new places to stay in nature by unlocking access to beautiful private lands, such as nature preserves, farms, and ranches, to get their top picks in America. If you want to see ALL of their select regions for fall camping, check out their interactive map here.

Top 5 Regions for Fall Foliage Campouts

#1. THE FINGER LAKES
Shiitake Mushroom Camp: New York shiitake mushroom camp
A pristine stream, a working mushroom farm, and fall leaves.

Sanctuary in the Woods: New York
Choose a cozy teepee or a double-bed platform.

#2. THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS
Beechwood Cabin Tent 
Sleep in a protected enclosure with a tin roof and canvas tent.

Earthseed: Smoky Mt. Sanctuary
Enjoy a 12-foot-high tent and a babbling creek.

adirondacks#3. THE ADIRONDACK MOUNTAINS
Adirondack Little Star: New York
Elevated camping in a covered cabin!

Adirondack Glamping: New York
Peep the leaves from the opening in this sturdy and comfortable tent.

#4. THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS
Crow Creek Farm: North Carolina
Enjoy a breakfast of fresh eggs from the farm’s chickens.

Apple Orchard Tent Camping: North Carolina
Camp on a grassy knoll overlooking gorgeous yellow leaves.

onion river#5. THE GREEN MOUNTAINS
Onion River Campground: Vermont
In the fall, these green mountains dazzle in shades of yellow and orange.

Hidden Meadow Tent Site: Vermont
Wander over a bridge to your own private campsite.

Did you know…Inflight wifi could be a $130B market by 2035?

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

In a report by Tnooz.com, the London School of Economics conducted a study that values the ancillary revenue contribution to airlines from Inflight Connectivity (IFC), as well as breaking down estimates of the types of ancillary opportunities in the IFC market and their relative contributions to airline revenue.inflight wifi LSE studyThe report explains that the study made a strong business case for the future of Inflight Connectivity (IFC), predicting a market worth $130 billion by 2035, and contributing $30 billion to airline revenue. LSE predicts a dramatic rise over the next seventeen years as the technology and its applications scale to meet market potential.

LSE expects an increase of 2,005% in airline IFC revenue per passenger from $0.23 in 2018 to $4.00 by 2035. Read the full story here.