The Great Mask Debate: Why This Is A Societal Problem

The Great Mask Debate: Why This Is A Societal Problem

There’s a great mask debate raging in the U.S. It’s splintered off to other countries too. At the crux of the standoff is the perception of personal freedom and where those boundaries end. Simply, when or if to wear a mask to help slow the COVID-19 spread. It’s hard to imagine six months ago we …

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Digital Health Passports: Will They Provide You Comfort?

Digital Health Passports: Will They Provide You Comfort?

Digital Health Passports are viewed by many big players in travel as a key to the rebound. The travel industry is turning over every stone to bring demand back. They want people to feel comfortable traveling again. However, there’s a big problem that Digital Health Passports don’t solve to ensure comfort. Digital Health Passports? The …

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Courting Digital Nomads: Throwing Money To See What Sticks

Courting Digital Nomads: Throwing Money To See What Sticks

Like unleashed puppies at a doggie park, more workers are discovering life as digital nomads. The newly freed global workforce has hotel brands rethinking their short-term business models. The hotel-as-office “workstyle” is gaining investment buy-in. Is this a short-term reaction or long-term movement? The answer lies in our human nature. Human Nature Hasn’t Changed People …

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Planning To Fly? Watch Out For Brawls And Traveler Meltdowns

Planning To Fly? Watch Out For Brawls And Traveler Meltdowns

There is something in the air. Seriously, some people are losing their minds as they travel during a pandemic. Decency and decorum be damned! We’re seeing brawls breakout and disturbing behavior caught on video at airports and on planes. The lack of concern from those recording the events is worrisome too. Travel should be fun. …

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Skift Global Forum 2020: What You Need To Know

Skift Global Forum 2020: What You Need To Know

Skift is one of the premier resources for insider travel industry information. I attended the annual global forum this week which was virtual for the first time. It was an impressive lineup of speakers including major airline and hotel CEOs. This 3-day event was stocked with current industry news, technology roadmaps, and prognostications for travel’s …

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Robot Vacations: Will You Use These New Technologies?

Robot Vacations: Will You Use These New Technologies?

Money is pouring into tech companies betting on a strong virtual travel future. Many of these companies are building robots to provide users a live, yet virtual experience. On the surface, robot opportunities appear almost limitless. Uses will evolve over time as users decide what they’ll pay for and companies decide where to invest. The …

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The New Airline Change Fee Update Isn't Universal

The New Airline Change Fee Update Isn’t Universal

There’s downright giddiness about the big news last week. The U.S. airlines United, American, and Delta announced new no-change-fee policies. Start your happy dance. While this is a big step in the right direction, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. Each company has a slightly different spin when they say no change fee. You need …

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How To Limit U.S. Border Control’s Phone Data Pillaging

Did you know the U.S. government can take data from your phone and store it up to 75 years? This isn’t a conspiracy theory. Really! Recently the U.S. Border Patrol released their Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA). Their document describes the reasoning and methods by which they can take your data. The war against privacy continues. …

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Know What Quarantine Policies Calm You To Travel Again

Know What Quarantine Policies Calm You To Travel Again

Among the COVID dirty words thrown around the past 6 months, quarantine is among the most despised. It’s a closed border crossing to our return to normalcy. Some adventurous travel experts are accepting the risks and boarding across ocean flights. What’s clear from their reports is diligence and perseverance are essential for a successful, unencumbered …

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