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Survey: 41 percent of people think reclining an airplane seat is rude

Data analysis blog FiveThirtyEight conducted a survey regarding several flying etiquette questions. A total of 1,040 respondents (874 of whom were air passengers) were asked questions about what they thought was very or somewhat rude to do on an airplane. One of the key results of the survey was that 41 percent of people think that […]

Stephen Colbert weighs in on the seat reclining debate: Video

Earlier this week, I wrote about the debate on seat reclining & the recent spate of flight diversions. On Wednesday night’s edition of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert gave his thoughts on this recent trend, in a way that only Stephen Colbert can. The Colbert Report Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Colbert […]

Guy who caused flight to be diverted over reclining seat speaks out

In recent days, there have been several flights diverted due to altercations between passengers. In the most publicized incident, a fight between a man and a woman started over whether or not she could recline her seat, which he had prohibited her from doing by using a device called the Knee Defender. Not content to […]

Want $160,000? Why not write a new jingle for Aeroflot?

Each week, I do a roundup of travel contests, but this one merits its own post. Unlike a lot of the other contests, it actually requires some work to enter. Russian airline Aeroflot is looking for a new jingle, and they’re willing to pay 5.8 million Russian rubles (almost $160,000) to get it. According to Mashable, […]

Barack Obama banned from Russian duty free shop

If Barack Obama was planning on buying some cheap cigarettes & Toblerone on his next trip to Vladivostok, Russia, he’d better think again. So should British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The three world leaders are among 13 people who have been formally banned from shopping at the Duty Free shop at […]

Travel Movie Review: The Trip to Italy

A few years ago, British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon starred in The Trip, which depicted a semi-improvised foodie road trip through England where both men played exaggerated versions of themselves. The two men have obvious chemistry together, and the success of the first trip led to the latest edition, The Trip To Italy. […]

Travel Contest Roundup: August 27, 2014 – Argentina, Napa, Kentucky & more

Here are your travel contests for this week. Good luck! Win a wine trip to Argentina Round-trip coach airfare for the winner and 1 guest to Mendoza, Argentina Reimbursement for one rental car for ground transportation (up to U.S. $400) Four hundred dollar (U.S. $400.00) Visa debit card for meals and incidental expenses (alcoholic beverages excluded) […]

A week in Pittsburgh – Travel Diary & Review – July 2014

About a month ago, I traveled to Pittsburgh for work. While I spent most of the week working, I did get to check out some of the city. I stayed at the Hyatt House Pittsburgh South Side for a week. My room was on the ground floor, which initially worried me, but fortunately it was […]

10% off Virgin America coupon on your birthday

My birthday just passed, and I got an e-mail from Virgin America offering 10% off my next reservation. There’s a discrepancy between the text of the e-mail and the fine print, so I don’t know if it’s good for a few days (August 14th) or just over a month (September 14th). There are some blackout dates […]

Travel Contest Roundup: August 6, 2014 – China, Ireland, New York, and more

Check out this week’s travel contests. Good luck! Win a $500 voucher from TravelPony and StyleBlueprint $500 voucher Enter by August 17, 2014 Win a trip to China to save pandas Round-trip air transportation for two to/from Chengdu, China Hotel accommodations for three (3) nights, (3) ground transportation to/from airports One (1) day Panda Keeper […]

New Amtrak service: No train, but free pizza & Doritos

Amtrak is one of the more maligned transportation companies out there, sometimes with good reason, sometimes not. What happened to 200+ customers in New York on Saturday was definitely the former. The Amtrak Acela Express going to Washington D.C. from Penn Station in New York City departed around 3pm as scheduled, which generally makes most travelers happy. There was […]