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3 Links I Love: Brexit’s Impact, O’Hare Terminal Plans, Flying Air France La Premiere

This week’s featured link: Statement: Current Flights Protected, but Future Growth at Risk from No Deal Brexit – IATACurious what the real impact of Brexit would be on flights if there’s no deal? IATA lays it out clearly. There is little impact on the US, but between the UK and the Continent… capacity could have to be cut. Two for the road: Here are the 5 ideas being proposed for O’Hare’s massive expansion – Chicago TribuneThe five proposals for O’Hare big new terminal projec...
Tags: Travel, UK, La, Israel, US, Chicago, Paris, Hare, Brexit, Government Regulation, Links I Love, Air France, Bernie, IATA, O Hare, ORD - Chicago/O'Hare

Virgin Hotels Ramps Up Customer Experience Marketing and Personalization Through Partnership with Local Measure

New York and Sydney - 17 January, 2019 - Virgin Hotels, one of the most loved consumer brands, has implemented new Wi-Fi infrastructure at its first hotel in Chicago in partnership with Local Measure, the leading customer experience platform for the hotel industry.
Tags: Travel, New York, Chicago, Sydney

Best coffee shops in Chicago

When you think of a great city for coffee in the US, it’s likely that Seattle or San Francisco is the first to come to mind. Chicago is probably not on that list for you, but it should be. The City of Big Shoulders has actually been a major player on the coffee scene for a long time, with some excellent coffee shops and boutique roasters producing some superb gourmet coffees. If you’re looking for the perfect cup in the Windy City, check out these 11 places with the best coffee in Chicago. 1...
Tags: Travel, Coffee, US, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, All, Saigon, Marty Mcfly, Coffee Shops, Bridgeport, South Side, Lakeview, Lincoln Square, South Side of Chicago, Logan Square

Best things about Indianapolis

In a sea of cornfields and conservatism, Indiana’s bustling capital of Indianapolis is an island. From the independent art galleries on Mass Ave. to the vintage boutiques in Fountain Square, Indy has steadily been making a name for itself one of the Midwest’s preeminent cultural hubs. Sure, it’s no Chicago — but that’s a good thing if you hate crowds. For now, it’s one of the best-kept secrets south of the Great Lakes. But no one is quite sure how much longer the city can fly under the radar...
Tags: Travel, US, NFL, America, Indiana, Indianapolis, Chicago, South Dakota, All, Midwest, Butler Bulldogs, James Naismith, Children s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana State Fair, Circle City, Broad Ripple

How United CEO Oscar Munoz Plans on Focusing His Efforts This Year

United opened its newest Polaris lounge at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) last week, so I headed on up the road to go check it out. While I was there, I was given some time to talk with CEO Oscar Munoz. We discussed a variety of things including future plans for an LAX Terminal 9 (just talking about it, nothing else to report). Toward then end of our time, I decided to ask him exactly how he plans on spending his time in 2019. He answered with three areas of focus… plus an ove...
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Delta, Oscar, United, Polaris, Andrew Nocella, Oscar Munoz, Scott Kirby, Los Angeles International Airport LAX

Oil Retreats With Equities as Rally to Bull Market Seen Overdone - Bloomberg

Oil Retreats With Equities as Rally to Bull Market Seen Overdone - Bloomberg:Oil extended its retreat as disappointing economic data from China helped reignite concerns over economic growth.Futures lost as much as 2.3 percent in New York on Monday, after falling Friday for the first time since late December. The decline mirrored a slide in equities across the globe as China posted its worst import and export figures since 2016 and the U.S. government shutdown dragged on.“Oil is watching the othe...
Tags: Travel, New York, China, Bloomberg, Chicago, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Phil Flynn, Price Futures Group Inc

The Copper King Mansion, W.A. Clark Mansion, In Butte Montana

The W.A. Clark Mansion also known as the Copper King Mansion is one of the most recognized and beautiful buildings in the state of Montana. Built during the years 1884 to 1888, it figures prominently in the history of Butte, as Montana was becoming a state. It was the residence of the famous William Andrews Clark ,one of the three famous Copper Kings of the state. It is the 28th stop in the travel series Off The Beaten Path. The W.A. Clark Mansion was added to the National Register of Histori...
Tags: Travel, Colorado, Montana, Senate, New York City, Chicago, Pennsylvania, United States, Iowa, Las Vegas, Central Park, United States Travel Blog, Clark, Tiffany, Helena, Clark County

Tips on travel to Antarctica

A mere hundred years ago, going to Antarctica was exclusively the realm of hardened, grizzled explorers who didn’t mind being away from home for years and losing a toe or three. Flash forward to 2019, and you’ve got ships with wine pairing dinners and butler service making dozens of trips there a year. Though getting there’s not cheap, the White Continent is now fully accessible to anyone who can afford it. But it’s still not as simple as taking a 10-day tour around the Caribbean. Because Ant...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Travel Planning, Chicago, Netflix, Chile, North Dakota, Falkland Islands, Antarctica, Argentina, Siberia, South America, Drake, Francis, Kia, Key West

Southwest sale with $39 tickets

Airlines are already planning for Americans deciding how to ration their vacation days in 2019, with many, including SAS, offering insanely cheap flights. Southwest Airlines is no exception. Its sale includes one-way flights all throughout the US for as little as $39. The sale runs until January 24, and is valid for flight dates between January 29 and May 22. Flights must be purchased at least 21 days in advance, with domestic flights available between January 29 and May 22. The sale applies ...
Tags: Travel, New York, Boston, US, Sacramento, Atlanta, Chicago, San Diego, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Southwest Airlines, Sas, San Juan, All, Southwest, Southwest sale

Chicago’s Must See Riverfront

Chicago's riverfront has made incredibly exciting developments in the expanding city. Addition of family friendly activities and accomodations.
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Illinois, Destinations

Sun Country Grows Every Which Way

In recent history, Sun Country has been an afterthought. It was a small airline that during the best of times was marginally profitable. It focused almost entirely on flying people from Minneapolis to… everywhere. Things have been slowly changing under new leader Jude Bricker. We’ve heard Jude talk about what he wants to do, but now we’re seeing the network strategy really ramp up. “Strategy” may be a loose word. The airline’s strategy appears to be looking for any random opportunity that ...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Minnesota, Minneapolis, La, Chicago, Portland, Nashville, Seattle, San Antonio, Frontier, Providence, Honolulu, Anchorage, Allegiant, Jude

Hyatt Launches Public Bug Bounty Program with HackerOne

CHICAGO - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced the launch of a public bug bounty program with HackerOne in which ethical hackers are invited to test Hyatt websites and mobile apps for potential vulnerabilities and securely disclose them to Hyatt. In working with HackerOne, Hyatt is able tap into the vast expertise of the security research community to accelerate identifying and fixing potential vulnerabilities.
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Hyatt, Hyatt Hotels Corporation NYSE, Hyatt Launches Public Bug Bounty Program, HackerOne Hyatt

How to make friends in Chicago

Making friends in a new place can feel like an impossible challenge, especially in a big city like Chicago. Fortunately, the Second City is a super friendly spot, and there are so many people living here that you’re bound to find people who share your interests and values. The only question is where to go to find them, and that’s where this list comes in. Here are our 10 ways to make friends if you’re new to Chicago. 1. Hang with your coworkers. If you’re new here then there’s a good chanc...
Tags: Travel, Chicago, New Friends, Bumble, All, Making Friends, Chicago Fortunately the Second City, Chicago Cares, Players Sport Social Group, Chicago Sport Social Club

Tofu town in Korea for vegetarians

South Korea is famous for its tabletop barbecue and pork-heavy bulgogi. While delicious, it can make dining a significant challenge for vegetarians. The solution for a meat-free fix of kimchi and tofu is to head to Gangneung, a coastal city along the Sea of Japan that’s famous for its beaches, its tourist attractions, and, increasingly, its designation as “tofu town.” Also known for being one of the three primary locations for the 2018 Winter Olympics, Gangneung might just be the best place i...
Tags: Travel, Food, South Korea, Japan, China, US, Chicago, Korea, Korean-food, KRW, Sea of Japan, Gangneung, Joseon, Vegetarian Food, Joseon Dynasty, Tofu Recipes

Obama encourages next generation at East-West Center, former Lt. Gov. Tsutsui to head Maui farm venture, Ige works to fill Cabinet, Jim Nabors' home sold, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Former President Barack Obama, courtesy Obama Foundation. Former President Barack Obama stressed the importance of cultivating the next generation of leaders during a speech Sunday night at the East-West Center that harked back to his roots as a community organizer in Chicago. Star-Advertiser.Obama: ‘We Have A Deficit of Leadership And We Need New Blood’. The former U.S. president launched a program in Hawaii this weekend aimed at nurturing future leaders in the Asia-Pacific region. Civil...
Tags: Travel, Obama, Barack Obama, Chicago, Asia Pacific, Hawaii, Donald Trump, Humane Society, Chinatown, Hawaii Island, Maui, Legislature, West Hawaii, Oahu, Maui Maui, Kailua Kona

Norwegian sale one-way Europe

On the heels of rumors that the airline was about to shut down entirely, Norwegian Air is offering one-way fares for as low as $99 to a variety of European destinations from the US. Flights are available from several major US cities, including Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Oakland, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Boston. A full list of fare options is available on the official sale site, but here are a few of our favorites: New York to Guadeloupe for $59 New York to Edinburgh and Dublin...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, London, Boston, US, Los Angeles, Chicago, Paris, Edinburgh, Dublin, Guadeloupe, Oslo, All, Fort Lauderdale, Flight Deals

Things learned growing up Wisconsin

People tend to underestimate Wisconsin — surely this flyover state couldn’t have anything to teach the world. To the contrary, Wisconsin has a rich and unique culture, and those who grow up in the state are forever grateful for the numerous life lessons it taught them. Here are nine things you learn growing up in Wisconsin. 1. Growing or hunting your own food is much more satisfying than buying it at a grocery store. Nothing beats sitting down to a meal that you grew or hunted yourself. W...
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Wisconsin, All, Midwest, Wisconsinites, Wisconsin culture

Travel News: January 7, 2019

Amid shutdown, more TSA agents are calling in sick CNBC Airport screeners are calling out sick in increasing numbers, while some workers are fretting about where their next paycheck will come from as a partial U.S. government shutdown enters its third week. The impact from thinner ranks at the country’s airports has had a minimal impact so far, according to the Transportation Security Administration, but the agency warned that travelers may have to wait longer at security lines. Standard wait t...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Chicago, Delta, Tsa, Las Vegas, Detroit, Pacific, Transportation Security Administration, American Airlines, News And Deals, Shinola, Chicago USA, Standard, Woodward Avenue, Ross Feinstein

Air New Zealand Says They’ll Honor Sub-$1500 Business Class Roundtrips to Australia

This week's amazing Cathay Pacific business and first class fare deal is being honored. Following right on after that Air New Zealand offered business class between Chicago and Sydney for under $1500 roundtrip. If you booked this and your ticket is still intact it appears the deal will be honored. Congratulations! Continue reading Air New Zealand Says They’ll Honor Sub-$1500 Business Class Roundtrips to Australia...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Advice, Chicago, Sydney, Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Congratulations Continue

Alitalia Business Class $538 Roundtrip Barcelona – New York (and Other Cities)

Just since Monday we've seen the amazing Cathay Pacific business and first class fare deal get honored and we've seen business class between Chicago and Sydney for under $1500 roundtrip. Now it looks like there's another special fare deal out there. There's an Alitalia business class offer starting at $538 roundtrip between Barcelona and New York JFK -- and possibly also Los Angeles and Chicago. Continue reading Alitalia Business Class $538 Roundtrip Barcelona – New York (and Other Cities)...
Tags: Travel, New York, Advice, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Chicago, Sydney, Alitalia, Cathay Pacific, New York JFK, Roundtrip Barcelona

SAS Big Fare Sale to Scandinavia

If you’re eager to book your first trip of 2019, Scandinavian Airlines just made your destination choice a lot easier. Its “BIG Fare Sale” is offering heavily discounted trips from the United States to Scandinavia, for as low as $417 round-trip. Flights from the US to major cities in Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway are all included. Many flights are nonstop, though some have brief layovers. But considering a typical round-trip flight from the US to Europe can cost upward of $850, a short...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, Boston, US, Sales, San Francisco, Chicago, United States, Norway, Scandinavia, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Sas, Oslo

Hurry: Business Class to Sydney on United, Air New Zealand Under $1500 Roundtrip

Right on the heels of one of the best airfare deals we've seen in a long time being honored, you can fly Chicago - Sydney roundtrip in business class from $1492. This is on Air New Zealand (fly Chicago - Auckland non-stop on their 787 and on to Sydney) or fly United through Los Angeles or San Francisco. At this price you can definitely get yourself to and from Chicago for the journey. Continue reading Hurry: Business Class to Sydney on United, Air New Zealand Under $1500 Roundtrip...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Sydney, United, Air New Zealand, CHICAGO SYDNEY, United Air New Zealand, Chicago Auckland

2018: A Look Back + The Year in Photos

Phew! We made it. Let’s all have a collective exhale… ♥ E X H A L E ♥ For me, 2018 kicked 2017’s ass! This year was soooo much better for me personally. And I’m so grateful for that. The most important thing that I need in my life is connection. And I’m so happy this year to be back in a relationship with someone I love dearly. You may recall from last year’s post that I was single again and spending a lot of time alone working on myself…and frankly, just being sad and depressed. Plus, you re...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Hollywood, Mexico, Germany, New York City, Georgia, Rome, Chicago, New Jersey, Venice, Memphis, Scottsdale, Personal Stories & Musings, ROME Italy, Verrazano Narrows Bridge

Scenic train rides to ski resorts

Ski vacations truly are the antidote to the post-holiday winter blahs. But sometimes getting to said ski vacations involves inching your way up an icy, two-lane highway, spending more time crammed in your car than speeding down a mountain. Much like traversing cities, trains help people avoid the pain of traffic en route to their ski destinations. Whether day trips near American metros like Denver or week-long excursions through foreign terrain in, say, Switzerland, taking a train to the moun...
Tags: Travel, New York, Minneapolis, Colorado, Boston, America, San Francisco, Chicago, Alaska, Skiing, Washington Dc, New Zealand, Switzerland, Tom Brady, Jasper, Philadelphia

Reviewing Your 2018 Predictions and Making Your 2019 Picks

It’s the end of the year, and you know what that means. It’s time to look back at your predictions for 2018 as well as make you picks for what you think will happen in 2019. The 2017 review saw almost 100 comments, and it has been quite the pain to try to organize all of these. So for this year’s picks, things are changing. I will only include one pick from each commenter in the year-end review. You can write down as many as you want, but only the first one you write will be inclu...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Usa, UK, London, Australia, White House, Boston, Oil, Miscellaneous, US, Alabama, Qatar, Ted, Chicago, Atlantic

My Favorite 2018 Travel Experiences

It’s that time of year again, when we all reflect on the previous 12 months and for me that means reflecting on the great travel experiences I was fortunate enough to enjoy. This list is more than just about far-flung locales, it’s about travel experiences that were special, many times unique and oftentimes just a whole lot of fun. Sure, we learn and grow as people when we travel, but the experience is also supposed to be fun and for me, these moments were amongst the best I enjoyed in 2018. I...
Tags: Travel, Asia, China, Germany, India, Disney, Los Angeles, Chicago, Thailand, Ireland, Alaska, Diana, Iceland, Disneyland, Bavaria, Caribbean

Oil plunges 6 percent as economic slowdown fears grip market | Reuters

Oil plunges 6 percent as economic slowdown fears grip market | Reuters:Oil prices plunged more than 6 percent to the lowest level in more than a year on Monday, pulling back sharply late in the session as fears of an economic slowdown rattled the market.U.S. crude futures CLc1 and global benchmark Brent LCOc1 hit their lowest levels since 2017 during the session, putting both benchmarks on track for losses of about 40 percent in the fourth quarter.“What’s happening in the stock market is raising...
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Phil Flynn, Price Futures Group

Best month for cheap flights

Traditionally, January is the epitome of winter misery. The bright lights and festive music of Christmas have all come down, and all you’re left with are 4:00 PM sunsets and an ice scraper to keep you warm. Tack that on to credit card bills from the holidays that literally make you avoid opening your mailbox, and it’s time for a little escape from reality. You shouldn’t let those astounding holiday bills keep you from it, either. Not that we’re preaching financial irresponsibility, but accord...
Tags: Travel, Florida, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Barcelona, Chicago, Washington Dc, Paris, Mexico City, San Jose, Dublin, Seattle, Cheap Flights, January

This Caregiver Takes Travel Breaks as Self-Care

Show Your Soul Some Love A guest post by our friend Vonita Vaughan from I get massages on a regular basis as a part of my self-care regimen. Before each session, my massage therapist and I say our friendly hellos. Every time I ask him how he’s doing, without fail, he says, “I’m superb.” I chuckle every time he says it because I don’t know many people who use that word on a regular basis and mean it! Even though I have a wonderful therapeutic relationship with him, ther...
Tags: Travel, Nurse, Chicago, Jamaica, Baltimore, Caregivers, Travel Stories, Airtreks, Caribbean Sea, Gift of Travel, AirTreks Company Blog, Solo Female, Travel Break, Vonita Vaughan, Vonita

3 Links I Love: Air Italy Throws Money Away, Moxy Hires, OneJet Is DoneJet

This week’s featured link: Air Italy flights to Chicago risk rekindling row with U.S. carriers – ReutersAir Italy has been announcing a ton of new service to the US recently with flights from Milan to LA, San Francisco, and Chicago. Do I think that this is being funded by Qatar’s money? Yes. Do I think this is a bad idea? Yes. Do I think that it should be blocked because of that? Not yet. Any airline can raise money and make bad decisions. Just look at Alitalia with Etihad. Eventuall...
Tags: Travel, Milan, US, Qatar, Chicago, Canada, Etihad, Alitalia, Pittsburgh Business Times, David Neeleman, Moxy, LA San Francisco, Lukas Johnson, Air Italy, Air Italy Throws Money Away Moxy, ReutersAir Italy

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