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14 Airbnbs that deliver a bucket list experience and prove you don't need to leave the US for a once-in-a-lifetime trip

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Airbnb As demand in summer travel heats up, many are eager to finally check off bucket list destinations. International travel is still in limbo, but there's no shortage of incredible places here in the US. From a tree house in Hawaii to a condo overlooking Times Square, you'll never forget these Airbnbs. As travel continues to tick up around the US thanks to millions of Americans being fully va...
Tags: Florida, Hollywood, Kim Kardashian, California, New York City, Disney, US, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, South Dakota, Alaska, Hawaii, Hilton, New Orleans


Some flight attendants say the pandemic has made passengers less patient and more likely to get aggressive with them

A flight attendant exits a Delta Airlines flight at the Ronald Reagan National Airport on July 22, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images Flight attendants told Insider hostility from passengers have increased over the last year. Airlines have banned thousands of US passengers for violating onboard mask policies. Some flight attendants say they expect to police mask even as travel rebounds this summer. See more stories on Insider's business page. Between the pandemi...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Joe Biden, Delta Airlines, Chicago, Tokyo, Philadelphia, Airlines, Jetblue, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Federal Aviation Administration


Airbnb holiday bookings soar as Covid restrictions ease

Value of bookings for San Francisco-based firm up 52% year on year to $10.3bn in first quarterCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAirbnb has reported a surge in bookings as coronavirus restrictions are eased in some countries.The value of bookings made by holidaymakers shot up 52% year on year to $10.3bn (£7.3bn) in the first quarter, with locations outside city centres and rural areas proving particularly popular. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Business, France, San Francisco, Travel & leisure, UK News, World news, US news, Airbnb, Coronavirus


I flew on United's new ultra-premium transcontinental flight from New York to California and it's now my least favorite way to cross the US in economy

Flying on United Airlines from New York to San Francisco. Thomas Pallini/Insider United just began flying between New York City and California again for the first time since 2015. Flights use John F. Kennedy International Airport and are flown by a premium-configured Boeing 767-300ER offering 46 business class seats, 22 premium economy seats, and 99 economy seats. In economy, however, many of the most desirable seats are dubbed "Economy Plus" and come at a premium, with few options to get ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, California, Planes, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Features, Chicago, Flying, Aviation, John


I flew on a self-flying plane where pilots sat back as the aircraft taxied, took off, and landed on its own and I'm convinced it's the future of aviation

An Xwing self-flying plane demonstration flight. Thomas Pallini/Insider Xwing is a startup working to usher in the future of aviation by developing autonomous aircraft technology. Its flagship aircraft is a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan that can taxi, takeoff, and land entirely on its own with no pilot input. I flew on the aircraft and watched as the pilot simply observed while the plane did all the work. See more stories on Insider's business page. Self-flying aircraft are not the d...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Microsoft, Air Canada, Planes, US, San Francisco, Trends, Features, Flying, Arizona, Aviation, Navajo Nation


5 Must-Read Travel Books by Authors Famous for Their Fiction

We tend to think of the authors of travel books and the authors of fiction books as two separate and distinct categories of writer. You’ve got your Tocqueville’s and Bill Bryson’s on one side, and your F. Scott Fitzgerald’s and Harper Lee’s on another. But there have in fact been plenty of writers — including some of literature’s most luminous novelists — who have worked in both genres. Often to great effect: unsurprisingly, the talents which lend themselves to worthy fiction — the ability t...
Tags: Travel, Books, London, Montana, France, Life, Adventure, America, San Francisco, Spain, Travel & leisure, Atlantic, Maine, Hawaii, Belgium, Harper Lee


Persona lands $50M for identity verification after seeing 10x YoY revenue growth

The identity verification space has been heating up for a while and the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated demand with more people transacting online. Persona , a startup focused on creating a personalized identity verification experience “for any use case,” aims to differentiate itself in an increasingly crowded space. And investors are banking on the San Francisco-based company’s ability to help businesses customize the identity verification process — and beyond — via its no-code platf...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Funding, San Francisco, Startup, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, SaaS, Venture Capital, Machine Learning, Song, Driver, Persona, Index Ventures


I flew on America's newest airline, Avelo, for $19 and the friendly service more than made up for the complete lack of frills

Flying on the first flight of Avelo Airlines. Thomas Pallini/Insider Avelo Airlines began flying on April 28 with an inaugural flight from Burbank to Santa Rosa in California. The ultra-low-cost airline is launching 11 routes from Burbank to kick off operations. The one-hour flight was enjoyable due to Avelo's friendly atmosphere but lacked in amenities. See more stories on Insider's business page. America has a brand new airline. Flying on the first flight of Avelo A...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Colorado, California, Oregon, Planes, US, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Features, Flying, Alaska


A self-flying Cessna just completed a fully automated flight with no pilot input as startup Xwing seeks to revolutionize aviation

Xwing's autonomous Cessna Grand Caravan 208B. Xwing Xwing completed a fully automated "gate-to-gate" flight with its self-flying plane. Pilots merely monitored the aircraft while it performed maneuvers on its own. The technology could revolutionize aviation and cut back on pilot expenses for airlines. See more stories on Insider's business page. Fully self-flying planes are moving closer and closer to becoming an everyday reality. Xwing's autonomous Cessna Grand Car...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, San Francisco, Trends, Features, Flying, Arizona, Aviation, Airbus, Navajo Nation, Airlines, Obvious Ventures, Denver


Airbnb's CEO says the company will need millions more hosts to deal with a post-pandemic travel boom 'unlike anything we've ever seen'

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Mike Segar/Reuters Airbnb's CEO on Friday said it needed millions more hosts for the post-pandemic travel boom. Airbnb sees a "rebound coming that's unlike anything we've ever seen," CEO Brian Chesky told CNBC. It has 4 million hosts with about 5.6 million listings, numbers mostly unchanged by the pandemic. See more stories on Insider's business page. Airbnb will need millions of new hosts to meet demand as the world exits the pandemic, CEO Brian Ch...
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, Trends, Sharing Economy, Airbnb, Morgan Stanley, Cnbc, Expedia, Brian Chesky, Securities And Exchange Commission, Nowak, Chesky, Pandemic, Tech Insider, Brian Nowak, Deirdre Bosa


What Is Hospitality? The Current Answer Doesn’t Work.

One of my last restaurant meals before the shutdowns started last year was at Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco. I waited on the street by a fishy-smelling puddle until I was waved toward a seat at the well-worn counter.
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, Swan Oyster Depot


A Las Vegas hotel says employees must either get vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing at their own expense

Wynn and Encore. Ethan Miller/Getty Images Wynn Resorts and Encore employees in Las Vegas must be vaccinated or undergo a weekly COVID-19 test. Workers who don't want the vaccine must pay $15 for the on-site testing lab, or go elsewhere for a free test. Las Vegas has recently seen a surge in visitors as vaccine rollout continues and restrictions are lifted. See more stories on Insider's business page. Wynn Resorts and Encore has announced that its Las Vegas employees must receive t...
Tags: Travel, US, San Francisco, Trends, Tourism, Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, Los Angeles Times, Vegas, Royal Caribbean, Kroger, Wynn, Wynn Resorts, Wynn Las Vegas, Maddox


Rainy days and Sundays

Sunday was a wet day. We had rain through the night and on into Sunday. We need the rain, I think. It hasn't rained in a while. I took this photo from the den out over the west forty. The garden path separates the west forty from the south forty. That's the way I think of it, anyway. Our property slopes down toward the north. When we bought the house eighteen years ago, looking at it with our San Francisco eyes, the yard seemed absolutely flat. Apple trees on the right. The big tree in the mid...
Tags: Travel, Apple, San Francisco, WCS, Garden Flowers Plants


Amtrak's $80 billion plan to connect the US is the latest step in a rail revolution but has a glaring omission: high-speed rail

Amtrak's Acela service runs between Washington D.C., New York City, and Boston. Kyodo News Stills via Getty Images Amtrak has unveiled a plan to further connect the US by rail but it doesn't include high-speed rail. New routes will be added and current routes will be upgraded as Amtrak aims to repair its network. Private companies and states have taken up the costly task of building high-speed rail on their own. See more stories on Insider's business page. Americans are all-abo...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Asia, Europe, Florida, New York, News, Congress, California, Washington, Trains, New York City, US, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco


Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Spotlight Voyages

Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Spotlight Voyages Regent Seven Seas Cruises unveils a new collection of 13 spotlight voyages. And each voyage is filled with one-of-a-kind onboard and shoreside experiences. Before we get started, you should know that Regent is one of our ‘go-to” luxury cruise lines. To learn more about our favorite ocean cruise line brands, please  CLICK HERE . Ok.  Let’s get to the announcement: Regent’s 13 Spotlight Voyages  Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, the leading luxury ocean cr...
Tags: Travel, New York, Hollywood, London, Featured, Bali, California, Mexico, Scotland, Southeast Asia, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bloomberg, Barcelona, Rome


COVID-19’s Impact On The San Francisco Lodging Market | By John Berean

Prior to the onset of COVID, San Francisco was amid a tech-driven renaissance that placed the city and the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area as one of the top-growing metro areas over the last decade.
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, John Berean


United just returned to JFK Airport after nearly 6 years and is rolling out one of its most luxurious aircraft to take on competitors

The first United Airlines flight to return to New York's JFK Airport. Thomas Pallini/Insider United Airlines resumed flights from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday. Operating the flights is United's premium-configured Boeing 767-300ER with lie-flat business class seats. Only 10 weekly flights are currently offered but more will be added in the coming months. See more stories on Insider's business page. United Airlines is back at New York's John...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Airports, Planes, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Flying, Connecticut, Aviation, John, Newark, Airlines


Primroses again

I just can't get over how many primroses there are on our property this year. So here is another photo. It probably won't be the last. Purple, lavender, and white. Yesterday I ventured out to the hardware store to get a new parasol umbrella for our deck. The old umbrella came from Pier One in San Francisco and we've had it for at least twenty-five years. It's starting to show its age. I got a catalogue from the hardware store the other day and saw what they call un parasol demi-lune (half-moon...
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, WCS, Garden Flowers Plants


Microsoft eyes Discord, Lysol and Tripadvisor clean up: Wednesday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. If you're reading this online or in a forwarded email, here's the link to sign up for our Wake-Up Call newsletters. Microsoft eyes Discord Microsoft is eyeing a new move into social media with the $10 billion acquisition of gaming chat community Discord.  According to  Bloomberg News , D...
Tags: Facebook, Microsoft, Mexico, Advertising, San Francisco, CMO, Unilever, Spain, Britain, Switzerland, Silicon Valley, Harry, Reckitt Benckiser, Reckitt, Edelman, Louisiana


Plant-based egg maker Eat Just raises $200 million in new funding round | Reuters

Plant-based egg maker Eat Just raises $200 million in new funding round | ReutersEat Just Inc said on Tuesday it had raised $200 million in new funding that will be used to boost capacity and expand into new markets, as the plant-based egg producer looks to meet the growing demand for alternative protein products.Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund led the funding round, with private investment firm Charlesbank Capital Partners and Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital also pitching in...
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, Qatar, United States, Paul Allen, Qatar Investment Authority, Reuters, Microsoft Corp, Charlesbank, Charlesbank Capital Partners, Vulcan Capital, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Eat Just, ReutersEat Just Inc


KFC, Burger King, and Smashburger are all bringing food lockers to their restaurants. Here's why they're poised to be the next big thing in fast food.

A customer gets her breakfast orders from an automatic locker of Freshhema Pick'n Go, an online breakfast order service, in Shanghai, July 17, 2020. Xinhua/Fang Zhe via Getty Images Food lockers could offer restaurants a new lease of life during the pandemic. The lockers are temperature-controlled and often unlocked via an app or with a pin code. Automats could also make a resurgence, as people look for contactless ways to collect food orders. Visit the Business section of Insider for ...
Tags: Food, Japan, New York, Restaurants, Berlin, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Spain, Fast Food, New Jersey, Netherlands, Shanghai, Retail, Moscow


what i'm reading: janis, her life and music

As a teenager and in my early 20s, I was somewhat obsessed with Janis Joplin. I read all the available biographies of her, and took any opportunity to see footage of her legendary performances. I never lost my fascination; I've continued to love Janis' music throughout my life. Reading Janis: Her Life and Music by Holly George-Warren deepened my appreciation of Janis' intelligence and artistry. The book also shifted my adult view of Janis, from a misunderstood, tragic figure, to a joyful, life...
Tags: Travel, Music, Texas, San Francisco, Bob Dylan, New York Times, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Black, Columbia, Robert Plant, Dylan, Otis Redding, Joplin


An expert explains what would've happened if United flight 328 experienced its scary engine failure over the ocean

A United Airlines Boeing 777. Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/Getty Images United Airlines flight 328 landed safely after experiencing an engine failure over Denver over the weekend. Even if the engine failure had occurred over water while en route to Hawaii, the aircraft likely could have landed safely.  Wide-body aircraft like the Boeing 777 are rated to fly for more than five hours on a single engine. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A United Airlines flight from Denver...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, News, Air Travel, Colorado, Planes, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Flying, Canada, Atlantic, Hawaii, Aircraft


Experts say the plane and engine used by United have a safe track record - and the scary landing in Colorado should have minimal impact on the airline

The United Airlines Boeing 777-222 that experienced an in-flight engine failure. AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images A United Airlines jet made an emergency landing after an engine failure on Saturday. Three aviation regulators have effectively grounded Boeing 777s with PW4000-112 engines pending an investigation.  Experts say the issue isn't likely systemic with the plane or engine, given the track record of both.  Only 69 aircraft in the world are affected, and United is the only US carrier w...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Japan, News, Colorado, US, San Francisco, Trends, Chicago, Flying, Hawaii, Aviation, Airlines, Engines, Faa, General Electric


United just sent JetBlue a shot across the bow with a new route to London on its ultra-premium jet

A United Airlines Boeing 767-300ER. Lukas Wunderlich/Shutterstock.com United Airlines is adding a new route between Boston and London later this year. The start date is still unknown as travel between the countries is restricted due to the pandemic.  JetBlue Airways, which just expanded a partnership with American Airlines, will also fly to London this year from Boston. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. United Airlines is growing its transatlantic presence later this ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, Florida, UK, New York, London, News, Air Travel, Boston, Planes, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Chicago


Book Review | The Chocolatier by Jan Moran

The Amalfi Coast and chocolate … what a winning combination! I was in the mood for something fun and sweet to read this month leading up to Valentine’s Day, so I pulled The Chocolatier by Jan Moran off my bookshelf and enjoyed a long distance mini book club reading it together with my Mom. Released last year, it’s a story of love, passion, and the search for family – with a big dollop of intrigue along the way. Because the story evolves with the uncovering of many secrets, I will be very careful...
Tags: Travel, Books, Book Reviews, San Francisco, Italy, Amalfi Coast, Moran, Celina, Amazon Associates, Savoia, Amalfi Coast Books, Books About Italy, Ciao Amalfi Book Reviews, Italy Book Reviews, Jan Moran, Amalfi Coast Chocolate


This 180-day global cruise is at least $41,600 a person and sold out in one day - see what it will be like on board

The Insignia in Sydney, Australia. Oceania Cruises Oceania Cruises' "Around the World in 180 Days" 2023 sailing just sold out in one day. Bob Binder, Oceania Cruises' president and CEO, attributes its quick sale time to "pent-up demand." Prices range from $41,600 to $155,600 for the cruise that hits 33 countries. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. On January 27, Oceania Cruises opened bookings for its 180-day long cruise set for 2023. The trip then sold out within a da...
Tags: Japan, Russia, US, San Francisco, Trends, Thailand, Unesco, Sydney, Antarctica, Brazil, Carnival, Kamchatka, Great Wall Of China, Oceania, Holland America, Binder


This 180-day global cruise is at least $41,600 a person and sold out in one day - see what the it will be like on board

The Insignia in Sydney, Australia. Oceania Cruises Oceania Cruises' "Around the World in 180 Days" 2023 sailing just sold out in one day. Bob Binder, Oceania Cruises' president and CEO, attributes its quick sale time to "pent-up demand." Prices range from $41,600 to $155,600 for the cruise that hits 33 countries. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. On January 27, Oceania Cruises opened bookings for its 180-day long cruise set for 2023. The trip then sold out within a da...
Tags: Japan, Russia, US, San Francisco, Trends, Thailand, Unesco, Sydney, Antarctica, Brazil, Carnival, Kamchatka, Great Wall Of China, Oceania, Holland America, Binder


The new world's longest flight is getting an upgrade as Singapore Airlines builds back up in the US - see inside the luxurious plane

Onboard a Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900ULR. Thomas Pallini/Insider Singapore Airlines is upping its three US routes to daily service, including the world's longest flight.  New York and San Francisco flights are being upgraded to an all-premium Airbus A350-900ULR aircraft. The two-cabin aircraft consists solely of premium economy class and business class cabins. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Singapore Airlines is pressing forward to build back up its US route net...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, Singapore, Planes, New York City, Americas, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Features, Flying, United States


The best messenger bags of 2021

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Messenger bags are great for commuters and students, and are a solid alternative to a backpack.The Chrome Industries Citizen is the best overall messenger bag for everyday use with great capacity.Check out our best travel backpacks and best carry-on luggage guides for more on-the-go recommendations.Messenger bags are an extremely popular alternative to backpacks - they can usually carry the same amount of gear, but are easier to access because you can shift the...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, San Francisco, Trends, Features, Bag, Buying Guide, Tsa, Messenger bag, Command, Herschel, Supply Co, Herschel Supply Co, Men's Style, David Slotnick, Dagne



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