Kim Hensley

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Bring Adventure Back to Europe

<b>A Keynote to The European Travel Commission, May 2013</b><p>I once ran with the bulls of Pamplona... by mistake, involuntarily. I was at Microsoft, where we were developing a new travel product that would become Expedia, and we had the idea to use a new web technology called Live Chat to convey from the …

Literature

Five travel startups pave a cleaner way to trip planning platforms

Trip planning can begin as soon as the idea of destination starts to sprout inside the traveler’s mind. It involves not only booking a hotel or …

Amtrak debuts locomotives of the future

Amtrak has unveiled at a plant in California the first of 70 new locomotives, marking what the national passenger railroad service said it hopes will …

How to Maximize Time and See the World

Seeing the world can feel like an impossible feat, as it always seems that those who have time don't have money, and those who have money don't have time. Particularly in uncertain economic times, the priority of keeping a steady job tends to supersede the savory qualities of travel. We rationalize …

South America

Hotwire launches airfare price-drop site in race to the bottom

Online travel agencies several years ago would talk about how they were committed to enhancing the travel experience, and that it would be foolhardy …

Top U.S. airlines for extra fees in 2012: Delta Air Lines leads the way

According to preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, for the third consecutive year Delta …

Never Use A Treadmill Again: Get Fit With These Original Fitness Features (PHOTOS)

Getting fit doesn't have to be on your to-do list after you travel. While many hotels offer state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment, we know that treadmills can get downright boring after a while. So we've found the hotels that have one-of-a-kind fitness amenities that will add a …

Fitness

The perfect trip: The Seychelles

There is much more to the Seychelles than meets the eye – beyond the paradisaical beaches, discover wild national parks, laidback local life and extraordinary flora and fauna.<p>Splendidly isolated in mid-ocean between Africa and India, the Seychelles are perfect island-hopping territory; hop aboard a …

Nature

Reader Q&A: Panama activities beyond the canal

Troy Kasting is interested in all that the Central American country has to offer – aside from the Panama Canal. Our Facebook fans shared their travel tips.<p>Last week, we called on our Facebook fans to weigh in with their top tips from the world of travel. Responses poured in for BBC Travel reader …

Central America

Why Animals "Adopt" Others, Including Different Species

Odd alliances often form due to instinct—but empathy may be involved.<p><b>A feel-good tale of sperm whales "adopting" a deformed bottlenose dolphin made an Internet splash this week. The story resonated with readers, including Reddit commenter Fallapoo, who said: "I see a Disney movie in the works."</b><p><b>But</b> …

5 Sky Events This Week: Three-Planet Huddle, Lunar Wall

Wildlife<p><b>As the sun sets this week and the stars come out to play, the moon makes for a convenient guidepost in tracking down some cosmic showpieces. Check out our five sky events not to miss.</b> <b><br>Moon Joins Regulus.</b> Starting at dusk—about 30 minutes after your local sunset—on Friday and Saturday, check …

Amazon staff go on strike in Germany

Amazon employees in Germany have staged their first ever strikes, in a dispute over pay and benefits with the vast US online retailer.<p>Employees at …

Roku's second gen players can get their grid menu update now

We dug the grid-style menu system that came along with the Roku 3, and now owners of some of the company's older players can experience it as well. The Roku 2 boxes, Roku LT, newer Roku HD and Streaming Stick are all eligible to download the new update, although it's not coming to the company's …

Tesla's path to the upgradable car

At a press event on Tuesday, Tesla shared how it took advantage of Nvidia GPU technology to make a car ready for continual upgrades.<p>At Tesla's sunny headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., I asked CTO JB Straubel when to expect the next model upgrade for the Model S. He quickly dismissed the automaker …

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Watch Out, Spotify: Google Might Want In on Streaming Music

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Google, possibly eying subscription music streamer Spotify's 6 million paying users, may be …