rey Montemayor

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Why It Makes No Economic Sense To Gate-Check Your Carry-On Bag

This weekend I took a relatively full United flight from Denver back to New York City. Sensing that we'd be packed from cockpit to bathroom, eager passengers began to coalesce around the gate door (comically early, of course).<p>You probably know how this goes. Throughout this process, we inauspicious …

New York City

Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in November

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in November:</b><p>Do your ears — and stomach — a favor and go whole hog at the <b>Music to Your Mouth Festival</b> (November 19-24) near <b>Hilton Head</b><b>, South Carolina</b>. Experience a traditional Lowcountry …

Trends In U.S. Airline Employment in 2013

The drily named Bureau of Transportation Statistics under the U.S. Dept. of Transportation comes out with regular reports of the state of U.S. …

How to piss off someone from Montreak

How to piss off someone from Montreal<p>Mystifyingly foreign to anglophone Canada, who don’t understand our penchant for dropping French words into …

Detroit Residents Complain About Tour That Capitalizes on City's Past Crimes

A black-caped woman with a lantern guides more than two dozen people through downtown Detroit as night falls, spinning ghoulish, grisly tales from …

JetBlue Worries About Losing Pilots to Better-Paying Airlines

Amidst all the talk about a looming pilot shortage driven in part by new training requirements, JetBlue CEO David Barger said today he’s not worried …

Hyatt Hotels' Q3 Profits More Than Double on Higher Rates and More Guests

Hyatt Hotels Corp‘s quarterly profit more than doubled, driven by higher occupancy and a rise in room rates across most of its properties.<p>Net income …

Airbus Wants Wider Seats for Passengers

Is there a point at which airline seats are simply too small? When is it unreasonable to expect passengers to squeeze on board? For airplane …

Spirit Airlines' Fare Jump and Fees Lead to Higher Than Expected Q3 Profits

Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines Inc on Wednesday reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by increased airfares and fees for baggage …

NYC and Mexico City Launch Their First Joint Tourism-Marketing Pact

NYC & Company yesterday joined Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa, and representatives from Mexico City’s promotional company Fondo …

Airbnb Fills NYC Niche For Tourists Because of High-Priced Hotels

Each night, people in apartments all over New York City are cleaning up, putting out fresh towels and clearing out — to rent their private space to …

Spirit Airlines Considers Spiking Bag Fees During Peak Travel Times

Flyers are used to airfares jumping during peak travel times throughout the year.<p>But ancillaries — the bag, blanket, and headphone fees that airlines …

Go Now: Scallop Season on Nantucket Island

With its long stretches of pristine beach, yacht-filled harbors and sailing buffs, rose-trellised cottages and meandering bike paths, most people …

New England

Hawaiian Airlines To Launch Roomier Seats With Power Outlets

Hawaiian Airlines will debut roomier seats for a fee called Extra Comfort on its A330 aircraft in June 2014, and this first full-fledged redesign of …

Quirky, Lovable Austin, Texas

As I got off the plane in Austin, the first thing I noticed was an airport gift shop displaying T-shirts that read "Keep Austin Weird."<p>Weird?<p>I was in Austin for the annual Religion Newswriters Association conference, and I'd been too busy to do my get-ready-for-Austin homework. All I knew about …

Texas

My Favorite Things About Mexico

After I returned from Mexico, I met a good friend for lunch and she asked me how my trip had been. “It was a game changer,” I replied. “It reminded me why I love traveling so much.”<p>I meant what I said. Mexico wowed me in so many big ways, from the level of sophistication I saw in hotels and …

Driving through the Desert – Destination Vegas

How to get a red road at night<p>Usually I light up the road at night with my headlights, but I figured out this strange trick by accident! I was …

The Pool at the Four Seasons in Scottsdale

Malcolm Gladwell at Zeitgeist<p>Speaking of Scottsdale (today’s photo), the main reason I came here was for Google Zeitgeist. There were many …

New Orleans, Pitbulls, Parolees... and a Grand-Daughter

I am getting wistful because "Pit Bulls and Parolees" is starting its new television season.<p>No, it's not because I miss my dog from childhood, a little fox terrier named Duke. Rather, it's because I miss my grand-daughter Jane, ensconced in England. You see, every summer Jane comes to New York for …

New Orleans

Kindness Is Trending in Portland, Oregon

On a recent trip to Portland, Oregon, I found more than just insanely delicious almond brittle with salted ganache ice cream from Salt & Straw.<p>I found The Kindness.<p>Two notable displays occurred around food, as one might expect from a city that gave us Pok Pok (more on that later), while the other …

Ice Cream

Notable Changes at the Walt Disney World Resort

Before and after I book a Walt Disney World resort vacation, I always check the resort's website, as well as other Disney websites such as wdwinfo.com and allears.net, to see about any changes, closures or refurbishments that may be taking place during my visit. This way I can avoid any change of …

Walt Disney Company

Cold, Wet, Dirty and Bored - Why "Roughing It" Is So Good

As a recent 4-day weekend drew nearer, I became less and less excited about our plans to enjoy it: drive 5 hours with our three young children to the Michigan Porcupine Mountains, where we would hike one mile into the woods to camp in a "rustic" cabin, (i.e., no running water, no electricity) with …

Camping

Nantucket: Full of Surprises

For those who think of Nantucket as the kingdom of pink-and-green -- pretty but predictable and steeped in if not stifled by tradition -- you're in for a surprise. While not exactly being rocked by innovation, some creative locals are hard-at-work reinvigorating the island.<p>I escaped to Nantucket …

New England