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12 features you probably didn't know exist on WhatsApp

WhatsApp's core messaging function is pretty easy to use.<p>But there's a lot more to the Facebook-owned messaging service -- which surpassed 1 billion …

Hackers Use New Tactic at Austrian Hotel: Locking the Doors

The ransom demand arrived one recent morning by email, after about a dozen guests were locked out of their rooms at the lakeside Alpine hotel in Austria.<p>The electronic key system at the picturesque Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt had been infiltrated, and the hotel was locked out of its own computer …

Hoteliers Comb the Ranks of Tech Workers to Gain an Edge

The front desk manager or housekeeper may epitomize the hotel employee, but the hospitality industry is increasingly dependent on tech workers, vacuuming data scientists, web designers and other experts into its ranks.<p>More than ever, guests look to their phones and computers to research, book, stay …

Airlines Phasing Out Screens Because You Are All on Your Devices

Those seat-back screens that have long been part of in-flight entertainment systems are preparing to depart from many airplanes, experts say, and will gradually be replaced by content streamed to passengers’ electronic devices through improved wireless service.<p>But as with a delayed flight, don’t …

After Travel Ban, Interest in Trips to U.S. Declines

The impact was immediate: Following President Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order banning people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, the demand for travel to the United States took a nosedive, according to data from several travel companies and research firms.<p>The …

You Can Travel Across The U.S. By Train For Just Over $200

Gas is still pretty expensive in most places, and air travel is full of ridiculous TSA delays, so train travel is starting to look pretty good to …

Trains

5 Health Insurance Tips for Overseas Travelers

Make sure you're really covered for medical mishaps abroad.<p><i>This story originally appeared on money.com</i><p>No one wants to think about mid-vacation health …

Health Care

Commune Hotels & Resorts and Destination Hotels Set to Merge

Commune Hotels & Resorts and Destination Hotels announced plans for a merger Friday afternoon, forming a combined company managing more than 90 …

How technology will change travel in 2016

<b>FAQ: What new developments can we expect in technology and travel this year?</b><p>It’s not just new technology that is changing the world of travel so rapidly. The application and adoption of existing technology is also a key development, with many radical innovations already under way. There are, I …

15 maps that will change the way you see the world

Telegraph Travel has mapped the world in many ways – here are some of the most eye-opening.<p>1. Life expectancy<p>This map shows the world according to life expectancy. The results are depressingly unsurprising. Africa is the only continent that contains nations where the average life expectancy is …

Ingenious Shirt Uses Recognizable Icons to Help Break Language Barriers When Traveling

Traveling is a fantastic way to learn about the world, but it's made significantly harder when there's a language barrier. ICONSPEAK wants to ease your frustrations with their ingenious solution: a shirt that displays common (and therefore recognizable) icons across the world. Simply point to a …

Customer 'deeply disturbed' about lack of Expedia refund

I am deeply disturbed by my experience with Expedia. I'm paying for 15 members of my family — my wife and myself, four children and their spouses, and five grandchildren — to take a family vacation to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.<p>The kids wanted to have a party for us, but we asked them …

Flying

Farmers’ Markets Go From Sidewalk to Hotel Lobby

The hottest attraction at your hotel may be its farmers’ market. Properties around the country are increasingly hosting markets featuring local vendors. Most are open to the public, but a few, like the quarterly market at the Rosewood CordeValle in San Martin, Calif., are exclusively for hotel …

Cuban Law on Cruises Prompts a Protest

An estimated 50 protesters rallied outside the South Florida headquarters of Carnival Corporation this week, according to The Miami Herald, decrying the coming launch of its Cuba cruises from which Cuban-born travelers are barred.<p>On May 1, Carnival’s new Fathom cruise line, which incorporates …

4 Reasons Why Trying Too Hard Ruins Your Brand

Learn from other brands' mistakes, and don't let consumers catch your brand using these advertising approaches.<p>You know what's really awkward? When customers make a mockery of your brand's desperate advertising tactics on social media. It's happened to companies from KFC to Bank of America, and it …

Branding

Want a Shaman With That Massage?

Apparently it’s no longer enough to simply book a spa massage when you’re on vacation. For a new wave of wellness-seeking millennials, only the latest, and often personalized, forms of treatments will do.<p>“Fifteen years ago, we used to do sugar scrubs and chocolate facials — it was only about …

10 Ways to Be a Greener Traveler, Even if You Love to Fly

You want to be green. You recycle. You turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth. But you’re not going to forgo a flight to a tropical paradise and top-notch accommodations, even though planes emit greenhouse gases and routine hotel practices, like washing the linens each day, hurt the …

5 Hotels and 5 Tours for the Eco-Conscious Traveler

It’s the rare hotel that doesn’t engage in sustainable practices like encouraging guests to reuse towels, but many hospitality companies and tour operators go much greener than that. Eco-tourism companies, which put a priority on sustainability as well as profit, cover everything from …

10 Travel Essentials for Every Millennial Jetsetter

Believe it or not, air travel doesn't have to be miserable<p>In the first three months of this year, I've been in 10 unique cities, 4 countries and on more than 20 different airplanes. I travel mostly for work, generally long haul flights or day trips where I spend more time in the air than on the …

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23 Strange Movie Facts You Probably Didn’t Know Until Now

Betcha didn’t know O.J. Simpson was almost the lead in ​The Terminator.​<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Alaska Airlines Said to Be Near $2 Billion Deal for Virgin America

Virgin America, founded on the premise of being a cool airline shuttling people from New York to California in style, is near a deal to sell itself to a competitor originally created to ferry people 330 miles across Alaska.<p>Alaska Airlines is poised to buy Virgin for about $2 billion, a person …

5 Reasons Every Business Owner and Traveler Should Have a Second Passport

Before World War I, people from anywhere on earth could go to places they wished to set foot on without needing to present a proof of identification. However, that's not the case anymore. Regardless of who you are, you now need a passport for international travel. It isn't a problem if you don't …

No photos, please! Families of my dying patients shy away from taking pictures in hospice, but why?

A dying person’s bedside is a compelling gathering place for families. Taking photos needn’t be disrespectful<p>“How could you think about taking pictures at a time like this?”<p>A well-dressed man was admonishing his daughter not to take an iPhone picture of her grandmother. Chastened, his daughter put …

Bree Olson describes hardships after leaving adult film industry

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former adult film star Bree Olson has a message for young girls: Don't get into porn.<p>Olson was one of Charlie Sheen's live-in "goddesses" who shared his home with other women during his 2011 meltdown.<p>Olson estimates she was making $30,000 to $60,000 a month in the adult film industry before …

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Beyond LOL and OMG: How to translate millennial speak

<b>NEW YORK --</b>How well do you know today's modern English? If words like "Brotus" or "bae" sound foreign to you, you're not alone.<p>America's lexicon is …

Pizza Hut Uses Pungent Fruit as a Pizza Topping in China

While pepperoni and mushrooms are very popular on pizza in the United States, other countries around the world fashion their pizzas with regional and …