Blog Profile / Gulliver


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:1398
Posts / Week:4.4
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Austin has become home to a host of new ride-sharing firms

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

UBER has a name to live up to, and as a fellow Gulliver recently noted, it seems to be doing so. In the first quarter of this year, Uber and Lyft, combined to account for 46% of business trips taken on the ground in America, versus just 14% for traditional taxis.

Reviews on travel websites are rarely honest

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

HOW honest are reviews on travel websites? By this I do not mean: is the person writing the review who he says is, and not the owner of the hotel boosting its rating or a competitor doing it down? (We have covered that problem before.) I mean, rather, to what extent are reviewers’ ratings a reflection of their actual experience?

What makes the AR-15 an assault weapon

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ON JUNE 12th Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 53 with a 9mm handgun and a semi-automatic gun called the Sig Sauer MCX, an AR-15-style rifle trumpeted by its manufacturer as “the first true mission-adaptable weapon system” which “eclipses everything that came before it”.

Will the imminent Xbox upgrade upset the console market?

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THIS year’s E3, the annual gaming shindig, is heavily focused on hardware. Rumours circled prior to the event about project “Neo”, the codename for Sony’s upgraded PlayStation console, that will be capable of 4K resolution (roughly four times the pixels of a Full HD console).

The Economist’s “Brexit” poll-tracker

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

APRIL 15th saw the official launch of the campaign leading up to the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union on June 23rd. To help our readers keep abreast of national sentiment, The Economist has produced an interactive poll-tracker.

Why Sino-American relations are likely to become stormier

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AS THE world’s two largest economies, and possessors of the two largest armies, China and America make the weather in Asia and much of the world.

The Senate’s scientific divide

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

DEMOCRATS and Republicans in Congress seem to agree on very little these days. From the economy to health care to national security, compromise and bipartisanship are rare. Polarisation is the norm. It is little wonder then that science has in recent years become a source of some of America’s sharpest political debates.

England’s dry spell is nothing unusual, and unlikely to end soon

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IF, LIKE your correspondent, you are an Englishman who has drawn England in your office sweepstake before the European Championships, which kicked off in Paris on June 10th, you will have conflicting emotions. You might feel more fortunate than colleagues who have picked minnows Albania or Hungary out of the hat.

The Federal Reserve system

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WHEN the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) decides whether to raise interest rates at the meeting starting on June 14th, representatives of the Fed’s regional branches will cast half of the ten votes.

Business travellers have all but abandoned taxis

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ONE of the big questions facing the business-travel industry is the extent to which it will embrace the sharing economy. Corporate-travel bookers, for example, are still deciding what they think about Airbnb.

Things might become more tolerable for travellers in America this summer

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GULLIVER was flying at the end of last week, and received an e-mail from Spirit Airlines with the foreboding subject line “URGENT: Get to the airport early.” The message warned: Baltimore, MD (BWI) is experiencing longer than usual lines and extensive wait times at TSA security checkpoints, causing some travelers to miss flights.

Have we reached the bottom for service levels on aeroplanes?

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

MOST people agree that the glamour of regular business travel is not what it used to be. Budget airlines and cheap long-haul carriers have initiated a race to the bottom, on service as much as price.

One of America’s last distance-based frequent-flyer programmes ends

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THIS is the week that miles officially stopped having anything to do with miles. American Airlines was the last holdout among the big carriers in the United States in maintaining a frequent-flyer programme that rewarded customers for the distance they travelled. The formula was simple: fly a mile, get a mile.

Carriers are ditching first-class cabins as business class becomes plusher

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THERE is a common lament that the distance between the front and the back of a passenger aircraft is growing ever wider, metaphorically speaking. That is true, but requires qualification. For the most part, the expanding chasm is, in fact, between the back and the middle of a plane.

A vote to leave the EU would leave travellers in an uncertain position

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

TWO recent opinion polls have put the Leave side ahead in Britain’s upcoming referendum on European Union membership. If the country does decide on a Brexit on 23rd June, what would that mean for business travellers? Frankly, it is difficult to say.

Six solutions to long security queues in America’s airports

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE embattled Transportation Security Administration (TSA) faced its first big test of the season this past weekend, when Americans kicked off their summer travel over Memorial Day. Remarkably for an agency that has lurched from one crisis to another, it passed. Lines were unusually tolerable at airports across the country.

America issues a travel alert covering Europe

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

YESTERDAY, the United States issued a travel alert aimed at those thinking of visiting Europe, warning them of the risk of potential terrorist attacks “throughout” the continent. On the face of it this seems odd. No one denies that the threat of terrorism this side of the pond is real. Show More Summary

There is no good reason to fly business class on short-haul flights

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

YOUR correspondent received a rare treat last week. On travelling to speak at a conference, it emerged that the client had stumped up for a business-class flight. This in itself is not a surprise. After all, there is a point to travelling...Show More Summary

This summer promises to be a miserable one for business travellers

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THIS time last year, Gulliver made a joke that it must nearly be summer because the French air traffic controllers (ATCs) were on strike. Disruption over Gallic skies is as sure a sign of the changing seasons as a sight of the first returning swallows. Show More Summary

The head of security for America's airports is told to pack his bags

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE angry mobs that now comprise the endless security lines at America’s airports at least have the satisfaction of seeing the first head roll. Earlier this week, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) replaced its security...Show More Summary

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