Blog Profile / Gulliver


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:1334
Posts / Week:4.5
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Laser pens and planes: A pointed problem

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LASER pointers can be handy. Backyard astronomers use them to point out constellations on the vault of the heavens; management consultants to highlight their wisdom on a whiteboard. They are less popular with pilots. On Sunday a Virgin...Show More Summary

Scientists may have finally found a way to beat jet leg

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

JUST over a century ago, Rudyard Kipling wrote that the advent of the aeroplane would herald a time “when the most extreme distances will be brought within the compass of one week’s—one hundred and sixty-eight hours’—travel”. Technology has brought us quite a bit further than that. Show More Summary

Firms are not yet sure how the Zika virus should affect their business-travel policies

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

READING official advice, it is difficult to know how seriously business travellers should treat the Zika virus. Health agencies in Britain and America, for example, have hedged their advisories. Britain’s National Travel Health Network and Centre is urging “pregnant women to consider avoiding travel to areas reporting active Zika transmission”. Show More Summary

Another bomb is detonated aboard an international flight

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE extraordinary events that unfolded over the skies of Somalia on February 2nd have now become clearer. About 15 minutes after Daallo Airlines Flight 159 departed from Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu, the Somali capital,...Show More Summary

What does the rise of adult-only hotels mean for business travellers?

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WHEN it comes to young children and travelling, people divide into two camps. You either have kids, in which case you bemoan every restriction placed upon them, or you don't, in which case you tut at every concession they enjoy. Adults...Show More Summary

Heathrow’s days as Europe’s busiest airport are numbered

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

JUST two years ago, Heathrow airport in London was the busiest international airport in the world. Last year, it lost its mantle to Dubai. It is still, at least, the busiest in Europe. Though probably not for much longer. According to...Show More Summary

Iran is targeting more than fleet renewal after the lifting of aviation sanctions

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AVIATION geeks love Iran Air, but for all the wrong reasons. Decades of sanctions have left Iran's flag-carrier with one of the oldest fleets in the world, featuring museum-vintage aircraft like a 39-year-old Boeing 747SP, the only passenger aircraft of its type still in service. Show More Summary

Which American airports are most likely to leave passengers stranded?

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

FOR business travellers in America late last month, Winter Storm Jonas was a massive headache. More than 10,000 flights were cancelled the weekend the storm hit, and cancellations continued into the next week. Political reporters and...Show More Summary

There are good reasons why airport food is so bad

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

A NEW ranking of restaurants in American airports has been released by the makers of AirportXP, a market-research smartphone app. Based on the responses of around 88,000 of its users, it found that Honolulu is the worst airport in the country for a pre-flight meal, followed by Washington Reagan and Los Angeles. Show More Summary

Rich travellers want more free internet at hotels

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IF YOU were a member of the 1%, what would be your primary concern when choosing a hotel? A fancy restaurant, maybe, or a luxury spa? Perhaps it would be privacy? In fact, according to a new report on luxury travel by Resonance, a consultancy, it would probably be free internet access. Show More Summary

Lots of entrepreneurs thought they could revolutionise hand-luggage. Few have succeeded

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WHEN Gulliver was a youngster, the height of fashion among discerning ten-year-olds was the snorkel parka. In Feltham in 1980 you judged a coat not by how warm it kept you or whether it repelled the rain, but on how many pockets it had. Show More Summary

Uber is now more popular than taxis or car rental with business people

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

BUSY executives, it seems, are getting better at sharing. Every quarter Certify, a business-expense software firm, collects data from millions of travel-expense claims in America in order to spot market trends. If there has been one story this year, it has been the incredible rise in the proportion of business travellers using Uber. Show More Summary

A rapper's plight raises the question of who has the right to issue passports

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LAST week Mos Def, a former rapper and actor, was arrested trying to catch a flight leaving South Africa. In itself that is not hugely surprising. Hip-hop artists often find themselves in immigration trouble. Rappers such as Snoop Dogg and Tyler the Creator have been barred from entering some countries thanks to criminal records or offensive lyrics. Show More Summary

The bane of noisy hotel rooms

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GOOD soundproofing in hotel rooms is one of those things that you only notice when it is absent. More often than not, in Gulliver’s experience, rooms are quiet enough to allow a decent night’s sleep. But I never really stop to consider whether this peace is down to considerate neighbours, a paucity of guests or a foot of insulation between the walls. Show More Summary

Should flyers be moved to unused premium-economy seats?

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LAST week, a fellow Gulliver posted a story about how United Airlines, seemingly everyone’s least-favourite full-service carrier, is slowly becoming less awful. Among the general gnashing of teeth and the horror stories that were posted in reply to the piece, two readers voiced the same, specific beef against the airline. Show More Summary

Is United Airlines finally becoming less terrible?

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IN OCTOBER, a disability rights activist with cerebral palsy was returning home from San Francisco, where he’d delivered a speech on the need for more accessible transit. He made the mistake of flying United Airlines. When he landedShow More Summary

Arab-Jewish tensions force two passengers off an Aegean Airlines flight

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IT STARTED with a flickering of paranoia in the mind of one Jewish passenger; perhaps justifiable, given the recent surge of terrorist attacks in Israel; perhaps prejudicial, emblematic of the deep distrust between Arabs and Jews, who both see a homeland in the Holy Land. Show More Summary

The strange things left behind in hotel rooms

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WE’VE all done it. The bags are packed; the taxi is waiting; the flight leaves in two hours. But then, halfway to the airport, realisation dawns that we've left something behind. Leaving items in hotel rooms is an occupational hazard for the business traveller. Show More Summary

The world's safest airlines

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

EARLIER this week Airline Ratings released its annual airline safety ranking. The survey uses a star rating system based on factors such as fatalities over the past 10 years, various safety accreditations or endorsements and, more interestingly, whether the fleet is composed of Russian-built stock (for which airlines are penalised). Show More Summary

For American flyers, this year is likely to be even more miserable than the last

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GULLIVER hates to be the bearer of bad news, but with the holiday highs behind us, it is time for a dose of sobering reality. Brace yourselves: for travellers in or through America, 2016 is likely to be worse than 2015. I say this for three reasons. Show More Summary

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