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Blog Profile / Gulliver


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:982
Posts / Week:5.2
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Time flies

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

EUROSTAR, the firm that operates the trains that link London with Paris and Brussels, has announced record passenger numbers for last year. It carried over 10m people through the channel tunnel for the first time since it opened in 1994, with the market for business travellers particularly strong. Show More Summary

How to hijack a plane

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

BRUCE SCHNEIER, a security guru, likes to say that, of all the saftey measures introduced after the September 11th terror attacks to protect aircraft, only two have mattered: the new willingness of passengers to fight back against hijackers, and the reinforcement of cockpit doors. Show More Summary

Failing the crash test

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IN AN amazing piece of good fortune, just three of the 307 passengers and crew on Asiana flight 214 were killed when the Boeing 777 crashed at San Francisco International Airport last July. But nearly 200 of the people aboard were injured, some critically. Show More Summary

Cell hell

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AMERICAN legislators are again discussing the ban on mobile phone calls on the country's planes. This time the issue is not one of risk, but of consideration. Gulliver does not intend going over the safety aspects of using cell phones in a cabin again here; we have covered that topic many times. Show More Summary

A star is born—or rather, confirmed

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IT MAY take a while, but Michelin gets there in the end. Last year, two of France's most influential gastronomic guides, Gault et Millau and Champérard, named Arnaud Lallemont their chef of the year. Today the most important of the lot released its 2014 edition to a waiting world. Show More Summary

Socialising in the sky

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

SOCIAL media is nothing new for the airline industry. Most carriers understand that peer-to-peer social networks like Facebook and Twitter offer a cost-effective and direct means of engaging with passengers—typically for service updates, conflict resolution and marketing. Show More Summary

The best kind of beer

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WHO said the golden age of air travel was dead? Horizon Air, a regional sister airline to Alaska Airlines, serves the best kind of beer on its flights: free. The carrier offers complimentary microbrews and wines on most of its flights,...Show More Summary

A flat note

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ONE of the great joys in Gulliver’s life is the hilariously self-unaware press release. Mostly they are for private mirth. But some such as this, which hit my inbox this morning from a firm that rents serviced apartments, are too good not to share. Show More Summary

Trouble at home

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AS FAR as business travel goes, I'm lucky—my wife and I both travel for business, we are used to being in different cities and we trust each other, so it is not a big cause of stress in our marriage. But not everyone is so fortunate....Show More Summary

Jet pet

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

When The Economist 's online science editor moved to Sao Pãulo to take up his position as our new Brazil correspondent, he was thrilled. Baltazar, his cat, less so THE box. Never bodes well. It usually means a visit to a vet, with poking, prodding and, occasionally, a jab. Show More Summary

Desert train

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

SCEPTICS abounded when a 1,420 km railway line opened in 2004, linking Alice Springs and Darwin through one of Australia’s most remote outback regions. The Northern Territory, covering about a fifth of Australia’s land area, has a population of 239,000, about 1% of its people. Show More Summary

Getting smarter

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

BOARDING passes are inconvenient. They're too big to fit easily in a wallet or passport, and they're a poorly organised mishmash of information of various degrees of importance. Peter Smart, a British graphic designer, has a solution:...Show More Summary

Protect and survive

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

A PUSH by Norwegian Air Shuttle to bring its discount, no-frills business model to transatlantic flights has produced predictable reactions. Incumbent carriers and labour unions are apoplectic. Lee Moak, the president of the Air Line...Show More Summary

Free lunch, no travel

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE internet was abuzz last week with reports that a would-be traveller tricked China Eastern Airlines into buying him food for a year. I say "would-be traveller" because the man never actually took a flight. Instead, he used his first...Show More Summary

Everything you suspected is true

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LIKE many Americans, Jason Edward Harrington suspects that most of the airport security measures enforced by the country's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are useless theatre and unlikely to catch actual terrorists. There's one important difference, though: Mr Harrington is a former TSA agent. Show More Summary

A bleak future

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THREE DAYS after he took office in 2010, Andrew Cuomo, New York's Democratic governor, wrote a letter to Ray LaHood, who was at the time Barack Obama's secretary of transportation. In it, Mr Cuomo asked that New York be given the federal high-speed rail money that other, Republican-led states had rejected. Show More Summary

Price or quality—pick one

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

RYANAIR is the airline Europeans love to hate. Horror stories abound about flying with the carrier that took the no-frills model to a new extreme. Some find its hidden charges annoying: one British family in 2012 were charged €300 ($405) to print out boarding passes they left at home. Show More Summary

Post Tiger economy

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IN FEBRUARY 2009, during the final throes of Sri Lanka’s 25-year-long civil war, Tamil Tiger rebels packed two light aircraft with explosives and flew them towards Colombo. The pilots planned to execute kamikaze attacks on the capital. Show More Summary

TV or terminal?

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

BLOOMBERG TELEVISION, the boob-tube arm of Michael Bloomberg's business news and information empire, is launching a huge new ad campaign aimed at business travellers passing through London, the Drum reports. The push will include video...Show More Summary

Comparative advantage

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IF YOU frequently shop for flights online, you will almost certainly be familiar with flight comparison websites like Skyscanner and Kayak. These so-called metasearch engines invite you to key in your desired travel itinerary, before...Show More Summary

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