Blog Profile / Gulliver


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:1193
Posts / Week:4.7
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

A human response to a human tragedy

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IT HAS been less than a week since the catastrophic loss of Germanwings Flight 9525 and its precious cargo of 144 passengers and six crew. In that short time investigators have pointed the finger of blame squarely at Andreas Lubitz,Show More Summary

The power of the almighty dollar

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

"THIS is a great time for Americans to travel internationally," the Washington Post proclaimed last month. The main reason? The strong dollar. Russia is now a much cheaper place for Americans than it was a year ago but, of course, there's less reason for business travellers to go there since the harsh sanctions were introduced. Show More Summary

On the rails

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE Stansted Express is one of those double-speak brands of which marketing types are so fond. The “Express” is in reality a grimy train which takes nearly 50 minutes to trundle the 30 miles from central London to Stansted Airport, through greenbelt countryside north of London. Show More Summary

A mixed verdict for Hawaii

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

"TRAVEL booking sites must pay Hawaii millions in back taxes," Mashable trumpeted last week, warning readers that "nine online travel booking sites—including Expedia, Orbitz and Priceline", would soon have to pay the Aloha state oodles to cover unpaid taxes. Show More Summary

Next stop not New York

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ON MARCH 16th, Ryanair announced to the world that it was planning to offer transatlantic flights. In a statement it revealed: The board of Ryanair have approved the business plans for future growth, including transatlantic. We are talking to manufacturers about long-haul aircraft but cannot comment further on this. Show More Summary

“Bleisure”, really?

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

HOW'S this for a terrible neologism: “bleisure”. It is a portmanteau of business and leisure, and is used to describe what some people claim is a new type of business traveller: one who fits in leisure travel while on the road. In truth, this is hardly new. Show More Summary

The lager picture

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

Click on the map to see an enlarged original from Vinepair GULLIVER considers himself something of a connoisseur of beers from around the world. Actually, perhaps the better word is "acquaintance". Virtually the first thing I like to...Show More Summary

Next stop New York

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

RYANAIR’s business model has come a long way in the past year or so. It started when the Irish carrier decided it was time to jettison its deliberately spikey image, in which it offered customers a Faustian bargain of abysmal customer service in return for low prices. Show More Summary

The American way

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AFTER losing their nine year old daughter suddenly to an asthma attack, the Cantrell family from Illinois decided that they could not face going on the holiday they had booked. So they explained to American Airlines their tragic change of circumstance and asked whether they could cancel their tickets. Show More Summary

Uber uber alles

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

NEW DATA from Certify, a company that tracks business travel expenses, included the fascinating tidbit that the average cost of an expensed ride with Uber, a rapidly-growing car-dispatching service, is now higher than the average cost of an expensed taxi ride. Show More Summary

Delta force

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

VIRGIN ATLANTIC was supposed to be an airline with an outmoded business model. After all, it lives outside of the three big airline alliances, is too small to act as a super connector and too wedded to full service to be low cost. Yet on March 10th, the carrier announced it had returned to the black after three consecutive years of losses. Show More Summary

Typical!

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

MOST aviation accidents aren't like the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 last year. The crash of Delta Air Lines Flight 1086 at New York's LaGuardia airport last week is far more typical. Delta 1086, a McDonnell DouglasShow More Summary

Too normal to be normal

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ON MARCH 8th 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, vanished. To coincide with the anniversary of its disappearance, Malaysia's Ministry of Transport released an interim report on its investigation into what happened. Show More Summary

Feeling the heat

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ALLEGATIONS of unfair competition are nothing new for the Gulf's carriers. The region’s big three airlines—Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways—have long been accused of receiving government subsidies by their rivals in Europe and America. Show More Summary

Nothing to fear

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

"I DON'T want to sound obnoxious," a friend told me the other day, "but I hate the bus." My friend hates riding buses because they are too often slow and crowded. He is not alone. To many they have a certain stigma. Margaret Thatcher...Show More Summary

Gratuitous expense

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ONE of things that shocks nearly every first-time visitor to America is just how pervasive its tipping culture is. The frequency and scale of expected gratuities in the country is an oft-rolled-out lament on this blog and on every other travel website. Show More Summary

You have a new follower

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE recent Business Travel Show in London was, as one would expect, chock full of companies proudly trumpeting their latest innovations, from fancy plane seats to super-comfy pillows for hotel beds. But if there was an overarching theme for those shaping the future of business travel, it was precisely targeted geolocation. Show More Summary

A Kayak for buses

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GULLIVER is an evangelist for Kayak.com, the travel search site that Priceline bought for $2.1 billion in 2013. Its simple, clean and intuitive interface made searching for a cheap flight or hotel room much easier, faster and more enjoyable than on its cluttered and confusing competitors. Show More Summary

Taking off

12 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

MOST stories about bitcoin, a digital currency loved and loathed in equal measure, focus on the future potential of the technology, rather than its present-day usefulness. This story is no different. Earlier this month, UATP, a payment...Show More Summary

Fare game

12 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

REGULAR Gulliver readers (and most drivers) know that oil prices—and, by extension, jet fuel prices—have cratered in recent months. But despite this, as my colleague noted last month, many airlines are still charging sky-high fuel surcharges. Show More Summary

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