Blog Profile / Gulliver


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:1276
Posts / Week:4.6
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Airlines in it for the long haul

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THERE was some brief excitement in the aviation world earlier this week, as rumours swirled about the fall of a dubious industry record. On a trip to Silicon Vally it was suggested that Narendra Modi, the president of India, was going...Show More Summary

What to expect when booking Airbnb for business travel

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IT HAS been some time since Gulliver contemplated breaking the hotel habit in favour of Airbnb, a service that matches travellers to those with spare rooms or homes to rent out. It was money that spurred the reconsideration; hotel prices near a big conference in Boston looked like a decimal-point error. Show More Summary

China invests in America's high-speed rail

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

XI JINPING, China’s president (pictured left), is visiting America this week. He has brought plenty of baggage: the controversy surrounding the manipulation of China’s struggling economy, alleged cyberattacks on American government and...Show More Summary

New York pilots a programme that allows vehicles to communicate with one another

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

NEW YORK'S drivers are not always renowned for keeping their eyes glued to the road. Anyone who has visited the city could easily imagine the following scenario: you’re in a cab from the airport to Midtown. Just as your light turns green, an impatient bus driver crossing your street tries to sneak through a yellow, a second too late. Show More Summary

Modi's bumbling aviation boom

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

INDIA is the fastest-growing aviation market on the planet, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), an industry trade group. No thanks to government. After being elected last year on a pro-business reformist ticket, Narendra Modi, the prime minister, is back-peddling on his administration's pledge to modernise the sector. Show More Summary

European airlines lose a compensation battle with passengers

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

SOME firms think that giving disgruntled customers a refund is simply good service. Marks & Spencer, for example, operates a 35-day, no-questions-asked returns policy for goods bought in its stores. Amazon, likewise, rarely argues when shoppers on its site want to return stuff they are unhappy with. Show More Summary

Air Koryo: Still the world's worst airline

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

KIM JONG UN, North Korea's dictator, is regularly compared to a Bond villain. His long list of misdeeds, self-aggrandisement and geopolitical posturing would be laughable if it were fiction and not sobering nuclear-backed reality. Like...Show More Summary

America's most expensive hotel room

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

FOR ANY road warrior who is tired of slumming it in motel chains and budget Airbnbs, Four Seasons has found the answer. Those willing to (over) stretch their company credit-card and risk the wrath of (or sacking by) their managers can put their feet up in the Ty Warner Penthouse suite in New York. Show More Summary

Suite dreams

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

FOR ANY road warrior who is tired of slumming it in motel chains and budget Airbnbs, Four Seasons has found the answer. Those willing to (over) stretch their company credit-card and risk the wrath of (or sacking by) their managers can put their feet up in the Ty Warner Penthouse suite in New York. Show More Summary

A passenger revolt against squashed legroom

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

Of the litany of annoyances pestering air travellers these days—the invasive security protocols, the baggage fees, the cancellations and delays—perhaps none ranks higher than the Incredible Shrinking Airplane Seat. Legroom seems to vanish with each passing flight. Show More Summary

A British Airways jet catches fire

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THIS morning's news in Britain was dominated by pictures of a British Airways jet that caught fire just as it was about to take off from Las Vegas bound for London. First reports indicate that the blaze was caused by a faulty engine, which the cabin crew luckily managed to shut down before safely evacuating the passengers and crew. Show More Summary

The latest product for the sophisticated globetrotter

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

Social media was abuzz last week in response to the launch of a new item of travel kit. Funding from Kickstarter for the “world's best” travel jacket clocked up investment of around $9m, blowing away a target of $20,000 set by the jacket’s creator, Baubax, and becoming the most funded piece of clothing in Kickstarter’s short history. Show More Summary

Lufthansa and Expedia under pressure

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

MARK it down: the week of August 31st shall henceforth be known, in travel-industry circles at least, as Expedia Backlash Week. On Monday the New York Times reported on efforts by hotels to fight back against increasingly dominant third-party booking agents such as Expedia, Priceline and Orbitz—and the hefty fees they charge. Show More Summary

The world's most unfriendly cities

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

A SURVEY by Travel + Leisure, spotted by the Independent, has concluded that Moscow is the unfriendliest city in the world. The magazine asked around 200,000 of its readers to rank 266 cities on various aspects, one of which was their warmth towards visitors. Show More Summary

What the super-rich expect on holiday

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GULLIVER interviewed Kevin Johnson as research for a piece on luxury travel in the print edition this week. Mr Johnson worked as a chief-of-staff and a palace manager for various heads of state, Russian billionaires and royal families. Show More Summary

Cricket's Olympic dilemma

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

NEXT year in Rio de Janeiro, 28 sports will feature in the Olympic Games. Alongside traditional Olympic sports such as athletics, rugby sevens will make its debut, while golf will appear for the first time since 1904. Yet while the number...Show More Summary

Why Hilton is phasing out on-demand porn in its hotels

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

“WE MUST all face the choice between what is right and what is easy,” Professor Albus Dumbledore once told Harry Potter. For once the wise wizard was talking through his beard. Sometimes good things come wrapped in expedient packages. Show More Summary

Jumping the queue into America

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE thing about airport immigration queues is that you only get to experience how awful other countries’ are. A bit like driving, we swear at the idiots around us, while convincing ourselves of our own irreproachability because we never get to hear the exasperation of those we have just cut up. Show More Summary

Fare reasons for airline complaints

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE latest consumer report from the US Department of Transport (DoT), which (among other things) tracks the number of complaints made against airlines, makes for some grim reading. Although baggage-handling complaints were down, overall gripes rose by 20% in the first half of the year compared with the same period last year. Show More Summary

The sad, sick life of the business traveller

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

MANY of us have found ourselves trying to explain to friends and colleagues that, no, business travel isn’t as fun and glamorous as it seems. Finally, there could be proof to back this up. Researchers at the University of Surrey, inShow More Summary

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