Blog Profile / Gulliver


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:1122
Posts / Week:4.9
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

A $1,171 Wi-Fi bill

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

EARLIER this month, Jeremy Gutsche spent $28.99 for a 30 megabyte internet access plan for a Singapore Airlines flight. During the flight, he wrote later on his website, he viewed just 155 pages, and uploaded one 4 MB PowerPoint. Yet when he got off the plane, he discovered he had gone over his limit—way over. Show More Summary

Meetings in Mogadishu

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AROUND the world certain cities have sadly become synonymous with war, brutality and lawlessness. For the business traveller, particularly the Western business traveller, Baghdad surely ranks among the most feared of assignments. Tripoli looks to be going that way soon. Show More Summary

The worst American airports for winter flying

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WINTER weather wreaks all sorts of havoc on business travellers. But perhaps the worst consequence of snowshowers, hailstorms and outright blizzards are the flight delays. The best way to avoid these is to steer clear of airports that are especially prone to winter problems. Show More Summary

Make it a Tripr to remember

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

A NEW travel app designed to help take the solitude out of lonely road trips had its "hard launch" recently". Tripr, the brainchild of Nicholas Green and Alexander Dru, allows travellers to enter an itinerary and seek out like-minded companions who will be in the same place at the same time. Show More Summary

Is United Airlines really that bad?

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

TIM WU, a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, wrote an essay recently about why he, a long-time customer of United Airlines with more than 700,000 miles flown, has decided to "leave" the airline. Here's the meat of it: On the “new”...Show More Summary

Out-of-office message

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

BUSINESS travellers are never happier than when moaning about how, with smartphones and laptops, they are now always at the beck-and-call of the office. It is undoubtedly true that modern-day communications can be a tyrant. Yet there can often be something disingenuous about this lament. Show More Summary

Squeezed for time

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AMERICAN airlines are filling up aeroplanes at record rates, reports Hugo Martin at the Los Angeles Times, citing data from the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics. American carriers managed to fill 84.1% of their seats on domestic and international flights in the first eight months of the year. Show More Summary

Curious

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

A VIDEO is doing the rounds of a chambermaid in an unnamed branded American hotel rummaging through the possessions of one its guests (see above). The woman is caught checking out the customer’s mail packages, rifling through his video games, trying to boot up his laptop and fiddling with his tablet. Show More Summary

Spy-fi

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

DIPLOMATS and businessmen visiting the old East Germany used to operate on the (frequently justified) assumption that the Stasi, that country's notoriously nosy secret police, was bugging their hotel rooms with microphones hidden in the headboard or tiny cameras concealed in paintings on the walls. Show More Summary

WOW throws a curve-ball

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IN AN attempt to live up to its name, WOW Air, an Icelandic low cost carrier, caused some excitement last month by unveiling promotional fares of $99 one-way for its upcoming transatlantic routes. Prices have since nearly doubled, but...Show More Summary

The feds sue Southwest

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AMERICA'S federal government on Monday sued Southwest Airlines, the country's largest discount carrier, for what the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contends was improper maintenance conducted on 44 Southwest planes in 2006. Southwest...Show More Summary

The ongoing threat

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

UK INTERESTS and British nationals face a higher threat of a terrorist attack because of the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Syria, the Foreign Office, on the case as always, said last week. This warning wasn't based on any specific intelligence,...Show More Summary

Remote control

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IN ONE of his many former lives, Gulliver qualified as a pilot. He therefore exudes an aura of unquestionable confidence when striding into an aircraft cabin, secure in the belief that, if the worst happens and both pilots have the fish, he could take charge of the cockpit and calmly land the plane, Sullenberger-style. Show More Summary

Flyers vote with their wallets

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AMERICANS claim they loathe Spirit Airlines, the discount carrier that earned the worst possible scores in all six of Consumer Reports' airline-ranking subcategories last year. But the company's financials show that people, mystifyingly, keep flying on Spirit. Show More Summary

The future of frequent-flyer miles

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AMERICAN AIRLINES and US Airways, which are merging, will combine their frequent flyer programmes from the second quarter of 2015. The two airlines announced the details of the changes on Tuesday. The combined scheme will be similarShow More Summary

Whistle stop tour

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

A REVEALING video is going viral, showing Shoshana B. Roberts, an actress, walking alone around New York. In ten hours strolling the streets Ms Roberts, who is young and attractive but plainly dressed, receives a hundred catcalls (watch below). Show More Summary

Joking aside

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

MANY of us have felt that almost irresistible urge to make a sarcastic quip to a security official while trying to board a plane—and then quickly thought better of it. For sound reasons, airport staff like straight talking. No matter...Show More Summary

A modest proposal for the equitable treatment of the taller passenger

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THIS blog often applauds the impact that low-cost carriers have on the travelling habits of everyday consumers. Thanks to a canny mixture of operational efficiency and commercial flexibility, these airlines are opening up the world to vacationers like never before. Show More Summary

Projected route

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

DESIGNING commercial aircraft would be a whole lot easier if manufacturers didn’t have to consider the pesky customers. Take windows. They are a pain to include on a plane because they must be reinforced, as must the fuselage that houses them. Show More Summary

X, XXX or XXXXX?

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WHEN doing business in today's globalised world, we are forever being advised to empathise with others' cultural sensitivities. That is clearly a sound thing, but it can put your head in a spin. Gulliver came across this map, created by Radical Cartography, while browsing the Jaunted website. Show More Summary

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