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Blog Profile / Gulliver


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:968
Posts / Week:5.2
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Everything you suspected is true

9 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

9 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

9 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

9 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?

9 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

9 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

Flicks that launch a thousand trips

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

EUROMONITOR, a research firm, has released a list of the world’s most visited cities in 2012. The ever-increasing clout of Chinese tourists is the big story. Many of the top cities, particularly those in Asia, such as Hong Kong, Bangkok and Macau are reliant on Chinese visitors. Show More Summary

You can do better than Starbucks

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

A NEW report from Certify, a company that tracks American expense reports, confirms that my fellow business travellers aren't eating as well as the expensed-steakhouse-dinner stereotype implies. Instead, we are chowing down at chain restaurants and coffee shops, with Starbucks, McDonalds, Subway, Panera Bread and Dunkin Donuts leading the way. Show More Summary

Remote possibilities

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE advance in remote working is a subject that has been well covered on this blog and many others. When I began my career, using a DOS word processor was the height of technology, and filing copy on a three-and-a-half inch floppy was a sure way to bamboozle an editor. Show More Summary

What not to tweet

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

TWITTER can get you in trouble. It seems that every month there's a story about someone losing their job over an ill-advised tweet. For some reason, people often forget that Twitter is a public place whose users are broadcasting their thoughts to the world. Show More Summary

Delta makes its own way

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE trend in airline food over the past few decades has been almost universally negative. Hot meals have turned into cold ones, cold meals have disappeared, and formerly free amenities have been replaced by overpriced pay-as-you-go offerings. Show More Summary

Boeing's doing fine

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

BOEING, the American manufacturer of planes such as the 747 and the 787 Dreamliner, delivered a record 648 aircraft to airlines in 2013, with 5,080 orders outstanding at the end of December, the company announced this month. Deliveries...Show More Summary

Taking passengers for a ride

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

I WAS chatting with our US editor a few days ago about the problem of getting a taxi from some big American airports when the weather turns bad. He remembers a particularly stormy night in Virginia when he, his family and hundreds of other poor souls were left stranded at Dulles airport waiting in line for non-existent taxis. Show More Summary

The worst kind of business trip

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AS MY colleague noted recently, it was cold in America's midwest last week. It was so cold, in fact, that 500 passengers on trains operated by Amtrak, America's government-subsidised passenger railroad, were left stranded overnight after ice and snow drifts blocked the tracks. Show More Summary

How the third coast braves the cold

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

CHICAGOANS pride themselves on being pretty resilient to the weather. A dump of five inches of snow overnight would be enough to shut down most major cities. Not so Chicago. The city rolls out its 500 GPS-enabled snowploughs (which can be tracked live on a public website) and the citizens pull out their shovels. Show More Summary

Ship shape

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THERE is an interesting story in the business section of this week’s Economist looking at the cruise-liner business. The industry is doing quite well: passenger numbers have increased for the past two years, despite a few high profile accidents, such as the sinking of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy two years ago. Show More Summary

Preventing sleepy pilots

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

NO ONE wants a sleepy pilot at the controls of a plane. While popping amphetamines might help with alertness, most passengers would probably just prefer the person at the helm to be well rested. But figuring out how to do this is a complicated business. Show More Summary

Virgin starts charging for seat selection

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LAST month, Virgin Atlantic quietly changed its seat-selection policies. Most people like to pick their seats when they book their tickets, and then forget about it. But Virgin will soon charge most economy passengers £25 ($41) per seat per flight for that privilege. Show More Summary

Ready for take-off, again

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THIS should be a good year for South African passengers, according to Business Day, a local newspaper. Following the failure of 1time Airline in 2012, four new low-cost carriers—FastJet, Skywise, FlySafair and a resurrected version of 1time—are poised to enter the market and inject some competition. Show More Summary

Flying farther

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE private-jet industry is experiencing a "revival" driven by demand for long-distance flights to new "exotic locales", according to a recent article in the New York Times: The number of long-range flights rose 18.7 percent throughShow More Summary

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