Blog Profile / Gulliver


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:1095
Posts / Week:5
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

A dangerous distraction?

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

FLYING, in so many ways, has become less tolerable than it once was. Shrinking seat-pitches, the withdrawal of complimentary food and drink, and new security hassles have all helped to make travelling by air a chore. But in one way at least, the modern-day traveller has never had it so good. Show More Summary

Knock your block off

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

MARRIOTT has admitted to jamming customers' Wi-Fi hotspots in "at least one" of its hotels, forcing business travellers to pay for the hotel chain's own Wi-Fi service, according to America's Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Marriott...Show More Summary

Stay calm

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

HANDLED well, Ebola should be unlikely to become a pandemic. But as the disease continues to spread in west Africa, American officials are rushing to implement screening for the disease at some of its biggest international airports.Show More Summary

How to board a train

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ONE of the problems with government-subsidised businesses is that politicians are always meddling in them. This is particularly true of Amtrak, America's passenger-rail corporation. The firm's entire structure—which includes hundreds...Show More Summary

To sit or separate?

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE Guardian ran an interesting story yesterday on what it describes as the “bullying” of women flying with El Al, Israel's flag carrier. It reports that haredim—ultra-orthodox Jews—are disrupting flights by refusing to sit next to women, as prescribed by their religion. Show More Summary

Little Red's big problem

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WHEN Virgin Atlantic Airways announced the launch of its domestic British feeder airline, Little Red, in late 2012, Gulliver was among the rabble of aviation hacks scratching his head and wondering what on earth Sir Richard Branson, the airline’s founder, was up to. Show More Summary

The Chicago fire

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

POLICE now believe that a Friday morning fire at a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) facility in Aurora, Illinois was intentionally started by a contract employee who later attempted suicide. The blaze started in the basement ofShow More Summary

Killjoys

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WORRYING news has reached Gulliver from Las Vegas, via the Mail Online. The Mandalay Hotel and Casino, on The Strip, charges guests $50 if they use a room's minibar to chill their own items. The Mail has a picture of the edict, which reads: Please do not use the Refreshment Center for personal items. Show More Summary

A star to guide you

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE 2015 edition of the "Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland" has just been released and the annual navel-gazing bout has begun. The world's most prestigious rater of restaurants has handed out 14 new stars although, perhaps of particular interest to Gulliver readers, only one went to a hotel: Fera at Claridge's. Show More Summary

Speechless

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GULLIVER almost believed he had exhausted his reserves of incredulity when it came to the monumental marketing gaffes committed by some travel firms. Charging guests $500 for every bad review they left on TripAdvisor? Accidently tweeting...Show More Summary

Fry, fry away

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LATER today, Finnair is planning to fly an Airbus A330 from Helsinki to New York partly powered by recycled cooking oil. It is an interesting concept. The airline will not disclose the ratio of fossil fuel to cooking oil it has used until the plane touches down, but to be certified jet fuel must contain at least 50% of the traditional, dirty type. Show More Summary

Bring a picnic

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

BACK in the days when flying still felt impossibly glamorous (in other words, when Gulliver still hadn’t reached his teens), one of the best things about travelling by air was the in-flight meal. Being served a self-contained tray that housed as many as four distinct courses used to fill me with wonderment. Show More Summary

Stay safe

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GUESTS at nice hotels in low-crime areas should feel safe leaving their belongings in their rooms. I am frequently away for business and personal travel, and most of the time I feel fine about leaving my computer in plain view (I have remote backup software, as every business traveller should, but replacing a work machine can still be a pain). Show More Summary

Back to the dark days

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

FUNNY how the grass is always greener on the other side. The American Senate is currently considering the merits of the Transparent Airfares Act, which has already been passed by the House. If it makes it through—by no means a formality—the bill will allow airlines to strip out government tax from their advertised fares. Show More Summary

The last refuge

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE New York Times's Josh Barro recently published a magnum opus on the decline of the mileage run, the famed business traveller and airline enthusiast pastime of identifying which routes earn the most frequent flyer miles for the least amount of money and embarking on them for fun and profit. Show More Summary

When is first class not first class?

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WHETHER we care to admit it or not, clever marketing and devious branding have an extraordinary ability to influence our decision-making. Foie gras, it is reasonable to assume, would be rather less popular on restaurant menus if denoted more literally as “force-fed bloated goose liver”. Show More Summary

Bring your own

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE idea that some airlines are paring down inflight entertainment (IFE) systems in favour of allowing travellers to use their own devices will raise few eyebrows. These days a tablet seems to be a compulsory part of a journey (possibly two: one loaded with cartoons for the kids and something more adult for the grown ups). Show More Summary

What's yours is mine

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ALMOST every company accepts a basic contract between business travellers and employers: employees go where the boss sends them, but get to keep the airline miles and hotel points (and associated perks) for themselves. But it doesn't always work that way. Show More Summary

American and Delta do the right thing

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AMERICAN AIRLINES and Delta Air Lines have filed separate lawsuits alleging that direct-mail travel clubs are abusing their trademarks—and swindling customers. The Washington Post's Christopher Elliott explains the scam: It starts with a postcard saying that you’ve won an airline ticket. Show More Summary

Set course

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THIS blog has often discussed the tyranny of constant communication—how modern technology means our employers expect us to be always switched on, even while on the remotest work trip. But one aspect of ubiquitous connectivity we have not covered is the revolution in online education and the effect it will have on business travellers. Show More Summary

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