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We’ve pulled together 10 fun reasons why travelers should be excited about travel in the New Year. Take a look our list of 2014 travel trends and see why the travel industry and travelers are gearing up for a good year.
1. Shorter Security Lines. US Customs and Border Protection and the TSA continue to innovate with automated passport kiosks and pre-check programs throughout domestic airports. While the jury’s still out about the efficiency of TSA’s PreCheck program, we think it’s a step in the right direction toward reducing crowds at airport security.
2. Healthy Dining. The travel industry recognizes that more travelers are seeking tips to stay healthy while traveling. Airlines have improved in-flight dining with more nutritious selections, and travelers are bringing healthy options onboard (post-TSA security line), like drinks to stay hydrated.
Ready for the busiest travel day of the year? Ready or not, it’s inevitable that the day before Thanksgiving will include record-long lines at the airport and headache-inducing traffic. We checked in with Foursquare to get their insights on Thanksgiving travel patterns. Looking at more than 4.5 billion check-ins from last year, Foursquare determined the busiest airports, busiest rest stops and even the busiest restaurants (see full list below for busiest hours). Hint: You’ll definitely want to avoid Atlanta’s airport, ATL, at 6pm the day before Thanksgiving!
Bad news? It’s not likely this year will be any less busy for travel. Good news? There are heaping amounts of comfort food waiting for you on the other side.
Some interesting overall Thanksgiving check-in trends to note:
A 48% increase in farm check-ins suggests people are heading out to pick their own turkey. Get your gobble on at these turkey farms.
Small Town Pride
Travelers returning to small towns are much more likely to check-in and show off their hometown pride than those from the big cities. The most popular hometown destination in the nation for Thanksgiving? Detroit (based on largest percentage increase of check-ins).
There is a 53% increase in rest stop check-ins during travel season. Nothing like a bit of caffeine and sugar to fuel a long drive.
How are your resolutions going? Don’t worry — no one is judging you for eating that piece of cake. What about your travel resolutions? Do you need a little inspiration to make 2013 your most adventurous year yet? Then take advantage of these trends — forecasted by JWT, a global marketing communications agency — and book those plane tickets!
Hotels in Africa
International hotel brands are expanding to Africa with Marriott planning to open a property in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, in 2013, the French hotel group Accor planning to add almost 5,000 rooms in 30 hotels by 2016 and Starwood intending to open 10 African hotels in the next 3 years. Get ahead of the curve by entering to win a trip to South Africa!
by Jimmy Im
Any history buff will most certainly know that Amelia Earhart has been making international headlines again — this time, with new clues to the disappearance of her plane. And any Amelia Earhart fan will remember the last leg of her flight leaving from Papua New Guinea.
This may be once in a blue moon that Papua New Guinea has garnered worldwide attention (in addition to the fact that James Cameron succeeded 2 weeks ago in undertaking the world’s deepest solo submarine dive in the Mariana Trench off New Britain Island of PNG). But it won’t be the last time you hear of Papua New Guinea and, soon enough, it will be making headlines of its own.
Papua New Guinea is the “land that time forgot” but travelers are starting to pay attention to this off-the-radar destination, thanks to the current trend of “ends of the Earth” journeys, where intrepid travelers are looking beyond “hot spots” to explore rarely visited destinations.
Just when you thought the bedbug panic was dying off, they’re back in the news. A Michigan couple is suing the famed Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, claiming they picked up bedbugs during their stay in May and carried them home. Known for its affluent clientele, including politicians and celebrities, the iconic hotel would do well to avoid any future bedbug invasions, as well as other travel pests.
Check out our Top 10 Travel Trends for more fun with bedbugs!