Amazon’s Travel Strategy Comes Into Focus

Amazon previously tried selling hotel stays via weekend getaways, but is trying anew with flights in India. Skift Skift Take: The same rules that apply to run-of-the-mill travel sellers do not necessarily apply to Amazon. While cash back on flights in India may seem loss-generating and unsustainable, for Amazon it could be a winning strategy. … [Read more…]

YouTrip Raises $25 Million for a Digital Wallet: Travel Startup Funding This Week

YouTrip’s co-founder and CEO Caecilia Chu. The startup, founded in Hong Kong, helps travelers save money when making purchases in a foreign currency. It has raised $25.5 million in pre-Series A funding. YouTrip Skift Take: This week’s travel startups, including YouTrip, GetYourGuide, Away, and Anyplace, announced more than $611 million in funding. — Sean O’Neill … [Read more…]

Best Things To Do In Playa Del Carmen (On The Riviera Maya)

Things to do in Playa Del Carmen Playa Del Carmen, Mexico Planning to visit Mexico soon? These are my favorite things to do in Playa del Carmen after living here for over a year. Pretty beaches, cenote swimming, Mayan ruins and more. Playa del Carmen is a fun beach town on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, part … [Read more…]

The most famous works of I.M. Pei

One of the most influential architects of all time, I.M. Pei passed away on Thursday at 102 years old, leaving behind a legacy that won’t soon be forgotten. The Chinese-born architect was responsible for some of the world’s most famous and widely recognized pieces of modern architecture, and you may have marveled at some of … [Read more…]

Denver decriminalizing mushrooms

The rising national movement against drug prohibition took a major step forward on May 7. Voters in Denver, Colorado, narrowly passed a measure to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms — effectively making them law enforcement’s lowest priority in the city. Signs around proclaiming support for Initiative 301, or I-301 as it became known, were an increasingly common … [Read more…]