Hostelworld Wants to Offer More Than Just Accommodations

The roof terrace at Casa Gracia in Barcelona. Hostelworld sees a future beyond accommodation. Hostelworld Skift Take: CEO Gary Morrison has shaken things up since taking over at Hostelworld last year. His new strategy will take time to play out, but as a niche business, it seems sensible to try and do things differently from … [Read more…]

Travelport, IBM and BCD Travel Use Blockchain to Manage Hotel Commissions

Pool at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Loews Hotels Skift Take: Blockchain isn’t as hyped up as it used to be during the bitcoin craze, but companies are still finding its function as a secure ledger useful. If this catches on, it could provide some much-needed transparency to the hotel reconciliation process. — Isaac Carey … [Read more…]

Museum, zoo, and aquarium overnights

Ben Stiller had us all a little jealous. Like, how cool would it be to get trapped in the American Museum of Natural History and spend the night conversing with Teddy Roosevelt and a T-rex skeleton? Terrifying, yes, but still very, very cool. Sadly, odds are all those exhibits will never actually come to life, … [Read more…]

Best trek in Peru

A trek up the magnificent mountains of Peru is a life-changing experience. I set out to trek a lesser-known route to Machu Picchu as well as its remote surrounding regions. Due to its intense difficulty, the 35-mile expedition along the Ancascocha route is not well-known — meaning you may find yourself alone there. Trails wind … [Read more…]