The Most Important Story in Online Travel in 2019

Pictured is an Airbnb cottage for rent in Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada. Airbnb booked more room nights than Expedia in the first quarter of 2019. Airbnb Skift Take: Airbnb overtook Expedia in room nights booked in the first quarter of 2019, but questions loom for 2020. Will Airbnb lose its focus as it vows … [Read more…]

Quadrantids Meteor Shower 2020

Unless you’ve been staring at the sky a lot lately, you may not have noticed the full-on meteor shower that’s currently taking place. The annual Quadrantids Meteor Shower has, in fact, been lighting up the night skies since December 27 and will continue to do so until January 10. But the shower peaks this week, … [Read more…]

What to do on New Year’s Day

Throughout November and December, life is a bleary dash through hefty meals, gingerbread-induced sugar highs, presents, family traditions, and irresponsible alcohol consumption that culminates on December 31. But if New Year’s Eve is the decadent peak of the holiday season, New Year’s Day is the beginning of the doldrums. On January 1, you’re suddenly expected … [Read more…]

Decoding a Viable Metric for Measuring Customer Loyalty in Travel

Southwest Airlines was ahead of the airline industry so far in 2019 with the highest Net Promoter Score of 71, according to NICE Satmetrix research. Skift Skift Take: Loyal customers may love your product and service, but the goal is to get them to spread the word. Here’s everything you need to know about Net … [Read more…]

Underrated attractions in Egypt

Determined calèche drivers, peering out of carriages that have clearly seen better days, call out offering rides for less than a dollar. Cracked sidewalks require attention. Trash, bobbing up to the shores of the river, lines the streets and alleys and often attracts stray cats in search of a meal. The scenery is a somber … [Read more…]

New aurora borealis spotted by NASA

There’s a new aurora borealis in town, and it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Jennifer Briggs, a physics student at Pepperdine University and NASA intern, discovered a new type of aurora borealis in video footage of the sky above Arctic Norway from three years ago. With the assistance of NASA scientists and a satellite, she … [Read more…]

Expedia’s Payout to Its Ousted CEO Could Be Nearly $12 Million

Then-CEO Mark Okerstrom of Expedia Group at the company’s Explore ’19 partner conference at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas November 14, 2019. Okerstrom resigned a couple of weeks later. Adam Shane Productions / Expedia Group Skift Take: When you consider Mark Okerstrom’s performance, which will lead to a golden parachute substantially less than what … [Read more…]

World record US cross-country drive

If you keep putting off that cross-country road trip because you can’t take three weeks off work, you could always follow in the footsteps of these guys and do it over the course of a weekend instead. Arne Toman, Douglas Tabbutt, and Berkeley Chadwick said they drove from New York City to Los Angeles in … [Read more…]

‘Last Supper in Pompeii’ restaurant

This fancy London eatery is taking menu creativity to morbid heights. In 2020 Dinner by Heston will begin rolling out new menus with a series of dishes inspired by the probable last suppers of the citizens of Pompeii, the passengers of the Titanic, and Napoleon Bonaparte just before his death. The Pompeii meal was inspired … [Read more…]

What is Coquito and how to make it

There’s something to be said for the fact that I can’t pinpoint a specific moment in which Coquito started to appear in my life. The drink was always there, a constant throughout the years. As a kid, I would open my refrigerator around the holiday season and see various containers like mason jars, water bottles, … [Read more…]