The best winter activities in Banff

In the social circles of powderhounds around the world, Banff and Lake Louise are discussed with near-religious reverence. The Canadian Rockies are collectively a world-renowned ski destination, and the Ski Big 3 ski resorts in Banff National Park — Lake Louise Ski Resort, Banff Sunshine Village, and Mt. Norquay — are in a league of … [Read more…]

Expedia’s Anxious Workers and 12 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Expedia Group Chairman Barry Diller recently flew to Seattle to rally the troops. Kris Krug / Flickr Skift Take: This week in digital news, Expedia Group Chairman Barry Diller went to Seattle HQ to spread some optimism, plus we have the details on Sun Country’s new deal with Amazon. — Sarah Enelow-Snyder Slim Leather Travel … [Read more…]

Domio Raises $50 Million for Apartment-Style Hotels: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Shown here is an interior unit at Domio Downtown Miami, a collection of apartments furnished, managed, and rented out by Domio. The hospitality brand disclosed this week that it has raised $50 million in Series B equity funding. Domio Skift Take: This week, travel startups, including TravelFlan, Beachy, HalalBooking, and GuruWalk, announced more than $63 … [Read more…]

What Barry Diller Told Anxious Expedia Workers About the Future

Barry Diller, shown here in an earlier photo, addressed Expedia workers at the Seattle headquarters on Dec. 19, 2019. JD Lascia / Flickr Skift Take: Expedia Group Chairman Barry Diller flew to Seattle to rally the troops. His message to all the employees around the world was, in essence, the sun will rise tomorrow at … [Read more…]

Best places to travel this February

February can be a tough month. You’re far removed from the holidays but still a long way from spring. Your New Year’s resolution is probably starting to fizzle out, and Valentine’s Day reminds you that you either have no valentine, or have no idea what to do for your valentine. So, how to take your … [Read more…]

Alcohol is the perfect travel gift

This is the Travel Take, where Matador’s writers and editors make the case for their favorite travel hacks, tips, and personal tics. In 2015, President Barack Obama received 15 bottles of liquor from the president of the Philippines and 12 bottles of Champagne from the president of Benin. Fourteen senators were gifted bottles of Chivas … [Read more…]

Europe’s Top Court Sides With Airbnb in a Major Case Brought by Hotels in France

A Parisian apartment. Mark Hauser Skift Take: Airbnb has staked its entire model on the sometimes-tenuous idea that it’s not an accommodation provider, but a digital platform. The company will be relieved to find that Europe’s top court agrees. — Rosie Spinks Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID Card Case Cover US … [Read more…]

Families Cuddle Just a Little Bit Closer During The Holiday Season In Seattle

Seattle sure knows how to get into the holiday spirit. From a spectacular Christmas tree display and a festive cruise around the skyline to a dazzling light show that is sure to amaze, the Emerald City pulls out all the stops when it comes to spreading winter cheer the whole family can enjoy. Whatever level … [Read more…]

Vacations are good for kids study

Springing for a family vacation might not sound like the cheapest Christmas gift, but research shows that it could actually be what’s best for your kids. Professor Jaak Panksepp, a neuroscientist at Washington State University, discovered that family holidays can enhance brain development in children. Playing and exploring, two activities that are not part of … [Read more…]

The origin of classic holiday spices

“The holidays” is not technically a scent, but we all know exactly what the phrase “smells like the holidays” means. Catching a whiff of five key spices — allspice, anise, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg — evokes a warming feeling of comfort during the coldest months in the Northern Hemisphere. A major reason these spices are … [Read more…]