DAQ Soft Raises $5 Million for Smart Tourism: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Chinese lucky wish bags cloak a large tree on Jin Li Alley in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, near the headquarters of Daqi Software, which provides services for commerce at tourism destinations like this one. Daqi raised funding this week. David Stanley / Flickr Skift Take: This week, travel startups DAQ Soft, The Guild, Shep, Hellotickets, Bob, … [Read more…]

The Mountains Are Calling: Olympic National Park

A Look at Washington State’s Three National Parks Author’s Note: This is part III in a three-part series. Read more on my account of Mount Rainier National Park and North Cascades National Park. Having lived in Seattle my whole life, I often reflect on what makes this place so special and why I haven’t ventured away. … [Read more…]

Best party cities in the US

“Wild” is kind of a relative term. To some people, “wild” means staying up until the sun rises on consecutive nights, possibly ending up on a private jet somewhere over Bimini. To others, it means staying up past 9:00 PM on a weeknight so you can catch that extra episode of SVU. Point is, determining … [Read more…]

Most beautiful winter lakes

Summer is the season for envying your friends with lake houses and angling to get yourself an invitation to visit them. Lakes are as synonymous with summer weekends as beaches and barbecue, but many forget that lakes aren’t just a warm-weather destination. In fact, some — like people without lake houses — would argue that … [Read more…]