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Cost of living around the world

Rent sucks everywhere. Half of the United States is rent-burdened, meaning they spend more than one-third of their income on rent. And when you hear a stat like that, sometimes you think moving to another country might help your situation. But the truth is, it’s tough around the world. To see exactly how tough it’s […]

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Best live music venues in Belfast

Fiddled trad tunes hang in the air across Belfast, but the city is actually home to great clubs hosting everything indie folk to old-school London punk bands. Most are concentrated in the highly walkable, central part of town — known as the Cathedral Quarter — so you can step dance, grind, and mosh your way […]

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Meituan Dianping Claims Leadership as Largest Domestic Hotel Site in China

A Meituan delivery guy is waiting for red light on October 23, 2016. The company claims to be the largest booker of hotel rooms within China. Zhang Peng / LightRocket via Getty Images Skift Take: Meituan has an advantage in travel over some of its competitors because it is a platform company, offering an extensive […]

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New eBook: The Travel Marketer’s Guide to Mastering Display Advertising

Skift Take: As travel brands demand greater transparency into marketing performance data, they are rethinking their agency relationships and moving marketing operations in-house to gain more control over the creative process. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

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The best swimming holes in Vermont

In Vermont, a state with only about 600,000 people, the opportunities for a summertime respite abound in the state’s parks and high country. There’s no better release from the unrelenting heat of summer than a dip in a local swimming hole, and here you can find them under bridges, tucked behind barns, or on a […]

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Best Olympic National Park trails

Set on Washington state’s massive Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park sprawls across more than a million acres, 95 percent of which has been designated as pristine wilderness. It has towering peaks, four different rainforests, over 3,000 miles of rivers and streams, and 73 miles of wilderness coast. With so much awe-inspiring territory, choosing from its […]

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Airlines, Hotels and Other Brands Are Tired of Paying Google for Their Own Names

Attendees watch a presentation during a Google Inc. 20th anniversary event in San Francisco, California, U.S. David Paul Morris / Bloomberg Skift Take: Google risks alienating users if it doesn’t deliver the best results. As it seeks to maximize revenue on search results the “best results” aren’t always what would be best for users. — […]

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Certify and Chrome River Join Forces and 13 Other Digital Trends This Week

A promotional photo of a man using Concur on his iPad. Sector leader SAP Concur might be getting some competition from recently-merged Certify and Chrome River. SAP Concur Skift Take: This week in digital news, expense giant SAP Concur may finally be getting some real competition, we go into the details of CWT’s plans to […]

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Best spring break trips in the US

You don’t have to do five-story beer bongs off a beachfront balcony to have a great spring break. Though let’s be honest, it’s a better story if you do. The annual respite from school and work that runs from the beginning of March to mid-April is one of the great American traditions, where college kids […]

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BookingPal Raises $12 Million for Rental Software: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Shown here is an example of a luxury vacation rental of the type that uses BookingPal’s channel management services. This week travel startups including BookingPal, Instawork, Withlocals, Ayenda Rooms, and Ayenda Rooms together announced more than $30 million in funding. BookingPal Skift Take: This week travel startups BookingPal, Instawork, Withlocals, Ayenda Rooms, and Questo together […]