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How to visit Lake Orta from Milan

At a time when the major northern Italian pre-alpine lakes — Maggiore, Como, and Garda — are overrun with tourists and VIPs like George Clooney, nearby Lake Orta is experiencing quite the opposite. This lake is starved for attention, though that’s probably because locals are working hard to keep it all to themselves. Nineteenth-century French […]

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Thomas Cook’s Failure to Adapt and 15 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

A Thomas Cook staff member looks forlorn while speaking with a passenger following the company’s collapse. Francisco Ubilla / The Associated Press Skift Take: This week in digital, we take a closer look behind the collapse of Thomas Cook and what the company’s failure to adjust to the changing economy means for the future of […]

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My Backpacking Gear Checklist (How To Pack For A Trek)

My Lightweight Backpacking Gear Setup Outdoor Gear Guide Learn how to pack for a successful overnight backpacking or trekking adventure with lightweight gear essentials like a tent, stove, clothing, and more. My ultimate backpacking checklist! As you’re about to see with my ultimate backpacking checklist here — I’m a total gear nerd! From backpacking in […]

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Skift Global Forum Video: How Attribute-Based Selling Works for Hotels

Skift Take: Hotel merchandising and distribution were hot topics at this year’s Skift Global Forum in New York. In this video recap from the event, we learn about attribute-based selling, a strategy that helps hotels better align customer needs with property amenities during the booking process. — SkiftX Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Aero Raises $16 Million for Air Service for Millennials: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Aero CEO Uma Subramanian is shown here speaking on the Wheels to Wings panel at a ClimateOne event in San Francisco in August 2019. The company has raised $16 million in funding for next-generation chartered air service. Aero Skift Take: This week, the startups Aero, TravelBank, Impala, Quicko, and Fyle together announced more than $45 […]

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LAX to ban ride shares from curbside

The convenience of booking your ride from the airport as you swipe your gear from the baggage claim at LAX and head towards the exit will come to an end on October 29. As of that date, Uber and Lyft drivers will no longer be permitted to pick up passengers curbside outside of the airport’s […]

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History of pumpkin beer in America

There are few things we can be sure of in this world. One of them is that pumpkin beer will take over the shelves of American grocery stores from October to November, and then disappear just as quickly. This doesn’t happen in other beer-loving countries, making it a beloved (or hated) tradition that’s special to […]

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Skift Global Forum Video: Responsible Travel Marketing in the Era of Data, Privacy, and the Always-On Consumer

Skift Take: Travel marketing was a hot topic at this year’s Skift Global Forum in New York. In this video recap from the event, we learn about how travel marketers can deliver relevant messages to consumers at the right moment while still respecting growing requests for privacy. — SkiftX Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Budget Hotels Drive Southeast Asia’s Online Travel Growth to $34 Billion

An Oyo hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The rise of budget hotel chains like Oyo and RedDoorz has driven the growth of Southeast Asia’s online travel sector to $34.4 billion this year. Oyo Rooms Skift Take: Like low-cost carriers before them, low-cost hotel chains are playing a big role in the growth of […]

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What are electric mountain bikes?

Electric mountain bikes, or eMTBS, are the high-altitude version of the pedal-assisted e-bikes you’ve seen cruising through hipster neighborhoods for the past few years. These trail runners have a similar battery pack and motor like their big-city brethren. Likewise, they’re also capped by a governor that prevents the rider from going full-bore down a trail […]