Google to Congress: We’re Not a Travel Monopoly

A Google exec argued that travelers begin their travel searches on specialist websites, and not with Google. Robert Scoble / Visualhunt Skift Take: Travelers indeed shop all over the place when they are doing trip-planning. But to downplay Google’s dominant role, as an exec did Tuesday, when travel brands are spending billions of dollars annually … [Read more…]

Best scuba diving in Cozumel, Mexico

Get off a bus in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and most people will think you’re there to party like it’s rowdy Cancun or bougie, bohemian Tulum. But tell them you’re headed to Cozumel, and they’ll know you’re there for one thing: scuba diving. Nearly 50 years ago, Jacques Cousteau called Cozumel one of the finest … [Read more…]

Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company

The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company in San Francisco isn’t easy to find. Tucked away in an alley in Chinatown, you’d walk right past it if you don’t know where to look. Thankfully, name recognition is not an issue for the business. People come from all over the world in search of the company’s famous … [Read more…]

Happy 5th Birthday, Seattle Art Fair!

One of the highlights of summer returns August 1-4, when nearly 100 galleries from around the world exhibit at Seattle Art Fair, held at CenturyLink Field Event Center. In addition to the wide ranging gallery installations, the Fair offers daily talks, special projects, and performances. Seattle Art Fair Leather Passport Holder Cover Travel case Wallet … [Read more…]

The best saunas to visit in Helsinki

Finland has frequently been ranked as the happiest country in the world. There are a lot of reasons for this, but one of them may be that Finns know how to slow down and relax. After all, Finns invented the sauna. In a country of 5.5 million, there are over three million saunas. In other … [Read more…]

New York bans natural hair prejudice

New York has taken an important step toward equality, making it illegal to discriminate against people on the basis of their hairstyle. Assembly Bill 07797, signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 12, “prohibits race discrimination based on natural hair or hairstyles.” The law is a response to the unfortunate trend of jobs sending people … [Read more…]

Highest-Paid Online Travel CEOs and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Living room in a Sonder rental. Sonder Skift Take: This week in digital news, be sure to check out our list of 2018’s top-paid CEOs in online travel. We also look at how hospitality startup Sonder plans to use its new funds, and explore Sunweb’s growth strategy as a tour package company in Europe. — … [Read more…]

Tips For Hiking Tre Cime Di Lavaredo (Italian Dolomites)

My Hiking Guide to Tre Cime di Lavaredo! South Tyrol, Italy Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Three Peaks) is a famously beautiful and pretty easy alpine day hiking loop in the Italian Dolomites that winds through jagged limestone mountains. The Dolomites are a range of mountains in the Italian Alps covered with hundreds of hiking trails, … [Read more…]

Momondo’s Viral Video Is a Piece of Kayak’s Brand Marketing Strategy

A screenshot from Momondo’s The World Piece video in which some 60 participants create an interwoven tattoo. Momondo Skift Take: When Booking Holdings acquired Momondo in 2017 to pair with fellow metasearch brand Kayak, officials said one of Momondo’s core strengths was its brand marketing bonafides. The World Piece video works because it stirs emotions, … [Read more…]

StayPlease Raises Funds to Expand ‘Slack for Hotels’: Travel Startup Funding This Week

StayPlease is like Slack for hotels. StayPlease Skift Take: This week’s travel startups, including Sonder, StayPlease, and Bolt, released a series of funding announcements, many of them for undisclosed amounts. — Rosie Spinks Leather Passport Holder Cover Travel case Wallet USA Emblem Gold $2.79End Date: Monday Jul-22-2019 4:39:52 PDTBuy It Now for only: $2.79Buy It … [Read more…]