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Rock climbing the New River Gorge

The New River Gorge is known as the best East Coast climbing destination for a reason: There are more than 1,500 established climbing routes in the area. The stunning views and miles of continuous climbing are all courtesy of the New River, which millennia ago carved out a 1,000-foot-deep gorge near Fayetteville, West Virginia. The […]

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An In-Depth Look at Hotel Chain Oyo’s Financials and Strategy: New Skift Research

Skift Take: Oyo promises a new type of hotel company. It’s an asset-light brand that seeks to connect the global long tail of mom-and-pop hotels through its tech and distribution platform. But can it live up to the hype? Skift Research dives deep into Oyo’s business strategy and financial performance. — Seth Borko Read the […]

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Google Is Phasing Out Its Buzzy Touring Bird Tours and Activities Search Feature

The USS Constitution is shown in Boston Harbor. Google is phasing out Touring Bird, which enabled users to compare tour options. Associated Press Skift Take: Touring Bird gained no traction in the real world outside Area 120, and for all the inroads metasearch has made in hotels, flights, and cars, it has really struggled in […]

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What is apple orchard wassailing

If you were alive in eighth-century England, you might have heard the local nobleman proclaim “waes hael” — be in good health — at the banquet celebrating the new year. Then you, along with the assembled crowd, would shout “drink hael” in reply, taking a sip of cider from a communal bowl. This tradition, which […]

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Staircase from ‘Joker’ movie overrun

Everyone loves to visit the sets of their favorite movies, but some people take it one step too far. Popularized by the dancing scene in the movie Joker, the stairs connecting Shakespeare and Anderson Avenues in the Bronx’s Highridge neighborhood are now overrun with tourists. The stairs have their own Instagram hashtag with over 700 […]

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Dr. Ruth sex advice for vacations

Dr. Ruth is worried about you. In her new, fourth edition of Sex for Dummies, the world’s most renowned sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, has devoted an entire chapter to the overwhelming loneliness of millennials. And she is out to show them all how to end it. “We have to sound a warning,” she says. […]

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Brexit causes fruit picker shortages

Brexit is affecting many aspects of daily life in the UK, and some are more surprising than others. The apple-picking industry, for example, has suffered a major blow amid the Brexit uncertainty. As more EU nationals leave the UK due to concerns about stricter immigration checks following Brexit, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has warned […]

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Booking.com’s European Flight Partnership and 16 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

A Ryanair plane prepares to land. Booking.com launched a flight partnership in seven European countries. Jeroen Stroes / Flickr Skift Take: This week in digital news, Booking.com has launched a flight partnership in Europe, but travelers still have to go through a third-party site. Meanwhile, Agoda is starting to offer flights without the hassle of […]

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Agoda Is Starting to Offer Flights to Take On Rivals in Asia

Agoda’s office entrance. Skift Take: Flights are the next big thing for all of Booking Holdings’ accommodation platforms, not just Booking.com but Agoda and Priceline in Asia. In the region, where super-apps have taught consumers they can book everything on one app, and where even airlines want to be online travel agencies, it isn’t surprising […]

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July Raises $7 Million for Better Luggage: Travel Startup Funding This Week

From left: Shown here are the co-founders, Richard Li and Athan Didaskalou of Melbourne-based luggage maker July, which was one of several travel startups that announced collectively more than $21 million in funding this week. July Skift Take: Melbourne, Australia-based luggage maker July was one of several travel startups that announced collectively more than $21 […]