Google Adds Vacation Rentals to Evolving Hotel Site

Google announced it would be offering vacation rentals like this HomeAway lodging. HomeAway Skift Take: The new feature is clean, intuitive, and easy to use. As Google’s booking platform rapidly expands, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes the go-to booking site for all things travel. — Isaac Carey Slim Leather Travel Passport … [Read more…]

Sake etiquette and traditions

If you’ve only ever tried sake at cheap sushi restaurants, you’d be forgiven for thinking that all sake is meant to be served hot and taken as a shot. But if you want to be taken seriously on your next trip to Japan, or even your local Japanese restaurant, you need to understand that sake … [Read more…]

Vegan food tours around the world

Veganism isn’t just for incense-burning yogis anymore. Now, your bro who went a little too hard in Vegas comes back talking about, “I’m going vegan for a few weeks; I need to clean out,” like he’s pledging to take up running. Even the fried chicken joint on the corner has a little section of its … [Read more…]

Japan Adopts New Payments Tech in Response to Chinese Tourism Boom

An image of a dish at a restaurant in Japan. The country’s restaurants and operators of activities and attractions are increasingly accepting the QR-code-based digital payment methods favored by Chinese tourists. Japan National Tourism Organization Skift Take: Americans and Europeans who used to scoff at QR-style bar codes are going to need to learn how … [Read more…]

30 Fun Things To Do In Cancun: Mexico’s Gateway To The Yucatan

Best Things to Do in Cancun, Mexico! Cancun, Mexico Cancun is the official party capital of Mexico with great beachfront access to the Caribbean Sea. But there are so many more things to do in Cancun besides the beaches! Known as the gateway to the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is often the first travel experience that … [Read more…]

Iceland’s fermented shark festival

I smelled them before I saw them. Two boys, both around four years old, roaming around a music store in downtown Reykjavik with an aroma of ammonia, fish, and rottenness trailing behind them. An employee bent down to speak to one of the boys and asked in Icelandic if he had eaten hakarl, or fermented … [Read more…]

Most scenic airport named

Private jet booking platform PrivateFly just released its list of “most scenic airports for landings,” and unsurprisingly to anyone who has ever flown over the verdant Land of Éire, Donegal Airport in Ireland tops the list. To compile the list, PrivateFly gathered responses from 7,000 participants who nominated airports they believed to be the most … [Read more…]

U.S. Customs Looks to Blockchain and 5 Other Digital Trends This Week

A U.S. Customs and Border Security agent at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Mani Albrecht / U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs Visual Communications Division Skift Take: This week in digital news, the federal government considers blockchain for monitoring travelers, the EU will wait to put Google’s flight and hotel platforms … [Read more…]

Guesty Raises $35 Million to Manage Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Several employees of Guesty, a vacation rental property management startup that has raised $35 million in Series C funding, gather for a team photo. Amiad Soto, co-founder and CEO of Guesty, is not present. Guesty Skift Take: This week travel startups Guesty, The Plum Guide, Zeus, Zuzu, Welcome Pickups, Vntrip, and Hostfully revealed more than … [Read more…]

The best islands to visit in Croatia

Croatia is becoming an increasingly popular summer destination for those wanting an affordable European beach vacation. With so many islands, you can choose the kind of experiences you want for your vacation — whether for relaxation, nightlife, outdoor activities, or food and wine. Each island has a rich heritage and its own distinctive cuisine, as … [Read more…]