Facebook Wants to Be the WeChat of the World Outside China

Facebook — the next super app? The Associated Press Skift Take: China leads the super app phenomenon and Facebook is following in its footsteps several years later with big ambitions to be the WeChat of the world — outside China, of course. — Raini Hamdi Leather Passport Holder Cover Travel case Wallet USA Emblem Gold … [Read more…]

The ultimate Baltic road trip guide

The three countries that make up the Baltics — Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania — all gained their independence in 1991. Since then, they’ve pretty much been an uninterrupted Eastern European success story. The region’s newfound status as an economic and cultural hub — combined with the appeal of its expansive forests, sandy beaches, and medieval … [Read more…]

Texas bluebonnet bloom

Not to be outdone by California’s super bloom, Texas is having a colorful flower bloom of its own this winter. Texas’s Big Bend National Park is in the midst of its largest bluebonnet bloom in decades. The local Texas Hill Country news site reported, “The bluffs and roadsides near and within Big Bend National Park … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

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

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 … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

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. — … [Read more…]