Travelers need external chargers

This is the Travel Take, where Matador’s writers and editors make the case for their favorite travel hacks, tips, and personal tics. I have a reputation for being a tad forgetful. I misplace my keys, walk out of the door without my wallet, and, most of all, I hardly ever remember to charge my phone. … [Read more…]

Jet Lag App Timeshifter Makes Moves on Asia’s Hotels, Airlines

Timeshifter – The Jet Lag App. Timeshifter Skift Take: Timeshifter, brandishing NASA-approved science, wants to revolutionize how the travel industry helps guests fight jet lag. The science has won consumers over, and is a no-brainer for airlines. But in Asia’s cutthroat hotel business, how it can integrate the app into different branded programs is perhaps … [Read more…]

Best Travel Gear (My Ultimate Travel Packing List)

Curious about the travel gear I bring with me on my international adventures? I’ve put together this gear page to share my long-term travel packing list. Obviously, I recommend traveling with high-quality, lightweight & durable stuff. The travel gear I use may not work for everyone. I carry extra photography equipment to maintain this travel … [Read more…]

Car-free islands in the US

At first, hearing that a place is car-free might make you think, “Awesome, no traffic.” Let it sink in a little longer, though, and you’ll realize, “Oh wait, how am I supposed to get around?” Sure, car-free destinations might be slightly more inconvenient than places accessible by car, but it’s a small price to pay … [Read more…]

Traditional folk music in Kiev

You’ve touched down in Kiev and are ready to dive into the rich tapestry of Ukrainian culture. One of the most important cultural aspects of Ukraine is its music, and nothing represents this more than the country’s traditional folk music. Live music takes place all over town — it’s a rare day that you’ll walk … [Read more…]

How Hotels Are Boosting Restaurant Revenue with New Digital Tools

Skift Take: As hotels up their food and beverage game, they are using an increasing number of digital tools to help improve efficiency, boost revenue and optimize operations. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

Travelzoo Places Bet on Social Media Marketing in China

A look at Travelzoo’s content being promoted in Mandarin on social media channels. The deals marketer is aiming to expand profitably in China. Sean O’Neill / Skift Skift Take: In traditional business logic, the big beat the small. But in Asia-Pacific today, fast companies beat the slow ones. It’s an open question whether Travelzoo can … [Read more…]

Scariest ghost tours in the US

Salem might be the unofficial Halloweentown of the US, but given its insane popularity, the scariest thing about Salem isn’t the ghosts — it’s the enormous crowds. Part of what makes ghost tours so captivating is using your imagination and suspending disbelief. That’s a bit tough when drunk college kids dressed as the Stranger Things … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]