Did Airbnb’s Contrarian Narrative Just Get Messed Up?

New reporting on Airbnb suggests its finances might not be as neat and tidy as it hopes to present ahead going public, with operating losses doubling in the first quarter. Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg Skift Take: Airbnb is on a path toward spending as much as $2 billion in sales and marketing in 2019. … [Read more…]

Best chicken strips in Miami

Buffalo may have the wing, but in Miami, we’ve got the strip. Not strip clubs. Not “the strip” along Ocean Drive. Chicken strips, the deep-fried, often-breaded bar-food favorite that you can eat in Miami unlike anywhere else in the world. No, we didn’t invent the chicken strip, nor did we perfect it. But you can … [Read more…]

What is Portugal’s Festa do Avante!

Cruising past the Ponte 25 de Abril, which, when I squinted, could have been the Golden Gate Bridge I’d left back home, I wondered if my passport might burst into flames. I was going to a communist festival in Amora, Portugal, hardly the sort of festival I’d envisioned myself attending during my summer in Lisbon. … [Read more…]

Can Loyalty Points Transform Travel Metasearch? A Japanese Case Study

Line Travel app. The Japanese online travel player aims to differentiate itself by offering loyalty points rewards. Line Travel Japan Skift Take: Line Travel Japan’s new rewards initiative is a neat, innovative way to upsell online travel agencies, but it represents a whole lot more. It’s a sign of loftier metasearch ambitions to own customers … [Read more…]

Airbnb Doubles Down on Professional Vacation Rentals in Resort Areas

A sample vacation rental that has been reservable at Booking.com is this property, Villa Zest, in Suratthani on Koh Samui island in Thailand. Airbnb Skift Take: The online juggernaut isn’t satisfied with dominating urban markets. Airbnb wants to take the beaches and the mountains, too, in the battle for short-term rental bookings. So the company … [Read more…]

The Mountains Are Calling: North Cascades National Park

A Look at Washington State’s Three National Parks Author’s Note: This is part II in a three-part series. Read more on my account of Mount Rainier National Park. Having lived in Seattle my whole life, I often reflect on what makes this place so special and why I haven’t ventured away. If I had to … [Read more…]

International bleisure destinations

The concept of bleisure travel — combining a work trip with free leisure time for activities like urban sightseeing — has taken US cities by storm in recent years, transforming business travel as we know it and proving that work and play don’t have to be mutually exclusive. And now, the trend is extending to … [Read more…]

King Arthur tour of the UK

In a literary sense, the stories of King Arthur put England on the map. Sure, Shakespeare churned out a play or two, and Dickens may have written a few words, but the Arthurian legends lend an air of magic to England that few other stories can claim to have done. This is partly because the … [Read more…]

What is Hawaiian agricole rum

On a hillside in Kunia, Oahu, sits a squat rectangular building with the words Kō Hana Rum stenciled on the front. It looks unremarkable from the outside. The inside is sparse too, populated with little more than a simple bar for tastings and a couple racks selling t-shirts. From first glance, you’d hardly know the … [Read more…]

Uk considers frequent flyer ban

Collectors of frequent flyer miles could soon find themselves with thousands of unusable miles. A report commissioned by the UK government’s climate change advisors calls for miles programs to be eliminated, as they encourage frequent flying and therefore CO2 emissions. An Air Miles Levy was also recommended to tax those who fly frequently without penalizing … [Read more…]