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5 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World: April 2015

 

 

1. An article in last Sunday’s New York Times travel section resonated with me. And while it’s not urgent news, the words should be heeded and remembered by all travelers. In a nutshell, GET LOST!

Stephanie Rosenbloom starts out by telling the reader she came across the bronze statue of Michel de Montaigne in Paris’ Latin Quarter across from the Sorbonne. Here’s the statue, have you been there?

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Passers-by rub the foot of Michel de Montaigne for good luck.

Rosenbloom goes on to say that if she had had a map, she would not have stumbled upon this statue, “lingered before bookstore windows or passed Square Paul Langevin, where the blossoming branches of cherry trees reached over the fence, spilling petals like pink confetti.” Can you relate?

All in favor of getting lost, say “AYE!”

Here’s a link to the worthwhile essay.

 

2. Helsinki Airport has an option for sleeping in the terminal. GoSleep sleeping pods charge 9 Euros per hour and you recline, charge your phone and devices, store your carry-on, and say night-night when you pull the fabric cover over you. There’s an alarm to wake you. I say awesome, awesome, awesome. Would you use it?

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3. And speaking of airports, here is an excellent video from Harvard Graduate School of Design in which French architect Paul Andreu talks about fifty years of airport design. This is a fascinating look at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, among others, and how the thought process works to create good traffic flow, integration into the surrounding city, and how this has evolved over the years.

 

 

4. You have no doubt heard that Ryanair is moving into the U.S. market with flights as low as 10£, ($14.88 U.S.), to cross the Atlantic. A Ryanair spokesperson told Skift,  “We would like to offer low cost flights between 12-14 European cities and 12-14 US cities. The business plan is there but it’s dependent on attaining viable long haul aircraft and we estimate that’s four to five years away.”

Existing North American carriers will do what they can to stop the budget airline from honing in on their revenue, with the trans-Atlantic route taking a whopping 54.4% of worldwide numbers across the industry. The existing N.A. carriers are already fighting against Norwegian forcing its way into this market by challenging its legitimacy.

Competition may prove to be very, very good for us all, unless you happen to be the COO of American Airlines.

Ryanair's new interiors

Ryanair’s new interiors

 

5. Let’s get away from airports now and talk about Airbnb. The astronomical revenue rise of this travel startup could see its valuation topping 20 billion in 2015. Perfect numbers are impossible to come by because Airbnb is a privately-held corporation, but that doesn’t stop the predictors. Piper Jaffray Company, (PJC), says, “Airbnb enabled about 40 million room nights in 2014, and that in 2015 it could reach 1.5 million listings, from the 1 million listing it had mid last year.”

I was surprised to read that Uber beats out Airbnb in valuation, albeit just slightly. Both companies in the sharing economy are everywhere, with no sign of abating. They are silently taking over the world, aren’t they? Have you used either Airbnb or Uber?

 

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Wishing you safe and happy travel always and all ways.

Josie

 

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16 Responses to “5 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World: April 2015”

  1. Your “tidbits” are somewhat of a commentary on how travel broadens our lives! Thanks for sharing these interesting morsels from your reading and travels.
    Irene S. Levine recently posted..A Boomer in Paris: Small Group Tour (September 5–12, 2015)My Profile

    April 22, 2015 at 9:13 am Reply
    • Hi Irene,
      Always a pleasure to receive a comment from you — Thank you!
      Josie

      April 22, 2015 at 9:17 am Reply
  2. What interesting bits of information. I love the web for just this reason (and a few others) and while more often then not, it makes my head spin, it takes me to so many places I want to explore and learn about. It will be interesting to see what happens with RyanAir.
    alison abbott recently posted..The Spell of Kathakali DanceMy Profile

    April 22, 2015 at 12:04 pm Reply
    • Hi Alison,
      Yes, Ryanair is moving across the planet. Nothing stays the same, as they say.
      In terms of the head-spinning aspect of the internet, you are soooo right! But what fun we have spending hours in front of these little screens! Nothing stays the same, and the internet surely changed our lives forever.
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Josie

      April 22, 2015 at 6:07 pm Reply
  3. Get lost! Yes! I used Airbnb two weeks ago. Love it. Have not yet used Uber.
    Charles McCool recently posted..8 Great Contest Tips – How I Won Two Cars, a Hawaii Trip, and more!My Profile

    April 22, 2015 at 1:33 pm Reply
    • Hi Charles and welcome,
      So glad you like getting lost, too. Two big thumbs up here for Airbnb. And we are similar once again in that we have not yet used Uber.
      Wishing you safe and happy travels,
      Josie

      April 22, 2015 at 6:09 pm Reply
  4. Interesting and informative; I certainly learned a lot!

    April 22, 2015 at 4:57 pm Reply
    • Hi Marilyn,
      Thanks my friend!
      Josie

      April 22, 2015 at 6:10 pm Reply
  5. I love Airbnb – I have been using it since 2011 and will use it twice on my upcoming trip to Barcelona!
    Those sleep pods at Helsinki airport look cool – I would give it a try for sure – hope more airports will add some sleep pods too.
    Thanks for the tidbits from around the world!
    Susan Moore recently posted..Getting Around in Barcelona – Transportation OptionsMy Profile

    April 22, 2015 at 7:49 pm Reply
    • Hi Susan,
      I like your style. Yeah, I hope more airports install those pods, too. Great idea. Hope you have a wonderful time in Barcelona — my favorite city!
      Josie

      April 23, 2015 at 7:30 am Reply
  6. I think I’d have to be exhausted and have a long layover to use one of the sleeping/restng pods. I think 9 Euros an hour is kind of steep. I probably wouldn’t be able to sleep because I would feel like there was a ticking meter in my head. (Definitely MY problem, hopefully not shared by too many other travelers). My Millennial sons will not use anything but Uber for getting around and I went with one of them on an Uber trip. I liked it because he paid since he had the app on his phone 😉 If we’d been in a taxi, I’m sure Mom would have forked over the fare. My travel blogger son uses Air BnB regularly and rented out his South Beach apartment that way when he would come to visit us. I also used it to find an apartment for my sister and her raucous family when they came to visit Philly for a week thereby potentially saving my marriage.
    Suzanne Fluhr recently posted..G Adventures – Best of Turkey Trip ReportMy Profile

    April 23, 2015 at 3:43 pm Reply
  7. What a great and helpful post! We use our Uber app everywhere! The cars are so much cleaner than taxis. Inevitably when you find yourself outside of the common path, you stumble upon something wonderful. My son flew Ryan Air in Europe – it is a bit unpredictable, but it could help fares in the US.
    Suzanne Stavert recently posted..How to Make a Playlist That Will Improve Your Mood :)My Profile

    April 23, 2015 at 7:48 pm Reply
    • Hi Suzanne,
      An Uber user, Yay! We have talked with many who have and love it. I hear Uber drivers arrive in mere minutes rather than (possibly) hours of taxis.
      Thanks for bringing your nice comment here today!
      Josie

      April 24, 2015 at 7:44 am Reply
  8. Love this round up of current info and issues :)
    Yes – Anything to lay flat, sealed off from the buzz of airports – I think 9 Euros is a bargain – but this is coming from someone in Australia where EVERY flight is long haul!
    Linda ~ Journey Jottings recently posted..A Travelling Tale… or, How I Finally Got to WhistlerMy Profile

    May 3, 2015 at 5:19 am Reply
    • Hi Linda,
      Yes, you Aussies take long vacations because everyplace is so darn far away, requiring those long flights! The sleeping pods would definitely come in handy.
      Good to have you come by, my friend!
      Josie

      May 3, 2015 at 2:25 pm Reply
  9. Cool post! I wouldn’t say LED lights lead to a more pleasant interior but then again, we are talking about Ryanair… Rubbing a statues foot for luck is indeed humorous. I wonder how they ever came up with that one.

    August 27, 2015 at 6:57 am Reply

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