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?
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!”
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?
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.
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?
Wishing you safe and happy travel always and all ways.