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Re: Starwood's Aloft brand previews voice-activated rooms

DrFumblefinger ·
Definitely not a good idea for those who talk in their sleep. Lord knows what the room might to to them!
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Re: Should Wi-Fi be free in all hotels?

rbciao ·
Free wi-fi is a nice perk that should be a part of the standard room fee. Years ago the introduction of coffee pots and coffee packets in the rooms were a big step in the right direction. Some chains offer a free breakfast, so why not wi-fi. Free wi-fi is just another step in the right direction.
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Re: Should Wi-Fi be free in all hotels?

DrFumblefinger ·
Good discussion! WiFi has for me become an indispensable part of traveling. It allows me to stay in touch with family easily and cheaply (remember how hard it was even 25 years ago -- a phone call could run you $5 a minute? And there was no email). It lets me spend evening hours clearing out a hefty email que, and doing research on what I am going to see tomorrow and the next day. And with "Gumbo on the Go", it lets me share my travels as they happen with fellow Gumboites! I echo PHeymont's...
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Re: Should Wi-Fi be free in all hotels?

rbciao ·
Free room wi-fi is one amenity that influences where we stay here or in Europe. We've noticed more and more Italian hotels and b&b's are offering this free service. In fact, we've seen free wi-fi zones in small Italian towns. Let's hope the expansion trend continues because it certainly makes attending to home and business much easier.
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Re: Should Wi-Fi be free in all hotels?

JohnT ·
Maybe it's the old capitalist coming out in me, but I think "should" is a strong word. Free access to wi-fi certainly helps me determine where I'll stay, just like free breakfast is...but if a hotel has enough other amenities so that people are willing to pay for it's wi-fi then so be it...although it is easy enough to get free somewhere, I don't value it enough to pay for it.
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Re: Should Wi-Fi be free in all hotels?

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by JohnT: Maybe it's the old capitalist coming out in me, but I think "should" is a strong word. Free access to wi-fi certainly helps me determine where I'll stay, just like free breakfast is...but if a hotel has enough other amenities so that people are willing to pay for it's wi-fi then so be it...although it is easy enough to get free somewhere, I don't value it enough to pay for it. I agree with you John, that market forces will drive this. But the demand for "free"...
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Re: Budget Way to Use a Cell Phone and VOIP in Europe

PHeymont ·
Sounds like a real money-saver, at home in the U.S. but it might not suit all travelers abroad. Since the phone uses the Sprint network (CDMA) you couldn't just add a local SIM in Europe where GSM is used. That would mean it would only work on wi-fi in Europe, and you might find it inconvenient to not be able to make or get calls when you were away from it.
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Re: We Love our Travel Gadgets--And We Take Them with Us

DrFumblefinger ·
It would be interesting to see the breakdown between domestic trips and international trips. I think we'd see the rates of smartphone use drop on international journeys because of the complexities and cost of connecting, unless it's with wi-fi. Tablet use probably wouldn't change significantly. But no, I'm not surprised at all.
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Re: WiFi on the way for international flights

DrFumblefinger ·
I've been told that wi-fi over the ocean is a real technological challenge, because it requires constant re-positioning of 2 moving targets (the plane and satellite). In contrast, Wi-Fi over a continent only involves connecting one moving target with a stationary one, a simpler thing to do. Glad to hear this problem seems to be mostly solved. It would be nice to catch up on some wi-fi chores while on a long flight (although I usually manage to fill such flights watching movies or working on...
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Re: More WiFi in NYC Subway...soon...maybe.

Travel Rob ·
This is supposed to be the current list of stations with wireless and Wi-Fi service. http://www.nycsubwaywireless.com/ What I don't understand is if this a free service ,how exactly does Transit Wireless, make money ? Are the phone carriers paying for them? http://www.transitwireless.com...or-transit-agencies/
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Re: 7 of many reasons to choose Bulgaria for your next trip

Travelling Buzz ·
I'm glad you liked the article. I would be more than happy if the post make you visit the country. @DrFublefinger I believe the best time to come to Bulgaria is september-october from the weather perspective, but if you want to see the charm the blooming trees give to the city, you should come in the spring. The summer is really, really (I mean really) hot and dry! The country lies between the strongly contrastic continental and Mediterranean climate zones, so it has an unusually variable...
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Re: How do you use the internet while traveling?

Travel Rob ·
One problem I had was the places I stayed at had no Wi-Fi , so I noticed the lack of public wi-fi a lot more than on other trips. In Japan, besides the airports, Starbucks and 7-11, I had rarely could find Wi-fi and they blocked my VOIP phone, which I don't remember from previous trips. In Europe it wasn't much better and even some major train stations were lacking Wifi. I talked to a lot people in Europe and heard the same feedback about lack of Wi-Fi .
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Re: How do you use the internet while traveling?

Travel Rob ·
Yes this trip some places I stayed that I thought I'd have internet didn't, so I really noticed the public Wi- Fi. Also that ferry strike happened when I already checked out and left me scrambling to find a different route. So a data plan for me would of been really worth the money.
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Re: Delta: Cheap inflight WiFi for Smartphones

DrFumblefinger ·
I do think currently there are some band-width limitations to the wi-fi on planes. For example, there's not enough capability to support 200 people being on their mobile devices at any given time (remember this requires two way connectivity). So the cost may be just a barrier to limit access to the technology. But I like the idea. Costs will come down, technology will improve bandwidth, and offering it free will be a perk that may help people favor one airline over another.
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Virgin Hotels Promises No Nickel and Diming

Travel Rob ·
Virgin Hotels plans on opening their first hotel in Chicago on January 15. They’re promising  free wi-fi with unlimited band, minibar items at street prices, and no surprise fees.   Read more :   http://virginhotels.com/take-a-look/
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May I help you with that iPad, sir?

DrFumblefinger ·
We've seen the role of flight attendants change over the decades.  Gone are the days of weight limitations, gloves, and mandatory skirts and heels.  The time when everyone on the plane was served fine meals and wine -- poof, vanished....
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Pensacola Intergalactic Airport?

Travel Rob ·
The Pensacola International Airport and Pensacon (a sci-fi, movie and gaming convention ) partnered up to develop a welcome campaign in the  month of February for the 2015 Pensacon convention scheduled for Feb. 27-March 1 .As part of the...
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What do Travelers of all ages want at hotels? Connectivity

DrFumblefinger ·
    Whether you're a Baby Boomer, a Millennial, or a "whatever Generation", when it comes to hotel stays we all want good online connectivity.  It seems that internet access has long gone from a luxury to a requirement while traveling...
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Sea-Tac significantly expands its wi-fi bandwidth

DrFumblefinger ·
Washington state's major commercial airport, halfway between Seattle and Tacoma (hence the name, Sea-Tac), is already well known for providing fast free internet.  The airport is investing an additional $10 million dollars to boost its wi-fi...
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JetBlue, Amazon team for free WiFi, Prime benefits

PHeymont ·
It's almost enough to make you forget JetBlue's upcoming bag fees. Passengers will continue to enjoy the lower-end (Simply Surf) tier of JetBlue's Fly-Fi product, courtesy of Amazon, and Amazon Prime members will be able to use the service to access...
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Millennials are changing budget accomodation options

DrFumblefinger ·
  AS we've discussed in the past, younger travelers have different demands for room accomodations than their parents did.  Besides the growth in AirBnB demand, many of the "flashpacker" travel generation are opting for upscale hostels....
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"Sky-Fi" cost keeps shifting...up and down

PHeymont ·
The more it becomes clear that inflight Wi-Fi is what passengers want, the less clear it is just how much will be available and how much it will cost. Airlines are switching—with costs involved—to satellite based services from vendors such...
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Marriott to offer free wi-fi to all its Rewards member

DrFumblefinger ·
Marriott is breaking the old internet template used by many hotel chains.  Lower priced hotels, including lower end Marriott properties (eg. Fairfield Inn, Courtyard) have offered free wi-fi for some time.  Upper end Marriott properties have...
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New (and very unusual) hotels for Japan

PHeymont ·
Changing times, changing ideas. In Japan, a prison and internet cafes are morphing into vacation lodging.
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Galle Face Hotel, Colombo (Where Gumbo Was #218)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting Colombo's historic Galle Face Hotel. Built in the era of British Colonial rule, it has recently undergone a major renovation and is now an upscale luxury hotel.
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'Sea Bubble' water taxis get first Paris test

PHeymont ·
Sea Bubble water taxis proposed for Paris get a trial run on the Seine in hopes of going into service soon.
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California Gardens 2017: Filoli, the House

PortMoresby ·
This week PortMoresby introduces us to a long-time favorite, magnificent Filoli, in Woodside, California.
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Italy launches nationwide Wi-Fi app

PHeymont ·
Italy launches a nation-wide app to connect users to free Wi-Fi with only one login.
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Houston adds 'wayfinding' tech to its airports

PHeymont ·
No need for an app or download (and no cost) for Houston's nifty new guide to its airports.
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The Woodlands Resort, The Woodlands, Texas

Marilyn Jones ·
Texan Marilyn Jones checks out a luxury resort that's part of a suburban planned community near Houston.
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Carnival tests new 'virtual concierge' device

PHeymont ·
Carnival is trying out a wearable device that will serve as a virtual concierge for shipboard services and scheduling.
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Marriott, Alaska Airlines top loyalty program ranks

PHeymont ·
In U.S. News & World Report rankings, Alaska takes #1 for third year in a row, with Marriott topping the hotel program rankings.
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10 Essential Safety Tips for Senior Travelers 2020

Veselina D (Guest) ·
Some suggestions for seniors to help make your travels smoother (sponsored content)
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The Facilities to Consider When Choosing a Holiday Park

Russell Holiday Park (Guest) ·
Some suggestions on what to look for when choosing a holiday park for your vacation spot (sponsored content)
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6 Proven Ways To Run Your Business When Traveling

Ellie P (Guest) ·
Some practical suggestions for working as a digital nomad (sponsored content)
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Date Ideas for You and Your Partner

Trinette R ( (Guest) ·
Some suggestions for interesting activities on date night (sponsored content)
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Free Unlimited Wifi at Spain's Airports by Years End

Travel Rob ·
Spain's airport authority, AENA, approved a plan to provide free unlimited Wi-Fi in 46 airports across Spain by the end of the year. Now, most Spanish airports have free Wi-Fi, but there is a short 30 minute time limit. Read More:...
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Device and Smartphone App Tracks Your Luggage

Travel Rob ·
The Tumi Global Locator wasdemonstrated on Tuesday andwill go on sale before the end of the year. It will track your bags anywhere in the world. It has been developed by theluggage-maker TUMIin partnership with AT&T and LugTrack. It uses GPS, GSM, wi-fi and Bluetooth to maintain a connection with the supporting smartphone app and even knows to shut down when you board a plane. Read More: http://www.euronews.com/travel...bye-to-lost-luggage/
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Norwegian Wins Europe's Best Low-Cost Airline Award

Travel Rob ·
  Norwegian Air Shuttle has been named Europe’s Leading Low-Cost Airline by the World Travel Awards for the first time. They beat out Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, easyJet, Monarch, Ryanair and Vueling. Norwegian's CEO, Bjorn Kjos,...
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Stokesley Funfair and Agricultural Show.

Paul Hunter Landscape Tog ·
Stokesley is a market town in rural North Yorkshire with a well established agricultural past and community. The origins of the annual fair stretch back to 1223, when Henry III granted Stokesley, a charter to hold an annual fair. The third week in...
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Minneapolis Hotel Gives a Nod to its University Location

Marilyn Jones ·
  The Commons Hotel has a theme throughout its lobby, restaurant, rooms and suites. And I like hotels with themes. Maybe it’s all those nights at Walt Disney World resorts, but whatever the reason, I was pleasantly surprised when I entered...
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Aw shucks. Danes are no longer the World's Happiest People

DrFumblefinger ·
  What is happiness?  How does one measure it?  How does one compare it?  Is striving and working hard to a goal you attain something that makes you happy, despite the pain for the gain?  Or does living in mom and dad's...
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How do you use the internet while traveling?

Travel Rob ·
   I've just finished a long trip and it's time for me to rethink how I use the internet on overseas trips. It actually ending up costing me a lot more by not buying a data plan and relying solely on Wi-Fi. This trip my plan was to use...
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Fast & Free Wifi Coming to 100 Indian Train Stations

Travel Rob ·
          Photo by Mac Google is bringing fast wi-fi to 100 train stations in India by the end of 2016. The initiative will eventually cover 400 stations. In most cases, this will be the fastest internet...
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British Air: 'back to the glory days'

PHeymont ·
British Airways CEO has a $6 billion investment and lots of promises for the future, but doubts remain.
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Jan. 23, 2018: Project Mercury Exhibit, Titusville

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger stumbles upon a nice tribute to the Project Mercury astronauts in the small east Florida town of Titusville.
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Swiss Railways voted best, despite no Wi-Fi

PHeymont ·
In a survey of best train systems for different categories of travelers, Swiss railways came out on top in multiple categories.
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Why Swiss Railways said no to Wi-Fi

PHeymont ·
Swiss Railways cites cost as a reason; here's the story behind that decision.
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InFlight wifi speeds will greatly increase.

DrFumblefinger ·
Gogo, which dominates the airline wifi business, announced that it's rolling out much faster wi-fi service on planes in flight.  Instead of using air to ground links, new satellite connections will be used.  Speeds will be up to a lightning...
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How'd We Live Without Travel Apps?

Travel Rob ·
For the last couple of years I've brushed off travel apps. I thought they were cool, but I didn't own a smart phone and honestly I thought they were more of a conversation item than something that would help save money or time. But with the proliferation of cheap tablets and no contract smart phones I started using some apps the last few months. BTW—Walmart will begin selling iPhones for their budget no-contract Straight Talk. Below are three apps I use that are really useful to me. They...
 
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