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Another Summer, Another Rise In Gas Prices Another Summer, Another Rise In Gas Prices
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As the title indicates, while the Memorial Day weekend may mean the beginning of summer fun, it also means that gas prices have, once again, gone up. This, naturally, means, those road trips families have been planning are going to …

The New Google Maps Is Real, And Here Are All The Cool New Things It Does The New Google Maps Is Real, And Here Are All The Cool New Things It Does
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It has been officially announced. Last week, a couple screen caps of an apparently upcoming Google Maps redesign leaked. While the authenticity of these was questioned, it seemed likely that they were real. Now, it’s pretty much certain than they …

Airbnb’s New Verification Program Requires Offline ID, Rolling Out to 25% of Users Today Airbnb’s New Verification Program Requires Offline ID, Rolling Out to 25% of Users Today
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“Trust is the key to our community,” says Airbnb’s Vivek Wagle. “There is no place for anonymity in a trusted community.” And with that, Airbnb announces a move that is likely to ruffle the feathers of some users, while engendering …

Frommer’s Travel Guides Will Stay Alive as Arthur Frommer Buys Them Back from Google Frommer’s Travel Guides Will Stay Alive as Arthur Frommer Buys Them Back from Google
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After reports that Google had quietly killed the print line of Frommer’s Travel Guides, the guidebooks have been given a new life as their creator has decided to buy back the brand. The AP reports that 83-year-old Arthur Frommer has …

Google Axes Frommer’s Print Travel Guides [Report] Google Axes Frommer’s Print Travel Guides [Report]

Update: Google says it is offering no comment on this. According to a report from travel news site Skift, Google has quietly killed Frommer’s print travel guidebooks. News that Google acquired Frommer’s came out back in August. Google would be …

Google Flight Search Heads To More Countries Google Flight Search Heads To More Countries

Google announced today that its Flight Search tool is launching in a handful of new countries, including: the UK, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. It was about a year ago when Flight Search first went international, adding flights from …

AOL’s MapQuest Launches Travel Blogging Feature AOL’s MapQuest Launches Travel Blogging Feature
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AOL has launched MapQuest Travel Blogs for the web and iOS (via a dedicated app). The feature lets users create blogs of their trips with photos, stories, reviews, etc. According to the company, the Travel Blogs will automatically map out …

Wikimedia Foundation Launches Wikivoyage Travel Guide Wikimedia Foundation Launches Wikivoyage Travel Guide
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The Wikimedia Foundation has launched Wikivoyage, which brings a Wikipedia-like element to travel. It’s a free travel guide, which is freely editable, and was built by volunteers. Naturally, it has a very Wikipedia-like look and feel: While it is a …

Priceline Wins FTC Approval For Kayak Acquisition [Report] Priceline Wins FTC Approval For Kayak Acquisition [Report]

Priceline announced in November that it had signed an agreement to acquire Kayak in a deal valued at $1.8 billion ($40 per share of Kayak). Priceline would pay about $500 million in cash and $1.3 billion in equity and assumed …

Google Announces Flight Explorer, Other New Flight Search Features Google Announces Flight Explorer, Other New Flight Search Features

Last week, Google Flight Explorer was spotted in the wild. It’s a tool that lets you browse flights by trip length, number of stops, airline, duration, outbound times and return times. Google was reported to have called it an “experimental …

Airbnb Launches New Photo-Rich Travel Guides Airbnb Launches New Photo-Rich Travel Guides
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Airbnb, the company that connects travelers with locals willing to rent their spaces (homes, rooms, apartments, etc), announced 10 million nights booked back in June. That’s double what the company claimed back in January. Every two seconds someone books a …

Priceline Buys Kayak: What Does This Mean For Fairsearch? Priceline Buys Kayak: What Does This Mean For Fairsearch?
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On Thursday, Priceline announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Kayak. The deal is worth about $1.8 billion. “Kayak has built a strong brand in online travel research and their track record of profitable growth is demonstrative …

Priceline To Acquire Kayak For $1.8 Billion Priceline To Acquire Kayak For $1.8 Billion

Priceline announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Kayak in a deal valued at $1.8 billion ( $40 per share of Kayak). Priceline will pay approximately $500 million in cash and $1.3 billion in equity and assumed …

Google Launches Flight Search For Tablets Google Launches Flight Search For Tablets

Google announced today that it has launched Flight Search for tablet devices. To access it, simply go to google.com/flights from your device. “More and more travelers are using tablets to search for and book travel,” says Google user interface designer …

How Technology Has Changed The Way We Vacation [Infographic] How Technology Has Changed The Way We Vacation [Infographic]
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I am sure that many of us don’t remember a time when you couldn’t take an airplane to visit some far away destination. In fact, since commercial air travel was popularized in the 1960′s, many of us weren’t even born …

United Airlines Pulls Pre-Boarding Privileges for Parents United Airlines Pulls Pre-Boarding Privileges for Parents

If you’re one of the many individuals out there with kids, then chances are you’ve enjoyed the pre-boarding perks granted to you by various airlines over the course of your worldly travels. This gives you and your brood an opportunity …

Gas Prices: Lower Cost Means More Travelers on the Road This Weekend Gas Prices: Lower Cost Means More Travelers on the Road This Weekend

Gas prices, while still relatively high, are a bit lower than they have been over the past few months. This could result in more people are filling up the family car and heading out for fun, adventures, and sunburns over …

Nielsen Reveals Top Online US Brands & Travel Sites Nielsen Reveals Top Online US Brands & Travel Sites

Nielsen is always slaving away to find out what’s hot and what the latest trends tell us about consumer behavior. This time they were looking at who the top online brands were in the United States. They also examined who …

What Miss Travel Is and Isn’t What Miss Travel Is and Isn’t
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A new site called Miss Travel launched recently for “generous” and “attractive” people that focuses on both dating and travel. Miss Travel, which has already garnered nearly 50 thousand members, describes itself as the “only online dating website” where “we match Generous travelers who hate to travel alone with Attractive travelers who would love the opportunity to travel the world for free.”

Orbitz Exceeds Q1 Expectations Orbitz Exceeds Q1 Expectations

Chicago-based online travel company Orbitz has exceeded Wall Street expectations in its Q1 financial report, with shares up 4.6% to $4.08. The company attributes the better-than-expected performance to a 33% rise in European hotel room booking in the first quarter. …

Technology In Traveling: From Trains To Tweets [Infographic] Technology In Traveling: From Trains To Tweets [Infographic]

We all love traveling. There’s something about getting out and seeing the world that reinvigorates us. While traveling is a great stress reliever, setting up a holiday can be a pain. While there has been countless innovations in transportation, there …