11 Authors Recommend US Bookstores Worth Traveling For
Reading material, whether destination-related or just a way to while away the journey, is an essential packing list item. But cozy, well-curated independent bookstores are often trip-worthy in their own right. We asked 11 best-selling writers to tell us which shops are worth a detour for book-loving travelers.
Whether you’re having a wild weekend in Vegas or planning a road trip down Maryland’s Eastern Shore, you won’t regret taking time out to see these bookstores. Lonely Planet
A $1,000 Day in Berlin for $100
In November 1989, Potsdamer Platz was known as the “death strip” — a wasteland between the two parts of the Berlin Wall. But after the wall fell, Potsdamer became a major site of celebration and reunification. Today, old graffiti-tagged slabs stand as harmless relics, and the long scar of the wall’s foundation runs through the bustling intersection.
It is also near the posh Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, where I found myself during a recent visit, on a mission to discover how to conquer Berlin — already a relatively cheap European city — on a tight budget. The New York Times
31 Brilliant Ways to Actually Use Your Travel Photos
If you travel and own a camera or smartphone, it’s safe to say you return home from vacation with hundreds of snapshots. Or thousands. Some destinations are just really, really ridiculously good-looking.
As for the fate of these travel photos? You’ll probably continue to Instagram them for the next couple of days while you can still get away with pretending your trip isn’t over. Maybe you’ll set aside a few for #tbt posts on particularly dreary future Thursdays. Maybe, if you have a penchant for evoking envy in friends and acquaintances, you’ll make a Facebook album, too.
But after that, all of those precious pixelated moments from family vacations, weekend getaways, and epic adventures will sit, forgotten, in a digital folder or on a hard drive. No longer. Travel + Leisure
Airlines Could Soon Start Charging Different Fares for Different People
It’s common knowledge that passengers pay different prices for their seats. Someone who bought well in advance is likely to have paid a different airfare than a passenger who purchased their ticket at the last minute, while those who set flight alerts have a good chance of scoring a deal.
But according to one software company, airlines may soon begin charging passengers different prices based on who they are.
Revenue management software company PROS — which works with more than 80 international airlines — said that select airlines have already begun implementing “dynamic pricing” structures on their websites. Travel + Leisure
Top Frequent-Flier Programs for 2018
A few of the biggest airlines are making big changes to their frequent-flier programs, actually opening up availability and cutting the number of miles needed for tickets to places people really want to go.
The annual IdeaWorks survey of award availability shows that while overall ability to find flights at basic “saver” levels was about the same as last year at 25 airlines, American Airlines significantly relaxed its grip on award seats, especially to Hawaii and Europe. American had availability on 80% of the possible trips IdeaWorks checked, up from about 50% last year. Wall Street Journal (subscription req’d)