A reckoning for bargain bucket travel

As airlines rack up losses and become reliant on government handouts and tour companies big and small are forced out of business, the days of a cheap getaway look set to be a thing of the past. While this may pose issues for the democratization of travel, it also helps to highlight that traveling is a privilege and should be …

New types of holidays

It’s no surprise that in the year of the coronavirus pandemic that’s seen everyone told to work from home, the travel and tourism industry has dreamed up another questionable marriage of two words: Bleisure. The word may be nonsense, but the concept isn’t. Hotels and destinations are pushing the idea that you can combine business and leisure by hitting the …

How tourism and a pandemic have changed Taiwan’s street food scene

A decade ago, Shilin Night Market was one of the hottest night markets in Taipei, packed to the brim with vendors slinging out hot bites of stinky tofu, barbecue squid and copious amounts of grilled meats on skewers. Taipei culture writer Jason Cheung, who has been meticulously documenting the night market’s history on his blog, is convinced those days are …

Paris’ famous Champs-Élysées set for green transformation

One of the most famous avenues in Paris, the Champs-Élysées, is set for a facelift to transform it to a green, pedestrian-friendly space, after the mayor gave the go-ahead for a major renovation project. The thoroughfare, one of the world’s most famous shopping streets, accommodates eight lanes of traffic as it runs between the Arc de Triomphe and the Place …

Venice is watching tourists’ every move

They’re watching you, wherever you walk. They know exactly where you pause, when you slow down and speed up, and they count you in and out of the city. They’re also tracking your phone, so they can tell exactly how many people from your country or region are in which area, at which time. And they’re doing it in a …

Backpacking: A rite of passage for budget travelers

The popularity of the “hippie trail” – an overland route between Europe and Southeast Asia taken by young people with limited budgets but keen to broaden their horizons – led to the publication of the first Lonely Planet guidebook, “Across Asia on the Cheap,” in 1973. While backpacking has certainly evolved since then, it tends to involve hopping from place …

Nationality alone may not open doors for travel in the future

The days of flashing a passport at the airport and taking a flight to wherever one likes are, for now, a distant memory. Countries are entering fresh lockdowns, but even when restrictions do lift, it’s likely mandatory vaccination before air travel may be a necessity. For future global mobility, we shouldn’t expect a return to pre-pandemic patterns, says Parag Khanna, …

Backpacking is a rite of passage for many travelers. COVID could end it forever

Backpacking trips have been something of a rite of passage for young people for almost 70 years. Whether you’re setting off around the world, or exploring a particular region, country, or city, taking off with a few belongings and moving from destination to destination remains a hugely attractive prospect for those searching for fun and adventure. Sadly, the border restrictions …

The world’s most powerful passports for 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the travel landscape, potentially for decades to come. The Henley Passport Index, which periodically measures the world’s most travel-friendly passports, has just released its latest report — and an analysis of what might lie ahead. Asian citizens continue to have the world’s most powerful travel documents, with Japan at the top of the list. The …