21 Dec Travel Talk
Christmas is just around the corner and that means there are plenty of travel updates for the upcoming holiday weekend. Check out all of the best travel news articles from around the web below.
How the travel industry changed in 2018
Travel has changed quite a bit over the past 12 months. For one thing, flights started flying even farther than they did in 2017. Take Qantas Airways Ltd. for instance. Their newest ultra-long haul traveled from Perth to London in 17 hours. Singapore Airlines also joined this trend, with an 18-hour, 45-minute route spanning 10,400 miles from Changi to Newark. That’s 500 miles longer than the previous record held by Qatar Airways if anyone’s keeping score! In addition to longer flights, you may have noticed that planes have gotten nicer in 2018 compared to 2017. Commercial iarlines like American, Delta, and United all started installing premium economy cabins for their international routes in 2018. And even in coach you may notice improvements like more and faster WiFi connections in-flight. Read up on all of the major changes here.
2019 travel resolutions from Travel+Leisure editors
The overall focus of T+L editors’ travel resolutions for 2019 is to travel more and travel better. We can get on board with that! Wondering what else these travel pros have in their resolutions list? One editor is busy planning her honeymoon, and has high expectations for this once-in-a-lifetime trip that will take place in 2019. Many editors want to go somewhere new – which as you can imagine may be a bit difficult for someone who works for Travel+Leisure! Other editors want to book more flight deals, travel with family members like their mom, take a train trip, and pack more ahead of time.
Knowing the policies can help you to avoid holiday travel stress
This year is going to break records for holiday travel, or so many of the top travel news articles have been saying in December. Maybe they say this every year, but you don’t want to take any chances. Be prepared by brushing up on airport and travel policies. Some of the most helpful tips include not wrapping your gifts, and arriving to the airport earlier than you normally would. This helpful article lays them all out, highlighting the most important ones to be aware of when traveling around the holiday season.
Holiday travel weather forecast, including a stormy Friday afternoon for traveling
Friday travel conditions have turned out to be pretty stormy for much of the United States. Luckily, according to this article, the weather should start to calm down and remain on the tranquil side across most of the country for the remainder of the weekend. After the storm moves through, cooler air will filter in, allowing for accumulating snowfall across the lower Great Lakes and western slopes of the Appalachians on Friday into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Read up on the rest of the weather forecast for the weekend leading into Christmas week here.
38 affordable places to travel in 2019
If you spent more than you wanted to on travel in 2018, then this helpful article is for you. This article looks to the experts and influencers in the travel industry for cheap travel tips for the upcoming new year. In addition to tips, the best way to save money is to focus your attention on these select 38 destinations. From New Orleans to Chile, you’ll be sure to find somewhere on this list that strikes your fancy.
December travel photography competition winners from the Guardian
The Guardian’s final selection of the year for travel photography brings us some truly spectacular photos! From New York cops to Venice shops, camel fairs to happy penguins, and everything in between – you have to check them out here. Our favorite is a submission from Nilesh Rathod. His winning photo depicts people from all over India gathering to trade camels, horses and cattle at the Pushkar mela, or camel fair.