"Travel in and of itself is not derogatory information." —That's your chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, talking about why Tamerlan Tsarnaev didn't get interviewed again after his trip to Russia. (He either was or was not one of the 745,000 people listed in the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment.)
"[T]ravel with handsome luggage, as schlepping around a lousy, ugly, torn and/or unpractical bag is depressing."
The American photographer Paul Caponigro famously said, "It's one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it's another thing to make a portrait of who they are." The same can be said of cities. After all, cities — like people — contain their own identities, histories and secrets. And a good photo captures the essence of a place beyond mere appearances.
As part of an ongoing experiment to unlock the potential of the digital medium in photography, Samsung gave the new GALAXY Camera to 32 photographers to prove that their city is the most photogenic in the world.
Meet Giacomo Por from Milan. Giacomo seeks to [...]
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Portland, Maine, was my first city. I grew up outside it, in Cape Elizabeth, so I always think I know it, but every time I go home, I find it slowly turning into a better place than I remembered, maybe even the place I’ll want to return to someday. What I loved about Portland growing up is still true: there are lots of bookstores, especially used ones, old bars and vintage shops that are nearly junk shops. It is still quiet, with beautiful skies, and [...]
I have a recommendation as to where you should go for lunch: Charleston, South Carolina. Now, unless you're in Hanahan or Folly Beach or Mt. Pleasant, it could take you a long time to get there. So you might want to leave soon. But you really should go, because Charleston has some of the very best food you will ever eat anywhere. There is a place there called Jestine's Kitchen, which has become quite famous, and so often has a line of people waiting outside, and so also has lots of people who like to talk about food on the internet dismissing it as a "tourist trap" and inferior [...]
"It used to be thought of as a black spot on the family, but now it's become trendy to have a convict in the past." -Tasmanian tourism spokeswoman Mel Percival discusses the Australian island's new travel promotion, which they are referring to as 'convictourism.' "Intended for Australians and Europeans with convict ancestors, as well as the odd tourist from around the world, convictourism will allow visitors to 'follow the convict trail and trace their ancestors back in time.'" There is also a good story about a convict who disguised himself as a kangaroo in an attempt to escape the brutal conditions that are now being celebrated with a package [...]
Low-fare carrier Spirit Airlines will start charging $45 for each piece of luggage passengers bring on the plane with them. The airline bills it as a way to "reduce the number of carry-on bags, which will improve inflight safety and efficiency by speeding up the boarding and deplaning process, all of which ultimately improve the overall customer experience." Meanwhile, budget Irish airline Ryanair is replacing all the toilets in its fleet with coin-operated models that will cost about a buck and half to use. Ryanair hopes that the move will "change passenger behaviour so that they use the bathroom before or after the flight. That will enable [...]