Articles in Journeys

Lobby Bar – January 5: Naked Pilots, Ice Cream Storms, and the Lonely Need Not Fly

Lobby Bar – A Glow-In-The-Dark Summary of FBT News and Views
What’s in a name. Let’s take a look at the “at” sign, that is to say the @ sign, which has many names in different languages. It also goes by the name of “spider monkey,” “strudel,” and “elephant trunk,” although we’ve taken a liking to calling our @ sign “Hunter.”
Please obey. With the onset of the New Year, a slew …

New Laws for 2018 Legalize Pot, Restrict Smoking, and Allow Travelers to Post Online Reviews Without Fear of Retaliation

As is customary at the start of the New Year, many new state laws go into effect across the nation.
Here’s a look at some which might be of interest to travelers.
A new law in Vermont affords workers in that state social media privacy. Employers are forbidden to request or require employees to provide access to what they have posted in their personal social-media accounts.
Visitors to California, as well as residents, …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2018

The National Geographic Society was founded on January 27, 1888, by a group that included explorers, geographers, cartographers, teachers, and scientists. It was organized as “a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge.”
On January 20, 1908, what is now the Fairmont Empress opened in Victoria, British Columbia. The 108-year-old property, originally opened as the Empress, has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada and was last renovated …

John Portman, Architect Who Designed Soaring Atrium Hotels, Dies at 93

John Portman, an American architect and developer who popularized hotels with soaring atria such as the Hyatt Regency Atlanta while also helping revitalize downtown districts in multiple U.S. cities, died Friday at the age of 93.
Mr. Portman was considered one of the world’s best-known and most influential architects of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
His innovative 22-story Hyatt Regency Atlanta, formerly the Regency Hyatt House, introduced travelers to a …

Lobby Bar – December 29: Banana Disasters, Stupid Luggage, and Drunk Butlers

Lobby Bar – Enjoy With a Half-glass of Egg Nog
Dead pixels. With the New Year approaching, we’ve prepared a few good resolutions for the frequent traveler to live by. We’re partial to 3840 × 2160, but 1920 x 1080 is also a good choice.
Six shots, please. It wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without continuing the tradition of viewing “Dinner for One.”  This year you can strap on a pair of …

Ten New Year’s Resolutions for the Frequent Traveler

The year 2018 is just around the corner. People start the year with a blank slate and a bright outlook for the year. However, traditions must be observed and among the many New Year’s traditions, besides watching “Dinner for One” on New Year’s Eve, is the preparation of a list of New Year’s Resolutions.
While most people resolve to attend the gym regularly, lose weight, be more spontaneous, and so on, …

The Strange New Year’s Eve Tradition of ‘Dinner for One’

Every New Year’s Eve, a good part of the world stops what it is doing for a short time and engages in a tradition that is like none other, namely watching “Dinner for One,” an 18-minute skit by two British comedians that was originally broadcast in the 1960s.
As the newest staff member, it falls upon me to continue the tradition, begun some eight years ago, of writing about it.
Having lived …