Great Moments in Travel History – November 2017

by Jesse Sokolow

Robert Esnault-Pelterie, a French aviation pioneer, was born on November 8, 1881. He developed the idea of ailerons, which allow “banking” of fixed-wing aircraft around the fuselage’s longitudinal axis and are essential in making turns when aloft.
The Hotel Kämp in Helsinki, Finland, opened its doors on November 1, 1887. The hotel is still in operation today, and is part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection of hotels.
The first flight in a rigid …

Short Stay: Conrad Dublin, Ireland – Hotel Review

by Jonathan Spira

Sometimes navigation doesn’t take you where you wanted to go. Such was the case with the last mile to the Conrad Dublin, when Apple Maps insisted the best way to get to the hotel was via someone’s private garden. For someone driving on the left-hand side of the street for the first time, even a minor course correction was daunting. However, moments later I was pulling up to the Conrad’s …

Photo Essay: Auf Wiedersehen, Air Berlin!

by Christian Stampfer

MUNICH—Air Berlin, which was founded as a U.S. company based in Oregon in 1978 to operate charter flights in and out of West Berlin, flew its final flight on October 28 after almost 40 years of plying the skies.
After the reunification of Germany, the airline was acquired by Joachim Hunold, a former German leisure airline LTU executive. It became a low-cost long-haul carrier in 2007 after acquiring LTU, and evolved into …

Lobby Bar – October 27: Beer is Good For You, Never-ending Plays, and Subway Fares Reduced 99%

by Jeremy Del Nero

It’s Lobby Bar O’Clock Somewhere in the World
Take me back. Europe will be adjusting its clocks back an hour this weekend for Winter Time. This year, to make up for changing the clocks, the countries in the EU will also be setting their calendars back a day to extend their weekends a bit.
Let’s coin it. It looks like New York City’s MTA will finally be moving on from the Metrocard …

New Frequent Business Traveler Study Explains Travel Buyer Behavior

by Anna Breuer

A new research study from GlobeRunner Insights, in partnership with Frequent Business Traveler, explains what shapes consumer behavior in making travel purchases and provides a in-depth review of customer behavior as well as customer loyalty when making airline and hotel purchases.
The report – the 2018 GlobeRunner Insights Customer Insight and Loyalty Study for the Travel Industry – has uncovered significant new findings that help better understand what drives consumer behavior …

Europe to Set Clocks Back for Winter Time This Weekend

by Paul Riegler

Most European nations will adjust their clocks back one hour early Sunday as the cutover from Summer Time to Winter Time, a move akin to the switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time in the United States, takes place.
The change from Summer Time to Winter Time is observed in every European nation except Iceland and Belarus.
The idea for modern Winter Time and Summer Time can be traced back to …

It’s Not Just the Booze Speaking: Alcohol Does Improve Foreign Language Skills

by Jonathan Spira

Having grown up speaking two languages simultaneously, namely German and English, and having acquired a smattering of French and Hungarian along the way, I noticed from time to time that my conversational French seemed to flow much more readily after a glass or two of wine.
In the same vein, I noticed that a few friends who spoke somewhat halting but credible German during the day seemed to move into near-native …