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

by Paul Riegler

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

by Jesse Sokolow

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

by Paul Riegler

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

by Jeremy Del Nero

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

by Paul Riegler

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’

by Anna Breuer

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 …

What You Read in 2017: The Most Popular Features, Reviews, and News Stories of the Year

by Anna Breuer

With the year 2017 coming to a close, it’s time to look at some of the most popular news stories and features of the year. The big news was, of course, the retirement of Boeing 747s at the two remaining U.S. carriers that continued to operate them, Delta and United.
Our new Centurion List of the 10 Best Hotels in the World made the cut as did a very practical guide …