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Service offers luggage-free travel to frequent fliers
Packing for a flight is often a stressful affair, especially considering the hefty charges that can be applied to those who go over the check-in weight limit. One airline has even gone as far as charging travelers for any mass they bring onto the plane, including body weight. Singapore-based Packnada enables passengers to travel with only a passport, through a wardrobe storage service that delivers to their hotel every time they land. READ MORE…
Stockholm tourist guide is based on the city’s most popular taxi trips
Travel guides have undergone a huge upheaval with the advent of the web, with more tourists than ever before relying on the opinions of people like them instead of more professional reviews. We’ve even seen real-time digital data such as social media trends and Instagram photos incorporated into guides before. Now Sweden’s Taxi Trails is offering another example, displaying the most popular cab destinations in real-time to offer city suggestions for tourists. READ MORE…
Global vacation takes in famous scenes from art history
Regular readers of Springwise may remember VeryFirstTo from our recent coverage of their collaboration with A2B Bikes, which sent one couple on a guided e-bike tour of 12 world cities. Now the luxury magazine is returning with The Art Lovers Dream Trip, another one-off world tour that visits locations immortalized in famous works of art. READ MORE…
For one super-rich couple, tour takes in 12 global cities by e-bike
In large cities with crowded public transport and expensive taxi fares, cycling is one of the best ways for tourists to get around. Travelers heading to Berlin can already use services such as Dynamic Connections‘ crowdsourced cycling route maps, but what about other cities? A2B bikes has now launched a package holiday that offers one couple a guided tour around 12 global destinations by e-bike, for just USD 135,000. READ MORE…
App-controlled airplane seat lets passengers customize their experience before they board
A key aspect of a holiday is comfort, and consumers come in all shapes and sizes when it comes to what helps them feel at ease. While we’ve already seen the UK’s Whitbread hotel chain let guests customize their room before they arrive through itshub project, now Thales Group has unveiled its Immersive Business Class Seat, an airplane seat that can be controlled by an app or which automatically detects their entertainment preference using social data. READ MORE…
Air France-KLM set to use smart tags to enable quick luggage drop-offs and suitcase tracking
Luggage causes all kinds of problems for both travellers and airlines — it can get mislaid by baggage handlers or customers can arrive late to find long queues for check-ins. In the past, we’ve seen the hop! suitcase automatically follow its owners so it never gets lost, but now Air France-KLM has announced that is teaming up with FastTrack to offer its eTag and eTrack system to passengers. READ MORE…
Hostel’s edible business card cures backpackers’ altitude sickness
The best hotels do all they can to create a good experience for customers during their stay, but they can’t typically do a lot once they leave. As a way to offer a memorable parting gift to its customers, Peru’s Kokopelli hostel has developed an edible business card that counteracts the effects of altitude sickness. READ MORE…
Platform helps tourists find doctors that speak their language
We’ve already seen the Netherlands’ FlyFit offer a healthy drink that also combats DVT and jetlag, but what if travelers experience a more serious health problem while abroad? TraveDoc is a platform that enables holidaymakers to find specialist doctors that speak their language while they’re in a foreign country. READ MORE…
App helps travelers get compensation for delayed flights
When transport companies mess up their customers’ journeys, it’s usually common courtesy to offer them something to apologize, but not many know that they’re often legally obligated to offer a refund if requested. London’s Tube Refund has been winning compensation back from underground operators TfL for a while now, a new app called AirHelp now makes getting a refund for delayed or cancelled flights easier for holiday makers. READ MORE…
For USD 231,000, design your own hotel room made of ice
Many holidaymakers are keen to find ways they can make their trip unique, and getting to decide what goes into a hotel room is one way to do just that. While UK-based Whitbread has already used its smart tech-enabled hub spaces to lend a measure of personalization to its hotel rooms, Sweden’s ICEHOTEL is going one further, enabling customers to work with designers to create their own bespoke ice creations before they arrive. READ MORE…
Group dating service connects New Yorkers with San Franciscans
Dating isn’t the easiest thing in the world, and it’s made more difficult when there’s a gender imbalance in the city. In New York City, there are 100,000 more women of dating age, and in San Francisco, there are 40,000 more men than women. To solve this problem, matchmaking service The Dating Ring is helping the two groups out by flying single New York women across the country for long distance dating. READ MORE…
Jacket helps airline passengers dodge luggage fees
Baggage can be a contentious issue at airports, with passengers often facing extra fees if they go over the limit for any checked-in luggage. Last year, Samoa Air even became the first airline to introduce a pay-by-weight system for its customers. Offering a cheeky solution for consumers hoping to avoid these fees, Bulgaria’s Jaktogo is a lightweight jacket that can help passengers ‘smuggle’ 10kg of extra luggage into airplanes. READ MORE…
App tags physical places with personal stories
The offline world is gradually becoming connected with the web, and we’ve already seen apps such as Grafetee let users ‘bookmark’ physical locations. Created by Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, Findery now helps to link stories with real-world locations through geotagged ‘notes’ that can be left for online explorers to discover. READ MORE…
Bus company brings seats to life with AR
Public transport journeys can be a pain when customers forget to bring a book or some music to pass the time. We’ve already seen Spain’s National Reading Plan enable train users to get the first chapter of books on their smartphones through QR code posters, and now First Aberdeen in Scotland is getting passengers to scan the backs of its seats to receive information and entertainment on their mobile devices. READ MORE…
Dutch airline passengers can now buy a flight through Facebook and Twitter
In the recent past, we’ve seen Soldsie leverage social conversations as a payment platform — enabling users to buy fashion products by simply leaving a comment on the relevant Facebook photos. While a flight is typically a much larger purchase, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is also now enabling its customers to confirm and pay for a seat on one of their flights through social media platforms. READ MORE…