There’s no shortage of travel-industry data. Nor is there any shortage of studies that slice and dice the data in a multitude of different ways, with a multitude of different results. A new study by TravelBank, The Best & Worst Airports for Transit, looks at the nation’s airports through a simple but novel set of filters to uncover the best and worst airports for transit. “For transit” means the time and expense required to get to the airport from downtown. TravelBank used four factors to assign each of the top 30 U.S. airports a transit score: Transit time from downtown Driving time from downtown Public transit fare Cost of pre-booked UberX ride So, for example, airports further from the city center were at a competitive disadvantage, and airports with free metro or other service got a leg up in the ratings. Related:These Are America’s 10 Most Sinful States Here are the top and bottom five airports: The Top 5 Boston Logan, Las Vegas McCarran (tied … [Read more...] about The 5 Hardest and Easiest U.S. Airports to Reach from Downtown
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There’s no shortage of travel-industry data. Nor is there any shortage of studies that slice and dice the data in a multitude of different ways, with a multitude of different results. A new study by TravelBank, The Best & Worst Airports for Transit, looks at the nation’s airports through a simple but novel set of filters to uncover the best and worst airports for transit. “For transit” means the time and expense required to get to the airport from downtown. TravelBank used four factors to assign each of the top 30 U.S. airports a transit score: Transit time from downtown Driving time from downtown Public transit fare Cost of pre-booked UberX ride So, for example, airports further from the city center were at a competitive disadvantage, and airports with free metro or other service got a leg up in the ratings. Related:These Are America’s 10 Most Sinful States Here are the top and bottom five airports: The Top 5 Boston Logan, Las Vegas McCarran (tied … [Read more...] about The 5 Most and Least Accessible U.S. Airports
Author: cruisediverDate of Trip: October 2006 We spent the obligatory research hours on the internet and decided to dive with a shop called Admiralty Dive Center. The primary deciding factor was their location and it’s proximity to the hotel where we were staying. However, the manner and general tone in which they replied to our emails was the clincher. Before we left home we signed up for an Advanced Open Water course with the dive shop. During our first visit to the shop we signed up for a second course. We were both Certified Open Water Divers when we left, but we wanted more knowledge in order to be safer and better at scuba diving. We are both now Certified Advanced Open Water Divers as well as Certified Enriched Air Divers and much more comfortable in the water. The courses required equal parts diving and studying. Yeah, the studying was dry and a substantial amount of work, but the diving made up for it. Because of the course-work we spent a lot of our vacation studying, … [Read more...] about Scuba Diving Trip to St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
Sediment from the Appalachian Mountains washing into the Gulf of Mexico for a million years has sprouted a chain of barrier islands off the coast of Florida and Mississippi that provide habitat for sea turtles and shorebirds. Dolphins are so common that local kayakers compare them to pigeons.The National Park Service manages these islands as the Gulf Islands National Seashore. They’re among New Orleans-based wetlands ecologist Mark Ford’s favorite places to explore with his three teenage sons. That’s partly because he’s concerned that by the time his boys are his age, at least half of these islands won’t still exist; rising sea levels are washing them away. Climate change isn’t the only potential threat to these islands. Offshore, just far enough that they’re not visible from the mangrove and cypress marshes , are oil drilling platforms. The inevitable risk posed by that activity washed ashore in 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig … [Read more...] about What New Offshore Drilling Means for National Parks
It did not take long for word to spread in the small, isolated town in New Mexico that I call home. Whether quaffing a Belgian ale in the brewpub, or sipping a fair-trade latte in the java emporium, or inspecting organic cabbages in the food co-op, members of my dirt-worshipping social circle would approach and ask, suspiciously, “So . . . I hear you’re going hiking with a Republican?” I’d brush off the blatant stereotyping. Besides, I argued, these are divisive times and here was a chance find out if trails can transcend politics.At issue was my acceptance of an invitation to spend a day on the Arizona Trail (AZT) with Congresswoman Martha McSally, whose National Environmental Scorecard rating for 2016 from the League of Conservation Voters was an almost impossibly low 3 percent. McSally represents Arizona’s Second Congressional District—the southeastern part of the Grand Canyon State—which includes such world-class rough country as the … [Read more...] about A U.S. Representative Hits the (Hiking) Trail
Would you like to kick back and relax on a beach in the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John, without having to obtain a valid U.S. passport first? Good news, you can—U.S. Virgin Islands passport requirements state that as long as you don’t touch down on foreign soil before arriving, you do not need a passport. Since the U.S. Virgin Islands are collectively a U.S. Commonwealth and therefore considered domestic travel for U.S. citizens, it’s easy to take a tropical getaway without having to obtain a new passport for travel to St. Thomas, St. Croix, or St. John. You may, however, be required to show proof of citizenship when departing the U.S. Virgin Islands, such as a raised-seal birth certificate and a valid government-issued ID card. Although this does not mean that you need a passport to travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands, you may want to opt for carrying a passport with you anyway—that way, you only need to carry one document versus two. … [Read more...] about U.S. Virgin Islands Passport Requirements: Do I Need a Passport to Go to the U.S. Virgin Islands?
Passport changes are coming, and if you plan on traveling in the near future—especially if you’re among the 49 million Americans whose passports will expire in the next few years—you need to know what passport changes are in store. While it may seem easy enough to acquire or renew a passport if and when you plan a trip, the State Department says there’s about to be a massive backlog of passport applications. (More on that in a minute.) Plus, passports themselves are going to change. Here’s what you should know about both the expected passport application delays and the passport changes coming in the years ahead. U.S. Passport Changes Image Gallery View as one page You Should Renew Your Passport Now A decade ago, an important piece of travel legislation made American passports much more in-demand. The State Department saw an "unprecedented surge" in applications when a 2007 law enacted by the 9/11 Commission established passports as necessary for … [Read more...] about U.S. Passport Changes Are Coming: Here’s What You Need to Know
International family travel can be a tricky business. On the one hand, there’s so much world out there to see. On the other: terror alerts, the expense of trying to feed and entertain the whole family, and long travel times. All of which can make it very easy to talk yourself out of a trip. If only there was a place with worldly charm that was close enough to get to easily, felt safe, and didn’t cost you an arm and a leg. There is. Canada—thanks to a strong U.S. dollar and a falling Canadian loonie—is on sale. One Canadian dollar is about 70 U.S. cents. Book a flight or just hop in the car and head for the border to take in one of these five truly Canadian experiences for less. We guarantee you’ll be singing the country’s praises all the way to the bank. Image Gallery View as one page Sweet Deal In Ontario Get to: Toronto, Ontario Why: Thereâ€™s something about that northern air that makes Canadian maple syrup the best there … [Read more...] about Oh Canada! U.S. Dollars Go Far When the Whole Country Is On Sale
When Conan the Barbarian was asked the meaning of life, he replied, "To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women." It's too bad he never met a bronze-age mountaineer: If he had, he might've been a little more grounded. According to a New Zealand researcher, mountain climbers have an uncanny grasp on living that perhaps brings them closest to understanding what it all means. University of Victoria museum and heritage studies professor Lee Davidson interviewed 22 New Zealand-based climbers and spent several more hours studying them. Afterwards, she learned that mountaineers tend to have higher-than-average senses of belonging and feelings of identity, along with a general core grounding that comes from climbing. "It's a way to look for meaning in life, it gives people a sense of focus, makes them see what's really of value," Davidson, a climber herself, told Reuters. "Many people struggle these days with a sense of belonging, but … [Read more...] about Do Mountaineers Know the Meaning of Life?
You can take the blindfold off now, yells Dan, the bush pilot, over the propeller's whine. When we first left the central Idaho mountain town of McCall this afternoon, I'd tried to maintain my bearings behind the blindfold by tracking the angle of the sun's rays on my skin. It didn't work. Five minutes after takeoff, my overheated skin and I were as lost as we'd ever been. Removing the blindfold now does nothing to change this. It's late morning on a clear September day, and my pupils spasm at the sudden flood of light. We're a hundred feet off the ground and descending fast toward a meadow rimmed by mountains. Fir trees stretch in every direction, many of them toppled by fire, wind, or pine beetles. The plane's rubber wheels bump through the autumn-gold grass and prairie dog holes before rolling to a stop. Torr, the copilot, asks me my first impressions of The Frank--the nickname local folks use for Idaho's 2.3-million-acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. If you throw in … [Read more...] about Lost in the Frank Church Wilderness: What Does It Really Mean to Be Utterly, Hopelessly, Truly, Lost?