Trip News: September 19, 2018


USA Today

United has become the latest airline to tweak the way it calls passengers to board its planes.

In a change that’s rolling out to United gates nationwide on Tuesday, the carrier says it’s streamlining its boarding process.

With that, United joins American in Delta in making changes to the boarding call since early 2017.


Trip Weekly

When it comes to polar cruising, climate change giveth and climate change taketh away.

Expedition cruises are suddenly hot products, none more so than polar itineraries that promise to follow in the footsteps of legendary explorers and deliver life-changing experiences. Those itineraries have become possible as a result of warming seas melting polar ice, which opens new opportunities for cruise companies.

Particularly attractive to many has been the prospect of sailing Canada’s Northwest Passage, a cruise that attracted volumes of publicity when the Crystal Serenity two years ago became one of the largest ships ever to sail it.



More than 1.3 billion people took an international trip in 2017 – a record high – and much of that growth was centered in Europe. Yet 30 percent of residents in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Lisbon, and Munich said “there should be no limitations to the growth of visitor numbers” in their particular city, according to a new a United Nations World Tourism report.

What’s more, the survey released Tuesday found that 23.8 percent of respondents believed “that there is still room for visitor numbers to grow further” in their cities, and only 2 percent (the lowest total) saying that “all tourism development should be stopped”.

While this seems largely like good news for tourism-related businesses in these cities, those surveyed did express some concerns. Notably, the 13 percent who thought “the growth rate of visitor numbers should be slowed down,” the 12.7 percent who felt there was “still room for visitor numbers to grow further, but not in holiday flats,” and the 13.8 percent who said there was “still room for visitor numbers to grow further, but not in the peak season.”


Trip Pulse

Brightline, the nation’s only privately owned, operated and maintained express intercity passenger rail system, announced its expansion to the West Coast with the acquisition of XpressWest, a high-speed passenger rail project with rights to develop a federally approved corridor connecting Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada.

This project would be only the second privately funded express intercity passenger rail in the United States, following Brightline’s Florida rail corridor.

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Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Also follow Matt on , and

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