24 Travel Truisms And Paradoxes

7. Nations where people have smaller cars have much bigger vacations than people in countries with bigger cars. (I am looking at you, America!) 8. The cost of the Internet is inversely related to the cost of your hotel room. (The more expensive the hotel, the more expensive the Internet; the cheaper the hotel, free Wi-Fi.) 9. Traveling the globe makes a person more introspective. 10. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-d-chalmers/24-travel-truisms-and-par_b_4731729.html

Travel Smarter With Orbitz’s Slick Apps for Data Nerds

A new suite of data-visualization tools from Orbitz Labs could flip this frustrating scenario on its head. Using data from years of flight- and hotel-booking patterns, the single-purpose research apps help you optimize your getaways. Theyre unique, useful tools for making long-term travel arrangementsor just playing around with the various data-slicing options. The launch lineup offers tools that let you discover the cheapest times to book hotel rooms, find personalized picks based on your favorite hotels, and get general hotel recommendations based on your personality or travel details. I think a lot of people go through this, says Wai Gen Yee, chief scientist at Orbitz. (You) have three months to book and maybe youre still in the coming-up-with-ideas phase. [Orbitz Labs] is kind of inverting what the focus of the data isinstead of focusing purely on bookings, it gives the customer more information to make confident travel decisions. The site launched last week, and the current tools are hotel-heavy. For example, there isnt anything that helps demystify the fluctuating rates for airline tickets. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2014/02/orbitz-labs/

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