In a landmark case for travel industry, a person in Italy has been sentenced to prison for nine months for writing fake reviews of hotels. The entrepreneur marketed review writing services rather aggressively to Italian hotels. Some hotels alerted TripAdvisor, where the majority of fake reviews were published, already in 2015. The entrepreneur has to pay an 8000 euro fine as well.
When the world searches for information, the vast majority of people turn to Google for assistance. Finding travel information and booking a flight or a hotel, however, is a different kind of task. Particular search engines and booking services that are specialized in travel provide detailed information on destinations. If the best way to search for travel information is not Google, what is?
Read the story “The best search engine for travel information and for booking a trip”
Having a compact campervan means more work when setting it up for a night. Many things have to be detached, re-attached, assembled or disassembled to turn the vehicle’s living area into a kitchen and bedroom. Large campervans or motorhomes have more space and features are always ready to use. Mercedes-Benz is envisioning a future for campervans where beds, kitchen and other features can be organized with the help of computers and voice control.
Read the story “Mercedes believes intelligent features are the future of campervans: concept Marco Polo”
Just when we thought that caravans (or campers) that have to be towed with a car were practically forgotten, Dethleffs believes they may have a future as electric vehicles. The German company has introduced a concept caravan called e.home coco that has its own solar panels, batteries, and curiously, electric motors that assist the towing car to pull the caravan.
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It is wonderful to have plenty of choice when planning a trip, and considering the options where to stay each night during the journey. Hotels, hostels, bed & breakfast places, bungalows at camp sites and private apartments or houses are only a click away at online booking sites. As many travelers have discovered, however, online booking services don’t always provide customers with correct information, causing a lot of problems during a trip. In the UK, a watchdog is investigating accommodation booking services.
Read the story “A travel business watchdog is investigating online hotel booking services”
Autonomous vehicles, cars that are driven by computers, will some day be as normal as riding a horse used to be for long and short distance journeys long time ago. I bet people sitting in their cars will be thinking how on earth a human driver could manage everything that is going on in traffic and in the car. Although it may still take 10 or more years before self-driving cars are common and safe, we can already plan what do we actually do in the car when it is driven by a software algorithm.
Read the story “If your car is self-driving during a road trip, what is the best way to enjoy the ride?”
Austria’s capital Vienna has been ranked as the most liveable city in the world 2018. The annual Global Liveability Index study conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit has analysed 140 cities across the world, and concluded that Vienna has the best living conditions. Cities in Canada, Japan and Australia dominate the top 10 of the index.
Vienna, Austria. Photo by Francisco Anzola. Read the story “The most liveable city in the world is in Central Europe”
Having a tent on the roof of a vehicle that is used for camping trips is handy. The setup time of the tent is typically a couple of minutes only, and you don’t have to worry about bugs, rocks or water on the ground. iKamper X-Cover rooftop tent has one additional feature that makes it attractive: other things can be carried on it.
Read the story “Attached on the roof of a car, iKamper X-Cover tent lets you carry other things on it”
Dutch company Allego has developed an electric vehicle charger that can add 100 km / 62 miles worth of power into a car battery in 5 minutes. The company is building a large network of charging stations across continental Europe that is compatible with electric cars, buses and light trucks.