Articles by John Curran

State Parks Could Get Some Noisy New “Wildlife”

State Parks Could Get Some Noisy New “Wildlife” March 25, 2011 | Travel News | Read More
Those of us living in urban areas rarely see jets streaking across the sky days. But if you’re an outdoors lover, you may begin seeing more and more of their replacements, drones, in a number of state and national parks. There are already a few sites near Grand Forks, North Dakota, Rapid City,...

Delta Airlines Workers Are Being Taught to Play Nice: What to Expect

Delta Airlines Workers Are Being Taught to Play Nice: What to Expect March 24, 2011 | Travel News | Read More
Evidently companywide customer service training is only done in dire circumstances at Delta Airlines. After all, a new training program for all 11,000 customer-facing employees is the first in about 10 years, and only comes as a result of extremely high cancellation rates and very low scores in customer...

Road Trip Across Australia Costs Less Than $15 Thanks To Green Tech

Road Trip Across Australia Costs Less Than $15 Thanks To Green Tech March 21, 2011 | Travel News | Read More
We’re all for traveling light, but this German pair really took it to the extreme.  They recently made it across 5,000 kilometers of the Australian outback in car called the “Wind Explorer”, running on only $15 of electricity for the entire trip. That’s roughly the distance...

Bedbugs on BA Flight Get Photo, Website Treatment from Flier

Bedbugs on BA Flight Get Photo, Website Treatment from Flier March 17, 2011 | Travel News | Read More
Bedbugs are a hassle that seem to be a part of living in most major cities, but it’s less often we hear about them in the air. On a flight from Los Angeles to Bangalore, a 28-year-old woman was bit dozens of times, but British Airways staff refused to acknowledge it at the time. Unfortunately for...

Measles Patient Ended Up on Multiple U.S., UK Flights

Measles Patient Ended Up on Multiple U.S., UK Flights March 10, 2011 | Travel News, Travel Safety | Read More
It’s not enough to worry about making your connecting flight or dealing with unruly passengers. Reports show that a passenger on a number of recent flights in the United States and the United Kingdom came down with measles. The New Mexico woman, who was not identified, traveled from London to Dulles...

Freaky Frenchman’s Mansion A Fount of History, Crazy

Freaky Frenchman’s Mansion A Fount of History, Crazy March 9, 2011 | France, Offbeat, Travel News | Read More
If you were a single man with a lot of money and no wife to tell you, “No, you can’t,” what would you do? If you’re Louis Mantin, you make a mansion-sized time capsule circa 1905. If you’re interested in the era of Oscar Wilde, it’s soon to be up for visits for vacationers...

An All-Electric Trip Down Old Route 66 May Be Possible

An All-Electric Trip Down Old Route 66 May Be Possible February 3, 2011 | Eco-Travel, Travel News, USA | Read More
If you have ever tried to create an off-the-wall road trip, you know that a good eye for gas stations can be important in rural areas, or in the Great Plains states. But for those with faith in scientific research, all-electric vehicles (we’re looking at you, Nissan Leaf) could still make the same...

UK Hotel Must Pay Damages for Wrongly Banning Gays from Sharing Room

UK Hotel Must Pay Damages for Wrongly Banning Gays from Sharing Room January 27, 2011 | Travel News | Read More
While a small hotel near Penzance, a town in Cornwall, argued that they were following their personal views in banning non-married couples from sharing their double rooms, two men from Bristol successfully sued and won damages. Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy had tried to rent a double room from Peter...

Virgin Airlines Treats Heathrow Like Shoddy Contractor; Witholds Funds

Virgin Airlines Treats Heathrow Like Shoddy Contractor; Witholds Funds January 26, 2011 | Offbeat, Travel News, UK | Read More
It’s a common practice for homeowners to withhold the final payment for renovations until the general contractor completes a “punch list” or items that weren’t fixed in the first go-around. Virgin Airlines had to deal with thousands of angry and upset customers at Heathrow Airport during...

The Three Cunard Queens Grace NYC for Second Time Ever

The Three Cunard Queens Grace NYC for Second Time Ever January 26, 2011 | Travel News | Read More
New York City hosted an event that is about as rare as Halley’s Comet: Cunard Lines docked each of its three largest ships in the city, only the second time it’s been done. The three are the Queen Mary Two, the Queen Victoria, and the Queen Elizabeth. The three each have names that are well...