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Travel Blogger Defends Instagram Images After Photoshop Accusations

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Scrolling through travel bloggers’ Instagram feeds can give you a serious case of wanderlust, but sometimes the stuff they post seems a little too good to be true. According to some of her followers, such might the case for 26-year-old travel blogger Amelia Liana, who has been accused of photoshopping her pictures from different destinations all over the world, The Times reports. In a now-deleted post from Amelia’s account purportedly taken at the top of New York City’s Rockefeller Center, […]

Wander helps you travel spontaneously – to a budget

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Just tell the app your origin airport, and the dates you can to travel, and how much you can afford, and it will return back with a list of potential destinations. Search results are gorgeously illustrated with photos of each potential place to visit. When you click through, they’re annotated with information about the weather and temperature of the place – so you can avoid getting washed out on your long-awaited vacation. The ability to refine search results is limited. […]

The World’s Top 10 Travel Influencers, According To Forbes

Like it or not, “travel influencer” is a bona fide job in the tech-savvy, heavily filtered age of Instagram and Snapchat. These perma-sightseers have racked up serious air miles and follower counts with their impossibly aspirational snaps of sunsets and cityscapes. And though you likely want to scoff at their so-called “careers” (it’s just envy, admit it), they now carry so much clout even Forbes is recognising them. Forbes‘ infamous annual Rich List has just been joined by its first […]

Why independent hotels are thriving

The data has spoken. In 2016, sweeping uptakes in occupancy, average daily rate, and revenue per available room revealed that independent hotel properties outperformed their branded brethren. Now, we find ourselves at the point in the lodging cycle where the non-branded universe is showing stronger growth rates than the chains. This is excellent news for investors and owners of non-branded hotels. To put this into context, brands and chains dominate the U.S. hotel industry. Of all available rooms, approximately two-thirds […]

Why travel agents own the luxury market

Yes, there are still doubters and yes, there will be luxury sold directly via online services – but suppliers that want to show real ROI, robustly embracing the trade is the smart strategy. There are many reasons you are thriving in the luxury arena. The rich have the wherewithal to hire people to do time consuming tasks for them, be it managing their finances, keeping their lawns and gardens pretty, or decorating their homes. While it’s possible to do those […]

Hitwise travel study shows growing power of YouTube

A study by analysts Hitwise has highlighted a significant rise in the number of Brits using YouTube to research holiday destinations. The findings, taken from an online pool of 3 million UK users, showed sites such as Tripadvisor, Skyscanner and Trivago have seen an average 51% increase in traffic deriving from YouTube in the last three years. The Hitwise research found comparison website Skyscanner has risen in the ranks receiving a 59% increase in traffic deriving from YouTube. TripAdvisor, however, […]