Travel

The Life and Death of a 'Cool' City
Which metropolis will Berlin's tourist hordes descend on next?
September 12, 2014

Which metropolis will Berlin's tourist hordes descend on next?

The EPA May Finally Start to Curb Airplane Emissions—But Consumers Will Be the Ones Who Pay
A war on air travel or an incentive for the aviation sector to start tracking its pollution?
September 10, 2014

Bad news for your wallets. Good news for the environment. 

MAP: Every Dangerous Place Where Airplanes Aren't Supposed to Fly
July 18, 2014

How often do passenger airplanes fly over conflict areas? The answer is frightening.

A Guide to Dealing With NYC Tourists
With the involuntary help of a social anthropologist
April 29, 2014

If tourists are getting you down, try a scholar-approved technique like "hiding" or "fencing."

The Most Annoying Thing About Cellphones on Airplanes
It's not overhearing conversations. It's listening to people complain about overhearing conversations.
November 22, 2013

It's not that travelers have to overhear conversations. It's that the rest of us have to hear them complain about having overheard conversations.

Two Maps That Show How Big the US Airways–American Merger Is
November 13, 2013

These two maps show the combined domestic and international flight routes for American Airlines and US Airways.

Finally, a Classic Portrayal of the Ugly American Backpacker
Michael Cera gets high, and highly annoying, in 'Crystal Fairy'
July 25, 2013

Critics, including me, have been teasing the arrival of Michael Cera's manhood—or his man-childhood, anyway—for so many years now that you’d be forgiven for thinking the actor was still a teenager, and a virgin to boot.

The Problem With the Nicaragua Canal That the Papers Missed
June 14, 2013

The news yesterday that Nicaraguan lawmakers had given a Hong Kong company the right to build a $40 billion shipping canal was reported, at least by the nation's leading papers, with open skepticism.

Take This Microbrew and Shove It
Why do we keep anointing "it" cities?
February 20, 2013

Why do we keep anointing "it" cities?