Monthly Archives: June 2019

Lindblad Expeditions to Become Carbon Neutral Company by 2020

Climate change is clearly taking its toll as currently evidenced by the heat wave in Europe.  But while our “fearless leader” has chosen to ignore situation, it’s heartening to know that some are taking action. Lindblad Expeditions recently announced that it will become a carbon neutral company by the end of the year. The cruise ship company intends to offset 100% of greenhouse gas emissions made by their ships, all land-based travel operations, employee travel, and their offices in New York and Seattle with carbon emissions. This project is one of Lindblad’s six carbon project investments that align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals focusing on harnessing renewable energy, reforestation, and other sustainability projects.
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Spanish Landmark FINALLY Receives Permission for Construction…Over 100 Years After It Began

And we thought the Big Dig was badly delayed. Travelwire recently reported that after 130 years of construction, Barcelona’s iconic Sagrada Familia has FINALLY received the city permit needed to legally continue construction. However, the permit comes at a hefty price. The Construction Board of La Sagrada Familia Foundation now owes $5.2 million for the permit itself and an additional $40 million to cover the 134 years of infrastructure works. While the estimated total cost of construction is well over $400 million, the church is one of the city’s main attractions so construction will probably continue – with or without a permit.
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Connecting Flights are a Breeze with United’s ConnectionSaver Tool

Sick of spending your first flight stressing about making it to the gate for your connecting flight? United Airlines has introduced a new technology called ConnectionSaver that will ensure that customers connecting from one United flight to another will make it on board their connection on time. The tool identifies departing flights that can be held for connecting customers while ensuring that customers who have already boarded will make it to their destination on time. ConnectionSaver works by first scanning flights to identify passengers who are making tight connections, then sending them personalized text messages with detailed directions to their gate to ensure that they arrive quickly. The tool takes into account the amount of time it will take customers to travel from gate to gate as well as accounting for the degree of inconvenience that a delay would have on already-boarded passengers. Since its launch four months ago at Denver International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International, the tool has helped over 14,000 customers board their flights that they otherwise would have missed.
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Book Your Trip to the International Space Station!

Just in case you’re looking for a REALLY different vacation experience, Travelwirenews reports that NASA will begin providing trips to the International Space Station as early as 2020. For an estimated 58 million dollars, private citizens can now purchase a round-trip ticket to the station where they will remain for 30 days as it orbits Earth. But the expenses don’t stop there -- each night costs an estimated $35,000 for accommodations. If you’re interested, you better book soon -- the US space agency plans to end its support of the ISS by 2024.
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