While traveling alone can be rewarding, for women it can come with risks. A new app “Tourlina” hopes to ease female travelers’ anxieties about exploring solo by creating a global, female-only network. Using a Tinder-like format, users can swipe through fellow explorers and friendly locals in order to get travel advice or find platonic companionship, like a buddy to sit with on a long train ride.Read more
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You can read all the travel books you want, but none of them can adequately prepare you to experience a city the same way that the locals do. A new travel app called “Cool Cousin” hopes to change this by introducing you to hip restaurants, shops, and galleries that you would have never discovered on your own – almost as if a trendy cousin were giving you a tour of their far-off city. The app’s savvy locals create “personal, map-based guides” to cities and neighborhoods that give users in-depth insight into secret spots little-known to tourists. You can also filter the app by age in order to find the perfect activities for your age group.Read more
Birds are becoming a real hazard on airport runways, particularly at Edmonton International Airport. In order to scare away the birds, a Calgary-based company called Aerium Analytics has created lifelike robotic falcons, complete with wings flapping up and down and a paint job that looks like a female falcon. Referred to as “robirds”, the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) serve as a way to include drone technology in the existing wildlife management system of the airport and could potentially serve as a foot-in-the-door for drone technology in Alberta industries.Read more
Attention, Foodies! Food 52 reports that the World Travel Awards have selected Peru as their Leading Culinary Destination of 2017, an award that Peru has now received for six years in a row. With its fresh take on seafood and a cooking style that remains regionally and seasonally conscious, Peru’s reign comes as no surprise. In addition to this award, it seems that Peru’s food is finally attaining the global recognition it deserves; earlier this year, Bloomberg called Lima the “World’s Best Food City” and Chef Virgilio Martínez Véliz’s Lima restaurant, Central, was featured on Netflix’s most recent season of Chef’s Table. It’s nice to see recognition being paid to countries, regions, and flavors outside the traditional culinary vanguard of France and Italy, since places like Malaysia, Argentina, and Peru have food cultures and restaurant scenes that deserve appreciation as well.Read more
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