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Over 40,000 Airbnb Rentals Removed After Japan Adopts New Home-Sharing Law Over 40,000 Airbnb Rentals Removed After Japan Adopts New Home-Sharing Law

Heading to Japan next week? You should probably double-check your Airbnb rental, because it might be cancelled. The country will soon enforce a law requiring vacation rentals like Airbnb residences to be registered with the Japanese government, prompting the removal of more than 48,000 Japan-based Airbnb listings, and…

Skip the Tourist Stuff and Just Lock Yourself Up in This Hotel’s Bananas Gaming Suite Skip the Tourist Stuff and Just Lock Yourself Up in This Hotel’s Bananas Gaming Suite

If you’re a gamer who doesn’t want to haul a PC with you on vacation, you could book your next trip to Panama City where the local Hilton has packed a ridiculously customized hotel room full of high-end gaming gear and accessories. The beanbag chairs, VR goggles, and racing seat all make sense to me, but why did the…

Everything You Need to Do on Your Phone Before Taking a Trip Everything You Need to Do on Your Phone Before Taking a Trip

Taking a trip away from home can be good for the body and soul, but it also means you’re going to be without the safety net of your home and office Wi-Fi, and might even involve piggybacking on a different data network and living through a different time zone. Your smartphone can adapt, if you know the right…

Traveling to Brazil? Get Vaccinated ASAP, Says CDC Traveling to Brazil? Get Vaccinated ASAP, Says CDC

It wasn’t too long ago that the emergence of the little-understood Zika virus in South and Central America led the US to recommend pregnant women avoid traveling to areas where it was spreading (a warning that remains in place). But it’s actually a familiar mosquito-borne disease that’s now prompting a much wider…

Chinese Citizens With Bad 'Social Credit' to Be Blocked From Taking Planes and Trains Chinese Citizens With Bad 'Social Credit' to Be Blocked From Taking Planes and Trains

China’s terrifying “social credit” system isn’t planned to be fully implemented until 2020, but we’re already seeing facets of it being put in place. In May, people who have committed acts of “serious dishonor” will reportedly be unable to travel on trains or flights for up to a year.

10 Tips to Find an Airbnb Accommodation That Probably Won't Suck 10 Tips to Find an Airbnb Accommodation That Probably Won't Suck

You’ve opened up the Airbnb app or website with the intention of finding the perfect place to stay on your next trip—so how do you make sure you pick the right option out of what could be hundreds of possible choices? You want to avoid creepy hosts and rundown rooms. So here’s how to to hunt down the perfect…

This Video Proves We All Share the Exact Same Travel Photos on Instagram

Traveling today is less about visiting and experiencing exotic locales than it is about pointing your smartphone at famous landmarks in hopes of racking up Instagram likes. How bad have things gotten? Using public Instagram accounts and hashtags, filmmaker Oliver Kmia was able to assemble this entertaining compilation…

The FTC May Be Looking Into Tripadvisor After It Deleted Reviews Alleging Rape, Suspicious Deaths The FTC May Be Looking Into Tripadvisor After It Deleted Reviews Alleging Rape, Suspicious Deaths

Review site TripAdvisor may have frantically backpedaled after a Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal expose showed that it had a habit of censoring reviews mentioning blackouts, rape, and suspicious deaths or injuries incurred at certain resorts—specifically Mexican ones, though it remains unclear if other destinations were…

Why Is TripAdvisor Removing Rape Warnings From Its Site? Why Is TripAdvisor Removing Rape Warnings From Its Site?

TripAdvisor has deleted multiple reports of rape and sexual assault over the last several years, according to a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which also highlights the confusing rules and algorithms that determine which reviews are deleted or featured more prominently than others.

This Inflatable Suitcase Made Out of Old Truck Tarps Works Surprisingly Well This Inflatable Suitcase Made Out of Old Truck Tarps Works Surprisingly Well

A pitch recently landed in my inbox that didn’t make a lot of sense. Some designers were working with Freitag, a Swiss company that makes bags out of old truck tarps, and they were launching a Kickstarter. The product: the Zippelin, a foldable suitcase with bike tubes that inflated to create a frame. It sounded so…

Physicists Think They Know How to Stop Your Rolly Suitcase From Tipping Over Physicists Think They Know How to Stop Your Rolly Suitcase From Tipping Over

Imagine: You’re at an airport with your fancy new bag rolling behind you. You have spent a little too much time deciding which plane snack will both taste good and doesn’t have too many calories, and now must sprint to catch your plane. You make a turn and suddenly, your bag begins to wobble. No time to fix it, you…

How to Find Free and Safe Public Wi-Fi How to Find Free and Safe Public Wi-Fi

Venture out beyond the reach of your safe, familiar home wi-fi network and getting online can sometimes be a challenge. Here’s how to seek out the strongest and most well-protected wireless networks in the terrifying cold of the real world.

The State Department Wants 5 Years of Social Media Handles From Refugees Before Entry The State Department Wants 5 Years of Social Media Handles From Refugees Before Entry

On Thursday, the Department of State issued a notice to the Federal Register, soliciting public comments on a new procedure for vetting immigrants and asylum-seekers applying for US visas. If approved, applicants will be asked for their past five years of social media handles and could be denied entry if they refuse.…

No Visit to Rome Will Ever Be as Spectacular as This Hyperlapse Race Through the City

Before you decide to travel to an exotic locale, you now have to stop and ask yourself if it’s worth dealing with a terrible airline to get there. The answer, obviously, is no. But you have no reason to be upset about not seeing Rome, at least, thanks to this amazing hyperlapse video.

Take a Very Cheap Trip Around the World Using Over 3,300 Google Maps Screenshots

Planning a trip is tiring, but planning a trip around the world is exhausting. Aren’t vacations supposed to be relaxing? Instead, save yourself a bunch of time, stress, and money by visiting some of the world’s most popular tourist destinations through this impressive hyperlapse video. It’s assembled from 3,305 Google…

16 Places to Visit Via Webcam That Are Prettier Than Wherever You Are 16 Places to Visit Via Webcam That Are Prettier Than Wherever You Are

You probably tape up your own webcam. That’s just good, if a little paranoid, personal security. Others don’t tape up their webcams. In fact they want you watching them and visiting locales you might never get to visit, or viewing vistas you haven’t seen in a decade. So sit back, chill out, and tune into these…

A Packable Adventure Backpack That Can Comfortably Carry Loads of Weight A Packable Adventure Backpack That Can Comfortably Carry Loads of Weight

A couple of years ago Matador first crossed our radar with a giant tear-proof emergency blanket that folded smaller than a wallet. Since then the company has introduced countless other collapsible products that make packing for a trip much easier, but its new Beast 28 adventure backpack is easily its most impressive…

Walking on the Roads of Argentina Looks Awesome Walking on the Roads of Argentina Looks Awesome

Argentina has so many wonderfully different backdrops and views that it’s a pretty perfect place to travel through. Guillaume Juin walked on the roads of the beautiful country and captured gorgeous imagery in this video. You can really see how diverse the landscape is. In the northern parts of Argentina it’s a total…

How to Use Your Chromecast in a Hotel Room How to Use Your Chromecast in a Hotel Room

Google’s Chromecast is one of the most useful streaming dongles ever invented—but its functionality falls down as soon as your internet access is restricted or just not available at all. Getting a Chromecast working in a hotel room isn’t easy, but it is possible. These are the tricks you can try.

The TSA Tries to Numb Your Thanksgiving Travel Pain With Bad Jokes The TSA Tries to Numb Your Thanksgiving Travel Pain With Bad Jokes

It’s late November in America, which means Thanksgiving, that beautiful and patriotic celebration of gluttony and genocide, is almost upon us. That in turn means that airport lines will soon swell enormously and swallow every traveler whole.

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