America’s Best And Worst Airlines

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When traveling by flight, things can go very right or very wrong, determining the course of your travel to either be pleasant or a nightmare. So, when planning a trip, it has become paramount to compare airlines in order to get the best experience possible.

Regardless, there are no guarantees your travel arrangements will go seamlessly. However, you can do yourself a favor and assess the various airlines available to you to tilt the odds of a pleasant trip in your favor.

Every year, an Airline Quality Report is published from a collaboration between Wichita State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The study measures four stats: on-time arrival flights, denied boardings, mishandled luggage, and complaints from customers. What is not considered are the plane’s interiors from a design and comfort perspective including customer service and quality.

Over 2014, the level of quality across all airlines reportedly had dropped throughout the year. However, some airlines actually did increase their stats and overall quality.

The top 5 airlines in the United States are:

  1. Virgin America: 
  2. Hawaiian Airlines
  3. Delta
  4. JetBlue
  5. Alaska Airlines

Next time you go to buy plane tickets, consider one of the above airlines, your odds of having a comfortable, hiccup-free experience will be greater. If for some reason you can’t go with the top 5 airlines in America, just be cautious about choosing one of the following airlines with the lowest stats:

  1. Envoy / American Eagle
  2. ExpressJet
  3. SkyWest
  4. United
  5. Frontier

These contenders at the bottom of the list aren’t necessarily there because they’re horrible airlines; they also happen to be regional carriers – they are the first planes to be cancelled during inclement weather.

For the entire report, click HERE and download all the stats for free!

Travel safely, smartly, and comfortably this holiday season.

Travel Tour & Booking Start-Ups


So you’ve got the travel bug and you’re searching for your next big adventure. While some explorers prefer to travel at their own pace, eating, lodging, and hitch-hiking with locals, others prefer a more structured approach via walking tours, scheduled activities, and neatly organized itineraries.

These startups are targeting out inner sensibilities and quenching our thirst for wonder while packaging the best deals in just a few clicks. Check out some great options below:

Musement: Launched in 2013 and rated a best of 2014 app, Musement is a digital, multi-platform service that allows travelers to book activities, guided tours, tickets to local attractions, and more. Musement was developed as an answer to hotel, airfare, and rental websites that seemed to neglect the best parts of traveling – actually doing things! With 24/7 customer support, price matching guarantees, and secure booking, Musement is a great app to have handy for visiting the Louvre in Paris or perusing historical Berlin.

Guidelance: For all of you guided tour nerds, Guidelance has direct access to tour connections all over the world. Simply select a country of interest, enter how much you’re willing to spend, how many people will be in attendance, and whether you’d like a private tour, excursion tour, or simply Google and guidebook. You may also select whether you’d like to book ahead of time of on the spot.

Project Exploration: In conjunction with local businesses, Project Exploration provides exclusive tours and activity services, special deals, and pre-packaged trips. The website also subsections things to do in 6 categories including: adventure and thrills, relaxation and fun, water sports, cultural immersion, traditional outdoors, and wildlife and eco tourism. So whatever you’re in the mood to do, they’ve got you covered. An 8 day “Taste of Belize” tour includes a Lamanai Jungle River Tour, Beach Picnic, Great Blue Hole Three Tank Dive Trip and more.

These, compounded with already established start-up services like Airbnb and copious travel technology options has made booking your perfect trip a breeze.

Technology’s Influence on How We Travel

Just like many other aspects of daily life, technology has substantially altered the way we travel. From destination selection to documentation, the internet and technology have made it easier than ever to get around. Why hitchhike when you could easily take an Uber or Lyft across town? Worried about how many rolls of film to pack? Nonsense! Welcome to an era of cloud-based storage and more than enough space to hold videos, pictures, and memos from your latest escapade.

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Applications like Yelp have made it easier to find information on local establishments, including mood, atmosphere, location, hours of operation and experience. The new standard 5-star rating scale extends to food, services, retail, and accommodations. Those looking for inexpensive accommodations can turn to the local rental and couch-surfing style offerings of  Airbnb. Standard hotel and flight booking services are available via Expedia and Travelocity.

Even specialty travel forums have changed the way people move about domestically and internationally. People are more likely to accept the opinions of a fellow explorer – opinions that hold more value than those of panel judges or “experts.” The internet allows travelers to interact with one another and locals like they never have before. Websites like Pinterest provide a wealth of information regarding what to see and do in the city of your destination. More importantly, the exchange of such valuable information allows for a safer, more enjoyable experience.

Technology services that provide convenience are also popular. With multiple apps designed to control room temperature, lighting, or even turn your smartphone into a room key, travelers have more control over their travel experience. Mobile maps via Google, Apple, and Waze make finding that trendy authentic gelato shop possible with just the push of a button. The more we can pack into our phones, the less we have to carry. So instead of lugging around a backpack full of maps, keys, a compass and three rolls of extra film, many of these necessities are now right there in the palms of our hands. What’s more, the World’s Best Travel Jacket may have us all backpack free very soon.

How do you use technology to travel? Let me know in the comments below!

The World’s Best Travel Jacket

At the beginning of the summer, BAUBAX LLC launched a Kickstarter campaign for what they claim to be “The World’s Best TRAVEL JACKET with 15 Features.” While many claim to be the “world’s best” in one way or another, this jacket comes with incredible flexibility, mobility, and amenities for the modern globe trotter. This BAUBAX jacket comes equipped with the following items:

  • Neck pillow
  • Eye mask
  • Drink pocket
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Sunglass pocket
  • iPad pocket
  • Hand warming pockets
  • Earphone holders
  • Phone pocket
  • A Pen + Stylus convertible zipper
  • Passport pocket
  • Blanket pocket
  • Gloves
  • Portable charger pocket

Everyone’s initial reactions are apparent: how could this jacket ever be comfortable or practical? So many bells and whistles would surely weigh it down. However, the company’s Youtube video shows that the jacket is indeed lightweight and flattering for both men and women. Instead of fiddling with backpacks, pant pockets, or additional carryons, airport security is a breeze to walk through. Simply dump your jacket in the grey holding tray and glide through security like it’s nothing.


The jacket comes in 4 styles as a sweatshirt (100% cotton), windbreaker (water-repellent), bomber (fleece-lined), and blazer (wrinkle free). The bomber and blazer styles come equipped with a detachable hood and all 4 styles have a standard color pallet to pick from.

As of September 3rd, BAUBAX has successfully raised $9,192,056 USD with 44,949 backers. On September 1st, they became the 6th most funded campaign in the history of Kickstarter and the highest garment based crowdfunding recipient ever. Jackets perk packages range between $149 for a sweatshirt (full retain price $175) and the highest package of $1399 for a pack of 10 jackets ($1900 full retail). They are aimed to be delivered by December 2015 just in time for the holidays.

This jacket would be perfect for both domestic and international travelers. For more information, be sure to check out the Kickstarter campaign here: The World’s Best TRAVEL JACKET with 15 Features || BAUBAX