Internet Travel With Context
When Joe Brancatelli launched JoeSentMe two weeks after 9/11, it was all he could do to get his own columns, Brancatelli File and Tactical Traveler, posted. When he decided to keep the site running, however, one of the first things he created was the Travel Newsstand. At the time, it was aimed at linking to all the travel news and commentary sites on the Web. Now it is Joe's way of linking to useful travel stories that appear elsewhere on the Internet.
DECEMBER 19: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! There is no Bedford Falls and it is hard to fly to Seneca Falls, New York, which claims to be the inspiration for the idyllic village in the Frank Capra holiday film. Meanwhile, after convincing you that Santa Claus lives there, Finnish Lapland wants you to think that it is sexy and luxurious, too. And much more.
DECEMBER 5: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! Heathrow's Christmas bears have been banished this year. Currywurst in Berlin and bagels in Montreal are on the global agenda. An airline president in Asia fired for smuggling. Barack Obama likes Hampton Inn, but Illinois guests have trouble checking into one. Toxic culture at a luggage company and passenger jets under attack. And much more.
NOVEMBER 14: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! The media goes nuts over a pig that roams the halls of San Francisco Airport. Amtrak says you can't sue if it crashes. "Snowvembruary" weather in Chicago cancels hundreds of flights while an aircraft slides off a runway. Venice's worst flooding in decades leads to "apocalyptic devastation." Politics and travel. And much more.
NOVEMBER 1: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Airlines who give out glass houses ... fill them with gin. The latest food topics from the road. Britain's signature new rail initiatives--the Caledonian Sleeper and Crossrail--have gone off the rails. Flying the homeless to Hawaii--or not. Photography bans and Google Maps fails. And much more, especially and inexplicably about St. Louis. And much more.
OCTOBER 17: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! A woman who snuck on a plane with no ticket and no ID won't be charged. A smelly fruit leads to a flight diversion. What's new in fly-over country? You'd be surprised. There's a whiskey trail in Germany, where there are more distillers than Scotland. An African-American business traveler ejected from the lobby of his hotel sues Hilton for $10 million. And much more.
OCTOBER 3: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! Controversy engulfs Trump-branded hotels around the world. It almost always comes down to cash and how government funds flow into the coffers of Trump enterprises. Meanwhile, Kyoto begs travelers for manners, Qatar's building spree is killing migrant workers and Wow Air's demise has iced Iceland's tourism. And more.
SEPTEMBER 26: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! How I spent my summer vacation on Italy's ignored Ligurian Coast. Beijing opens its gargantuan new airport, but Dubai's mega-facility is on hold. Weed, booze and coffee don't always mix with flying. When airport drug busts go wrong. Private investors buy an abandoned Spanish village. And more.
AUGUST 22: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! A landing so hard that the aircraft fuselage crumpled. Trapped on a flight with a drunken flight attendant. How do you survive 12 hours in an airport? Why hotels don't cut the cord. Better Philadelphia than JFK, says American Airlines. Delta's private-jet upgrade lie. Italy's "City of Pasta." And much more.
AUGUST 8: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! The quest for America's best pizza yields unique styles from coast to coast. Bats on a plane and snakes in a hotel bed. The half-million things wrong with Berlin's still-unopened new airport. United makes stroopwafels popular nationwide. Why is Marriott holding out on Denver Airport? And much more.
JULY 11: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! In the summertime, when newspapers tout the best and most beautiful and intriguing beachfront getaways around the world. Airlines doing stupid things--like advertising with blackface, drinking captains and prudish flight crews. Travelers do stupid things--like drunkenly attacking crews, wearing revealing clothes and trying to steal entire hotel rooms. New York airports breed international culinary diversity. And much more.
JULY 4: THE FIRST-HALF REVIEW
Read all about it! SNL's Adam Sandler peppers us with profound travel truth. Fifty years of Concorde memories and the sad tale of "Concordski," an ill-fated Soviet doppelgänger. How the designers Charles and Ray Eames pitched "mobile lounges" at Washington/Dulles in the 1950s. The rapid decline and fall of the Hyatt Regency Dearborn, one-time auto-industry icon near Ford's world headquarters. The down and dirty on Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the swampiest of Washington swamp things.
JUNE 27: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! The dowagers and doyennes of The Plaza in New York are subjects of a new book tracing the history of the storied hotel. Detroit--yes, Detroit--is suddenly the stuff that long weekends are made of. A reporter covering the San Francisco "exodus" is leaving town herself. One small bistro takes on Yelp and urges patrons to give one-star reviews. Ants on a plane.
JUNE 13: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! Christopher Nassetta earns almost $20 million running Hilton Hotels, but is too cheap to tip housekeepers. Charles Eames thought "mobile lounges" at Dulles Airport were cool in 1958. Why would anyone think so now? A legal war over soup and quiche at a Chicago hotel. More corruption from Elaine Chao at the Transportation Department and more woes for Britain's newest trains. And more.
JUNE 6: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is a swamp thing of epic proportions. British Airways opens its photo and film archives for its 100th anniversary. Providence, Rhode Island, is cool in "wonderfully weird" ways. Is Malaysia Airlines worth saving? Italy's war on non-Italian Italian cheese. A televangelist thinks Jesus would have a private plane, too. And more.
MAY 23: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! Summer travel is expected to hit records and that underlines the problems of overtourism. Major cities in Europe are searching for solutions while New Zealand imposes a tourist tax. Even California is worried. Meanwhile, you can now visit Old Joliet Prison. Union Station in Los Angeles seeks a purpose. There's a new railroad in Sydney. Sri Lanka's tourism has collapsed after the Easter Sunday bombings. And more.
MAY 9: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! Adam Sandler dishes up profound travel truth. Can you travel with cannabis and CBD? Yes. No. Maybe. New Caledonian Sleepers between Scotland and London get off to a sleepy start. Mounting delays at Deutsche Bahn are making Germans late. Canadians think you can do Los Angeles without a car. Flyers have few (if any) rights. And more.
APRIL 25: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! Airport Report: 'X' marks a very controversial spot in Pittsburgh while working conditions at Miami International deteriorate. Eat, drink and make hummus around the world. Yes, hotels are dumping guestroom bathtubs, but we told you that a decade ago. The Southwest Effect on airfares has reached the California-Hawaii market. And more.
APRIL 4: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! A Florida resort has a Champagne vending machine. London Crossrail project hit with more delays and cost overruns. Tokyo's housing and real estate market flatlines. The checkered history of travel boycotts. A dreary Amtrak ride between Detroit and Raleigh. Fifty years later, the travels of John and Yoko explained and annotated. And more.
MARCH 28: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! Is a celebratory British Airways ad one of the reasons why Britain is having a terrible Brexit? A novelist thinks so. Sinatra's old Cal Neva Resort has a new owner and is getting a massive makeover. Honolulu's rail fail. A misplaced coffee carafe at a California resort yields a $6.5 million jury verdict. Sleeper trains return. And more.
MARCH 21: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! Vienna is the world's "most livable" city while Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore are the most expensive. This week's weirdest and wildest flights. San Antonio now has a Ruby City. New York City opens a huge new development. Nashville has a new neighborhood. Hot hotel trends include podcast studios and room-service Bloody Mary carts.
MARCH 7: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! Fifty years after its first flight, aviation fans moon over the supersonic Concorde all over again. Back in the USSR., a reminder that the Concordski was a truly terrible aircraft. Something (not) fishy on an Air Canada flight. The sky (well, a ceiling) is falling at the Savoy in London. Hoping to merge with Sprint, T-Mobile suddenly spends big at Trump Washington Hotel. And more.
FEBRUARY 28: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! Amtrak strands Coast Starlight passengers in the snow for 37 hours in Oregon and revives a discussion over whether long-haul trains should be scuttled. A documentary about the real Green Book and how you can examine the genuine articles. Starbucks opens a four-story cafe in Tokyo. A multi-million-dollar Airbnb scam in New York. And more.
FEBRUARY 21: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! Boogie with a suitcase: What's happening now in New York, London, Paris, Munich. It's a Twilight Zone of weird flights up there. States are finally cracking down on the Hertz/PlatePass toll scam. A fanatic writer blames socialists for A380's failure. A gigantic suitcase in Los Angeles promotes a new line of pricey, colorful luggage. And more.
FEBRUARY 14: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! Really bad flights you should be thankful you missed. Bath amenities from the oldest apothecary in the United States. Why it does not pay to trust Air Canada. The New York property that introduced Donald Trump to the world stage is going to be razed. A hotel icon that's a Miami Beach eyesore. Goose Bay diversions are never good. And more.
JANUARY 31: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! The shocking crash of the former fancy Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Michigan. There's still a working Woolworth lunch counter. There really is a Rick's Cafe in Casablanca. Sweeney Todd take note: The best pies in London. Singapore wants to save ugly buildings. Amtrak can run its trains faster--but the rails can't handle it. And much more.