It’s a Herculean task just getting kitty in his carrier. And a cross-country flight? Hah! You couldn’t pay me to try. But for those with more chutzpah—or less arm-shredding feline action—there are more pet-friendly airlines than ever.
Step aside, Seattle. Portland? Please! Grand Rapids, Michigan is going green and gaining on you.
Fact: Grand Rapids has more LEED buildings per capita than any other U.S. city. And it ranks fifth nationally in the number of LEED buildings overall.
Photo courtesy of the Hyatt Place Grand Rapids South, a LEED-certified hotel.
Whenever I imagine myself on vacation (which, given my line of work, is every single day), I’m most often relaxing on a beach or sitting in front of a fire. In all cases, I’m sipping a glass of wine. So when I found out about The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay’s new Fire & Wine Butler Service, I was transported from my desk in New York City overlooking the Hudson to a cliff in Northern California overlooking the Pacific.
In a recent New Yorker article, humorist David Sedaris bemoans the state of flying in this day and age. In the article, he hints at some ways that flight attendants get back at belligerent passengers, including the following: “The flight attendants, garbage bags in hand, glided down the aisle, looking each one of us square in the face and whispering, without discrimination, ‘Your trash. You’re trash. Your family’s trash.’”
Though there seems to be progress in stopping the leak in the Gulf, the misperceptions about oil on beaches may take far longer for the travel industry to fix and may be problematic for future Gulf Coast and Florida tourism . Travelocity recently conducted a poll of over 2,000 Americans and found that many travelers believe the oil has spread far beyond its actual reach. For example, one in four respondents named the Florida Keys as one of the top three destinations they thought were impacted by the spill. One in four also named Panama City as affected, although the beaches are clean and open.
Travelocity asked: “Based on what you’ve heard in the news, which would you say are the top three destinations that you think are most affected by the oil spill?” The chart below illustrates the results of the poll.