China’s Cargo Ship Elevator Can Lift 7 Million Pounds in Just 40 Minutes

We’re used to seeing elevators transport people or smaller cargo items from one level to another — but a mid-dam elevator for cargo ships is a first. On China’s Yangtze River, the controversial Three Gorges Dam is home to the latest engineering marvel, which cuts the time for cargo ships to get past the dam from three hours to…

HotelTonight Just Launched Its New Loyalty Program, HT Perks

Using HotelTonight is one of the easiest ways to book a last-minute hotel stay for less. The one thing the app always had going against it though, was the lack of a loyalty program — and oftentimes, hotels won’t allow travelers to earn credit on stays booked through HotelTonight. That’s all about to change, however, as the company just announced…

New GoPro Cameras Make for the Perfect Travel Companion

GoPro action cameras have often been the trademark sidekick of travelers and adventurers alike — TPG even used one to document a recent first-class flight on Cathay Pacific. Whether you wanna film your walk down the streets of a European city, or strap the camera to your head and go kayaking, you can shoot nearly…

Google’s New Trips App Helps Simplify Travel-Planning

While planning the trip of a lifetime can be one of the most daunting tasks, figuring out what to do when you actually get to your destination can be just as difficult. Deciding where to go, what to eat and what to see and, on top of all that, keeping all your flight and hotel information in…

College Student Has Earned 15 Million Miles by Hacking United

The last time Georgia Tech student Ryan Pickren was in the news, he had been arrested and faced up to 15 years in jail. Two days before a rivalry football game, he hacked into rival University of Georgia’s website to post a prediction for the game (caution: mild language). But now, he’s using his hacking skills for good — and United has generously rewarded him…

The LAPD Just Launched an App for Reporting Terrorist Activity

Most Americans are familiar with the Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign. The program, which encourages citizens to report suspicious activities to local authorities, has been in place in Los Angeles since 2009, according to the Los Angeles Times. And with the launch of iWatchLA, a new anti-terrorism smartphone app,…

How Instagram Saved the Day When Planning a Trip to Dakar

As part of my internship here at TPG, one of the last assignments was to redeem Etihad miles on a partner carrier to travel somewhere off the beaten path. My destination: Dakar, Senegal. When I learned that I’d be traveling to Senegal, I wasn’t sure what to think, considering it’s not a destination that was high…

Nap Time! More Airports Are Testing Out Sleeping Pods

As if sleeping on an airplane wasn’t already hard enough for some people, trying to catch a few winks at the airport can often seem like an impossible task — unless you know where to look. Knowing how important shut-eye is to travelers, and that an uncomfortable metal chair isn’t conducive to honest-to-goodness sleep for…

5 Sleek Carry-Ons Under $200

Nothing takes away from the travel experience like a mediocre carry-on bag. That falling-apart and completely run-of-the-mill canvas roller that was passed down from your parents? Hard pass. Here are some quality — and extremely affordable — options that won’t break the bank, saving you cash and loading you up with some serious travel style. 1. Delsey Helium Aero Expandable…