Welcome to The Morning Shave. We read a ton of travel articles each day for our research to share the best travel tips, tricks, and news with you. Here are the articles for Thursday, January 25, 2024, that we think you should read.
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Choice Hotels is making a big play to compete with Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and IHG. Combined with its recent acquisition of Radisson Americas, adding Wyndham properties to its portfolio would make the brand much more competitive at the higher end. Although Choice is primarily known for budget-friendly travel, it continues to add higher-end properties like Cambria to attract luxury travelers.
If you’re interested in traveling to Europe in 2024, now is a great time to book a flight. There are multiple airlines offering amazing deals throughout the year at affordable prices. Many flights are available for under $500, which makes them incredibly cheap. Save your miles for international business class flights and book these with cash. Or, you can use your flexible points to book through a bank’s travel portal and save your money. For inspiration, check out our European podcast episodes for tips for our local experts.
Eating is part of the experience while traveling. When you visit these destinations, make sure you book a reservation at one of these restaurants for a special meal. Not only will the food be amazing, but you’ll be able to soak in the history of the location. In our Philly podcast episode, Irene shared some interesting facts about McGillin’s Olde Ale House, and I had the pleasure of sharing a drink with her on a road trip in the summer of 2019.
We often take things about travel for granted. I interviewed Cory from Curb Free with Cory Lee about the importance of accessible travel, and he opened my eyes to what he encounters while traveling. I’m glad to see destinations, hotels, restaurants and attractions make it easier for everyone to enjoy what they have to offer. But there’s still a long way to go, and these influencers are helping people and brands understand how to be better and more inclusive.
It may not seem like it, but 2023 was a gangbuster year for new hotels. And there are almost 6,000 projects comprising of nearly 700,000 rooms in the pipeline. The categories with the most projects were the “upper midscale” and “upscale” categories, so there will be more properties available for aspirational luxury travel soon.
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