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At Last, Online Travel Planning Is Becoming (a Little) Easier

Travel information, pricing and booking is still so fragmented and disjointed that I fully expect we’ll continue to see more brands developing and upgrading these types of features in the future.Madeline List (Phocuswright)

Greek Party Islands Chill Out

This is my moonshine. You know moonshine? You’ll try moonshine?Antonis Argyros (Art Space Winery)

Workers at Airports Have Had It

In Germany, the aviation hiring squeeze has become so dire that the government will fast-track thousands of foreign workers, mainly from Turkey, in the coming weeks to relieve staff shortages in security, check-in and aircraft handling.Liz Alderman (New York Times)

In Europe, It’s Planes vs. Trains. For Many Travelers, Rail Is the Way to Go.

While passenger traffic was growing steadily through 2019, it was starting from a low base: Before the pandemic, only 8 percent of all passenger travel in the European Union was by train.Paige McClanahan (New York Times)

Rising Fares, Low-Cost Airlines: Navigating the New Reality in the Sky

As travelers make their plans for upcoming spring and summer travel, they can expect to see airfares inching up — pushed by seasonal demand, inflation and oil price spikes — while new routes are expanding as both American and foreign airlines aim to encourage a return to international travel.Elaine Glusac (New York Times)

For Skiers, a Winter of Discontent

In addition to maintaining employee numbers, ski areas must contend with burnout and the potential for sagging morale, especially this season. That’s why in mid-January, the Indy Pass launched a Love Your Lifty campaign, which encourages guests to show appreciation for any resort worker by posting a photo or story to social media. Weekly drawings award Indy Passes for next winter to posters and the employees they highlight.Cindy Hirschfeld (New York Times)

The Rise of Psychedelic Retreats

Psychedelic retreats — in countries like Costa Rica and Jamaica, where many psychedelic substances are allowed, as well as among a shadow network of shamans in the United States who share drugs and details over social networks — are experiencing widespread growth. Their rise overlaps with an increasing popularity of cannabis tourism during the pandemic.Debra Kamin (New York Times)

The Stunning Grandeur of Soviet-Era Metros

At Elektrozavodskaya, a stop in Moscow, a policeman offered tips on how to capture the station’s most stunning facets. He also gave me the contact information for metro staff who could help adjust the lighting.Frank Herfort

It’s Summer in the Ski Towns, 2.0

Resort towns are prepared, with on-mountain activities back to operating at full capacity, programs in place to educate visitors on outdoors etiquette, plans to address overcrowding and new attractions that highlight the alpine environment.Cindy Hirschfeld (New York Times)

52 Places to Love in 2021

We asked readers to tell us about the spots that have delighted, inspired and comforted them in a dark year. Here, 52 of the more than 2,000 suggestions we received, to remind us that the world still awaits.New York Times

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