The State Department is warning Americans to use extreme caution if they travel to the Philippine islands of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago. The Travel Warning updates information on threats related to insurgent and terrorist activity. Read the official State Department Travel Warning.
Car bombings in Port Harcourt and kidnappings in the area have prompted the U.S. State Department to reissue its travel warning for Nigeria. The warning advises Americans to leave or avoid travel to Delta, Rivers and Bayesa states. Read the official travel warning.
Some airlines are offering Indian meals on international flights. Continental Airlines contracts with Jyoti Indian Cuisine to cater Indian meals, which Houston Chronicle food writer Peggy Grodinsky says are "miles better than anything I've ever eaten on a plane."
Virgin America has launched a campaign to generate support among passengers for its DOT application. The airline is urging travelers to sign online petitions, and it is inviting TV cameras on its jetliners to show off their interiors. The DOT rejected Virgin's application in December on foreign ownership grounds.
The international travel industry is expected to continue growing over the next 10 years, and industry insiders say the trend is toward experiential travel.
"People are looking for more authentic experiences and ways to immerse themselves in local cultures," says Misty Ewing of Virtuoso. "Now, I think that when people go on vacation, they really want to learn and know the destinations they're visiting. They want to experience it to its fullest extent."