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Added 29 July, 2015

Inspired by Iceland, the country's tourism board, has given you until autumn to ask a real, live Icelander any question you'd like about the small Nordic island nation. In a clever bid to promote the country, the campaign has selected seven citizens, all of whom have the typical Icelandic name Guðmundur (for men) or Guðmunda (for females) to...

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Added 29 July, 2015

AirBnB and Uber have proved that peer-to-peer "sharing" is a trend that is here to stay. In their wake we are now seeing a continuous flow of online services that help bring people with skills or goods to share together with those who need them. The travel space has particularly benefited from this new paradigm and London-based Zoolafix is one...

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Added 27 July, 2015

Airports get a bad rap. Journalists like to write stories about the perils of air travel when in fact it is getting better, plusher and easier. Sure, wait times are longer than they once were, but now there is plenty more to do with that time as well. It was only a matter of time before terminals adopted the addition of yoga rooms, playing into...

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Added 13 July, 2015

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth – it’s not the principle that most modern justice systems are founded upon, but it's the basic concept behind a new effort by residents of the St. Pauli nightlife district in Hamburg who are combatting public urination with walls that splash back. Community group IG St. Pauli is coating some of the area's...

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Added 5 July, 2015

We are noticing a trend in which companies across the industrial spectrum are lining up to offer the voice-activated services that futuristic films have been promising us for years. The goal of this technology is to offer us as much functionality as possible, for the least effort imaginable. Just say the word and it's done. One example of this...

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Added 17 June, 2015

While a fad arrives quickly and then disappears just as fast, trends are far more durable. As a musical genre, electronica in general, and danceable techno in particular, is a trend that has now been with us for over 30 years. It’s official: techno is part of the musical establishment. Further proof, if it were needed is evidenced by the new...

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Added 18 May, 2015

Oxygen bars are so last year. Or are they? While they never took off the way regular booze bars have, oxygen bars have persisted as a fun novelty (and pseudo-scientific health treatment) in tourist spots worldwide. Now the trend is getting an upgrade in the form of an underwater oxygen bar in Cozumel, Mexico. Known as the “Clear Lounge,” this...

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Added 18 May, 2015

We are often asked whether trends just happen, or if it is possible to manufacture them. While most unfold organically, without conscious intervention, many others are the result of a concerted effort of a person, company or government. While many food trends may seem to magically appear from nowhere, the truth is that many governments are...

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Added 14 May, 2015

Hotels have been upgrading their fitness facilities for a while now, in response to a demand from travelers who are increasingly looking for top-notch gyms on the road that can compete with the facilities they enjoy at home. Gyms are proving to be such an important amenity with guests that we are now seeing the launch of hotel brands that...

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Added 14 May, 2015

Uber is the darling of the so-called sharing economy, expanding globally and now said to be valued at over $40 billion. Not surprisingly, many other companies are creating similar business models that follow in the company's footsteps. Whether or not Uber itself turns out to be a trend or a fad, it's way of doing business is a trend that will...