ICYMI: United’s losing luggage; Florida wants you to stay longer; China bests itself in the rail; and why you need to travel in 2015

By Susie Reese


We all carry baggage—especially at DIA when flying United.

United DIA baggage

If you’re heading to Denver on United, you might think twice about checking your bag.

United needs to be featured on an episode of Hoarders. At Denver International Airports, United customers are waiting at the baggage carousel sometimes longer than they were on the plane, and the finger-pointing has led to Simplicity Ground Services, the company that took over the below-wing baggage service for United at DIA on Dec. 4. The issue has become such a problem that the airport’s CEO, Kim Day, reached out to United to offer her assistance.

“She asked if there was anything the airport can do,” airport spokesman heath Montgomery said, according to The Denver Post. “The offer has been extended. We are confident United is doing everything they can.”

Well, until they have the situation figured out, we suggest you carry-on your bag. You’ll not only skip the few days it takes for United to find your bag, but you’ll also save on luggage fees.

Find out what other people are doing to get their bag at DIA here.


As temperatures fall, the number of delays rise in balmy Florida.

Orlando International Airport

Might as well settle down. More than 30% of flights are delayed at MCO. (Credit: Sangauan Deng/Shutterstock.com)

Who wouldn’t want to head south during the coldest months of the year (like, all of Canada)? But Florida, known for its mild temperatures and family-fun experiences, might lead to more than a few headaches. Its four airports made the list of America’s Top 10 Worst Airports for Winter Travel.

To be fair, none of Florida’s aero-hubs scored the coveted top spot. That was reserved for Chicago O’Hare International Airport where just under half of their winter flights are delayed, according to a report by Hopper and InsureMyTrip.com. However, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport came in second with 38 percent of flights delayed, and Tampa, Orlando, and Southwest Florida (Fort Myers) all recorded more than 30 percent of all flights as delayed.

Of course, Florida doesn’t deserve all the shame. New Year area airports (Newark, LGA, and JFK) also ranked in the top ten.

See if your airport made the list here.


All other underground cities are simply the “kitchen.”

Or at least that’s what Hasan Ünver says in an article by The Independent, discussing a 5,000-year-old underground city that was found on the outskirts the Kayseri, where he’s the mayor. This underground massive subterranean site is located in the Nevsehir province, in the historical area of Cappadocia and is believed to be the largest underground settlement known. Construction teams discovered the city when they were doing groundwork for a housing development.

“It is not a known underground city,” said Mehmet Ergün Turan, the head of Turkey’s housing development administration told Turkish publication Hurriyet Daily News. “Tunnel passages of seven kilometers are being discussed. We stopped the construction we were planning to do on these areas when an underground city was discovered.”

The city has been registered by Turkey’s Cultural and Natural Heritage Perseveration Board, and the housing development has ceased construction. However, we’re sure the city will be open to tourists soon.

Take a first look at the underground maze here.


Faster than the current record-holding high-speed rail!

China is looking to best itself with the proposed high-speed railway that would connect Inner Mongolia in the north to Hainan in the south at the blazing speed of 217 mph. The line would be the longest in the world, stretching more than 1,800 miles and eclipsing China’s current record-holder of 1,429 miles on the Beijing to Guangzhou route.

This incredible journey will allow tourists to see parts of China that are currently not easily accessible as well as popular destinations, such as Zhangjiajie, Xian, and Guilin.

The proposal participants want the project to be included in China’s five-year national development plan (2016-2020), and our sincerest hope is that the project will include a fantastic set of brakes. No one wants to see this:

(The boy is fine!)

Though not one of the stops is at Platform 9¾, we’re sure you’ll enjoy seeing all the sights mentioned here.


Take your vacations days, people!

A whopping 42 percent of Americans didn’t take ANY vacation days last year. Not a single one. How horrible is that? Seriously, you’re allotted an average 10 days, according to The Huffington Post, so it’s time that you take yours for a spin.

Vacation days European fun in the sun

Be more like the Europeans and take your vacation days!

Europeans took almost twice as many paid vacation day as Americans (though zero times two is still….zero…but you get the idea), meaning that several European respondents took almost all of their average allotted February (28 days).

So what does that mean? In a shamelessly promotional type of way, GOGO Vacations has amazing deals to all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico and fantastic deals stateside and up north. Our sister company Worldwide Traveler offers wonderfully bespoke itineraries Down Under and around the world, so make one of your travel resolutions come true in 2015 by clicking here!

(Oh, and see who took and who didn’t take their vacation days here.)


Finding Tubbs and Crockett

I was born in the 1980s, and I love the shows. Give me Thomas Magnum in his clichéd Hawaii shirt any day, and if you’ve had a favorite TV, have you ever wanted to see it made? Valerie Conners of BBC Travel gets a second chance. She revisits the settings of famous TV shows and retraces the “fictional footsteps” to see what has changed since a show’s ending. Her latest adventure took her down to Miami to see how the city has changed since Miami Vice aired 30 years ago. (I could have saved her the trip – watch Burn Notice.)

Miami Vice

Miami is still a hotbed of excitement 30 years after Miami Vice aired.

Still, check out what she discovered in the once crime-ridden city here, and tell us where you’re favorite show was based in the comments.