When President Barack Obama eased restrictions on travel to Cuba, American travelers, tour operators and airlines lost no time.
One summer a friend showed me her itinerary for a week in Maui. It was three pages long, laid out on Excel. Every hour was choked with food stops, beaches, “leisure” time and noteworthy sights. It was a small wonder she didn’t also pencil in bathroom breaks.
The Internet has changed travel. Though not always for the better (one just needs to see how many people are checking Facebook in a hostel to agree), it has allowed people to share, connect, and collaborate in ways that haven’t been possible – even just a few years ago.
Merriam-Webster defines a mile as a unit of measurement equal to 5,280 feet. But in the increasingly byzantine world of frequent flier mileage reward programs, the term has little or no connection to physical distance.