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Two travel giants raised $4 Billion to ride out the pandemic. Only one needed it.

For travelers looking to book a flight or hotel room, Booking.com and Expedia.com look a lot alike. Yet the two fared very differently when the coronavirus pandemic shut down travel, thanks to different strategies behind their websites.

Revenue has plunged at both Booking Holdings Inc. and Expedia Group Inc. this year. Each company moved quickly to raise about $4 billion in the spring to navigate the crisis. Expedia ended the third quarter with double the debt it started the year with, while Booking wound up with a bigger cash cushion.

The cash imbalance illustrates how differently the two rivals operated their online travel services. Expedia often collected cash upfront from hotel travelers, and when those customers canceled, the company had to pay them back. By contrast, Booking didn’t charge upfront as often for hotel stays, so had

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  • November 21, 2020
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Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage on a Vintage Train Ride Through Texas

Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau

All aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad for a one-of-a-kind trip back in time.

Grapevine Vintage Railroad in Grapevine, Texas, is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment by hosting a weekend of “Women’s Suffrage Victory Train” excursions, giving passengers a unique way to learn about the women’s suffrage movement in the Lone Star State and beyond.

In honor of a century of women’s voting rights in America, Families are invited to hop aboard a 1920s Victorian coach, where characters dressed in period attire will share pamphlets and information about the suffragettes and their achievements. Guests are welcome to get in the spirit of the event and wear their own 1920s themed clothing.

On Saturday, September 12, one specialty train will make the full, five-hour journey across the Cotton Belt Route to the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Or, if you’d prefer something a little bit

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  • August 25, 2020
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Planning a Ride in a National Park? Here’s What You Need to Know

Photo credit: Courtesy Micah Ling
Photo credit: Courtesy Micah Ling

From Bicycling

For many cyclists, there are few things better than long and winding roads, minimal car traffic at low speed limits, and incredible views of nature. And at many U.S. national parks, this is just the case.

After closing in response to the coronavirus outbreak, most national parks have reopened to the public, with several safety precautions in place. And one way that people are especially encouraged to enjoy the parks right now is to do it on bike.

Cynthia Hernandez, the public affairs specialist at the U.S. National Park Service Office of Public Affairs, says that some national parks, like Yosemite in California and Acadia in Maine, are very popular among cyclists. But there’s plenty of great biking to be had at lesser-known parks as well—Hernandez suggests checking out Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Mojave National Preserve

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The 9 Best Cameras to Make Every Ride Look Amazing

Photo credit: Staff
Photo credit: Staff

From Bicycling

Many of us already document the stats of our cycling journeys through Strava, but sometimes you want to capture the visual experience as well. Yes, smartphone cameras can do the trick. Though if you want the highest quality image possible, it’s best to invest in a true camera. Particularly if you plan on recording videos, a good one can help to stabilize the image and show everyone just how rad your adventure was. From DSLRs to compact point-and-shoots to a good ol’ Polaroid, these highly rated cameras will help you get the most out of your ride.

Check out quick reviews below of the top five cameras, then scroll deeper for buying info and full reviews of those models plus other high-ranking options.

Types of Cameras to Consider

Several photographers have given us great advice on taking awesome riding shots. If you want great midride

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