Kilimanjaro, field class on Joshua Tree and a talk with filmmaker Craig D. Forrest. Artist Warner LeMenager will present a slide show on Barcelona's architecture and history. When, where: 7:30 p.m.
Upscale Jetsetter is now owned and pitched by middle-of-the-road TripAdvisor. And some daily deal companies are struggling financially. The biggest, Groupon, with 59.1% of the market according to a new IBISWorld report, lost $67.4 million last year. LivingSocial, with about 16.6% of the market, lost $650 million. (The smaller DealChicken, an initiative run by Free Press parent company Gannett, issues no independent financial data.) As these sites struggle to remain vibrant and compete against upstarts, they are rolling out shiny new travel baubles to lure buyers like LivingSocial's new coupon code section introduced this month.
And so much for finding inspiration in Florence of Venice. Hellmanzik writes that "Italy never offers positive returns to travel despite being frequently visited." Trips undertaken for political reasons had the greatest effect, perhaps indicating that artists' work improves when they're freed from government repression or that collectors have a taste for the work of foreign dissidents. Recreational trips were second, and work-related trips had a surprisingly small effect.
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"Twenty dollars is not going to cover you as broadly as another policy," Kundell said. "You get what you pay for. I think that's an important take-away." Expecting full coverage is "not logical," Kundell said, and no insurance policy covers everything. But Breyault objects to what he calls "aggressive marketing language" of the policies ("No, I choose not to protect my trip," one site says), which leads consumers to believe that such a policy will solve all their problems.
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