Travel News: 5 Airfare Bargains, Lonely Planet Is Now on Alexa and Google Assistant, and How to Get Paid to Eat (Really!)

Hvammstangi, in western IcelandA beautiful view of the coast of Hvammstangi, in western Iceland.
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Airfares to beautiful Iceland are down 27 percent!

There’s a great big world out there, and our latest “news you can use” may inspire a trip you never knew you needed.

Whether you’re looking for an unexpectedly affordable airfare to a popular destination, or want to talk to some of the world’s most renowned travel experts via Alexa, or just have a hankering for living the life of a professional food critic, this week’s travel news may launch you in an altogether new direction.

5 AIRFARE BARGAINS

It may be time to book your summer trip. Our number-crunching friends at Skyscanner (skyscanner.com) have delivered some great news in advance of 2018’s high season. Airfares to some of the world’s most popular destinations have plummeted over the past year, including: Reykjavik, Iceland (down 27 percent, with average airfare dropping to $631); Denver (down 19 percent, to $385); Tampa (down 16 percent drop, to $363); Las Vegas (down 14 percent, to $391), and Hong Kong, China (down 11 percent, to $1,362).

LONELY PLANET IS NOW ON ALEXA AND GOOGLE ASSISTANT

Budget Travel’s parent company, Lonely Planet (lonelyplanet.com), has a long history of embracing tech innovations, and, as a result, you can now find unparalleled trip ideas and know-how by simply asking Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant, “Let me talk to Lonely Planet.” You can learn more about a specific destination, including insider tips from Lonely Planet’s worldwide network of researchers and writers, or get some “tripspiration” from LP’s travel news and “best place to be in the world today.”

HOW TO GET PAID TO EAT (REALLY!)

We’ve all dreamed of what it must be like to be a food critic like Pete Wells, who literally gets paid to eat and share his opinions in the New York Times. Well, Colorado-based Noosa Yoghurt will give five foodies the chance to explore American food trends, becoming the company’s “Flavor Finders,” and get paid $2,000 in the process (noosayoghurt.com/flavorfinder).

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