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Keep Calm With These Travel Apps When Booking On the Fly

The Future of Travel 2016 Report looks at on-demand services that make last-minute hotel planning stress-free

Whether they’re up in the air or riding on a train, the traveler of tomorrow can access a slew of services which allow them to discover the best restaurants, meet up with a new pal in the approaching city or find a last-minute hotel booking. The spontaneity of travel has gotten easier with on-demand applications that simplify the search and booking process, allowing people to make bookings on the fly. The Future of Travel 2016, the newest report from PSFK Labs, looks at how people can efficiently and impulsively research and reserve.

New apps serving travelers unique discounts and hotel recommendations via mobile are designed to support them in their decision making in just a few taps, and as people move about their own and foreign cities, they’re increasingly looking to these type of services to minimize their time and effort spent planning. Below we highlight three apps to keep in your back pocket for those last minute itinerary changes.

Mobile App Designed To Help Travelers Book a Room Within a Few Minutes

Booking Now from helps travelers find a room within 24 hours of needing it. Once they’re ready to find a place, they can select via

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12 reasons why now is the right time to travel to Tulum, Mexico

By Douglas Trattner, Special to The Plain Dealer

Tulum, Mexico, is changing fast. Just a few short years ago, the area consisted of a sleepy little inland town – or pueblo – carved out of the dense Yucatan jungle and a handful of modest hammock-furnished cabanas up and down the nearby beach – or playa.

Today, the town continues to expand, fueled by the growth in tourism throughout the whole of Riviera Maya. Still, Tulum maintains an identity and pace that is light years away from its touristy neighbors to the north in “Gringolandia,” Playa del Carmen and Cancun, which is what attracted off-the-beaten-path travelers to this pristine patch of the Caribbean in the first place.

Though the number (and cost) of hotels along the beach continues to rise, the scenery around them has not. Eco-conscious development is the guiding force here, where humble low-rise (or no-rise) accommodations rely on solar, wind or generators for what limited electricity they consume. And the beaches – those spotless, coconut palm-dotted beaches that stretch for kilometers – are as tranquil and restorative as ever.

There might be no better time to visit Tulum than right now thanks to a lopsided dollar-to-peso exchange rate, the region’s recent jump to Eastern Standard Time, which nets visitors another hour of sun, and what will very likely be one of the

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Getting Started: Why you should book your flight early for travel in 2016

If you’re making travel plans for 2016, or even just thinking about taking a trip next year, it may be a good idea to book your airfare sooner rather than later.

Fare sales are raming up this month after a record number of airline deals in the fall, according to Hopper, an app that tracks airfare trends and predicts when to get the best price on a plane ticket.

“September was by far the strongest we’ve seen for sales,” said Patrick Surry, chief data scientist at Hopper. “In October, the number of sales was up about 50 percent from the same period last year, and December could be another good month.”

To take advantage of the discounts, here’s what you need to know:

��Book for winter or spring travel. According to Hopper’s Consumer Airfare Index, the average round-trip domestic airline ticket booked in December for travel during off-peak times – generally from January until just before the start of the summer travel season in May or June – is expected to cost just $205. Last year, the average was $245.

The index measures the “good-deal” price a consumer would typically pay for domestic travel (and so excludes last-minute ticket purchases for business travel that usually are far more expensive).

Surry said one reason for the greater frequency of sales has to do with the sharp decline

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Newt Gingrich: New Words for a New World

Below is a National Defense University speech given by Newt Gingrich on December 1, 2015, reprinted with permission.

We are living in a world rapidly evolving away from the mental constructs and language of the last 375 years. These ideas can be traced to the Treaty of Westphalia ending the 30 Years War in 1648 and Grotius proposal of a system of International Law in the same era. The ideas were then extended through the development of state warfare culminating in the Napoleonic Wars.

This intellectual framework was applied and reapplied through two World Wars and the Cold War. It is the framework within which academic and bureaucratic careers were made and are still being made.

It is now a framework which distorts reality, hides from uncomfortable facts, and cripples our ability to develop an effective national security and foreign policy.

The gap between the old world in our heads and the new world we now find ourselves in is so large that the very language of the past blocks us from coming to grips with an emerging future that will be radically different.

Consider these challenges to the old intellectual order:

1. We are in a Long War which could easily last 100 years or more, which will transcend all national boundaries and which

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Beijing Issues Red Alert Over Air Pollution for the First Time

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Venezuela elections: Why did Maduro’s Socialists lose?

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President Maduro’s Socialist party lost control of Congress for the first time in 16 years

Hugo Chavez was the Fidel Castro of recent times – the two men were close friends, with the younger leader often travelling to Cuba for the kind of advice and counsel he was unlikely to find elsewhere.

But the Venezuelan military man-turned president took his mentor’s ideology and reasoning one step further.

He could achieve a popular socialist revolution through the ballot box and keep repeating the process.

It was a lesson

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Blackhawks’ Kane can extend streak vs. Predators

Patrick Kane set a Chicago Blackhawks record when he extended his point streak to 22 games in the final minute of a win against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

Kane will go for No. 23 when the Blackhawks host the Nashville Predators at United Center on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-TN, CSN-CH).

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville did everything he could to help Kane extend the streak Sunday; Kane had seven shifts in the final 10 minutes of the game. He had the primary assist when he made a legal hand pass to Artemi Panarin, who scored an empty-net goal with 1:46 remaining.

Kane leads the NHL with 42 points in 27 games. He has 13 goals and 23 assists during the streak.

“I think it’s one of those things,” Kane said. “You try not to think about it too much. But if it’s not meant to be, it’s not meant to be. I’m trying not to think about that stuff and just doing the right things on the ice, playing the right way. We got a goal there to seal it so that felt good too.”

Here are other games that should garner plenty of attention:

Tuesday, Dec. 8: New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, MSG+, CSN-PH) —

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Giants’ defense hung out to dry by offense again in loss to Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD — This latest Giants fourth quarter collapse, like the rest of them that have defined this all-but-lost season, will be pinned on the defense.

The Giants had a 10-point lead against the Jets, and their defense twice allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick to lead scoring drives and force overtime, leading to this 23-20 loss that has their playoff hopes living on a prayer. The narrative will be that the Giants’ defense – the worst in the NFL, as one talking head declared it – lived up to its reputation and could not finish late, just as it could not against the Cowboys, Falcons, Patriots and Saints. 

PLUS: Josh Brown explains what went wrong on missed FG

A lot of that is deserved. Because the Giants have not been able to come up with a big defensive stop this season. They have blown a historic five fourth-quarter leads, and it could have been six against the 49ers. They are at or near the bottom of almost every defensive statistical category of note.

But that all said, this will be a defense of the defense. Because Sunday’s loss to the Jets is on the Giants’ offense, which once again put the Giants’ defense in a bad spot to take the fall. Just as it has on multiple occasions this year. 

Forgive a baseball metaphor

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Brady: I have to make better decisions with the football

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 06:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Getty Images

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had good moments early in Sunday’s game against the Eagles, throwing two touchdown passes in the first half, and he was good late while bringing the Patriots back within a touchdown.

The third quarter wasn’t so hot, however. Brady threw a pair of interceptions at or in the end zone, one of which Malcolm Jenkins returned for an interception that gave the Eagles their first lead. Brady called that throw “bad quarterbacking” and criticized his overall decision-making after the game.

“We’ve got to do a better job. I think that’s just what it comes down to,” Brady said in his postgame press conference. “No one can do your job for you and the execution of certain plays. There’s no one, well, tonight there were a couple of people who threw it [Brady caught a pass from Danny Amendola just before his second interception], but I’m the person that throws it the most, and I’ve got to make good decisions with the ball.

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