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Travel resolutions for an adventure-filled 2019

By The Hub team

If past years have taught us anything, it's that resolutions are made, but more often than not broken a few months into the new year. This year make resolutions that you are sure to keep — resolutions that are achievable and that you enjoy checking off your list. Read on for 10 travel resolutions that are worth considering for a year full of adventure.

1. Go someplace new 

It's easy to get into a routine, traveling to the same places to visit family or friends. In 2019, make a resolution to go someplace new. Maybe it's a destination you've always dreamed of exploring or one that recently popped up as a place you'd like to visit. Whatever the reason may be, it's time to check it off your list.

2. Stop making excuses 

It's easy to put things off because the timing doesn't feel right, making promises to ourselves that next year will be the year. Instead of putting off that trip, make this year the year you go because timing may never be exactly right. Things can always come up, so instead seize the opportunity and take the chance to explore something new because there's a strong chance you won't regret it — you'll likely forget why you put it off in the first place.

3. Pack light 

It's easy to stress out before a trip when it comes to what to pack especially if traveling to a new destination. In the new year, make a resolution to not only pack lighter, but to also pack smarter. Try downsizing your suitcase — a smaller suitcase means you'll have to prioritize exactly what you're bringing on the trip and while on your trip, likely thank yourself for opting for the lighter, easier to manage suitcase.

4. Be a conscious traveler 

Just because you're on vacation, it doesn't mean you have to throw your good habits out the window. Travel with a reusable glass bottle that can be filled up once you've passed security at the airport, recycle trash like newspapers, paper cups and magazines onboard, take public transportation when possible and be mindful of sustainable practices while visiting public places while on your trip.

5. Get out of your comfort zone 

Its easy to fall into a routine. This year make a resolution to go outside of your comfort zone by trying something new. That could mean taking a class while on vacation, learning a new sport, trying a new cuisine or taking the trip you've always wanted to take.

6. Unplug 

We live in a society that is always on, so it can be hard to completely disconnect when on vacation. In 2019, try unplugging more often. Turn off email and social media notifications while on vacation. Doing so will only enhance your experience because the more present you are, the more you'll enjoy your surroundings. Uploading that photo to social media can wait.

7. Go on a solo adventure 

Taking a solo trip isn't for everyone and that's okay, but if you do enjoy traveling by yourself this year could be the perfect time for a solo adventure.

8. Immerse yourself in the culture 

You've spent hours traveling to reach your destination — not to mention the hours you put in to plan your trip — so why not immerse yourself in the culture of the city you're in. Communicating with locals by learning the language, even the basics will do, will help make your interactions more meaningful.

9. Explore your own city 

Sometimes a staycation can be worthwhile as there are surely hidden gems to discover in your own city. Pick a weekend to explore a new neighborhood, dine at a restaurant you've been wanting to try or see an exhibit that you've been putting off.

10. Inspire others 

Once you're back from your vacation, inspire others by sharing your adventures with them like tips and tricks you learned along the way. Their trip may not be to the same destination, but the benefits of travel are universal.

Introducing travel experiences with PlacePass

By The Hub team

Now that you've booked your flight, it's time to start planning out your trip itinerary. With so many options and endless websites to research, it can be a taxing task to take on. And if you're planning activities for everyone involved, it can be even more difficult to balance out the right amount of fun with the right number of touristy sites to visit.

With so many things to experience, research shows that travelers are seeking bespoke, local recommendations when it comes to planning their vacation itinerary. From activities like skip-the-line passes to museums, walking tours, water activities and more, our partnership with PlacePass provides top-rated recommendations when it comes to planning out your next trip. With over 100,000 travel experiences, you're sure to find something to do whether you're planning a family vacation, a trip with friends or tacking on a few extra days to your business trip.


To start, enter in your destination to browse categories of activities specific to that location. Activities are categorized by "most popular," "food and drinks," "family fun," "wine country" and more for nearly every destination we fly to, making it easy to find what you're looking for or discover new things to do.

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Our partnership with PlacePass is one of the ways we're bring more personalized experiences to our customers. As a leading technology solutions provider, PlacePass leads the way in bringing travelers in-destination experiences. Look out for more enhancements to our partnership early next year.

One fine day: Durham, North Carolina

By The Hub team , July 26, 2018

Story by Lauren Vespoli | Rhapsody, Summer 2018

You're in the start-up-filled City of Medicine for business, and you have the day off. Here are the must-hit spots in the hippest corner of the Research Triangle.

9:30 a.m.

Forget grits: Start your morning with a hearty bowl of congee with shiitake mushrooms, Chinese bacon, and mustard greens at Rose's Noodles, Dumplings & Sweets, a former butcher shop turned all-day café and bakery that was on Bon Appétit's Best New Restaurant list in 2014. If you crave something sweet to balance out the savory East Asian–inspired menu, order Chinese crullers with fresh soy milk for dipping, or peruse the pastry case and stow away a coconut Meyer lemon macaron for an afternoon snack.

Macarons at Rose's Noodles, Dumplings & SweetsMacarons at Rose's Noodles, Dumplings & Sweets

10:30 a.m.

Duke University is one of America's most beautiful college campuses, thanks in large part to the splendor of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. The 55-acre grounds are planted with 2,200 kinds of plants, including 900 species of native Southeastern flora. Make your way to the Italianate Terrace Gardens, designed by acclaimed landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman, or swing by the South Lawn to marvel at the whorls of woven red maple saplings and sweetgum twigs in the Patrick Dougherty sculpture The Big Easy.

Sarah P. Duke GardensSarah P. Duke Gardens

11:30 a.m.

It's a short walk from the gardens to the Nasher Museum of Art, where the university's 13,000-piece art collection is housed in a Modernist building by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly. In the great hall, admire the colorful geometry of Nigerian painter Odili Donald Odita's mural Shadow and Light (For Julian Francis Abele), which pays tribute to the African-American architect who built Duke's chapel. Then visit Solidary & Solitary, a vibrant traveling survey of abstract African-American art from the 1940s to the present.

Nasher Museum of ArtNasher Museum of Art

1:30 p.m.

It's time for some fried chicken. Catch a taxi downtown and take the cobblestone alley jutting off Foster Street to restaurateur Michael Lee's M Kokko. There may already be a line of locals on lunch break, but it's worth the wait for Lee's “KFC": Korean fried chicken wings, which come twice-fried, with your choice of garlic or spicy sauce (watch out for the lingering red chilies). In a perfect meld of Southern and Korean cuisines, the wings are served with kale, prepared collard-greens-style (bacon included), and cubes of pickled daikon radish.

"KFC" wings at M Kokko"KFC" wings at M Kokko

2:30 p.m.

Time for a rest back at your hotel, The Unscripted Durham. The newest arrival on downtown's booming boutique hotel scene (three new properties have opened on this block in the past three years) is a nearly $20 million restoration of the landmark midcentury Jack Tar Motor Lodge, complete with the iconic turquoise facade. The 74 rooms nod to the property's Swinging '60s heyday with playful retro design elements (pendant lamps, trippy geometric wallpaper), but the highlight of the revamp is definitely the rooftop pool. Recline on one of the chaise longues and look out at the skyline until you drift off in the sun.

The rooftop pool at the Unscripted DurhamThe rooftop pool at the Unscripted Durham

6:30 p.m.

Instead of trying to erase its history as a tobacco town, Durham has repurposed the industry's infrastructure at the American Tobacco Campus. The former factory now houses luxury apartments, a start-up incubator, a documentary film theater, and Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the home of the city's minor league team (the subject of Bull Durham). The stadium brews its own beer—try the Baltic Porter, aged with maple-wood baseball bats—and every time the Bulls hit a home run, look out toward the outfield wall, where the Snorting Bull puffs celebratory smoke from its nostrils.

The Old Bull Durham tobacco sign and Lucky Strike TowerThe Old Bull Durham tobacco sign and Lucky Strike Tower

9 p.m.

Duck out of the game a little early for dinner at Counting House at the 21c Museum Hotel, an Art Deco former bank designed by the architects of the Empire State Building. You can't go wrong with the pan-roasted Carolina catch in korma sauce or a series of small plates, such as plancha octopus with potato gnocchi and heirloom squash. Pair your meal with one of the seasonal cocktails, like the Morning Glory (a take on the Negroni with Cocchi Americano, Carpano Bianco, grapefruit, and Peychaud's bitters). After dinner, order another to take with you into the old bank vault and the hotel's 10,500-square-foot contemporary art museum.

Drinks at Counting HouseDrinks at Counting House

Introducing a more personalized experience on united.com

By Gladys Roman , July 13, 2018

Our united.com homepage is getting some big enhancements. Yesterday, we announced the launch of the new site, which will offer a more modern, user-friendly design, allowing users a more personalized digital experience.

Each one of our customers is unique and has different needs for his or her travel, and personalizing our digital offerings is just another step toward giving our customers the experience and the products that they ask for, said Digital Products and Analytics VP Praveen Sharma. "Our goal with this new homepage is to provide customers with a more seamless experience."

The new website will provide personalized content based on a customer's MileagePlus® status as well as upcoming, current or prior trips. It will also include a new display that will be fully responsive for optimal viewing on desktop and mobile devices. Later this year, the site will include a travel section that will provide customers with curated content from destinations United serves.

We began rolling out the new homepage in April and continued expanding it to more users while we added more functionality throughout the phased rollout. The site will be live to all customers in early August.

These efforts are part of our commitment to improve our customers' travel experience through every step of their journey. Earlier this year, we updated our mobile website, adding a more optimized display, additional flexibility to adjust flights throughout the site, Japanese language translations and more.

Our new homepage will also appear on our mobile website, creating a more seamless experience when customers are managing travel and bookings across multiple devices.

United offers Star Alliance flight status information

By The Hub team , June 18, 2018

We're expanding the availability of flight status (FLIFO) information for our customers and employees. On June 14, we began offering access to flight status information for all Star Alliance member flights within the United app, and through Google Home and Amazon Alexa (e.g. "Alexa, ask United to check the status of my flight on Lufthansa").

We're committed to providing our customers and employees with the tools they need to ensure a seamless journey when connecting with our partners," said Alliance Partner Operations Senior Manager Katie Russell. "These enhancements will allow our employees to make real-time decisions for customers with connecting flights and provide our customers with easy access to information from partner carriers without requiring them to use another app.

While onboard United flights, customers can even check the most current status of their connecting Star Alliance member flight utilizing our complimentary access to the United app through United Wi-Fi℠, available on all mainline and two-cabin regional aircraft.

5 global tech hubs you can reach easily from Silicon Valley

By The Hub team , June 12, 2018

Story produced in partnership with Business Insider

United has been an industry leader adding new flights and additional services between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and rising tech centers worldwide, as part of a deeper strategy to connect business customers conveniently and easily - Learn more about five global tech hubs near SFO.

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