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The 6 best European road trips to add to your bucket list

By The Hub team, January 30, 2018

Of course, bustling cities like London, Berlin and Barcelona are must-sees for any European traveler. But if you're after something a little more unique (with breathtaking views and mouthwateringly good cuisine to boot), then it's time to hit the road. Here, six drop-dead gorgeous road trips in Europe.

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Basque Country, France and Spain

The best thing about traveling around Europe is getting to explore multiple countries in one visit. Second best? All the amazing eats. Start this gorgeous 100-mile road trip in glitzy Biarritz, then slowly make your way down the coast and through the Pyrenees to Bilbao (hit up the nearby villages for killer surf waves), sampling all the culinary delights as you go. Spanish beach town San Sebastián alone boasts nine Michelin-starred restaurants, but there's plenty of yumminess (the salt cod is a must-try) to be enjoyed throughout the region.

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Ring Road, Iceland

Circling around the entire island (hence the name), this approximately 830-mile road is filled with dramatic landscapes, beautiful geysers, adorable farm stays, oh, and the Eyjafjallajökull volcano (good luck pronouncing that one). Start and end in Reykjavík and make sure to give yourself a couple of days to really explore the sights. Bring your swimsuit for the hot springs and opt for the four-wheel drive if you want to go off-roading.

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The Amalfi Coast, Italy

This 43-mile stretch along southern Italy's beautiful shore is what postcards are made of. Although not technically the Amalfi Coast, start in chaotic yet charming Naples (grab a pizza before you set off) then wind your way down past Mount Vesuvius to check out the frozen-in-time city of Pompeii. Soak up the turquoise water views in Sorrento (a great place to spend the night), making time to get out of your car and onto a ferry to explore beautiful Capri island. Back on the mainland, keep driving through pastel-colored towns of Positano and Amalfi, sampling the fresh seafood along the way before rewarding yourself with some Limoncello at the trip's end in Salerno. Tip: Rent the Fiat 500, not the SUV—roads here are windy and tight.

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Romantische Strasse, Germany

When the route translates to “Romantic Road," you know it's gonna be good. Starting in Würzburg, you'll need several days to soak up all medieval villages, palaces and Alpine vistas, not to mention the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle (literally—the magical building inspired Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle) near the journey's endpoint in Fussen. Add more romance to your trip (because, why not?) with a visit to the local vineyards (the dry whites pair perfectly with richer Bavarian cuisine) and some pampering at one of the spa towns along the roughly 240-mile-long route.

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Trollstigen, Norway

It means “Troll's Path" in English, so expect plenty of magic en route, including striking waterfalls and rugged mountains with names like “The Queen" and “The Bishop." Roads are steep and bends are sharp, but the breathtaking views are worth the sweaty palms on the steering wheel (it's only four miles long so you've got this). For a longer trip (around 400 miles), start in picturesque Bergen, then drive north (through Trollstigen) to historic Trondheim.

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Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Explore the Emerald Isle and its gorgeous beaches (yes, really), lush greenery, shimmering lakes and craggy mountains on this 110-mile loop. Start in Killarney, then make your way around counterclockwise, passing through beautiful Glenbeigh beach and impressive Staigue Fort along the way, making sure to stop at one of the many cozy pubs (but don't drink and drive, obviously). You can easily do this trip in a day, so there's no excuse to miss out.

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Entertainment for all

By The Hub team, August 04, 2020

Our Marketing Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity team and Bridge, our Business Resource Group (BRG) for people with all abilities, partnered together to test and provide feedback on our award-winning seatback inflight entertainment (IFE) system.

Aptly named "Entertainment for all," our new seatback IFE system offers the an extensive suite of accessibility features, allowing for unassisted use by people of all visual, hearing, mobility and language abilities.

"It's nice to know that I can get on a plane and pick my favorite entertainment to enjoy, just like every customer," said Accessibility Senior Analyst and Developer and Bridge Chief of Staff Ray C., who is blind.

"As a deaf employee, the closed captioning availability on board our aircraft is something I value greatly," added Information Technology Analyst Greg O. "The new IFE further cements United's visibility within the deaf community and elsewhere. It makes me proud to be an employee."

Accessibility features of the new IFE include a text-to-speech option, explore by touch, customizable text size, screen magnification, color correction and inversion modes, and alternative navigation options for those unable to swipe or use a handset. For hearing-impaired and non-English-speaking passengers, customization options provide the ability for customers to be served content and receive inflight notifications based on their preferences and settings —with closed captions, with subtitles or in the language of their choice from the 15 languages supported. Our "Entertainment for all" system won the Crystal Cabin Award in 2019, and recently, the Dr. Margaret Pfanstiehl Research and Development Award for Audio Description by the American Council of the Blind.

"This really showed the benefits of partnering with BRGs in helping us improve products and services for our customers and employees," said Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity Senior Manager Corinne S. "Even though we have been recognized with awards for our IFE accessibility features, we are not resting on our laurels but continuing to work towards improving the inflight entertainment experience for all of our customers to ensure entertainment is available for all."

Shaping an inclusive future with Special Olympics

By The Hub team, July 24, 2020

If your travels have taken you through Chicago O'Hare International Airport anytime since October 2019, you may have had a friendly, caring and jovial exchange with Daniel Smrokowski. Daniel is one of four Service Ambassadors thanks to our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics. This inaugural ambassador program aims to provide Special Olympic athletes employment opportunities within our operation, affording them a unique and meaningful career.

Since 2018, our partnership with Special Olympics has become one of United's most cherished relationships, going beyond the events we take part in and volunteer with. While the plane pull competitions, polar plunges, duck derbies and Special Olympics World Games and other events around the world are a big part of our involvement, the heart of this partnership lies with the athletes and individuals supported by Special Olympics. To advocate for their inclusion in every setting is one of our biggest honors, and we take great pride in the role we play in the organization's inclusion revolution.

Aiding in the success of Special Olympics' mission to create continuing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, throughout the two-year partnership, United has volunteered over 10,500 hours and donated over $1.2 million in travel to the organization. The impact of this partnership is felt at every level, both at Special Olympics and within our own ranks.

"The Inclusion Revolution campaign, led by our athletes, aims to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. United Airlines has joined in our fight for inclusion, empowering our athletes with the skills needed to succeed and opportunities to contribute their abilities as leaders," said Special Olympics International Chairman Tim Shriver. "United Airlines believes that people with intellectual disabilities should be perceived as they really are: independent, world-class athletes, students, employees, neighbors, travelers, and leaders who contribute to make this world a better place."

Our Service Ambassador program is just one of the many ways Special Olympics has impacted not only our employees, but also our customers. "I see every day how our Service Ambassadors connect with our customers the moment they walk into the airport lobby," said Senior Customer Service Supervisor Steve Suchorabski. "They provide a warm, welcoming smile ad assist in any way they can. To see these young adults hold positions that a society once told them they couldn't is truly the most heartwarming part of my job," Steve continued.

"The opportunity to be a part of the United family means everything to me," Daniel said. "I feel so much pride showing up to work in a Special Olympics/United co-branded uniform, working among such a loving and supportive community. The relationship between these two organizations is truly helping to shape my future while letting me use my gifts of communicating and helping others. Hopefully, I can spend my entire career at United," Daniel added.

In honor of Special Olympics' Global Week of Inclusion in July, we're asking our employees, customers and partners to sign a pledge to #ChooseToInclude at jointherevolution.org/pledge.

And be sure to check out Daniel's podcast The Special Chronicles.

United works with partners to send food to USDA food bank

By The Hub team, July 23, 2020

In collaboration with food-logistics company Commodity Forwarders Inc. (CFI), United moved nearly 190,000 pounds of fresh produce to Guam for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program. This new program was created to provide critical support to consumers impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

A variety of fresh fruits were transported from Los Angeles (LAX) to Guam (GUM) on United's newly introduced, non-stop cargo-only flight – a route added to meet cargo demand during the COVID-19 crisis. The fresh food was repacked in 10-pound cases in Los Angeles, prepared for departure at CFI's LAX location, and flown to GUM by the United team. Through this beneficial partnership between United and CFI, the perishable goods were kept cool during every step of the process and distributed as part of the food bank program in Guam.

"Everyone on our team has worked relentlessly during the pandemic to get critical goods to where they are needed most. Establishing a comprehensive network of cargo-only flights have allowed us to keep the supply chain moving even while passenger flight capacity has been reduced," said Regional Senior Manager of Cargo Sales, Marco Vezjak. "Knowing that we are able to help during these difficult times – in this case the Guam community – is our biggest reward and greatest motivation to keep moving forward."

United is proud to play a role in maintaining the global food supply chain and helping people access the supplies they need. Since March 19, United has operated over 4,000 cargo-only flights, moving over 130 million pounds of cargo.

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