1. Amsterdam's red light district is under threat of closing... unless big changes are made
Amsterdam’s famous red light district composed of narrow alleys and side streets is always bustling with tourists, but unless city mayor Femke Halsema's proposed changes are implemented, it may be closing for good. To reduce crime rates, protect workers' rights and minimize nuisances for local residents and businesses, Mayor Halsema wants to close the window curtains and shut down brothels with display windows altogether. The city council will gather in September to discuss Halsema's proposals.
2. A new luggage brand by actress Shay Mitchell will tell you if your suitcase is over the weight limit
Tired of disobeying luggages, dysfunctional tote bags, and heavy carry-ons? Pretty Little Liars star and globe-trotting mom-to-be Shay Mitchell has come to the rescue. Thanks to her YouTube series #SHAYCATION, Shay has had a successful venture in the travel industry with the launch of her own accessories brand, Béis. Her collection of nude-toned pieces includes a weekender bag with a separate compartment for shoes, a check-in roller luggage with a weight limit indicator, cosmetics case, handy packing cubes and stylish passport cases.
3. It's official: Taco Bell is opening a hotel
In August 2019, the fast food chain will be launching The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort in Palm Springs, California. The pop-up hotel will be open for four days from August 8 to August 12. Taco Bell is determined to help guests make the most out of the few days with a spa that offers Taco Bell-themed nail art and a pool with Taco Bell’s very own cocktail remakes. But arguably the most exciting feature is the room service. Not only will Taco Bell be delivered to you in bed, but there’ll also be exclusive limited edition snacks and meals on offer. The goal? Encourage guests to dive deep into the lifestyle aspect of Taco Bell while expanding beyond the culture of a traditional fast food experience. Although the resort is sold out, Taco Bell plans to release its own resort collection—so keep your eyes peeled.
4. Monsoon season in Southeast Asia is approaching—but don't let it deter you
Although the summer months between June to October have been deemed rainy season in Southeast Asia, this does not mean that it will be a constant downpour. The rain comes and goes and only last a short time. Traveling to Southeast Asia during this time can also be very advantageous, as it means fewer tourists, smaller crowds and lower prices. The rain can also act as a quick midday refresher, as it cools down temperatures. If you travel for the scenery, the monsoon season revives the greenery and paints a beautiful, lush landscape.
5. Uber launches a comfort feature for more legroom and less conversation on the road
Attention all avid Uber users out there: the ride-sharing app just launched a five-star feature dubbed Uber Comfort to provide a more elevated experience on the road. Because wouldn’t it be nice to stretch your legs out and take a quick nap while en route to your destination? Uber Comfort allows customers to personalize their ride with options such as conversation preferences and temperature setting—and while it's not as fancy as Uber Black, it's certainly more deluxe than UberX. Just like UberX, Uber Pool, Uber Black, Uber XL and Uber SUV, Uber Comfort will fall as a separate category choice when you order your car. Keep in mind that, along with this new element, Uber will charge 20%-40% more than a standard Uber X ride.
In other Uber news, you can now get to the Great Barrier Reef by way of an Uber submarine. We're totally serious.