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“I” is for Inwood, Manhattan NY – #Travel Tuesday

December 4, 2018


Many would say that Inwood NY is on the rise! As one of the northernmost neighborhoods in Manhattan, Inwood has a mom-and-pop kind of feel with single-family brick homes and six-story apartment buildings. The neighborhood is chock-full of interesting restaurants like Garden Cafe and Beans & Vines!

Once your appetite is sated, try walking around Inwood Hill Park, which is also known for its splendid views of the Hudson River Waterfront. The park also offers various hiking and bike trails, dog parks, playgrounds and athletic fields. You may even spot a Bald Eagle, as the park is the site of the NYC Bald-Eagle release project! If you’re in the mood for a museum, The Met Cloisters holds an extensive selection of religious tapestries and artwork from the Middle Ages. Inwood NY definitely breaks the rules of busy NYC life and easily lets you unwind, so add Inwood to your travel itinerary and let Royal Traveler bring you there hassle-free!

Travel & Transport News Roundup

Marriott Hacking Exposes Data of Up to 500 Million Guests : NYT

Self-Driving Hotel Rooms May Soon Change the Way We Take Road Trips : Leisure & Travel Mag offers a Multi-Modal First By Interlining Air and Ground Services : Phocuswire

Intrepid Business Travelers Are Finding Another Way to the Airport; Bike : NYT

The Hypercars You Can Race at Le Mans—and Then Drive Home : Bloomberg

The Genesis G70 Is a Good Car, But Who’s Buying? : Bloomberg

“H” is for Harlem, Manhattan NY – #Travel Tuesday

November 27, 2018

Home of the Harlem Renaissance, a movement in the early 1900s of African-American cultural, intellectual and creative innovation. In the forms of dance, art, theater, sociology and literature, the movement shed light on notable figures such as Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington and Zora Neale Hurston. Today Harlem still embraces its rich history with world-famous venues and attractions such as the Apollo Theater and the Studio Museum of Harlem (temporarily relocated to at 429 West 127th Street between Amsterdam and Convent Avenues, operating from Thursday-Sunday 12 – 6PM). The National Jazz Museum of Harlem also provides insight into Harlem’s exciting music history.

If museums and the arts aren’t your thing, then don’t pass up a chance to indulge in the abundant Harlem food scene. Just to name a few; try Sylvia’s for iconic soul food; drop by Ponty Bistro for French fare with West-African influences; and definitely stop by the Michelin one-star Sushi Inoue for superb Japanese. You can also easily find an excess of Puerto Rican, Italian, Israeli, Jamaican and American Comfort food restaurants to satisfy your hunger cravings. Between the museums, the shows and the food scene, Harlem has it all. So book online and come on board with Royal Traveler, let us transport you in style!

“G” is for Georgetown, Washington DC – #TravelTuesday

November 20, 2018

We couldn’t name a travel destination with a G and NOT mention Georgetown! As the oldest area in DC, this neighborhood is almost as well known as the District itself. With cobblestone sidewalks and traditional homes providing an historic charm to the neighborhood, it also is the residence of flourishing shops, unique eats and of course the famous Georgetown University. Shopping is one of the main attractions to the area, and tourism thrives on various storefronts as commercial as Apple, to more boutique options like designer shop Rag & Bone.

Outdoor buffs can easily find solace in the Georgetown Waterfront Park, while foodies have unlimited options. Famous eateries include Georgetown Cupcakes (get in line early!), and the vast food and bar scene at the Washington Harbour. Or skip shopping altogether and just watch the show of the Georgetown Rowing Team (in existence since 1876!) practice up and down the Potomac. Whatever your plans are for DC, prioritize Georgetown & book with Royal Traveler. We’ll bring you and the luxury!

Travel & Transport News Roundup

JetBlue CEO Defends Bag Fee Hike As Cost of Doing Business : Skift

Alex Perdikis Sees A Market With InRide : WBJ

New York’s Three Bottom of the Heap : WSJ

Best of the Biggest U.S. Airports : WSJ

The Coming Battle Over the Car Cockpit : WSJ

“F” is for the Flatiron District, Manhattan NY – #TravelTuesday

November 13, 2018

Known for its impressive architecture and eclectic neighborhood feel, the Flatiron District of Manhattan is a must. The stunning Flatiron Building attracts tourists and artists alike due to its uniquely triangular shape. Other buildings in the area feature “Beaux-Arts” style architecture: a french neoclassic style mixed with french gothic and renaissance styles while using mediums like iron and glass. The food scene is dominated by Mexican and Michelin-Star rated New American venues, as well as Eataly, a large italian bazaar filled with restaurants, counters and even cooking classes. Additionally, the district has large green spaces like Madison Square Park where the family can relax and unwind! Continuing the family-friendly theme, visit the Mo Math Museum, a fun and educational children’s museum. So remember the Flatiron District for fun activities (and remember Royal Traveler for a luxurious and hassle-free way to get there)!!

Travel & Transport News Roundup

Why Hyundai is Investing Another $250 Million in Ridehailing Service Grab : Skift

Hyatt is Altering Its Loyalty Program to Battle Abuse : Skift

Majority of DMV Commuters in Region Drive to Work Alone : FNP

“E” is for the East Village, Manhattan NY –  #TravelTuesday

November 6, 2018

Switching from federal DC vibes, this post pays homage to the rich bohemian, indie-rock, blues and folk culture found in the East Village, NY.  With a deep history of rock and artistry, the neighborhood has one of the highest concentrations of bars and dining options in the area. For a less busy atmosphere take a stroll through Tompkins Square Park or peruse the halls of the Anthology Film Archives. From modern filmmakers to beat poets, the neighborhood hosts plenty of bookstores, cafes and dining options tucked away, keeping any free spirit happy. With such a vast food scene, we have a few suggestions: the original Momofuku Noodle Bar (Ramen & other fare), Empellón Al Pastor (Tacos & other fare) and Veselka (Ukrainian diner fare). The food and dining options alone should bring you to the East Village, so let Royal Traveler take care of the details. We’ll bring the luxury!

Travel & Transport News Roundup

The Secret to Getting Your Room Service Faster Than Everyone Else : The Driven

Volvo to Start Shipping Self-Driving Cars to Uber Next Year : FT

Tesla to Compete Against Uber, Lyft with Rideshare Service EV Owners Can Opt In To : Bloomberg

“D” is for Dupont Circle, Washington D.C.  –  #TravelTuesday

October 30, 2018

Historic Dupont Circle reflects the vibrant and global culture of Washington DC. The neighborhood showcases bistros, bars, boutiques, museums, and even a large farmer’s market on weekends, so it has a little bit for everyone to enjoy. To begin, The Phillips Collection, the first museum of modern art, calls Dupont Circle home, as do several  Embassies, including Argentina, Peru, Botswana, and Morocco. “Embassy Row,” as it’s known, provides beautiful panoramas on a self-guided Embassy tour from the Circle upwards  along Massachusetts Avenue or down towards downtown DC.

Besides Embassies, the neighborhood also claims two impressive 1-Star Michelin restaurants on the same block: Komi and Sushi Taro. However, a less intimidating eatery would be KramerBooks and Afterwords Cafe; which houses a full-service restaurant and bar with an independent bookstore. Finally, Dupont Circle maintains a thriving nightlife with popular clubs like Cafe Citron & Eighteenth Street Lounge. Whether you’re planning a daytime exploration of one of DC’s most historic and diverse neighborhoods or whether you’re planning to burn the midnight oil, let Royal Traveler deliver you to Dupont Circle in style!

Announcing Royal Rewards!

October 25, 2018

We’re excited to announce our new rewards program – Royal Rewards! Membership in Royal Rewards is free and open to all. Even better, if you’ve ridden with us recently, you may already be eligible for points! Join today to start earning even more by taking trips with us (1 point for every $1 spent), referring your friends (2,000 points each), and by liking us on social media (250 points for each social network). We’ll be announcing special point-earning events from time to time as well, so keep your eyes peeled here and on our social media accounts for those opportunities. Before you know it, you’ll be exchanging those points for vouchers that can save you big bucks on future rides!

Royal Rewards was created as a thank you to our most loyal customers. But if you only use Royal Traveler every now and then, or even if you’re a brand new customer, you can still share in the benefits and save money. Sign up at the link below and review the terms and conditions for even more details.

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“C” is for Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.  –  #TravelTuesday

October 23, 2018

The name should say it all─ where all the Movers and Shakers work, eat and play. Just to name a few commanding architectural structures, the Supreme Court Building,  the Capitol Building and the Library of Congress all reside in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of a senator, or page through a book from one of the largest libraries in the world! Not impressive enough? Take a stroll through the U.S. Botanic Gardens established by Congress in 1820. The Botanic Gardens host an extensive plant collection and works toward conservation and sustainability. Capitol Hill also features a popular community hub, Eastern Market. Find artisanal shopping and exciting restaurants, all in one spot! While the Who’s-Who of DC work, take a relaxing ride with Royal Traveler through the playground of politicians and explore the Capitol Hill neighborhood! We’ll bring you, and the luxury.

“B” is for Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn NY  –  #TravelTuesday

October 16, 2018

Since the 1800s, Brooklyn Heights has been a staple neighborhood of Brooklyn. It is well-known for iconic low-rise architecture and elegantly restored brownstone row houses.  The Brooklyn Promenade boasts beautiful scenic views of Lower Manhattan while displaying stunning panoramas of the bridge at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Neighborhood restaurants like Henry’s End have a no-frills approach to upscale food based upon seasonal fare. Also the local Italian restaurants like Queen and Noodle Pudding are widely considered hidden gems.  Moreover, Brooklyn Height’s residential museums highlight its distinctive history, including the Brooklyn Historical Society, and the NY Transit Museum just to name a few.  We believe that for the spectacular views alone – Brooklyn Heights should be prioritized on your next trip to NY. Let Royal Traveler bring you and the luxury!

Travel & Transport News Roundup

The 6 Best Large SUVs for Families in 2018  :  U.S. News & World Report

Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 5 Star Luxury Hotel : Luxury Travel Mag

“A” is for Astoria, Queens NY – #TravelTuesday

October 9, 2018

Astoria, NY is an interesting neighborhood nestled into the northwestern side of Queens. It’s just a hop, skip and a jump from Manhattan’s Upper East Side.  And also is an easy and exciting detour to add to any New York trip. Sensational restaurants like Taverna Kyclades and Artopolis Bakery display Astoria’s rich Greek heritage, while others like Vesta Trattoria & Wine Bar (Italian), Sugar Freak (Cajun/Creole) & AbuQir Seafood (Egyptian) demonstrate its culinary breadth. Astoria is also home to unique sights like the Museum of the Moving Image and the Socrates Sculpture Park. Astoria combines elements of art, history, cuisine and outdoor activities. Therefore it’s a must-see neighborhood on your next NY trip with Royal Traveler!

Travel & Transport News Roundup

Philadelphia Is Where You Try New Things And Take Risks : CNN

Uber to Invest Over $150 Million in Toronto Driverless Car Hub : Bloomberg

Moving Towards Electric SUVs

October 5, 2018

As the automotive industry moves from the petroleum-based cars towards electric-based cars, the diversity of body-styles and engine-strength inevitably changes. However, new and increased investment just acheived new heights.  The electric sector now includes a new electric class type: the luxury electric mid-sized SUV. Top models include exciting designs like the Jaguar I-Pace, the BMW iX3, the Volvo XC40 and the Audi e-tron. These models boast close to 270 horse-power and can travel anywhere between 240 – 250 miles on a single charge. Why is this important to Royal Traveler? Therefore the next stages could include electric luxury full-size SUVs for RT!

Travel & Transport News Roundup

Uber’s Self-Driving Trucks Division is Long Dead, long live Uber Self-Driving Cars : TechCrunch

How Are Millenials Using Travel Technology? : Forbes

Minivans Are the Future of Transportation — Just Don’t Call Them Minivans : WP



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