It matters not where or how far you travel—the farther commonly the worse—but how much alive you are.
Henry David Thoreau
Journals

Steven Norton’s article for the Wall Street Journal about Starwood Hotel CEO Frits van Paasschen ticks a number of boxes for me: The travel and technology trends, of course, but also the larger idea that successful people can accept or reject technology based on whether it actually helps them.

Mr. van Paasschen certainly isn’t alone in ditching a PC for a tablet or a smartphone for the majority of his work and, while it still isn’t something that I would do, it’s nice to see a profile like this that highlights the emerging reality: These days, any PC/Post-PC discussion is really more about personal preferences than any hard limits of functionality.

One more nugget of interest deeper in the piece – a brief mention of how Starwood is using custom apps to connect data about its rooms with their reservation system.

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I love this CityLab post about photographs of Europe’s Abandoned Border Crossing.

Sam Sturgis’s profile of a project by photographer Ignacio Evangelista called ‘After Schengen’ serves as a visual reminder about the often arbitrary and fluid nature of national borders (and, perhaps, our attitudes towards them as well).

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Up in the air, somewhere between New Zealand and Tahiti. #travel

A little experiment – I want to see your favorite photos from (or of) the windows on airplanes, boats, trains, lounges, airports, and the like. Use the hashtag #Transportals on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to share your pictures and I’ll do a round-up of the best ones.

To get things going, here’s one I took a couple of weeks ago somewhere between New Zealand and Tahiti.

Tetiaroa, French Polynesia — Have a huge backlog of photos from French Polynesia to post, but here's a sneak preview of the unspoiled natural lagoon at @TheBrandoResort… It is one of the most stunning and astonishingly beautiful places that I've ever seen!
Have a huge backlog of photos from French Polynesia to post, but here’s a sneak preview of the unspoiled natural lagoon at The Brando Resort… It is one of the most stunning and astonishingly beautiful places that I’ve ever seen!