Gulliver’s most read stories of 2014

IT HAS been an interesting year here on the Gulliver blog. We have covered everything from the tragedies of the two Malaysian Airlines disasters, to the diary of a correspondent’s cat, who was forced to follow his master from London to São Paulo. But which have been the stories that most captured readers’ imaginations? Listed below are the ten most-read stories on this blog from the past 12 months. 

1. Kissing business acquaintances: X, XXX or XXXXX?
A map showing how many times French people in different regions typically kiss one another when they greet highlights why, in a business setting, it is best to stick to a firm handshake

2. Boeing’s 747: The end?
The iconic jumbo isn’t dead yet. But it is not so crazy to say that it is headed for retirement.

3. Flying first class: The rarefied air at the front
Lufthansa’s decision to install humidifiers in its first-class cabins ensures that the people at the front of the plane even enjoy better air than the rest

4. Amtrak: The map that shows the real problem
Why does Amtrak require so much taxpayer money to survive?

5. US Airways handles a mistake with grace: Self-congratulations all around
An exemplary tale of how to deal with a social-media cock-up

6. Underwhelming tourist attractions: Is that it?
Stonehenge, the Little Mermaid and the Pyramids at Giza: a few of the nominations for most disappointing must-sees

7. Legroom on aeroplanes: A modest proposal for the equitable treatment of the taller passenger
Lengthy passengers should be given a free extra seat

8. Airport lounges: Ticket to nowhere
One man goes a bit too far in his quest to use Lufthansa’s airport lounges

9. Tourists’ reputation abroad: I know your type
Gulliver is forced to climb down when the mother of a young man, whose picture we used to illustrate this story on British louts abroad, rang to complain

10. A hook-up app for travellers: Make it a Tripr to remember
A new travel app is designed to help take the solitude out of lonely road trips

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