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Zoom Airlines Suspends Operations

Zoom Airlines, a Canada-based low-cost carrier, abruptly shut down and began bankruptcy proceedings yesterday, leaving passengers from Vancouver to London stranded.

According to an article on CBC.ca, Zoom said the rising costs of fuel and a weakened economy over the past year forced it to ground its planes.

On their website, Hugh and John Boyle, the founders of Zoom, direct their travelers to other airlines for re-accommodation and made this statement: “We deeply regret the fact that we have been forced to suspend all Zoom operations. It is a tragic day for our passengers and more than 600 staff.”

Jazz Air Removes Life Vests to Save Cash

I’m no safety expert, but, as a consumer, this announcement disturbed me and left me wondering: Seriously, what next?

Only a few weeks after reporting a 32 percent decline in net income, Jazz Air, the regional carrier for Air Canada, decided to remove life vests from its planes to reduce weight and save a few bucks.

A Jazz Air spokesperson said that the removal of these vests is in accordance with Transportation Canada regulations, which requires only one means of floatation when operating flights within 50 nautical miles from shore. Jazz Air will rely on the seat cushions as the sole flotation device.

Guerilla Yoga

Through the windows of Ottawa’s Parliament building, senators are likely to see something that you wouldn’t expect on Parliament Hill: a Cobra; a Cat; and a Downward Facing Dog.

If you’re a follower of the ancient tradition of yoga, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Keep in mind, I am no yoga expert, but you don’t have to be an Ashtanga master to know there’s something special about Yoga on Parliament Hill, one of Travelocity.ca’s Local Secrets, Big Finds. This free yoga class, sponsored by Lululemon Athletica, lures locals to the lawn of Parliament Hill, just along the banks of the beautiful Ottawa River.

Escape to Hip Hotels at Cities across North America

You prefer originality over grandeur, high-concept design over ho-hum layouts and hip personality over the blasé. In short, you won’t settle for just a place to hang your hat. It’s all about the little things, and in today’s assortment of boutique-style hotels, no details are spared–which means you get everything from high thread-count bed linens and plush towels to hi-tech gadgets and rainfall showerheads.

For the last decade, chic new hotels have been sprouting up in cities across North America–hotels that make you feel like a VIP while still keeping you on budget. Think casual luxury blended with intimate, individualized service. You won’t find a closet-sized gym with an ancient treadmill; instead it’s spas and yoga kits. Onsite restaurants and lounges are more than fast food; they’re destinations in themselves. In many cases, pets are welcome and special programs are offered for kids, too.

Not sure where to go? Travelocity editors recommend these chic and affordable hotels for fall getaways and beyond: