The never-gets-old quote from the philosopher who lends his name to the movie "Forrest Gump" was that: “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get.”
We have found this to be true in the dot-travel Internet domain, which remains full of surprises.
The domain is home to Utah.travel, a site operated by Utah’s state tourism office; Florida.travel, which takes you directly to VisitFlorida, the Sunshine State’s tourism office; and Georgia.travel, which is operated by the tourism office of the Black Sea republic and former component of the Soviet Union.
Wisconsin.travel, on the other hand, doesn’t take you anywhere. Nor does Southwest.travel or Carnival.travel.
Typing Hyatt or Marriott before dot-travel will take you directly to the dot-com sites of those two brands. Hilton.travel takes you to Hilton’s U.K. site but Conrad.travel takes you to the Conrad page of Hilton.com.
Africa.travel is under construction, as is Virgin.travel (but not, apparently, by Virgin Atlantic), and the United.travel site is labeled Neue Internetpräsenz, and asks, among other things, “Looking for vinoba bhave university?”
To the extent that the dot-travel domain was intended to maintain some degree of unpredictability in our lives, we’d say it’s succeeding.