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8-Year-Old Becomes Youngest Female to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/31/2017, 12:00 AM

AUGUST 1, 2017 FLORIDA GIRL SETS KILIMANJARO RECORD (Travel + Leisure) An 8-year-old Florida girl has made history as the youngest female ever to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. After a weeklong ascent, Roxy Getter reached the summit of the 19,341-foot Tanzanian peak alongside her 10-year-old brother, Ben, and their parents, Sarah and Bobby. The family trained by trudging up and down stairs at parki...

Mud Festival Planned for New Zealand

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/28/2017, 4:00 AM

The mud in most places isn't worth celebrating. Then again, most places aren't Rotorua, New Zealand, where geothermal activity creates geysers, hot springs, and, yes, mud rich in restorative minerals useful in beauty and wellness treatments.  This December, Rotorua will be celebrating that unique feature of the landscape with the first-ever Mudtopia Festival, a three-day event during w...

Another Big Hotel Chain Makes Cancelling Costly

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/25/2017, 5:15 PM

In June, Marriott changed its rules about cancelling hotel reservations. Before then, customers usually could cancel a room all the way until the day of check-in, sometimes the day before, and suffer no penalty. But as of this summer, the new Marriott deadline is 48 hours in North America and Latin America. If you don't cancel your Marriott room at least two days before check-in, you must pay t...

"Despacito" Could Be Driving More Interest in Puerto Rico—But Not Visits

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/25/2017, 4:00 AM

Chinese officials may want to rethink their recent decision to bar Justin Bieber from performing in their country.  Turns out the pop heartthrob could be good for tourism. Just ask Puerto Rico. A Spanglish remix of the hit "Despacito" featuring Bieber and the song's original recording artists, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, debuted on April 17 and quickly rose to the top of the charts an...

Selfie Sticks Banned in Milan

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/24/2017, 4:00 AM

The selfies you take in Milan this summer will have to be kept at arm's length. You certainly can't extend your reach with a selfie stick. Those devices have been officially banned from the historic Italian city as part of a crackdown on "anti-social behavior." Selfie sticks are definitely cumbersome and obtrusive, especially in spots clogged with tourists, which is why they've previou...

Low-Cost Airlines Crossing the Atlantic Are Now Major Players in Travel

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/24/2017, 12:00 AM

Low-cost airlines offering cheap flights to Europe are still going strong—and giving their bigger competitors a run for your money....

Eight Observations About Travel That May Be of Use for Your Next Vacation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/21/2017, 12:00 AM

Quick thoughts on Airbnb, Disneyland, airlines, Cuba, Washington's National Museum of African American History and Culture, and other recent travel developments...

A New Airline "Aimed at Millennials" to Take Flight

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/20/2017, 5:00 PM

Air France-KLM Group is launching a new airline, Joon, which will be "aimed at Millennials." In a press release that read like satire, or at best a cry for help—it was headlined "YOUNG AND CONNECTED… DISCOVER JOON!"—Air France-KLM Group and its executives dropped buzzwords marketers use to reach for the 18-to-35 set. The new carrier will offer "a global travel experience," proclai...

Popular Hike to Rio's Christ the Redeemer Closed Following Robberies

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2017, 4:00 AM

A popular hiking trail to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro has been closed following a spate of robberies. In just 10 days, 58 people have become victims of the crime on the 2.5-mile path from Parque Lage to Corcovado. So far in 2017, a total of more than 150 hikers have been robbed on the trail, reportedly by men holding knives. One Polish tourist was stabbed earlie...

For Seniors, August 28 Is the Deadline for Enjoying One of the Great Travel Bargains

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/20/2017, 12:00 AM

The price of a lifetime national parks pass for U.S. seniors is about to go WAY up....

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