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One Key to a Successful European Vacation Is Planning Several Months Ahead

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/10/2017, 12:15 AM

When is it best to begin planning your trip to Europe? Though some of the experts disagree, the majority of them say just after the start of the new year, when airline tickets tend to be priced at their lowest level. The optimum advance period is 120 days (four months), which means that a smart traveler purchases those tickets in January or February for a vacation in May or June. What about a t...

Starting Oct. 13, Drive California's Highway 1 from Carmel to Big Sur Again

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/09/2017, 2:45 AM

With the completion of the new Pfeiffer Creek Bridge in Big Sur, California, a key portion of the state's spectacularly scenic Highway 1 is set to reopen on October 13.  The original bridge had to be demolished in March after damage caused by heavy rains. That cut Big Sur in two and made it impossible for drivers to complete the rugged central coast route that starts in Carmel—one of the country'...

Florida Keys to Reopen to Tourists October 1

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/25/2017, 8:30 PM

The Florida Keys will reopen to tourists on October 1, government officials there have announced. The archipelago just off the southern tip of Florida was hit with extreme force by Hurricane Irma on September 10, when the Category 4 storm made landfall, destroying an estimated 25% of homes on the islands.     In the immediate aftermath, officials advised travelers to postpone trips to the area w...

United Airlines Called Out for Hurricane Irma Price Gouging

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/06/2017, 9:00 PM

Hurricane Irma is the most severe hurricane ever measured in the Atlantic Ocean, and millions of people are being told to get out of its way. Amid the pre-storm scramble on Wednesday, Dan Rather's News and Guts Facebook page posted a serious allegation for United Airlines (any errors were in the original post): "We are genuinely curious if anyone in South Florida or Miami has tried to book a flig...

Hurricane Season Could Be Worse Than Initially Predicted

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/15/2017, 12:00 AM

Weather watchers were already expecting the 2017 hurricane season to be unusually active in the western Atlantic, including the Caribbean region.  But now researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) think the season could be even worse than initially projected.  The NOAA is predicting 14 to 19 named storms, 5 to 9 of which could become hurricanes. That's up from the ...

Too Hot to Fly in Phoenix

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/21/2017, 4:00 AM

Did you know that it can be too hot to fly? Extreme heat causes changes in air density that make it difficult for planes—especially small ones—to take off.  Travelers are learning that little science lesson this week in Arizona, where a heat wave with temperatures that could reach 120 degrees forced American Airlines to cancel about 50 flights at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airpor...

Weather Forecast for Fall: Warm Everywhere

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/27/2016, 4:00 AM

Remember when September was autumn? It sure doesn't feel like that this year in the United States—you'll search in vain for a nip in the air pretty much anywhere you travel in the country. And according to the National Weather Service's three-month forecast, above-average temperatures will continue through the end of the year.  Due to a combo of normal weather patterns and long-term cl...

If You Want to See the Northern Lights, This Is the Winter to Do It

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/22/2016, 4:00 AM

(Photo: FreeImages/Dave Dyet) If seeing the Northern Lights is on your bucket list (and why wouldn't it be?), this winter could be the best chance you'll get until the middle of the 2020s, according to experts.  The best time to see the natural spectacle in any year is from September to March in the Arctic Circle. But how bright the lights are depends on where the sun is in its ap...

Time to Rethink Tropical Travel Plans for Summer? Federal Forecasters Issue Their Hurricane Predictions

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/23/2013, 10:30 PM

"This is your warning," said Kathryn Sullivan, administrator of the The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And what a warning it is: today, the NOAA is prediced 13-20 named Atlantic Storms for the upcoming months. It's saying that 7 to 11 of those could become hurricanes, with 3 to 6 of those reaching 111 mph and higher (which are the worst categories of hurricanes). How sure...

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