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The Hotels Where Big TV Shows and Sports Quarantined for Their Pandemic Seasons

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/16/2020, 5:00 PM

The Covid-19 pandemic forced some entertainment and sports institutions to hole up during production. Here's where they stayed.

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Is This The Strongest Proof Yet Flying Is Safe? See These New Military-Grade Tests

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/15/2020, 2:00 PM

If you ran an airline in 2020, how would you prove to the public that flying in your planes is safe? It's a tricky proposition in an age of document dumps, disinformation, and fake news. To reassure consumers, the airlines need to show that they're safe to use, but any study they produce on their own could be dismissed as self-serving, questionable, or overly anecdotal. So here's what United...

Stay at the Luxury Hotel Where 'The Great British Baking Show' Was Shot

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/14/2020, 10:00 PM

What 2020 championship season successfully navigated the Covid Era by requiring participants to live and compete in a rigorously maintained social bubble? If you said the National Basketball Association, your answer is only half-baked. Yes, the NBA hunkered down in an isolated community at Walt Disney World in Florida. But the contestants on the U.K.'s The Great British Bake Off, known in No...

Oh, Great. Now That Icelandic Volcano Looks Like It Could Erupt Again

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/12/2020, 10:00 PM

If you're old enough, you might remember that time in 2010 when a volcano shut down Europe. In March of that year, Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano (pictured above) erupted and spewed so much ash that planes couldn't safely fly. As the plume drifted southeast and spread, the continent's aircraft were effectively shut down for a week until the microscopic flecks of ash gradually dispersed. Mor...

The QE2 Returns to Service as a Hotel While the Queen Mary's Prospects Sink

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/09/2020, 10:00 AM

In a recent YouTube video about why and how ships get scrapped, maritime historian Chris Frame slipped in a striking fact. Comparing the remnants of Ancient Egypt with the golden age of ocean travel, he said, "There are more pyramids you can visit today than there are original, preserved ocean liners." When it comes to preserving its heritage, the cruise industry is adrift. That's understand...

WATCH: Spectacular Drone Footage of Cruise Ships Being Scrapped in Turkey

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/07/2020, 4:00 PM

Maybe it can be argued that even before 2020, the cruise industry was reaching a saturation point. A long period of explosive growth perhaps forewarned that our cruise ship fleet was due for a correction. But what a reversal. Carnival Corporation, which comprises nine cruising brands, has already decided to dispose of 18 ships—many of them older—representing 12% of its passenger capacity. And t...

London's Iconic Red Boxes Reborn as Shops: Phone Booth Curry for Lunch?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/05/2020, 3:00 PM

An urgent need for cheap rent in Britain is leading entrepeneurs to the famous red phone booth. The next time you visit London, this tourist icon may be more likely to serve as a cafe, newsstand, or souvenir stall.

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JetBlue Can Now Hook Up All Its Passengers with Saliva-Based Virus Tests

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/01/2020, 10:00 AM

United, American, and Hawaiian airlines are gradually introducing Covid-19 tests for passengers who are headed to Hawaii, a state that now demands negative results. But JetBlue is going much further—it's helping all its customers secure prompt viral test results. You don't have to be holding a ticket for any specific destination. The airline has announced a partnership with Vault Health. Usi...

With Peak Season Over, Yosemite to Remove Reservation Requirement

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/30/2020, 4:00 PM

One of the few delightful byproducts of the novel coronavirus pandemic has been relatively empty national parks. To avoid overcrowding, a few of them implemented advance reservation systems earlier this year.  In a typical summer, Yosemite National Park can be so overstuffed with tourists that it can be difficult to find a parking spot just to look at a distant mountain. In 2019, the park's fac...

Spend Hours Walking Around the World's Great Neighborhoods with These Addictive YouTube Channels

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/29/2020, 11:00 AM

Narration-free virtual walking tours are racking up millions of views as they scratch our travel itch in isolation.

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