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Cruising Is Back! It's Been a Disaster: Crew on Three Lines Test Positive

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/03/2020, 3:00 PM

It's no secret that many countries are doing better than the United States when it comes to containing Covid-19 infections. A few of those places thought they might be able to extend their successes to the seas and bring back cruising in a safer, modified form, at least for smaller ships. They were wrong. The safety systems they put in place did not prevent infections from being discovered on b...

Buyer Beware: Theme Parks Are Cutting Experiences but Not Prices

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/31/2020, 3:00 PM

Despite headlines declaring that major theme parks have "reopened," that doesn't mean everything inside them has. We get it—some people would rather eat glass slippers than step foot in Cinderella Castle during a pandemic, even if the much shorter lines at the parks have an appeal.  But for those other people who might be thinking that stepping through the turnstiles will be like returning t...

Prisoners in Their Own Country: Three Ways America's Government Is Betraying the Freedom to Travel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/30/2020, 4:00 PM

We hold these truths to be self-evident: By neglecting to ensure we retain access to our right to travel, we have lost it.

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Does This Look Fun to You? Vloggers Show What Travel Is Like Now

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/24/2020, 5:00 PM

What's travel like these days? Now that things are reopening elsewhere in the world, are you missing out on the fun? You don't have to wonder. YouTube has the answer. The first travelers are trickling back to post-shutdown destinations and posting their experiences online as video blogs. The world they're showing us is, in a word, different.  Here's Dhruv Rathee, who has amassed 4 million...

New Yorkers Can Have Global Entry Again (Because Homeland Security Lied About It)

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/24/2020, 10:00 AM

After six months, residents of New York State are again allowed to apply for Trusted Traveler Programs, including Global Entry. Why? Because the Department of Homeland Security made false statements to justify the ban. The DHS previously insisted that it had to block New Yorkers from obtaining Global Entry memberships because the state prohibits the federal government from using records from...

JetBlue Offers BOGO Airfare for Autumn and Winter Travel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/23/2020, 2:00 PM

JetBlue, like all airlines right now, needs to boost both business and passenger confidence. So the carrier has announced a flash buy-one-get-one sale for 3-night air-and-hotel packages. As long as you book a round-trip flight by Monday, July 27, you can get a second round-trip flight for free.  The deal is good for travel between September 7, 2020, and February 10, 2021 (with some blackout ...

I've Stayed in Several Hotels This Summer. It Didn't Go How I Expected.

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/16/2020, 6:00 PM

A surprising way the pandemic has changed the travel experience is how we relate to hotels now—and it goes beyond cleaning concerns. 

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CDC Extends Ban on Cruising in U.S. Waters Into the Autumn

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/16/2020, 5:00 PM

The Centers for Disease Control has again extended its ban on cruising in American waters.  The previous ban was scheduled to expire on September 15, a few days before the official end of summer. Under the new extension, cruising will not resume until October 1 at the earliest.  This is the second time the CDC has pushed the no-sail order to a later date. The Miami Herald reports that sin...

Yes, Americans Can Go to Tahiti! Just Follow These Steps

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/16/2020, 9:00 AM

French Polynesia, known to many by the name of its most populous island, Tahiti, is accepting visitors again.  We know, we can't believe it, either. If Americans try going most other places in the world, they'll be looking at slammed doors. But as of July 15, the South Pacific paradise will show anyone its sublime reefs and beaches—and as long as visitors jump through a few hoops first, there's...

Turkish Leader Re-Converts Hagia Sophia Into Mosque: Can Tourists Still Visit?

By Jason Cochran

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

A court has cleared the way for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to convert one of the world's most precious architectural and historic jewels, the Hagia Sophia, back into a working mosque. If you've never been lucky enough to see the Hagia Sophia (sometimes spelled "Ayasofya"), you should know it's one of the most magical places on the planet. It’s impossible to fully convey the cosmic s...

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