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This Twitter Account Tracks the Door Codes to London's Toilets

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/23/2020, 12:00 AM

Every traveler knows the misery of not being able to find a loo. When you're spending hours away from your hotel exploring an unfamiliar town, pit stops can be few and far between. In kinder times, free places to pee were bog standard. They included restrooms built into subway platforms and down staircases on busy streets. But most of those public WCs were padlocked decades ago out of fears ove...

At JetBlue, a New High in Baggage Fees Brings a New Low for Customers

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/22/2020, 12:00 AM

Which U.S.–based airline charges customers the highest fee for their first checked bag? As of this week, it's JetBlue.  The airline hiked its baggage fee by $5—it's now $35. That's the second increase in two years. JetBlue's charge for checking a first bag is now higher than the rates at United, Delta, American, and Alaska. A second checked bag will now cost JetBlue passengers a steep $45...

U.S. National Parks Are Free on MLK, Jr. Day

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/17/2020, 9:00 AM

Savings alert! On Monday, January 20, 2020, all American national parks will be free to enter. It's part of the National Park Service's regular schedule of free days, which are designed to encourage people to get out and explore their natural wonders. On that day, parks that normally charge an entrance fee (like Yosemite, pictured, which normally takes in $35 per car) will simply wave you through...

Can You Travel with CBD Oil? Laws are Murky, But Here's How to Protect Yourself

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/15/2020, 8:15 PM

Is it legal to fly with CBD products within the United States? If it's a certain type—yes. If it breaks the rules—no. Here's how to make sure your CBD can be transported legally....

The Frommer's Travel Gift Guide for Every Budget

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/15/2019, 9:00 PM

Great gadgets, luggage, and gifts that make travel smarter, easier, and better....

China Expands Its Free Six-Day Visa to More Tourist Cities

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/30/2019, 12:00 AM

Usually, filling out the paperwork to obtain a visa for China is as elaborate as taking the bar exam, but less fun. Tourists have to answer a long list of sometimes invasive questions (be prepared to share what your mother does for a living), supply disappointing photos of their faces, fork over $140 per person, and wait four days to see if they made the cut. The rigmarole has discouraged many peo...

New Bill in U.S. Congress Would Squash Hidden Resort Fees. Here's How to Help

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/26/2019, 12:15 PM

A new bill introduced in Congress today will spell the end of hotel resort fees. Maybe. The Hotel Advertising Transparency Act of 2019 would classify the nondisclosure of resort fees (or "cleaning fees" or "urban fees" or any other mandatory fee) as "deceptive" advertising. Most of us would agree that's an accurate description—one that matters because the bill would allow the government to crac...

Free Parking in Las Vegas Returns As a Resort Breaks Ranks

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/19/2019, 3:00 AM

For many years, the ability to park for free at most Las Vegas casino-resorts was a beloved perk, and it was one that made visiting the spread-out desert city much more affordable, practical, and welcoming. But in 2017, starting with MGM-owned resorts, that privilege was snatched from guests. Just to visit a restaurant or a shop, with a few minor exceptions (Treasure Island, Venetian-Palazzo) gue...

12 Ways to Find Discounts for Disney

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/29/2019, 12:00 AM

Disney doesn't grant many discounts. But if you know some tricks, you can nibble away at the overall price of a Disney vacation.

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Eat Like a Local: The Best Cheap Food in Honolulu, Oahu

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/23/2019, 12:00 AM

If you know where to go, you can eat like the locals do—fresh ahi tuna, decadent one-of-a-kind pastries, and heaping portions of the famous Hawaiian "plate lunch" are all within easy reach of the beach.

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