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How Americans Can Obtain Proof of Vaccination for Travel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/26/2021, 11:00 AM

Your vaccination card might not be enough. Here's how to make sure you have the documentation you'll need to travel freely in other countries.

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As Disney World Strips Away Its Perks, What Will Replacing Them Cost You?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/23/2021, 6:00 PM

This week, it was confirmed that Disney Parks will receive a $580 million tax break from the state of Florida to relocate about 2,000 key workers from Southern California, where the brand was born, to the Orlando area. It's hard to overstate the meaning of this shift within the company. It's a fundamental cultural change at Disney. The Imagineers who design the rides and the Disney theme park e...

Can Seattle Eliminate TSA Lines with New Virtual Queues?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/21/2021, 3:00 PM

Finally—a good idea at our airports. Quietly this summer, Seattle's primary passenger airport began testing ways to alleviate in-person lines at security checkpoints. The method: inviting departing passengers to sign up for appointment times for screening that allow them to avoid standing in crowded switchback queues. The airport, nicknamed SEA after its three-letter code, is trialing two sy...

Canada to Welcome Vaccinated Americans for Tourism Aug. 9: How It Will Work

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/19/2021, 6:30 PM

The wait is finally over for Americans: Canada has named the date when you're allowed back in. Following months of controversy and midway through a lost summer tourist season, Canada will begin admitting non-essential travelers from the United States on August 9, 2021—provided they have been fully vaccinated and can prove it. Americans will be the only international travelers permitted on th...

Ireland's Just-Opened "Greenways" Could Transform How to Tour the Emerald Isle

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/16/2021, 10:00 AM

Converting abandoned railbeds and towpaths into leafy off-road routes for walkers and cyclists, Ireland is creating a whole new way to explore the Emerald Isle.

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Airport Express Lanes for Vaccinated Travelers Are Coming

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/07/2021, 3:00 PM

As the door to pandemic-era international travel slowly creaks open, border control agents are facing a new procedural problem: If their governments enact differing entry rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors, how can officials sort through incoming arrivals without gumming up the system with hours-long queues? Even on the best days before Covid-19, the immigration checkpoint at London...

Hertz Accused of Slapping Fees on Innocent Customers: How to Protect Yourself

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/06/2021, 4:00 PM

Tuesday's Los Angeles Times had a skin-crawling story about Hertz, the rental car giant that just emerged from bankruptcy last week. The article tells the tale of a family who picked up a rental car, complained to Hertz staff that the vehicle didn't look like it had been vacuumed, but were blown off by being told there were no other vehicles available. Since Frommer's and other news outlets hav...

Unvaccinated? Royal Caribbean Will Make You Buy Travel Insurance

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/30/2021, 2:00 PM

Royal Caribbean International has added another requirement for unvaccinated cruisers in Florida: They must have travel insurance. Starting August 1, guests who do not volunteer their vaccination status on the company's ships in that state will be assumed to be unvaccinated. As a consequence, extra measures must be taken to ensure the safe evacuation of those passengers in case they carry disea...

TSA Is Training Fight Attendants to Take Down Unruly Passengers

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/28/2021, 1:00 PM

Coffee, tea, or a clock-cleaning? That'll be the new menu aboard the major U.S. airlines soon. Following a spate of antisocial behavior by passengers, the Transportation Security Administration has resumed a program that trains flight attendants in the uncompromising skills of self-defense.  Federal Air Marshals, who normally fly incognito to protect aircraft and crew members, are leading th...

How to Survive the USA's Crazy-Busy National Parks This Summer

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/17/2021, 3:00 PM

America is entering a summer of pent-up travel energy following more than a year of homebound life. And as long as most international countries remain unready to fling open their doors (not without putting up obstacles anyway), U.S. vacationers are directing their plans toward domestic destinations.  If you thought 2021 would be the summer you finally knock the great national parks off your buc...

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