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Americans Flying Abroad Must Obtain Covid Tests Before Returning

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/15/2021, 5:00 PM

Starting Tuesday, January 26, anyone flying into the United States will be required to produce proof of a negative Covid-19 test.  That requirement, announced by the Centers for Disease Control on January 12, might have slipped your notice, or maybe you thought the rule would only affect incoming tourists. Wrong. It's for everyone. Including American citizens. The CDC is explicit. The ann...

Norwegian Gives Up: Low-Cost Airline Will No Longer Serve American Cities

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/14/2021, 1:00 PM

More than 40 airlines have claimed insolvency in the age of Covid-19, but for American budget travelers, this carrier may prove to be the most missed. Norwegian Air, which was already having a hard time before the pandemic, has officially axed long-haul flights in a bid to stay aloft within Europe. "The executives of Norwegian Air have made unusually optimistic projections," wrote Arthur Fro...

As We Reassess Our Travel Lives, Eagle Creek Relaunches Pack-It System

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/14/2021, 11:00 AM

It's a heck of a time to launch a new packing product, but maybe Eagle Creek is counting on our pent-up wanderlust. Or perhaps the baggage giant is hoping that we're all using the pandemic pause to throw out our lonely and long-unused luggage, Marie Kondo–style, to make room for new stuff. Whatever the reasoning, the manufacturer has relaunched the Pack-It system of luggage organizers first int...

Disney World Guts Guest Benefits at Its Hotels: Why Would You Stay Now?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/12/2021, 7:00 PM

From a value standpoint, it's already a highly debatable decision to stay within the borders of Walt Disney World at a Disney-owned hotel. Those properties easily cost at least twice as much as hotels of comparable quality just a few miles away. People who choose to submit to the inflated expense will tell you they have their reasons. One frequently heard justification is the importance of bein...

Key West Cruise Ban Poised to Be Overruled

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/11/2021, 3:00 PM

We have an update on the Key West cruise ban. Remember in November when the people of that Florida city decided that cruises were more of a headache than they were worth?  On Election Day, Conchs (which is what local Key Westers call themselves) voted nearly 2 to 1 to limit cruise passengers to 1,500 per day, effectively excluding large ships from calling at the Port of Key West. Residents a...

The Filming Locations of Netflix's "Bridgerton" That Tourists Can Visit

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/08/2021, 4:00 PM

Shonda Rhimes's Georgian-era soap was shot at historic English properties you can tour.

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How Soon After Receiving the Vaccine Can You Travel?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/06/2021, 10:00 AM

Can you start traveling as soon as you're vaccinated for the coronavirus? The answer is complicated, balancing personal risk and the safety of others. 

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10 Surprising Things That Could Trigger a Bag Search at the Airport

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/05/2021, 11:00 AM

If you pack any of these items, don't be surprised if airport security agents ask to open your luggage for closer inspection.

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Royal Caribbean to Rescue Travel Planners with No-Interest Loans: A Good Thing?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/22/2020, 4:00 AM

For centuries in England, when you chose to go to a pub, you were also often choosing the brewery that supplied it. Many pubs were associated with only one maker of ales. And when our grandparents went on a date at a movie palace, they knew that some cinema chains specialized in certain studios: Loew's showed MGM films, Fox projected 20th Century-Fox product, RKO controlled the old Orpheum thea...

A Holiday Rarity: Stream a Real British Panto for Free

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/18/2020, 5:00 PM

The British pantomime, or panto, is one of those beloved cultural institutions that simply doesn't travel. Either you're in the United Kingdom during panto season (late November to mid-January), or you miss the chance to experience this boisterous, freewheeling, off-the-wall theatrical tradition. Not this year! Through a complicated twist of fate (I'll get to that in a second), the entire world...

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