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How to Get U.S. National Park Reservations if They're Sold Out

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/24/2024, 3:30 PM

The most popular national parks in the United States now require advance reservations for entry in peak season, and those often book up months in advance. Here's how to get into a national park even if you missed the deadline.

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The News Said Two Airlines Just Scrapped Change and Cancel Fees—but the Truth Is Messier

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/23/2024, 7:30 AM

Something notable is happening at American airports. Something that only happens once in a blue moon.Airlines are changing their positions on fees. In recent days, two major U.S. airlines announced the same move. Airlines swear they don't collude, but once again two carriers came up with the same headline-grabbing policy change simultaneously. Except this time, instead of doing something annoying ...

Study Finds Gig Drivers Still Earn Less Than Minimum Wage. Is Using Uber and Lyft Ethical?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/21/2024, 10:15 AM

Corporations are squeezing Americans for more cash everywhere. We're all feeling it, especially at the grocery store and at the gas pump, even as the big companies in those industries rake in record or near-record profits. A new study compounds the growing accusations of corporate gouging with a finding that Lyft and Uber are paying many drivers less than the minimum wage where they live. The Ins...

Why Your Phone's Navigation App May Be Useless for Driving Outside Your Home Country

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/15/2024, 3:00 PM

You cannot rely on your smartphone from home to give you quick turn-by-turn driving directions in another country. Here's why, and here's how to get around it....

Opening Dates for Orlando's Big Summer 2024 Attractions—and Should You Care?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/15/2024, 10:30 AM

This year, it's as if the USA's most popular tourist destination is holding its breath. Most summers, Orlando's theme parks construct a new blockbuster ride or two to attract families anew. But 2024 is different. A year from now, Orlando will open its first new theme park in 26 years, Universal Epic Universe. Construction crews are already testing rides at what is shaping up to be the most elabora...

The 7 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make on a Walt Disney World Vacation

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/09/2024, 7:30 AM

Disney World vacations are full of pitfalls. Save money and avert discomfort by avoiding these basic planning mistakes.

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Biden Creates His First National Park Unit: Amache in Colorado

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/08/2024, 8:00 AM

Update: Amache officially became a Natonal Historic Site on February 15, 2024. Here is its official National Park unit page.Last Friday, U.S. President Joe Biden signed the paperwork that created his first contribution to the National Park Service: the former Camp Amache in southeastern Colorado, about a three-hour drive from Colorado Springs. It was another American president, Franklin Delano Roo...

15+ Amazing Travel Tricks Your iPhone Can Already Do for Free: Translate Signs, Get Flight Status, Measure Bags, More

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/06/2024, 8:00 AM

Apple has loaded all iPhones with a list of free features just for travelers, ranging from live translation of conversations to flight statues to train departure times. Your iPhone can do these, too—try them!...

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

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/02/2024, 6:30 PM

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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