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Pacific Surfliner Train Back on Track in California—with Free Disneyland Shuttle

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/06/2023, 11:45 AM

A welcome update on a story we reported in October: The famed Pacific Surfliner, one of the most popular scenic rail routes in the United States, has reopened provisionally on one of its most-traveled stretches. Because of subsidence, the right of way of the Surfliner, which hugs the coast of California, had been unexpectedly declared out of service. But now local transportation engineers have ma...

Hong Kong to Give Away 500,000 Free Airline Tickets for Tourists: How to Enter

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/03/2023, 9:00 PM

Hong Kong, one of the most fascinating and coolest cities on the planet, has had a rough time of things lately.The city, which was largely built by heady colonialism and international exchange but is increasingly under the control of Beijing politicians, has faced dire scenarios in the political, epidemiological, and economic realms. Smashed hard by the pandemic and the reactions to it, Hong Kong o...

Should You Decline Prepaid Fuel When You Rent a Car? The Answer, Once and for All

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/01/2023, 1:30 PM

When a rental car agent pressures you into prepurchasing gas, should you do it?

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Las Vegas Casinos Accused of Fixing Prices in 90% of Rooms on the Strip

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/31/2023, 7:30 AM

Here's a budding lawsuit worth keeping your eye on.Casino operators that account for about 90% of the rooms on the Las Vegas Strip—Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, Treasure Island, and Wynn Resorts—have been hit by a class action lawsuit that alleges those companies collectively used third-party booking software to artificially set room prices higher.The complaint, filed last week ...

Would You Travel for Disneyland's Disney100 Promotion? A Look at What's On

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/27/2023, 7:15 PM

Is it worth going to Disneyland for the Disney100 "celebration"? That depends on how deep your Disney love goes....

The Best Cheap Hotels in London for 2023—Around £100 a Night

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/24/2023, 9:00 AM

These affordable London hotels around £100 are good—and we know because we visited them all in person.

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How Splash Mountain Became Disney's Most Problematic Ride

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/22/2023, 3:15 PM

The original stories were revisionist history. The 1946 source film was picketed. Yet in 1989 Disney still went ahead and made "Song of the South" into a ride. Here's how Splash Mountain became such a thorn in Disney's side....

In 2023, Strikes Are Paralyzing European Travel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/19/2023, 4:45 PM

The strain of the pandemic has exposed so many of our current societal systems as being inadequate for the demands we now place upon them, and the world is reacting with discord and disarray. Many business owners are calling the global staffing crisis a "labor shortage," but to many job seekers it's simply about holding out for an occupation that pays for basic needs like rent, food, and health ca...

Here's the Scottish Castle from "The Traitors," Peacock's Whodunit Delight

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/17/2023, 12:30 PM

Peacock's guilty pleasure was shot in a Scottish mansion built with profits from the drug trade and Worcestershire sauce. 

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The World's Most On-Time Airlines and Airports in 2022

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/12/2023, 4:00 PM

As it does every year, Cirium, a leading aviation analytics company, has crunched the numbers to come up with its On-Time Performance Review of global airlines. The annual report card is already well-scrutinized by industry insiders, but this time it signifies much more because it can tell consumers a lot about which airlines are healthy enough to function well under the toughest circumstances. "...

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