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Symphony of the Seas by Royal Caribbean: A Tour (and the Cheapest Cabins)

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/08/2018, 1:45 PM

When it was launched in 2018, Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas was the biggest cruise ship on earth. Take an photo tour, including the cheapest cabins....

Priceline Ends "Name Your Own Price" Car Rentals

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/03/2018, 12:00 AM

Yet another core offering of Priceline has been carved away. The website, which made itself famous beginning in 1997 as a place where travelers could place low bids for various products without knowing in advance the brand of the seller, has ended its "Name Your Own Price" feature for rental cars.  The website now only offers set prices for its brand-blind rental car inventory. Because of the sit...

Exploring Catalina Island: New Experiences on L.A.'s Island Getaway

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/16/2018, 12:00 AM

A new look at Catalina Island: Things to do, memorable bars, good hotels, and a rich history that has kept vacationers coming for decades...

Disney World Now Charges for Parking at Hotels, Decreasing Their Value

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/14/2018, 4:00 PM

It used to be one of the great courtesies of staying in a Walt Disney World resort hotel: You got free parking, and then you could take Disney transportation for free. It was touted as one of the perks and a big incentive to choose a Disney hotel over a room located outside the resort property's gates. Since Disney hotels are two or three times as much as a room of comparable quality a mile away, ...

Popular Place Names You've Probably Been Pronouncing Wrong

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/09/2018, 11:45 PM

Edinburgh, Nevada, Caribbean . . . you've been saying them all wrong. Here's how to pronounce those and other tricky place names....

For Tourists, This Is the Last Straw!

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/09/2018, 12:00 AM

Last call! More and more, you're going to have to go without drinking straws. Single-use plastic straws are distinctly unkind to wildlife. Fresh straws choke animals. Then each straw is said to take longer than 200 years to break down, and all the while, it disintegrates into ever-smaller and smaller bits that are eaten by small animals, fish, and even plankton. The plastic bits eventually make it...

Resort Fees Are a Tax Dodge: Why They're Destructive for Us All

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/21/2018, 12:00 AM

Americans despise resort fees. But in a shockingly short span of time, about a decade, we became blasé about them. Appallingly, the people once reknowned for feisty individualism and a testy spirit of fairness have rolled over like docile lap dogs—we sigh and pay hidden charges as if staying in hotels had always been this way. It wasn't. This is not normal. Can you remember how terrible you felt ...

A Walking Tour Into Los Angeles' Abandoned Speakeasy Tunnels

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/09/2018, 12:00 AM

A walking tour company in Downtown Los Angeles brings visitors into long-forgotten tunnels once used for bootlegging under city streets....

Look at How Different Shanghai Disneyland Is from Other Disney Parks

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/08/2018, 12:00 AM

In Shanghai Disneyland, Disney Imagineers made a version of the classic theme park that's distinctly Chinese....

Is It Safe to Vacation in Cape Town Once the Water Runs Out?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/31/2018, 12:00 AM

We have never been here before. A major world city is about to run out of fresh water.   On April 12, the drought-stricken city of Cape Town, on the southwestern tip of Africa, hits Day Zero. That's when the reservoir levels drop too low, taps run dry, and water must be trucked in. How we reached this point is important. While climate change dramatically reduced rainfall in the Mediterranean clim...

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