1 in 3 Flights Could Be Canceled This Summer, Europeans Warn

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/07/2023, 3:15 PM

Today's Times of London published a headline that will dismay anyone who has a European vacation in the works for this year: Air traffic control strike will hit up to 1 in 3 summer flights.Sky News agreed, reporting that as many as 12,600 flights a day stand a chance of being disrupted.Proving that it's not just United Airlines that's having a hard time contending with the labor situation at airpor...

SCOOP: No, Dubrovnik Is Not Fining Tourists €265 for Using Wheeled Luggage

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/06/2023, 9:30 AM

The story isn't true.This happens more often than any of us should accept: Scandalous "news" is published and because it's clicky, it gets spread far and wide—but nobody is actually checking to see if the story is accurate.This happened a few months ago when multiple travel publications ran with the false story that AirTag tracking devices were being banned on international carrier Lufthansa. That ...

Disney World in Advance: What You Need to Reserve Ahead, and When

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/29/2023, 12:00 PM

The days are long gone when you could just buy a ticket as you entered the front gate and expect the full Disney experience. If you're planning a Disney World vacation nowadays, you'll need to make these reservations ahead of time....

Malaria Is Back in the United States. Here's What Travelers Should Do About It

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/29/2023, 11:30 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an advisory after cases of malaria were detected in Texas and Florida—the first locally transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne disease reported in the U.S. in decades.If there's one illness the CDC knows inside and out, it's malaria. Because the disease can easily kill if left untreated, the federal agency (originally known as the Communica...

Hate Using Disney's Genie+ Ride Reservation System? Hire a Concierge to Do It

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/15/2023, 7:30 AM

When you hear people complain about how unpleasant and cumbersome a trip to a Disney theme park has become, one of the first things they'll complain about is Genie+.The paid ride reservation system replaced FastPass, a service that had been offered free of charge for decades. The rollout of Genie+ in late 2021 was extremely glitchy, and although some of the problems have been worked out, the core b...

Tours of Big Ben in London Reopen to Foreigners: How to Book

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/14/2023, 10:00 AM

Big Ben is one of the most famous bells in the world, hanging in one of the most recognizable towers in the world, high above the Houses of Parliament in central London. But since 2010, the only visitors who have been permitted to tour the landmark have been British citizens. For security's sake, a regulation required Big Ben tour-seekers to write their representatives in Parliament—and of course ...

Australia's Fraser Island Sheds a Name Born from Lies—and Restores the Original One

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/09/2023, 7:00 AM

You could call it a much-delayed rebuke of propaganda.Australia's Fraser Island, a popular nature destination just off the coast of Queensland, is reverting to what it was called before a mendacious Englishwoman gave the spot a bad name. When Europeans first showed up in this part of the world and got to know the 76-mile-long island, which juts into the sea 186 miles north of the city of Brisbane, ...

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

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/08/2023, 7:15 AM

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.


Rocky Mountaineer Canada Train Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Insanely Picturesque

By Jason Cochran

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

We took the Rocky Mountaineer train route from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Banff, Alberta. Here's our honest review.


How Splash Mountain Became Disney's Most Problematic Ride

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/31/2023, 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....

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