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Club Med's Current Sale Nearly Halves Vacation Costs

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/08/2021, 5:00 AM

Activities for the kids, booze and beach for the adults, plus endless meals and snacks, all at one prepaid price—these are the reasons many families choose all-inclusive resort vacations. They're just so easy. And Club Med, a pioneer of this type of travel, is making pandemic-era vacations even easier by offering testing onsite plus a travel insurance policy with "coverage for emergency medical ex...

Australia Will Stay Closed to Travel Until 2022

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/06/2021, 7:00 AM

In a surprise move, Australia Finance Minister Simon Birmingham told The Australian today that the country would likely not reopen its borders until well into 2022. The previous target date for reopening had been June 17. Birmingham cited the emergence of dangerous new variants in India and elsewhere, plus delays in vaccine rollouts, as some of the reasons for keeping Australia closed longer than ...

Will a Gasoline Shortage Kill Summer Road Trips? Advice From An Expert

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/05/2021, 5:00 AM

Toilet paper shortages? That's so 2020. This year, sources have been warning about an issue that chills the blood quickly: not enough fuel at gas stations. "It's been a bit of a perfect storm," Jeanette McGee, spokesperson for the American Automobile Association (AAA) told me. "When the pandemic hit, demand [for gasoline] fell drastically. So there were less deliveries, and a number of drivers too...

Follow These Tips to Cut Down on Long Wait Times with Airline Phone Reps

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/04/2021, 8:00 AM

Travel is returning, but the road back to normal will be a bumpy one. I have already told you about rental car shortages and airlines canceling flights that don't sell enough tickets. Now another big issue is confronting travelers: the epic wait time before you can speak to an airline representative on the phone. One friend of mine had to wait 4 hours and 18 minutes to talk with a Delta Air Lin...

Why Uber May Be the Best Way to Rent Cars This Summer

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/03/2021, 9:00 AM

Last week Uber announced it was expanding its reach in yet another industry. The tech giant, known for its ride-hailing and delivery services, has partnered with the major rental car companies to allow users to rent cars directly from the Uber app. Much attention has already been focused on the new rental feature's ease of use, and yes, it's nicely designed. Potential renters can quickly see what ...

Masks Will Be Required on Planes, Trains, and Buses Into September

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/03/2021, 4:00 AM

Masks aren't going away anytime soon, at least not on public transportation in the United States. The Transportation Security Administration has extended its mask mandate through September 13. The rule, which was put into place on Pres. Joe Biden's first day in office, had been set to expire May 11. Passengers in the U.S. must continue to mask up at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on buses...

Another U.S. Airline to Charge for Checking Your Oversize Carry-On at the Gate

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/30/2021, 7:00 AM

There's a moment in most movie westerns when the hero walks into town and everybody on the street slowly turns to give him a beady stare. I had that experience when I flew Ryanair in Europe in 2011. My daughter and I walked into the boarding area for our flight, and pretty soon I could feel the eyes of every other passenger in the vicinity. They weren't worried because a new sheriff had come to t...

Which Countries Are the Best—and Worst—for Digital Nomads?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/28/2021, 10:00 AM

When the pandemic turned all of our lives upside down, a bunch of people opted to rotate the wheel another 180 degrees and move somewhere new. Suddenly able to work remotely, they were free to explore different countries and cultures as semi-permanent residents. To make these transitions easier—and to cushion the blow from a loss in tourism due to Covid-19—many countries created digital nomad vis...

Can't Find an Affordable Rental Car? Try These Alternatives You May Not Have Thought Of

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/23/2021, 2:00 PM

When mainstream rental car companies don't come through, you might have to get creative. These other ideas for rented wheels could save you money.

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Meet the USA's Newest National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/23/2021, 1:00 PM

In February 2021, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration designated 49 new members of the America's Byways collection. Celebrate by road-tripping on these spectacular routes.

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