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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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Acadia National Park to Require Reservations for Popular Drive

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/21/2021, 1:00 PM

Planning a national park vacation in the U.S.A. this summer? Be sure to actually plan! As we told you a few weeks ago, popular Western parks Yosemite, Glacier, and Rocky Mountain all require advance reservations to visit this summer and fall. On the East Coast, Acadia National Park in Maine will require visitors to reserve in advance between May 26 and October 19, but only if they wish to drive C...

Will TripAdvisor's New Subscription Service Alter Its Hotel Search Results?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/21/2021, 5:00 AM

There’s a term in marketing known as the “Ikea Effect.” It comes from a study that showed that when customers had to invest time and effort into a product—such as building an Ikea bookshelf—they put a greater value on it. You build it, you love it, goes the idea. A corollary effect can be seen on the websites that gather and display user reviews for hotels, restaurants, and other travel products. ...

New Airline Connects Los Angeles with Many Western Cities At Low, Low Airfares

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/15/2021, 11:00 AM

Launching a new airline in 2021 takes chutzpah, cojones, and courage. But that's just what Avelo Airlines has done by debuting a small network of flights from a home base at Hollywood Burbank Airport (formerly known as Bob Hope Airport). The route network, as you can see above, touches down across the American West. The start-up was founded by Andrew Levy, a cofounder of Allegiant Air and the form...

Two Terrific New Visitor Centers Coming to the San Juan Islands in Washington

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/14/2021, 2:00 PM

Washingtonians have been known to argue about just how many San Juan Islands there are. Officially, there are 172 named isles in the archipelago located off the coast of Washington state. There are roughly 400 in all, but the smaller ones are only visible at low tide. Do these count as islands, too? Ah, that's where the disagreement begins. But no one is arguing about how idyllic this group is. Th...

Yosemite, Glacier, and Rocky Mountain National Parks to Require Reservations This Summer

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/09/2021, 2:00 PM

Even in the great outdoors, social distancing can be a challenge—especially in peak vacation season. To keep national park visitors safer, rangers at Yosemite National Park (pictured) in California, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and Glacier National Park in Montana have all announced that they'll be requiring advance reservations for summer visitors. Each park, though, will handle cro...

Road Rage, USA: Which Places Have the Most Stressed-Out Drivers?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/08/2021, 9:00 AM

Considering a road trip this year? There may be a few speed bumps, including an unusual shortage of rental cars and potential sellouts at campgrounds for overnight stays. And as more drivers return after months of inaction, there will be stress points on the highways. The website FleetLogging.com, which helps businesses manage commercial vehicles, just put out a 2021 survey on that very topic. Re...

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