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How to Find the Best Rates for Last-Minute Car Rentals

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/07/2020, 11:00 AM

Save money when you rent a car—every time—using our time-tested, expert-approved tips

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The Department of Transportation Says It's Not There to Ensure Passenger Safety

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/07/2020, 10:00 AM

In late July, members of 33 transportation unions—flight attendants, pilots, TSA inspectors, ferry workers, bus drivers, and others—filed an official petition with the Department of Transportation begging for a federal mask mandate on all commercial transportation. Such a move clearly would have made sense. Trains, planes, and buses cross state lines, so the only way to have consistent measures...

Rare Good News: Venice's Long-Awaited Flood Protection System Works!

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/05/2020, 10:00 AM

Venice's answer to Watergate had involved actual water and actual gates. The city's MOSE Project (the name is an acronym of the Italian initials for "Experimental Electromechanical Module") is a system of mobile gates designed to protect the Venetian Lagoon from flooding. But the project had devolved into a major political scandal. Nine years late, €4 billion over budget, and with countless ...

Luxury Rock Star Tour Buses Become A Travel Option in This Pandemic

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/03/2020, 12:00 AM

There’s a certain flavor of fear that comes from trying to do something potentially dangerous that you are in no way competent to do. I experienced that intense mix of panic and embarrassment while trying to park a Class A motor home for the first time. Eventually, my husband had to slide into the sweat-soaked driver’s seat and finish the job. Piloting the mammoth vehicle was just one of many o...

Teenager Creates Fun New Video Travel Guessing Game

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/01/2020, 2:00 PM

Earlier this week, we introduced you to some of our favorite YouTube channels for wonderfully zen, long-play videos that walk viewers through neighborhoods around the world. Today, we bring you a free travel video site that's even more interactive. Created by teen web developer Paul McBurney Jr., City Guesser screens clips of strolls in world cities, but without identifying them. The object of ...

Tampa Bay to Be First U.S. Airport to Offer All Passengers Covid-19 Test

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/30/2020, 1:00 PM

Starting Thursday, October 1, Tampa Bay International Airport (TPA) will become the first airport in the United States to offer onsite Covid-19 testing for all passengers. "As a gateway to the West Coast of Florida with a growing market for international travel, Tampa International Airport has a responsibility to explore safe, rapid and affordable ways to keep our travelers, their destinations ...

In a Pre-Election Gambit, the Trump Administration Announces New Travel Bans for Cuba

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/29/2020, 3:00 PM

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense," the Mad Hatter told Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. "Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?” That mercurial milliner's words apply to this week's current events, which saw the announcement of a new curtail...

Would You Travel for Beer? United Airlines Debuts Themed Flight Searches

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/29/2020, 11:00 AM

On a recent episode of NPR's Marketplace, aviation history professor Janet Bednarek of the University of Dayton was asked to describe the current state of the airline industry. She boiled it down to one word: "Armageddon." In her view, we are in the middle of "the worst crisis in the history of American aviation." That's not hyperbole. It is expected that the airlines will cut tens of thousands...

Flyers Pretend to Eat to Avoid Masking Up, So United Changed the Rules

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/28/2020, 12:00 PM

One thing that has been unmasked in recent months is just how sneaky Americans are willing to be to get around the rules for face coverings. The issue came to the fore in July when staffers at Walt Disney World noticed that some visitors were wandering around maskless for hours, carrying an open beverage so they could say they had an excuse for flouting the policy. To stop that behavior, Disney...

The World's Largest Chocolate Fountain Debuts in Switzerland

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/25/2020, 12:00 PM

Who says nothing good has happened in 2020? Ok, that would be us—over and over and over. But now we have an exception: Swiss chocolate manufacturer Lindt & Sprüngli, which has been in business since 1845, just opened the Lindt Home of Chocolate, a lollapalooza of a new museum in Zürich. The candy giant poured some US$108 million into the facility, which took more than three years to crea...

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