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Tomb of Rome's First Emperor to Reopen to Public After Years of Closure

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/13/2021, 12:00 PM

Tourists heading to Rome will soon have one more magnificent ruin to add to their dance cards. In March, after 13 years of excavation, research, and renovation, the tomb of the ancient Empire's first emperor will reopen. The largest circular tomb in the world (pictured above), it has been closed to the public for the better part of the past 80 years. It was built by and for Augustus, which may ne...

What's the Airport Experience Without CNN? We'll Soon Know

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/13/2021, 6:00 AM

As if the travel experience hadn't changed enough recently, the background drone of cable pundits pontificating will soon be gone from U.S. airports. On January 12, CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy tweeted the following statement from CNN president Jeff Zucker: "Today we are announcing that the CNN Airport Network will end on March 31. The steep decline in airport traffic because of COVID-19, coup...

Jaw-Dropping Prices on Autumn Airfare to Europe on Sale This Week

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/12/2021, 1:00 PM

On January 11, 2021, a total of 708,177 passengers were screened by TSA agents at U.S. airports. A year ago on the same day, the number was 1,992,453. And that 65% drop is spawning some extraordinary airfare discounts. I told you last week about American Airlines' new daily deals page, which on its very first day gave away free flights for kids to the Caribbean. The big news is that American's ne...

Stray Cats and Washing Machines: Memories of Inspired Kindness

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/08/2021, 1:00 PM

One of the great blessings of travel is that it allows us to see how people across the globe lead their daily lives. That includes how they handle the problems that rarely make the news. Alas, we're in a no-travel time right now. But we can still scratch that travel itch by learning about contemporary cultures across the globe—and the way the Portuguese are dealing with stray cats offers welcome i...

The Longest Multi-Use Trail in the U.S.A. Opens in New York State

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/07/2021, 1:00 PM

In December 2018, I made predictions for the trends that would impact travel in the coming year. Back then, the number of issued permits for walking the Pacific Crest Trail (featured in Cheryl Strayed's seminal travel memoir Wild) had tripled in just three years, and simultaneously, several new, very long-distance trails were being developed around the world. One of them was New York's Empire Stat...

Where Will U.S. Travelers Go in 2021? Here Are the Industry's Predictions

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/04/2021, 1:30 PM

Leaders from travel booking heavyweights have released their predictions for which destinations will be hot in 2021. There are some commonalities, but what's most striking is how different their lists are from the other ones from the last decade....

American Airlines Launches New Daily Deals—And The First One Is Fantastic

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/04/2021, 10:00 AM

American Airlines is kicking off the new year by launching new daily promotions, and while I don't know what the future deals will be, the first one could truly be called a steal. Those who book a ticket by midnight PST on Monday, January 4, will be able to snag one free child's ticket for every adult ticket purchased. Not all destinations are valid. Tickets are only being discounted to the Cayma...

What You Need to Know About Credit Cards and Rental Car Insurance (It's All Changing)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/29/2020, 12:00 PM

A number of cards are no longer offering rental car insurance. Here's how to find out whether you're covered—before you hit the rental counter.

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Support Out-of-Work Chefs and Get a Taste of Travel at the Same Time

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/29/2020, 6:00 AM

"Food is everything we are," the late, great Anthony Bourdain once said. "It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go.” Those words still ring true today. Eating can be an elemental and transporting experience—and trying foods from different cultures is one of the ...

The Marshmallow Test for Holiday Travel (Or Why You Need to Stay Home Right Now)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/21/2020, 10:00 AM

Over six years, from the late 1960s to the early 1970s, psychologist Walter Mischel and his colleagues tempted small children. In one of the most famous psychological experiments of all time, they offered tots between the ages of 3 and 5 a big choice: They could either immediately eat a marshmallow that was placed in front of them, or, they were told, if they restrained themselves and didn't eat t...

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