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The Best U.S. National Parks to Visit in the Autumn

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/14/2021, 7:00 AM

Which American national parks are at their best the fall months? Frommer's chooses the top ones.  | Frommer's...

The Best Covid-19 Testing Method for International Travel? There Are Problems

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/10/2021, 5:00 PM

If we've learned one thing about Covid-19, it's that not only is the virus constantly mutating, but so are the realities of life during this pandemic era. We've covered the tests needed to return to the United States as per the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) regulations, but some problems with those methods have arisen. Now not all of them are equally easy to use. Some background In ...

New Analysis Shows Most Popular Cocktails in All 50 U.S. States (and Across the World)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/05/2021, 8:00 AM

Americans drank a lot at the height of the pandemic. That's no secret. But what kinds of drinks shifted dramatically, with hard liquor sales growing far more than beer or wine sales, according to a recent Bloomberg examination of the Commerce Department's monthly spending data. Now a new analysis indicates which cocktails all that hooch was made into, state by state. A clothing manufactur...

What to Do About Canceled Flights in This Summer of Airline Meltdowns

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/03/2021, 6:00 PM

When American Airlines went through a rocky period early in June, when it canceled 10% of its flights during a fraught Father's Day weekend, I warned that the company's problems would likely continue and spread to other carriers. My crystal ball turned out to be crystal clear. Not only has Southwest Airlines had major issues with canceling flights this summer, but American has seen rolling c...

Where to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower in the U.S.

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/02/2021, 12:00 PM

The annual Perseid meteor shower peaks in mid-August in the Northern Hemishere. Here's how to see the show in the United States.

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New York City's Pro-Vaccine Rules Could Make It the Favored Destination for Many

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/30/2021, 5:00 PM

[Updated August 3: New York City will now require proof of vaccine to dine inside a restaurant or go to a gym or stadium. Complete details here.] In the last week or so, New York City's major touristic institutions have put out a clear-as-gin signal that only vaccinated travelers will be welcomed. On Friday, the Broadway League, which governs the mainstream theatrical industry, announced that ...

Historic Hudson Valley Brickyard Transformed Into Luxury Resort

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/20/2021, 11:00 AM

Pillow menus, a social hour with wine in the lobby, goldfish in guest rooms—in the last decade or so there's been an arms race among hotels over which can create the most original amenities. Then when a perk catches on, many other competitors copy it and the cycle starts anew.  In the Hudson Valley, I recently encountered a fun and unique addition to this ongoing game of hospitality one-upmansh...

Malta Refuses to Accept American Proof of Vaccination, And America Could Fix That

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/16/2021, 5:00 PM

Update, July 18: It looks like Malta has changed regulations again and now will be allowing Americans to show CDC cards as proof of vaccination—at least for now. Scroll to the bottom of this post for a message sent to us by the government of Malta. Updated August 2: Malta will be asking would-be visitors to download the Verifly app for proof of vaccination. Few nations on earth have embodied ...

Cruising Is Getting More and More Expensive for Unvaccinated Passengers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/13/2021, 5:00 PM

Carnival Cruise Line has become the latest major cruise company to announce that passengers who are unvaccinated or do not want to reveal their vaccination status will have to purchase extra insurance and pay for onboard Covid testing when cruising from Florida ports. Voyages from other ports are for vaccinated passengers only. Carnival is allowing unvaccinated passengers from Florida because l...

Biden's Executive Order Will Make Flying Cheaper and Less Stressful

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/09/2021, 10:00 PM

Fa la la la la! It's Christmas in July for American travelers. President Joe Biden's just-issued Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy is a massive document that goes after monopolistic practices in U.S. industries ranging from agriculture to telecommunications to hearing aids. But it contains many gifts for travelers, too. "Capitalism without competition isn't cap...

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