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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/15/2021, 3:00 PM

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 f...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/14/2021, 6:00 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....

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/09/2021, 6:00 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 handl...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/08/2021, 1:00 PM

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. ...

Act Soon for Amtrak's Terrific BOGO Sale on Private Roomettes For Summer Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/06/2021, 1:00 PM

You'll have to book this one soon. The deadline is April 16, but if you're lucky enough to get this bring-a-companion-for-free deal, you will both be traveling at the height of the summer season: June 1 through September 31. It's a hugely appealing offer, because Amtrak's roomettes have some nifty perks attached to them, including comfortable chairs that convert into beds, complimentary meal...

Venice Bans Cruise Ships from City Center, but the Detour Plan Has Flaws

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/02/2021, 5:00 PM

Italy took a step this week that environmental activists, cultural preservationists, and many fed-up Venice residents have been pushing for years. The government blocked cruise ships from entering Venice's fragile lagoon. In a decree issued by the Italian cabinet, large cruise ships as well as freighters have been forbidden from passing close to the historic city center and must dock somewhere ...

Why Amtrak Deserves the $80 Billion President Biden Wants to Give It

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/01/2021, 5:00 PM

Apologies to South Dakota and its 884,659 residents. It is the only one of the contiguous states to be left out of Amtrak’s ambitious plans to improve rail service by 2035. But for the rest of the country’s 328.2 million residents, Amtrak’s proposal could be life-changing—if enough lawmakers sign on, that is. By which I mean if enough of them sign on to President Biden’s just-proposed infras...

Find a Town That Will Pay You to Relocate There with This Online Directory

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/29/2021, 12:00 PM

As we learned in the last year, travel doesn't have to mean vacation only. Relocation can be a type of journeying, too, especially for those who can work remotely. During the pandemic, many destinations have tried to make up for drops in tourism by enticing gainfully employed digital nomads. In fact, a growing number of cities and towns are paying people to relocate.  When there's a trend...

The Airlines Are Blindsiding Customers by Switching Itineraries—But You Don't Have to Take It

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/25/2021, 4:00 PM

Americans may not realize it, but the pandemic has made airline schedules far less stable than they were. Travelers now have a much higher chance of getting stuck with an itinerary they don't want, either because they can’t find a convenient one or because the flight they booked falls off the schedule. Why? Although travel is on the upswing, volume is still terrible. In their recent fourth-q...

Munch's "The Scream" Gets a New Home Amid Arts Resurgence in Norway’s Capital

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/24/2021, 2:00 PM

Norway, the country that gave the world The Scream, Edvard Munch's iconic representation of existential anguish, was the eighth happiest place on earth in 2020, according to a recently released Gallup study. I can think of at least one reason Norwegians have to be in a good mood: the capital city's all-out embrace of art and cutting-edge architecture. By the end of next year, three new world...

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