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Just How Much Have Travel Costs Risen? Shocking Stats on Summer Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/03/2022, 2:00 PM

Prices for travel have been climbing at a breakneck pace in 2022—and they're about to get even worse, according to the travel booking and cost-tracking site Hopper. The company's analysts expect prices to rise 6% to 12% on average in the coming weeks, on top of already inflated rates, before peaking in late June. That doesn't mean you should put travel plans on hold for another year. But if you...

New Zealand Finally Reopening to Vaccinated Travelers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/16/2022, 12:00 PM

Destinations around the world are lifting mask mandates and even vaccine requirements. And now a major milestone on the way to a full reopening of travel has been reached Down Under. The government of New Zealand, which has maintained some of the world's tightest border restrictions since the start of the pandemic two years ago, announced today that vaccinated visitors from most countries, includ...

What's Better for Alaska Cruises: Round-Trips or One-Way Voyages?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/11/2022, 2:30 PM

Cruise lines permit passengers on Alaska journeys to end their voyages in the state to continue touring. Should you—or should you get off where you began?...

MSC Cruises is Expanding. Allow Its President to Introduce You to the Brand

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/09/2022, 1:45 PM

If you've never heard of MSC Cruises, you're not alone. Though the company is now the third-largest cruise brand in the world, it's still relatively new to the United States market. So far, it has been limited to two ships sailing from Port Canaveral and Miami.Until now, that is. This week, the line announced some news: Beginning in the spring of 2023, MSC will start operating cruises year-round ou...

What Are the Best U.S. Cities for Cyclists?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/07/2022, 2:00 PM

With gas prices surging, car rentals remaining costly, and climate change nearing the point of no return due to fossil fuels, it's smarter than ever to find transportation alternatives to automobiles when we travel. In many U.S. cities, bicycles are an excellent choice. In recent years, many cities have invested in cycling infrastructure, creating dedicated and protected bike lanes. Not only ha...

When the Pandemic Closed Broadway, A Star Wrote a Delicious Memoir About RV Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/03/2022, 2:00 PM

An excerpt from Sharon Wheatley's newly released travel book "Drive: Stories From Somewhere In The Middle of Nowhere"...

Masks Go From Required to Recommended on Most Cruise Ships

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/01/2022, 5:00 PM

It's been difficult keeping up with the changing protocols for shipboard vacations. The United States' Centers for Disease Control updated its Program for Cruise Ships Operating in U.S. Waters three times in February alone, and it lowered the risk advisory from "very high" to "high" during the same month. But now that the chips seem to be falling, cruise lines are finally ditching mask requirements...

Pauline Frommer: How to Plan a Destination Wedding in 2022 and 2023

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/25/2022, 9:00 AM

Pent-up demand, inflation, and shortages are affecting the pricing and availability of destination weddings. Here's what you need to know—and do.

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Why Alaska Airlines' New Subscription Service May Not Save You Money

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/17/2022, 2:45 PM

Like much of the traveling world, I'm a big fan of Alaska Airlines. The mid-sized carrier consistently ranks in the top five or in the number-one spot for customer satisfaction and on-time arrivals and departures. It's doing a lot right. So I was excited when the airline announced that it will start a new subscription service for frequent travelers starting at just $49 per month. Problem is, the...

A Wonderful Reason to Vacation at Dollywood This Year

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/14/2022, 12:30 PM

Country music icon Dolly Parton has a long history of good works, not the least of which was donating $1 million to help speed the research and development of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine. The latest angelic act associated with the singer's name? Starting February 24, Dollywood will pay for employees at Dollywood can have their college tuition funded by their employer. The company that operates th...

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