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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...

Maps: The Most Popular Holiday Gifts and Sweet Treats Across the USA

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/16/2020, 1:00 PM

It may say something about the slow job market that the folks at the career site Zippia seem to have enough time on their hands to do deep dives into Google search holiday data. But I'm thankful they did, because they came up with a pair of fascinating maps, each of which gives a profile of the American personality, state-by-state. One map (it's at the bottom of this post, but click here to see a ...

If My Toddler Refuses to Wear a Mask on a Flight, What Can I Do?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/15/2020, 2:00 PM

A few days ago, a video—of desperate parents trying to wrangle an overtired two-year-old—went viral. That's a pretty common scenario for a viral video, but in this case, the tot was objecting to wearing a mask on a United flight, and the crew was objecting to the child flying without one. Because the child refused to comply with the airline's mask policy, the family was booted off the plane—and th...

Lie-Flat Sleeping Options Being Tested in Economy Class

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/14/2020, 1:00 PM

There's a moment in the film Crazy Rich Asians when it becomes clear that the modern-day Cinderella heroine has actually met a Prince Charming. Rachel, at the airport about to fly to Singapore, is laden with food for the trip, when Nick, her boyfriend, leads her not into economy class but into a super-glam private cabin where, soon, you see them cuddled in bed. You could feel the audience swoon, no...

Will Vaccinations Be Required to Cruise?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/14/2020, 5:00 AM

At a December 9 meeting with the Travel Leaders group, a multinational network of travel agents, Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Frank Del Rio announced that the company is looking into a possible vaccine requirement for passengers. "It’s too early to tell whether we have the legal standing to mandate that you take a vaccine to come on board—lawyers are looking at it as we speak," said Del Rio, accordin...

Locals from Great World Cities Name the Dishes They Say Represent Them Best

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/09/2020, 10:00 AM

Every week or so, you read about a new survey or scientific study that proves something everyone probably already knew. I'm thinking of such headlines as "Cats Like People!" or "Four Ways Eating Sugar Makes You Fat" (my offhand guess: eating it, drinking it, licking it, and, um, eating it). I believe the German word for this phenomenon is NoDuh-enfraude. Just this week, the esteemed Time Out magaz...

Half Off Colorado Ski Vacations Just Announced

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/07/2020, 3:00 PM

Skiing is innately socially distanced. After all, it's done in the open air—and this year, ski resorts around the United States are creating new protocols, such as limits on the numbers of passengers on each lift, designed to keep people even safer. We're expecting better deals on lift tickets this season than we've seen in years, and foremost among the discounts so far is an offer from the 11 Gem...

The Best and Worst International Cities for Relocation? A Global Survey Names Them

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/03/2020, 2:00 PM

There's nothing quite as sexy, it seems, as packing up and moving somewhere foreign for a spell. That may be why my recent post about countries that are popular in searches by would-be digital nomads went viral. But as any traveler can tell you, not all destinations are equally enjoyable. That seems triply true for places where one might potentially move. Considerations like cost of living and qua...

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