Sign Up for Free Lessons in Outdoor Skills from L.L.Bean

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/13/2020, 3:00 AM

Preppy outdoorsy clothing emporium L.L.Bean will hold free "Outdoor Discovery Programs" from August 14 through 30. The classes are being held in a number of East Coast locations such as Albany, New York; New Rochelle, New York; Gibsonia, Pennsylvania; Downingtown, Pennsylvania; Dedham, MA; and Freeport, Maine. Elk Grove Village, IL is also getting some of the free classes. Activities to be taught ...

Sausage Party! Which U.S. Region Serves the Best Hot Dog Variety?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/12/2020, 5:15 AM

Welcome to the Wieners Circle! We'll teach you America's regional hot dog varieties—and tell you where to eat the best specimens....

What Are Your Chances of Catching Coronavirus on Planes? MIT Study Has Answers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/10/2020, 5:00 AM

Not long ago, a dear friend reached out to me for advice. His aunt was dying of cancer, and his mother wanted to fly across country to be at the deathbed. My friend was trying to dissuade his mother from going, as he was terrified at the prospect of her flying. She's in her seventies, and he felt the risk was too great. A study newly released by the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts ...

U.S. State Dept. Lifts Warning Against International Travel: So What?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/06/2020, 8:00 AM

Let us flag this moment. Today, the U.S. State Department announced that, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control, it was lifting its blanket travel warning against all international travel. Just read what the government's press release said: "With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previ...

Schmoozing United Airlines Gate Agents for Upgrades Is a Complete Waste of Time Now

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/05/2020, 7:00 AM

Remember when travel articles weren't all about airborne pathogens and instead were full of advice like "dress nicely if you want to be upgraded to first class" or "bring a small gift to get the gate agents on your side"? Sigh. Those were the days! But flattery and bribery are not coming back, at least on United Airlines. An internal memo leaked to the blog Live And Let's Fly informed United emp...

Advice from an Airline Pilot About Flying Safely in 2020

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/04/2020, 6:00 AM

Like me, my friend Andrea Eldridge, a pilot with a major airline, has been barraged by questions from family and friends about the wisdom of flying right now. In response, she posted a pithy list of tips on Facebook and gave me permission to reprint the list here at I think her tips are sensible and based on direct experience. Since she didn't write them for widespread publication, I...

Is This The World's Safest Airport in the Battle Against Coronavirus?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/03/2020, 8:00 AM

When I'm in Dubai International Airport (DXB), I'm impressed not only by the fact that it has camel's milk chocolate bars for sale—gamy, but tasty—but also by the of-the-moment design of the place, which features international brands such as Shake Shack, lots of tinted glass, and shiny metal columns. Today, what's impressing me the most about DXB, which handled 89 million passengers last year, is ...

The Myriad Ways One Hotel Manager's Job Has Gotten Tougher Since Covid-19

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/03/2020, 7:00 AM

August 3, 2020 Add hotel manager to the list of jobs that have gotten exponentially more arduous since March. Not only are hotels being tasked with keeping travelers safe under circumstances that would challenge an MIT epidemiologist, but most hotels are also scrambling just to stay in business, thanks to the sharp downturn in travel. Recently, I had an unusually candid conversation with Matthew...

Add Estonia to the List of Countries That Accept Americans As Digital Nomads

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/29/2020, 5:00 AM

It seems like a lot of our readers are eager to live somewhere other than the United States for a while. We've posted about several countries that are currently accepting American digital nomads—as governments seek ways to replace tourism income, the number of nations offering this option is steadily growing. The latest addition: Estonia. Starting August 1, the Eastern European country will roll o...

Pauline Frommer: If Casinos Go Touchless, More People May Suffer

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/28/2020, 11:00 AM

Like many people who work in the travel industry, I start my day looking at the daily stories sent out by Travel Weekly, a top source for news. Today's edition featured an in-depth piece on the ways tech firms are working with the major casinos of Las Vegas and other cities to make the gambling experience more safe in our coronavirus era. And all I could think was: Once Covid-19 passes, these inno...

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