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Is It Wise to Book Group Tours at This Time? Our Advice

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/06/2021, 3:00 PM

Even in the best of times, group tours are tremendously complicated travel products. A tour company not only has to create an appealing itinerary. It must also arrange for all accommodations for the group, provide in-country transportation, pre-reserve and buy admissions to touristic sites, and hire one or more expert guides. Sometimes the company also contracts with local restaurants and ho...

WORLD MAP: Where Is a Cup of Coffee Most Expensive? And Who Drinks it More?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/02/2021, 4:00 PM

A personal finance site called Savings Spot has been staring at coffee grounds to get some answers about the cost of living in different nations around the world. The model is like The Economist's long-running Big Mac Index, but with the jitters: By knowing the cost of a cup of coffee in a country's capital, one can extrapolate the costs of other basics. Savings Spot picked five cafés in the...

A Taxi and Uber Shortage Is Making Airport Transfers Hard: Here's What to Do

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/30/2021, 6:00 AM

In many American cities this summer, the line for taxis is making the TSA queue look short by comparison. The wait for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft isn't much better—and their prices are soaring. Just how bad is the shortage? In New York City, the number of taxis in operation has been slashed by more than 50%, according to the New York Times. The Las Vegas Sun reports rates for U...

Find International Travel Restrictions in One Click with This Online Tool

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/28/2021, 11:00 AM

Keeping up with changing travel regulations has become a game of Whack-a-Mole in 2021. Fortunately, there's an online tool that can help considerably (no mallets required).  Travel tech company Sherpa (we have no affiliation, we're just fans) is making finding current travel restrictions quick and easy for anybody heading overseas. Go to the Sherpa website and enter your basic travel info—co...

What Travelers Need to Know About American Airlines' Service Meltdown

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/22/2021, 6:00 AM

We've been warning for weeks that the return to travel this summer would be bumpy. But I don't think any of us could have predicted just how ugly things could get this week. Over the weekend, American Airlines abruptly canceled hundreds of flights. Some passengers only found out at the moment they tried to check in for their trips. Even more shocking: On Sunday, the airline announced that...

Royal Caribbean Will Charge Unvaccinated Cruisers More And Bar Them From Some Activities

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/18/2021, 5:00 PM

Update, July 1: What follows now applies to Celebrity Cruises as well as its sister line Royal Caribbean. Celebrity has announced that for sailings from Florida, passengers who fail to show proof of vaccination at boarding "will be treated as unvaccinated and subject to additional protocols, restrictions, and costs for Covid-19 testing." Consult the travel requirements page on the Celebrity Cruise...

This European Country Now Denies Entry to Americans From 10 States

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/18/2021, 3:00 PM

Malta wants its American visitors back—but only some of them. In a telling move, one that shows just how closely the rest of the world is watching the United States' fractured approach to vaccinations and Covid-19 regulations, the Mediterranean island nation of Malta announced it would accept American visitors starting June 17—but only those from a list of 40 approved U.S. states and territorie...

Christo's Team Will Wrap Paris' Arc de Triomphe This Autumn

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/16/2021, 6:00 PM

Not even death could stop Christo from creating new works of colossal public art. The famed artist passed away in May 2020 with two massive and ambitious projects still left unrealized. His partner Jeanne-Claude passed away in 2009. One of their planned projects—covering Paris' Arc de Triomphe in silvery blue fabric, crisscrossed with red rope—will debut on September 18. The artwork, L'Arc d...

Southwest Airlines' 50th Birthday Sale Is Big—and Won't Last Long

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/16/2021, 10:00 AM

For Southwest Airlines, it's been a week of good news and bad news so far. On Monday, technical issues led to the grounding of flights nationwide. Then, a separate computer network problem on the very next day resulted in the cancellation of 500 flights and delays for thousands more. While the company works through those headaches, Southwest customers have the chance to grab a nice gift for ...

Curacao To Give One Night Free After Every Three Booked—We Think

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/14/2021, 5:00 PM

Last week, headlines trumpeted the news that hotels on Curaçao are giving visitors a big incentive to visit: four nights for the price of three. The deal, the equivalent of 25% off the price of a four-night vacation, has to be booked by June 29 for travel between June 19 and October 30, 2021, and it was announced that the offer would only be available for United States citizens. At least, th...

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