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Why Alaska’s Epic—and Affordable—Ferry System Will Be Harder to Use This Summer

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/18/2022, 5:00 PM

Though many travelers think of Alaska as a destination best seen by cruise ship, there are many other ways to visit the so-called Last Frontier. There are even other ways to see the state by ship. An especially adventurous option is the Alaska Marine Highway System, one of the world's most expansive ferry systems, covering some 3,500 miles. Created to transport Alaskans and freight around the st...

How Airbnb's Revamp Could End Up Doubling Your Vacation Costs

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/12/2022, 9:00 AM

This week Airbnb announced what the vacation rental giant is calling its “biggest changes in a decade.” That’s not hyperbole. Alas, the changes don't involve reining in fees (we wish!). But the company will be adding a layer of filtering that will utterly transform its search functionality. Airbnb has also created a promising new type of insurance that will be included with stays. Search by Home ...

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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