Governor of South Carolina Bans Hotel Guests from NY, CT, and NJ

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/06/2020, 11:30 AM

On Friday, Henry McMaster, the Governor of South Carolina, updated an executive order to include a new prohibition. As of April 3, the state's hotels, motels, campgrounds, and rental properties may no longer house guests from New York, Connecticut, or New Jersey. In addition to questions of constitutionality, this move raises the question: What will happen to those tri-staters who are staying in...

Airline Passenger Data Collection: An Essential Pandemic Tool

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/01/2020, 8:00 PM

In the annals of "woulda, coulda, shoulda," a longtime battle between the airlines and the U.S. government has come to the fore, far too late. For the past 15 years, the U.S. government has begged the airlines to furnish contact information for all passengers so that they could be better tracked should they ever be exposed to a virus. But the industry—and its strong lobbying groups—managed to put ...

In Memoriam: Walking Guide Writer William Helmreich

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/31/2020, 8:00 AM

In my 20-plus years as a radio talk show host, I've interviewed thousands of people. I'll be honest: I don't remember most of those conversations. But although I interviewed William Helmreich almost exactly three years ago, it feels like it was yesterday. I met him in the lobby of 77 WABC, my radio home, and walked him back to the studio. Along the way, we passed the booth where the station's liv...

Theft of a van Gogh Devastates Two Dutch Museums

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/30/2020, 11:00 AM

March 30, 2020, marks Vincent van Gogh's 167th birthday. Coincidentally, in the early hours of March 30, thieves broke into the Singer Laren Museum in the Amsterdam suburbs to steal one of the Dutch painter's works. The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring (1884; detail pictured above) was on loan from the Groninger Museum in the northern Netherlands. The painting was that museum's only piece by v...

This Strip Club Has a Novel Take on Social Distancing

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/20/2020, 3:00 PM

On March 17, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak issued an executive order closing all casinos, bars, gyms, restaurants and other non-essential businesses to help keep citizens a safe distance apart. But that doesn't mean the show at Little Darlings will go dark. Starting this Saturday, according to director of operations Ryan Carlson, the club will offer a drive-through strip show. Customers will stay in t...

Spring Break in the Time of COVID-19: What's the Responsible Course of Action?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/27/2020, 7:00 PM

The headline of this post is the question that Inside Edition put to me today. And the question is an important one. Below are a few answers, based on how the situation with the novel coronavirus outbreak currently stands. My guess is that this is a post I'll revisit, as it seems like every day travelers are being confronted with different issues surrounding the virus. But here's what I'd advise at...

Trump's Global Entry Ban for New Yorkers Doesn't Add Up, and It's an Outrage

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/04/2020, 8:00 PM

“New York hates you,” a heckler shouted, part of the crowd that gathered in Manhattan when Donald Trump went to his polling place in 2016 to vote for himself (according to looks like Trump is now returning the raspberry. And then some.Last night, on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News TV show, Chad Wolf (the acting Secretary of Homeland Security) announced that residents of New York State will no...

"Basic Business Class"? Emirates Quietly Shakes Up Airfare Structures

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/28/2020, 10:00 PM

Last summer, with no fanfare whatsoever, Emirates changed the rules of business travel. It took what was a signature product—its well-rated business class service—and decoupled it from some of its perks, in effect creating a version of Basic Economy for the “lie flat” jet set. When online bookers click on Emirates' “Saver” or “Flex” business class fares, they can nab a roomy, horizontal-at-will sea...

The Rules for Planning an Affordable, Fun Spring Break in 2020

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/17/2020, 7:00 AM

The breaking travel news right now? That would be spring break, which is just around the corner. And then around the corner again. And again. That’s because this popular holiday period is based on school vacations, which vary from region to region, and so it has an unusually large footprint. In 2020, it runs from the end of February through April 12 (Easter Sunday). That generously long season mean...

How to Pack for an African Safari

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/07/2020, 1:45 PM

You'll need strategy, not a big pre-vacation shopping trip. Here's what to bring with you for this once-in-a-lifetime experience....

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