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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/29/2020, 9:00 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 rol...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/28/2020, 3:00 PM

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 i...

Hawaii's Resorts May Allow Visitors to Vacation While Quarantining

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/28/2020, 9:00 AM

Hawaii has been ahead of the curve on coronavirus matters. It was one of the first U.S. states to institute a quarantine, and it's the state that has been most proactive about enforcing it—some 200 scofflaws have been arrested so far. Now the state may be experimenting with a new and highly logical form of a travel "bubble." The idea was discussed at the Hawaii County Council meeting, where ...

Disney and Hotel Chains Are Enforcing Mask Rules—Why Can't the Government?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/22/2020, 5:00 PM

As government leaders at the state and federal levels continue to send mixed and misleading messages about mask usage—we’re looking at you (but not only you), Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp—scientists are finding a surprising ally in the battle to contain Covid-19: corporate America. A number of large companies, particularly those in the travel industry, have evidently given up on ever getting clear g...

Amsterdam Re-Closes Parts of Its Red Light District

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/20/2020, 1:00 PM

On Saturday, July 18, some of the streets in Amsterdam's Red Light District were closed. Authorities tweeted warnings to stay away in both Dutch and English. Although the area is most known for its brothels, the closure didn't come about because of worries about coronavirus transmission through prostitution. Instead, the city's position was that some of the area's walkways are too tight. Bar...

The Country of Georgia to Accept Long-Term Foreign Residents—Including Americans

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/20/2020, 10:00 AM

One of our most popular recent stories has to do with three countries that allow Americans not only to visit, but also to live for six months to a year. It's a scenario that many are finding extremely appealing, especially now that so many of us realize we can work from anywhere and don't necessarily need to be tethered to an office in the United States. Add the country of Georgia to the digial...

American Airlines and JetBlue Become Partners

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/20/2020, 9:00 AM

The first sign that something was unusual was that my cell phone rang, and it wasn't a scam. My friend Jill was on the other line, and she asked breathlessly, "Is it true?" When I said, "Is what true?" she replied,  "Is it true that you could now think you were booking a JetBlue flight but end up on an American Airlines plane?" The answer is: only if you're not careful. But in a rare m...

Mayflower Replica Soon to Sail Home to Plymouth—How to Track It Along the Way

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/17/2020, 3:00 PM

As the Broadway musical Hamilton has shown us, the more we learn about the founders of the United States, the better equipped we are to wrestle with today's issues (though some critics argue that Hamilton doesn't contend sufficiently with slavery and its long-lasting damage).  The importance of getting a full picture of the past applies to the Pilgrims, too. You might have heard that those buck...

What Escorted Tour Companies Are Doing to Keep Travelers Safe

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/17/2020, 6:00 AM

We spoke with some of the biggest tour operators to learn what changes they've made to keep customers safe and happy during the pandemic era.

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Hawaii Extends Quarantine—What Will That Mean for Tourism Businesses?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/14/2020, 2:00 PM

In response to an uptick in coronavirus cases in Hawaii, along with surging infection rates on the mainland and testing shortages, Hawaii Governor David Ige announced late yesterday that the state will extend its quarantine requirement through the end of August. Toward the end of June, Ige had stated that the requirement would be in place only until August 1; after that point visitors would be ...

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