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Take a Road Trip to Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives Visited by Guy Fieri

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/04/2022, 1:00 PM

A Change.org petition to change the name of Columbus, Ohio, to "Flavortown" in honor of Guy Fieri, the excitable celebrity restaurateur born in Columbus in 1968, has, as of this writing, garnered more than 130,000 digital signatures. Until that measure passes, the closest you'll probably come in real life to visiting Fieri's oft-extolled Flavortown—described by Food Network as "a mythical place, ...

No-Frills Airline Play Adds New York Departures—But Its Discounts Disappoint

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/01/2022, 3:15 PM

Is Play playing consumers? Today the new airline announced that it will expand in the United States, adding flights from New York. Play's website announced the route with a photo of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan, but in reality planes will land at Stewart Airport in Newburgh, roughly a two-hour drive north of New York City. Play recently started selling airfares from Baltimore and Boston to...

New Nonstop Flights Put This Quiet Caribbean Paradise Within Easier Reach

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/31/2022, 12:45 PM

As the crow flies, Anguilla is only a few miles from the Dutch/French island of Sint Maarten/St. Martin. But the two isles couldn't be more different. While Sint Maarten is a major stop for cruise ships—with the crowds, shops, and congested roads to prove it—Anguilla prides itself on the serenity of its powdery white beaches. Mind you, there's lots to do there, including those remarkably empty ...

The Best U.S. National Parks to Visit in Spring

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/29/2022, 9:00 AM

Things to do in March, April, and May at the great American national parks...

Summer Vacation in the National Parks? You Need Reservations for Some of Them Now

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/22/2022, 6:00 AM

In case you haven't heard, the U.S. national park system had record visitation numbers in 2021, with the crown jewel parks stretched to the breaking point. Arches National Park had to temporarily close its entry gates 120 times in 2021. Yellowstone National Park attracted 4.4 million visitors—a full million more than it got in 2020. And rangers at Grand Canyon National Park performed more rescues...

Going to the Dogs: Which World Cities Are the Most Canine Crazy

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/20/2022, 1:00 PM

Thanks to the pet insurance site Protect My Paws, now dog lovers can tell where they'll find the most compatriots when they travel.Using governmental records and academic sources, researchers for the insurance agency looked at the number of registered dogs in major cities around the globe. Then they divided the number of pets by the size of the city in question and by human populations. Their analy...

Airfare Is Set to Rise, So When Is the Best Time to Buy Plane Tickets Now?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/19/2022, 4:00 PM

According to experts at the price-tracking app Hopper, domestic airfares will tick up 7% every month between now and June. That's a head-turning rate. It's normal for airfares to increase between the nadir of the low travel season (January) and the high season of summer, but in the past, the jump has only been 2% per month. But airfares were so low during the doldrums of 2020 and 2021 that they ha...

Proof of Covid Booster Will Soon Be Required to Visit Hawaii

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/14/2022, 5:00 PM

After simplifying Covid-related entry requirements a few days ago, Hawaii has complicated things a bit once more. Governor David Ige has confirmed that in order for a visitor to be considered fully vaccinated against Covid-19, a booster shot will soon be expected. Under Hawaii's Safe Travels program, visitors who are not fully vaccinated must complete a five-day quarantine after getting to the i...

How to Book a Flight That Won't Get Canceled

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/12/2022, 9:00 AM

The answer to the headline is easy: Use the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus as your travel agent. The truth is there's always the chance that a flight will be canceled. We're seeing extreme weather patterns in this era of climate change, and the airline industry has a propensity for staffing shortages. But it's also true that if you are strategic about your initial flight purchase, you can decrease yo...

Experts Weigh In On the Top Restaurant Trends For 2022

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/07/2022, 5:45 PM

We all know people who travel to eat. In fact, we may be people who travel to eat. But two pandemic years and the simple march of time have shifted where and what we'll eat when we travel in 2022—and how we'll do so in our home communities, for that matter. To get a handle on those potential changes, I looked at the end-of-year articles from a number of experts, from those in the restaurant indust...

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