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U.S. Airlines and CDC to Begin Contact-Tracing Passengers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/19/2021, 5:00 PM

Last week, the internet was abuzz with rumors that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was about to introduce a testing requirement on domestic airline traffic. The scuttlebutt was that the federal health agency would require proof of a negative test in order to board any flight in the United States. That didn't happen. The airlines reportedly pushed back, but common sense may have come in...

Bar Tab: Map Shows the Cost of Beer Around the World

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/18/2021, 6:00 PM

“Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!” That toast and its airtight logic come from Martin Luther, father of the Protestant Reformation. (He was German, so his love of beer shouldn't come as a shock.) Like Luther's faith, fondness for brewskis has spread all over the globe, making a pint a p...

Virgin Voyages Is Giving Away 1,000 Free Cruises

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/16/2021, 12:00 PM

Before Covid hit—back in the Pleistocene era—huge excitement was building over the impending debut of the Virgin Group's first cruise ship, the Scarlet Lady, which promised to be a ship like no other. Onboard features include a tattoo parlor, "experimental" eateries, daily yoga on the sundeck, and other touches meant to convey that this is truly a contemporary vessel and brand. But then came...

Airline Waives Mask Rule for Passengers in First and Business Class

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/15/2021, 12:00 PM

First class and business class flyers getting special perks is not news. But it's a shocking development when airlines decide to bend science in an effort to attract big spenders. That's what Hong Kong–based carrier Cathay Pacific is doing. According to Executive Traveller magazine, the airline circulated an internal memo advising that when passengers are lying flat—as in the fully reclining se...

Flash Sale: Two-For-One Tickets On Amtrak For Travel Through August

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/12/2021, 12:00 PM

How does Amtrak celebrate Valentine's Day? Nope, it isn't painting train carriages bright pink or handing out chocolates on the Acela. Instead, the rail service is doing something even more doting by throwing what it calls the "Amtrak Loves You Sale," which will give passengers who book by February 16 the gift of BOGO tickets on travel from February 22 through August 27, 2021. The offer is a...

Eiffel Tower in Paris to Be Painted a New Color for 2024 Olympics

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/11/2021, 3:00 PM

Imagine how strange it would be if San Francisco decided to paint the Golden Gate Bridge lavender. Or if the Great Wall of China was redone in red shellac.  A structure just as iconic is getting a new color, and although the makeover won't be as jarring as those scenarios, the change may take some getting used to. The landmark in question? The Eiffel Tower in Paris, which is going gold.  Of c...

Try 10 Classic American Foods in the Places They Were Invented

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/11/2021, 12:00 PM

Where the burger, the brownie, the ice cream cone, and other all-American eats were dreamed up...

Listen to Live Radio from Around the World with This Melodious Website

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/09/2021, 12:00 PM

There's no replacing travel when it comes to expanding your horizons.   But after nearly a year at home, I'm finding small ways to make my world feel larger—it's kind of like being on a strict diet and rediscovering how sweet common fruits can taste. One of those tiny treats: listening to radio from around the globe. A website called Radio Garden makes that easy to do. Go to the site a...

Canada's New Cruise Ship Ban Spoils the 2021 Alaska and New England Seasons, Too

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/05/2021, 5:00 PM

On Thursday, the government of Canada announced a ban on sailing in Canadian waters that stretches for another year—through February 22, 2022. The rule, which forbids ships carrying more than 100 passengers from visiting Canadian ports, has far-reaching consequences that will even stop all cruises from the continental United States to Alaska. The problem arises from U.S. laws called the Jone...

Amsterdam to Move Red-Light District and Restrict Cannabis Cafes

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/04/2021, 2:00 PM

What do you call a red-light district when all the vice is removed? The "No-Longer-Naughty Neighborhood"? "Little Salt Lake City"? Amsterdam might have to come up with a new term soon. The Dutch tourism magnet known for its permissive ethos is moving forward with some long-discussed initiatives that will fundamentally change the character of the city, as well as the type of traveler who comes t...

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