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A Shortage of Covid-19 Tests in Europe and the U.S.A. Is Disrupting International Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/04/2022, 3:30 PM

Melissa Fike's December trip to Ireland, her first, was one of the best vacations she'd ever had—until its last 24 hours. Over the course of two weeks, she and her boyfriend saw the highlights of the spectacular area known as the Wild Atlantic Way, spent a cozy Christmas with his family in County Clare, and fell in love with the Emerald Isle. But midway though her final day in the country, her go...

Here Are the Dates When U.S. National Parks Are Free in 2022

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/29/2021, 1:15 PM

On December 28, 2021, the National Park Service announced the days in 2022 when entry to national park units will be free. Although we love any day when the general public can waltz into their national parks without paying a dime (rather than paying up to $35 per carload, the entry fee at many of the most popular parks), the calendar for 2022 has left us disappointed. This taxpayer-paid gift is o...

In a Growing Number of U.S. Cities, Vaccination Required for Indoor Dining

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/28/2021, 1:30 PM

As Omicron surges, vaccination mandates are rapidly expanding in many more indoor dining and entertainment venues across America. Nationwide, government vaccine policies are being echoed by individual business owners who have decided to require proof of vaccine—and even proof of a booster shot—before serving customers. While requiring proof of vaccination is common in Europe, the practice is less...

Sharp Price Increase for U.S. Passports Announced

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/21/2021, 7:00 PM

Looks like inflation is also hitting government fees. This week, the U.S. State Department announced that the cost of a passport will go up by 13%. Beginning December 27, a new passport book that previously cost $145 for adults over the age of 16 will jump $20 in price to $165. The cost is also increasing for children under 16, going from $115 to $135.Passport renewal rates rise from $110 to $130...

Holiday Flight Delayed? This Hard Seltzer Company Will Buy You a Drink

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/21/2021, 12:00 PM

Air travel could drive anybody to drink nowadays, so maybe it makes sense that liquor companies are trying to ease our flying woes this holiday season. Last week we told you about a Maker's Mark promotion that will reimburse checked baggage fees. Now, the hard seltzer company Vizzy has announced it will buy a drink for anyone whose flight is delayed on the busiest holiday travel days this year—t...

Maker's Mark Will Reimburse Your Checked Baggage Fee for Holiday Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/17/2021, 3:00 PM

Holiday travel just got a dram cheaper, thanks to a friendly promotion from Maker's Mark. The Kentucky bourbon distiller has announced that it will reimburse airline baggage fees up to $40 per person through December 31 for participants ages 21 and older who apply. The booze brand has reportedly set aside $50,000 for this promotion, so no more baggage fees will be covered after Maker's Mark reache...

Where Coffee Is Cheapest and Most Expensive in the U.S.

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/17/2021, 12:00 PM

Often it's the accumulation of little costs that can really cut into a travel budget. Looking at the prices of everyday items in a destination can give you a good idea of how expensive a vacation there will be. To help in that regard, a recent analysis by personal finance site SavingSpot reveals the cost of a cup of coffee around the United States. Number crunchers considered data collected at Men...

In New York City, 50% Off Shows and Attractions, Plus Deep Winter Discounts on Hotels and Food

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/16/2021, 6:15 AM

Deep winter means deep discounts in New York City. That was true pre-pandemic, but the number of deals has grown exponentially this year thanks to the city's proactive tourist board, NYC & Company. It runs the NYC Winter Outing program, a hub for savings on attractions, Broadway shows, restaurants, and for the first time this year, hotel rooms. The discounts officially run from January 18 to ...

New York City Clamps Down on Illegal Airbnb Rentals

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/09/2021, 5:00 PM

The New York City Council approved a bill today requiring hosts using Airbnb and similar online platforms to register with the city before renting out their homes for less than 30 days. The measure, which is modeled after regulations in other communities such as Boston and Santa Monica, California, is being put in place to give some teeth to an already existing law in New York that bars most renta...

Wasted, Away on a Floating Margaritaville: Buffett's Brand Announces a Cruise Ship

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/08/2021, 6:15 PM

It's got a catchy melody, but if you listen closely to the lyric of "Margaritaville," it's clear that it's actually a song of woe—the tale of a man stuck in a tourist trap, getting soused nightly to forget he's wasting his life. The poor shmoe even cuts his foot open on a pop-top can. This boppy dirge, ironically, has inspired the creation of dozens of tourist dens of its own: restaurants, airport...

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