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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...

Veterans and Gold Star Families Now Get Free Entry to U.S. National Parks

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/06/2022, 3:15 PM

Sometimes Democrats and Republicans can agree. In November 2020, the Trump administration announced that entry to the U.S. national parks would be free for veterans and Gold Star Families (relatives of service members killed on active duty) for an unspecified period. Then on December 27, 2021, President Biden made that waiver permanent under the Alexander Lofgren Veterans in the Park Act, which w...

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...

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