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Getting the Most Out of a Visit to NYC's New SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Observation Deck

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/12/2021, 4:15 PM

The pitfalls and must-dos at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, New York City's dazzling new observation deck....

New York City Puts Hotels, Shows, and Museums on Sale for October

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/05/2021, 7:30 PM

Fall is normally New York City's most busy and expensive season, with hundreds of thousands of travelers descending on the city for business meetings, Broadway show weekends, the Halloween parade, the New York City Marathon, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, pre-Christmas shopping, and much more. But, as we all know, nothing is normal anymore. Which is why the city's official tourism department,...

Strategies for Finding Affordable Holiday Car Rentals in 2021

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/04/2021, 1:00 PM

Although we're no longer seeing headlines blaring "Rental Car Apocalypse!", should holiday travelers still be worried about rental car prices? Sadly, yes. Rental cars remain in short supply because of low inventory at the agencies, compounded by a backlog of factory production of new vehicles. "I liken right now to the calm before the storm," says Jonathan Weinberg, of the car rental website Aut...

Finding Affordable Holiday Airfare and Hotels in 2021

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/02/2021, 4:00 AM

The holidays will be tricky this year, and I’m not just talking about potential gift shortages due to global supply chain issues. Travel patterns continue to shift. While there’s still potential for last-minute discounts on lodging and airfare, with such uncertainty in the system, there’s as great of a probability that travelers who wait too long to book could end up paying too much. "Many hotel ...

All-Inclusive Resort Chains Sandals and Beaches Set New Standard for Covid Guarantees

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/17/2021, 8:00 AM

Sandals Resorts International is redefining the term "all-inclusive" to fit the needs of pandemic-era travelers. The vacation company operates beachfront properties under the Beaches and Sandals banners in Saint Lucia, Jamaica (the Sandals Royal Caribbean is pictured above), Antigua, the Bahamas, Grenada, Barbados, Turks & Caicos, and Curaçao. No, the company is not throwing in free spa tre...

North America Is Getting an All-Inclusive Ski Resort from Club Med

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/13/2021, 9:00 AM

The year was 1950. Belgian water polo champion Gérard Blitz got a hold of a bunch of army surplus tents left over from the recently concluded World War II and decided to start a business venture with them. He set up a camp on the Spanish island of Majorca with the aim of creating simple, affordable vacation opportunities for his fellow Europeans. Guests would live communally in the tents, cook mea...

Aloha, Autumn Mandates: Hawaii Restaurants and Hotels Require Vaccine Proof

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/10/2021, 7:00 AM

As in so many states, Hawaii's rate of Covid-19 infection is going in the wrong direction right now. That's why Governor David Ige has asked would-be visitors to stay home. "I encourage everyone to restrict and curtail travel to Hawaii," he said in a news conference last month. The state has not officially closed its doors to visitors—the governor was making a request, not issuing a ban. But he ...

Confusion Plagues Las Vegas: A Few Feet Apart, Different Vaccine Requirements

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/26/2021, 1:00 PM

Picture this: You walk into a Las Vegas casino and although you’re asked to don a mask (the state has a mask mandate for most public indoor spaces), no other questions are asked. But then you try to enter the casino’s showroom and everything changes. At the door to the theatre, you’re asked to prove you’re vaccinated. In some showrooms, proof of a negative Covid-19 test is accepted, but not in ot...

New CDC Warning: Avoid Cruising If You're Pregnant, Older, a Smoker, Overweight, and More

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/24/2021, 2:00 PM

Last Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed its guidance to reflect growing concern about the advisability of cruising. Previously, the CDC's Travelers' Health page simply warned that unvaccinated passengers should not cruise. Now, the page warns that the agency's advice was "updated to recommend travelers who are at increased risk for severe illness avoid cruis...

Italy's Venice Plans to Charge An Entry Fee and Cap Visitors

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/23/2021, 1:00 PM

Of the world's premier travel destinations, Venice may be the one most transformed by this pandemic. The Italian cabinet banned cruise ships in July, sparking headlines worldwide. Because of that move, fewer cruise passengers will clog the streets that funnel into St. Mark's Square (pictured above) and others choke points around the city. Now it looks like the numbers of those who arrive by land wi...

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