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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...

Weird Weather Could Shift Fall Foliage in New England in 2021

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/21/2021, 4:00 AM

As we round the midpoint of August, it's time to look ahead to the autumn travel season, and for many, that means leaf peeping in New England. It's a classic fall escape, and one appropriate for this pandemic era because foliage-seekers do the lion's share of their sightseeing out in the open air. But will there be enough to see this year to make a trip worth it? As I do every year at this time...

National Museum Day Is Back This September: Free Entry for One Glorious Day

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/19/2021, 2:00 PM

What's better than spending a relaxing Saturday afternoon at a museum? Spending a relaxing Saturday afternoon at a museum—and not spending a dime on the experience. Thanks to the Smithsonian, a collection of museums that's always free, some 482 museums, historic sights, and other cultural hubs across all 50 U.S. states will grant free entry on Saturday, September 18. These include attractions fo...

The USA's Newest Low-Cost Airline, Avelo, Announces East Coast Routes

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/19/2021, 10:00 AM

Avelo Airlines, the newbie carrier with the soul of a soda (its tagline: "Refreshingly Smooth Travel") and nicely fizzy pricing structures, has decided to make New Haven, Connecticut, its second hub. We told you about the carrier when it debuted its network of West Coast routes in mid-April, linking Hollywood-Burbank Airport in the Los Angeles area with smaller airports around the West. Now, Ave...

New Orleans to Require Proof of Vaccination for Restaurants, Casinos, More

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/16/2021, 8:00 AM

With infections surging and Louisiana vaccination rates lagging, the mayor of New Orleans decided to move quickly to shore up public health protections, announcing on Friday that all restaurants, bars, casinos, and other indoor spaces would require proof of vaccine. Proof of a negative Covid-19 test that has been taken within the past 72 hours will also allow entry. Patrons will still be permitted ...

The Best U.S. National Parks to Visit in the Autumn

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/14/2021, 3:00 AM

Which American national parks are at their best the fall months? Frommer's chooses the top ones.  | Frommer's...

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