Marriott Made Hundreds of Millions from Deceptive Fees, Lawsuit Says

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/21/2021, 3:00 PM

Just how lucrative are resort fees for hotels?  Newly unsealed court documents from a lawsuit brought by the District of Columbia's attorney general against Marriott International shed some light on how much hotel chains rake in from the fees, which guests are required to pay for amenities such as Wi-Fi, parking, gym access, and other stuff that used to be free with a hotel stay. According t...

New Jersey Filming Locations from "The Sopranos": A Driving Tour

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/20/2021, 2:00 PM

Fans of the iconic HBO series can visit these real-life North Jersey haunts of Tony Soprano and crew.


If Your Flight Is Delayed, Should You Still Go to the Airport on Time?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/19/2021, 9:00 AM

You get a notification that your early-morning flight has been pushed back. Can you sleep in? 


U.S. Sets a Date for Reopening to Fully Vaccinated International Tourists

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/15/2021, 10:00 AM

The White House has set a date for allowing in fully vaccinated international travelers again after restrictions were imposed 19 months ago. Those restrictions will be lifted on Monday, November 8, the Biden administration's assistant press secretary Kevin Munoz announced on Twitter today. Munoz added that's the date for the resumption of international air travel as well as nonessential cros...

Will There Ever Be a Subway Train Direct to NYC's LaGuardia Airport?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/14/2021, 5:00 PM

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's head-scratcher of a plan to bring a public transit train to New York City's LaGuardia Airport has been sent back to the drawing board.  The overarching idea was solid, but the routing was cockamamie. Under Cuomo's plan, riders going to LaGuardia from Midtown Manhattan would need to ride the subway's 7 train east to the Mets–Willets Point station in Queens, wh...

Why the U.S. Needs a Vaccine Requirement for Domestic Travel—and Is Unlikely to Get One

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/13/2021, 9:00 AM

Should the United States require people who are traveling within the country to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19? Or, barring that, should passengers at least have to show that they recently tested negative for the virus? Infectious disease and public health experts, at least 6 in 10 Americans (according to months of polling), and those of us who believe last winter's Covid surge was fueled...

Filmmaker Wes Anderson Designed a Real Train Car You Can Ride In

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/12/2021, 3:00 PM

Film director Wes Anderson (pictured above) has redesigned a real-life, luxury train carriage and, honestly, what took him so long?  It's an environment—small, self-contained, elegant, and old-timey—that seems especially suited to Anderson's distinctive aesthetic. That's probably why the moviemaker has created several train compartments for the big screen, most notably in 2007's The Darjeeling ...

PHOTOS: The World's Most Impressive New Skyscrapers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/09/2021, 11:00 AM

A stunning addition to the already iconic harborside skyline of Sydney, Australia, has been named the world's best new skyscraper.  The 890-foot-tall One Barangaroo tower (pictured above) earned the top spot in the annual Emporis Skyscraper Award ranking of tall buildings with exceptional "aesthetic and functional design." According to a press release, winners were selected by an internation...

Airlines and Airports Are Fighting Over Runway Fees. Your Airfare Could Soar.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/07/2021, 10:45 PM

Separate industry groups representing airlines and airports got into a spat this week, and—surprise!—you could end up the loser in the fight. At issue are the charges that airports require airlines to pay in order to use runways and passenger terminals. Collected or at least regulated in most cases by the government authorities where the airport is located, the fees vary by destination and the ...

Safety Tips for Hiking and Camping in Bear Country

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/06/2021, 9:00 PM

Follow this easy advice to avoid a dangerous bear encounter in the great outdoors....

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