How Far Ahead to Book Flights and Other Air Travel Tips from Expedia Data Analysis

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/27/2023, 9:00 AM

Getting the timing right to save money on airfare is a perennial concern of travelers. That's why advice on when to buy and when to fly is almost as easy to find online as TikTok debates about proper plane etiquette. But while we may never get an objective ruling on whether passengers in middle seats deserve both armrests (they absolutely do), it is possible to glean some flight-timing insights f...

Missed by No One, Brazil’s Visa for U.S. Citizens is Returning

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/25/2023, 4:30 PM

Just a few years after visiting Brazil got easier for Americans, traveling to the South American nation is about to get harder again. On January 10, 2024, Brazil's government will return to requiring visas for tourists from the United States, Canada, and Australia. At least that gives you through the end of this year. Back in March, Brazil announced that citizens of those three countries and J...

What Not to Bring on a Cruise: Surprising Prohibited Items

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/22/2023, 1:30 PM

Packing for a cruise? It's important to know what not to bring—and some common items banned by cruise lines may surprise you. 


America's Most Mispronounced Place Names

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/11/2023, 4:30 PM

For travelers, nothing will separate you from the locals quite as fast as saying the name of their city, region, state, or street the wrong way. Impress them instead by learning the correct pronunciations of these 10 U.S. locales you might be mangling. 


Utah Stargazing: Lake Powell Glamping Site Named World’s First DarkSky Resort

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/08/2023, 7:00 AM

For the first time, the light-pollution foes at DarkSky International have added a category for "DarkSky Approved Lodging" to their register of places where the nighttime environment is exceptionally preserved. The lodging section is a short one: As of now, there's only one resort on the list. The nonprofit, formerly known as the International Dark-Sky Association, has certified scores of Dark ...

Norwegian Viva Ship Tour: Pluses, Minuses, and Oh-So-Many Upcharges

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/05/2023, 12:00 PM

A photo tour of the Norwegian Viva cruise ship from Norwgian Cruise Line: cabins, restaurants, and what to expect on board


This Fall Foliage Prediction Map for 2023 Shows When Leaves Hit Peak Color

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/01/2023, 6:00 PM

With fall foliage season fast approaching, travelers concerned with getting the timing right for autumn road trips and weekend getaways have a freshly updated online tool at their disposal. The 2023 Fall Foliage Prediction Map is now available at Despite the website's name and its role as a travel booking platform for the mountains of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolin...

This Country Just Cut Its Sky-High Tourist Tax in Half

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/30/2023, 7:00 AM

Turns out imposing a ludicrously expensive daily fee on tourists isn't great for tourism. Who knew. The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has announced that it is cutting in half the $200 per day charged to most international tourists. The government describes the newly discounted but still considerable $100 daily fee as a measure to boost the country's tourism, which continues to lag following the lif...

Chip and Joanna Gaines' Hotel Opens This Fall, Cementing Their Waco Takeover

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/25/2023, 7:00 AM

Waco, Texas, takes another step toward becoming Chip-and-Joanna-Gainesville this fall. The married stars of the home-renovation series Fixer Upper have developed and designed their own hotel in the central Texas city (located almost exactly midway between Dallas to the north and Austin to the south) from which they launched their Magnolia lifestyle empire based on modern farmhouse decor and relent...

Fall Foliage in New England: What to Expect in 2023

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/23/2023, 7:30 AM

It has been a rainy summer in New England, characterized by flash flooding in Vermont and the second-wettest July on record in Boston. What does that mean for the region's famous fall foliage displays? In 2022, scientists worried that a drought would result in a brief, less vibrant season of autumn colors. So can we conclude that the wet and muggy conditions of summer 2023 will lead to the opposi...

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