WATCH: Penguins Run Loose in Chicago Aquarium, Meet Beluga Whales

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/02/2020, 3:15 PM

The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago continues to host the world's most adorable quarantine.  While the facility is closed to visitors during the coronavirus pandemic, staffers have been taking resident penguins on "field trips" to various exhibits, allowing the birds to check out the underwater scenery of the Amazon River, the Caribbean Sea, and other parts of the world ordinarily off-limits to fligh...

Fluent Forever App Offers Free Month of Language Lessons for Frommer’s Readers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/31/2020, 8:30 PM

Start learning a new language—for free!—with this special offer. 


Matterhorn and Eiffel Tower Lit with Messages of Hope and Gratitude

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/30/2020, 6:15 PM

Two of Europe's most iconic sights are being illuminated each evening with words and symbols of encouragement amid the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. In Zermatt, Switzerland, projections designed by artist Gerry Hofstetter will be beamed onto the face of the Matterhorn each day starting at sunset and lasting until 11pm.  Symbols such as hearts and the Swiss flag as well as simple messages like...

Visit Kentucky Horse Farms with New Virtual Tours

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/26/2020, 5:15 PM

The Kentucky Derby, usually held on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, has been postponed to September 5 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But you can keep tabs on the state's equine goings-on in the meantime, thanks to a new slate of virtual tours and social media events organized by the farms, medical clinics, and other businesses that make up Kentucky Horse Country n...

Spring Breaker Who Vowed to Party Despite COVID-19: I Was Wrong

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/24/2020, 1:00 PM

Remember that die-hard spring breaker who went viral on the internet last week for saying he wouldn't mind going viral in a literal sense for the noble cause of partying? "If I get corona, I get corona," he said in a TV news interview from Miami, making us all want to do a real-life interpretation of the face-palm emoji, if only that wouldn't involve, you know, touching our faces. "At the en...

Binge Listen! We Love These Travel Podcasts on Nature, Food, Culture, and More

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/19/2020, 2:45 PM

Travel without leaving home with these podcasts on cuisine, adventure, theme parks, museums, and language. 


Virtual World Tour: Lots of Livestreams to Watch When You Can't Travel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/16/2020, 11:00 AM

These livestreams let you keep tabs on scenic, iconic, cute, and quirky sights across the globe


North America's Largest Outdoor Adventure Course Coming to Chicago Suburbs

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/12/2020, 11:30 AM

A huge new outdoor adventure park is scheduled to open this summer in the Chicago suburbs. Set on 300 wooded acres in the town of Lemont (located about 30 miles southwest of the city's Loop), The Forge: Lemont Quarries Adventure Park will get adrenaline pumping with a range of invigorating activities, many involving navigating the park's leafy canopy. The centerpiece of the Forge is what's b...

The Best View in Dublin Just Got Better (And You Get Free Beer)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/09/2020, 3:45 PM

The Guinness Storehouse, Dublin's seven-story shrine to its beloved dry stout, has just unveiled the results of a €20-million ($23 million) renovation of the Gravity Bar on the building's top floor. Since opening in 2000, the bar has been a hit with visitors thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows offering far-reaching city views from a height of over 150 feet. Also helping the bar's popularity:...

New River Cruise Ship from AmaWaterways Coming to the Nile

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/06/2020, 3:30 PM

The 25th ship from river cruise line AmaWaterways will set sail on the Nile next year. Dubbed the AmaDahlia, the brand-new vessel will transport passengers on an 11-day "Secrets of Egypt and the Nile" itinerary that includes 7 days on the water as well as pre- and post-cruise stays at the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence in the Egyptian capital. The Nile portion of the journey...

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