How to Get Proof of Recovery from Covid-19 for Travel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/13/2022, 6:00 AM

If you've recently recovered from Covid-19 and need to travel, here's what you'll need to cross international borders without new testing. 


2022's Safest U.S. Airline—and Where It Ranks Worldwide

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/08/2022, 5:30 AM

Covid-19 has been the biggest safety concern in air travel (and every other kind of travel) for two years now. So it's no wonder the expert safety monitors at have added Covid protocols to the main criteria for assembling the site's annual list of the world's safest airlines.  Since U.S.-based carriers have balked at tough pandemic-era health and safety measures adopted elsew...

San Diego Water Park Reborn as the West Coast’s First Sesame Street Theme Park

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/05/2022, 5:45 PM

To the venerable query "Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?", a new theme park in Southern California has an answer: by inner tube.  SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is transforming the site of its Aquatica water park in Chula Vista, California (just outside San Diego), into Sesame Place San Diego, a new theme park dedicated to Sesame Street and the long-running kids' show's lovable ...

Slip Slidin’ Away: Venice’s Too-Slick Glass Bridge Getting a Stone Makeover

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/04/2022, 6:30 PM

We're not structural engineers or anything, but putting an arched footbridge made out of a notoriously slippery substance in the middle of a famously soggy city seems like a surefire way to create, at best, a very expensive Slip 'N Slide and, at worst, a very expensive lawsuit machine.  Nevertheless, acclaimed Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava did indeed design a glass walkway to cross the G...

Explore the Logs of Every Sailing of the Revered QE2 Ocean Liner on This Interactive Website

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/03/2022, 12:45 PM

During its 40 years in service starting in 1968, Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 2 ocean liner sailed a total of nearly 6 million miles, stopping at 312 ports around the world and crossing the Atlantic Ocean 805 times.  Now permanently docked in Dubai, the QE2, as it's commonly known, has been transformed into a 13-deck, 215-room floating hotel in the city's Port Rashid district. But you don't have...

PHOTOS: Robots of the Future Look Cool at This Sci-Fi Ice Hotel in Finland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/28/2021, 7:00 AM

In frozen Finland, a seasonal hotel that's made entirely out of ice and snow is celebrating its 20th winter in operation by looking toward the future. Located in a resort area inside the Arctic Circle, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage has a science fiction theme this year, with overnight suites designed to look like the insides of spaceships. Throughout the chilly complex, elaborate ice sculptures de...

Year in Review: 2021’s Top Travel Stories, According to Frommer’s Readers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/28/2021, 6:00 AM

In 2021, as in 2020, the seemingly never-ending Covid-19 pandemic dominated every aspect of public life, from the economy to the arts.  Here at Frommer’s, we covered all the travel-related angles of the ongoing crisis, including reopening borders, reclosing borders, vaccine requirements, mask mandates, the tricky timing of predeparture tests, and whether you should get your proof-of-vaccination...

Is Airplane Water Safe? What You Should (and Should Not) Drink Aboard a Flight

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/27/2021, 6:00 AM

When the beverage cart comes rolling your way during a flight, here are the safest, tastiest drinks to order—and the ones to avoid. 


Spock’s Ears and Other Major Changes Coming to the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/22/2021, 6:00 AM

Two of the most iconic appendages in sci-fi are going on permanent display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The institution announced last week that it has accepted the gift of a pair of prosthetic ear tips worn by Leonard Nimoy when he played Spock on the original Star Trek TV series, which ran from 1966 to 1969. The pointy foam pro...

You Can Take This Epic Himalayan Trek for the First Time in Decades

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/21/2021, 6:00 AM

For centuries, just about the only way to cross the mountainous kingdom of Bhutan in the Eastern Himalayas was by a 403km (250-mile) east-west trail connecting ancient fortresses and cliffside Buddhist monasteries (Paro Taktsang is pictured above) via jungle footpaths, suspended bridges, and dayslong schleps through mountain passes and forested valleys in some of the most remote spots on earth.  ...

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