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Meet Orlando’s New Safety Mascot: Social Distancing Skunk Ape at Gatorland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/03/2020, 12:45 PM

Orlando's Gatorland, a wildlife park and venerable locus of Florida kitsch, reopened to visitors on May 23, getting the jump on the region's larger, younger, slicker family-friendly attractions such as Universal Orlando Resort (set to reopen June 5) and Walt Disney World (July 11).  And here's something else Gatorland has that its rivals lack: the Social Distancing Skunk Ape, a woolly health-an...

Interactive Tool for Tracking Travel Restrictions Around the World

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/02/2020, 12:45 PM

A handy online tool for tracking travel restrictions across the globe has been unveiled by the Montréal-based International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade group representing the world's airlines.  In the Travel Centre section of the IATA website, you'll find an interactive, color-coded map of the world that shows at a glance which countries currently have "totally restrictive" border...

Our Travel Podcasts: Camping, Closed Borders, and a Chat with Travel Writer Don George

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/01/2020, 8:00 AM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program. Listen anytime at Frommers.com/podcast.  After spending the spring cooped up while on lockdown, a lot of us are ready to spend time in the great outdoors again. Cohosts Paul...

Camping in the Pandemic: Finding Campsites and Open Restrooms in a Time of Limited Capacity

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/29/2020, 12:00 AM

Camping in 2020 is different than in previous years. Campers must consider closures, constrained capacity, and new safety measures. Make sure you find sites and facilities as you travel. 

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Las Vegas Casinos Have an Official Reopening Date

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/27/2020, 12:00 AM

Casino resorts in Las Vegas and elsewhere throughout Nevada will reopen to the public on Thursday, June 4, the state's governor, Steve Sisolak, has announced. “We’ve taken every precaution possible," Sisolak told reporters during a telephone news conference on May 26. "I don’t think you’re going to find a safer place to come than Las Vegas.” The move has the backing of state health experts, ...

Our Weekly Travel Podcasts: Reopening Beaches, Orlando, and Vegas

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/26/2020, 6:15 PM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program. Listen anytime at Frommers.com/podcast.  With Memorial Day behind us, you might be dreaming of beaches—and you're not alone. Cohosts Pauline Frommer and Jason Cochran recall...

What to Expect at TSA Screenings This Summer

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/21/2020, 11:00 AM

Know the TSA's new policies for airport screenings in the summer of the pandemic....

Annual Ranking Crowns USA's Best Beach. But Is It Open?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/21/2020, 7:00 AM

Grayton Beach State Park in the Florida Panhandle is the new best beach in the United States, according to the annual ranking by coastal expert Stephen Leatherman, a Florida International University professor better known as Dr. Beach.  Leatherman has been releasing his top 10 beaches list at the start of every summer since 1991. Among his evaluation criteria: water and sand quality as well as ...

MGM Resorts Bringing Back a Favorite Vegas Perk

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/19/2020, 10:00 AM

When the Las Vegas Strip reopens after the coronavirus lockdown, free parking will be making a Sin City comeback as well.  Once a standard feature at casino hotels along the Strip, the perk began to disappear in 2016, when MGM Resorts led the way in eliminating free parking at its 12 Vegas properties.  Most other resorts in town followed, though Wynn Resorts went back to free parking at its ...

Our Weekly Travel Podcasts: Airline Masks, Charities, and Border Testing

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/18/2020, 2:00 PM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program. Listen anytime at Frommers.com/podcast.  Masks and Covid-19 test results have become the year's must-have items for travelers. Yet airlines are reportedly not enforcing thei...

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