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Floating Hotel Debuts in Edinburgh, Near the Queen's Old Yacht

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/11/2019, 10:00 AM

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been a yachtless monarch since the 1997 decommissioning of Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, which was eventually sent to the Port of Leith in Edinburgh to serve as a tourist attraction.  Today, visitors to that Scottish city with the frequently mispronounced name can see the decks, surprisingly modest bedrooms, galley, and state dining room of a ship used by the roy...

Tipping in Japan? Not So Much a Thing

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/09/2019, 8:15 PM

Why Japan doesn't go for gratuities—but why you still might have to pay extra fees for meals and accommodations

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Tiger Woods Designing Public Golf Courses in Missouri and Chicago

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/07/2019, 11:30 PM

It has become common for golf greats to turn into course designers.  Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, and Jack Nicklaus all went in that direction—a career avenue that seems unique to their sport. After all, you don't see Michael Phelps drawing up plans for water slide parks.  The latest star of the PGA Tour to try his hand at devising sand traps: Tiger Woods, golf's most well-known—some would say on...

Tipping in Germany: A Gratuities Guide for Restaurants, Hotels, and Taxis

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/03/2019, 12:45 AM

How to tip restaurant servers, cab drivers, and hotel staff in Germany—without overdoing it

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Tipping in Mexico: A Gratuities Guide for Restaurants, Hotels, and All-Inclusive Resorts

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/21/2018, 7:45 PM

Tips on tipping wait staff, hotel workers, bartenders, and tour guides in Mexico...

America's Most Stressful Airport Is Named, Surprising No One

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/21/2018, 3:30 AM

New York City's much-despised LaGuardia Airport is the U.S. hub most likely to give you a stress migraine this holiday season, according to new research from travel insurance comparison site InsureMyTrip.  The study ranked 75 U.S. airports by their flight cancellation data for this year, and LaGuardia was found to have the worst record, canceling 4.9% of total flights. Here are InsureMyTrip's to...

Watchmaker Shinola Is Opening a Hotel in Downtown Detroit

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/18/2018, 9:30 PM

Detroit-based Shinola, maker of watches, fancy bicycles, and other luxury goods, is expanding into the hotel business.  The 129-room Shinola Hotel is set to open in the company's hometown on January 2.  Developed in collaboration with local real estate firm Bedrock, the property encompasses three new buildings as well as two historic ones—the former homes of the T.B. Rayl Co. department store an...

What to Tip Waiters, Hotel Staff, and Taxi Drivers in France

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/14/2018, 8:15 PM

Some pointers on how to pay gratuities—without overdoing it—in hotels, restaurants, and taxis in France

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Historic Delta Queen to Resume Cruising U.S. Rivers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/07/2018, 4:00 PM

The Delta Queen riverboat will once again cruise American waterways.  A floating National Historic Landmark, the 1920s-era vessel has been docked in Chattanooga, Tennessee, since 2008 due to a law banning overnight cruises on wooden ships.  But a bipartisan measure exempting the Delta Queen from that prohibition was approved by Congress, clearing the way for multiday excursions aboard the histor...

Meet UNESCO's New Cultural Heritage Inductees: Reggae, French Perfume, and More

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/05/2018, 12:00 AM

Reggae music from Jamaica, the Irish sport of hurling, Polish Nativity scenes, Korean wrestling, and about three dozen more arts, crafts, folk dances, foods, and festivals are the latest global traditions added to UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. (Pity the arts and tourism officials currently trying to squeeze that mouthful into quick after-dinner speec...

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