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Now You Can Order Airplane Food at Home for Some Reason

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/12/2020, 5:00 PM

Stir-craziness among some grounded travelers has evidently grown so acute that they've developed a hankering for airplane snacks.  Imperfect Foods, a grocery delivery service that reduces food waste by hooking up online users with surplus stock and misshapen though perfectly safe produce, has begun selling JetBlue snack packs. The airline's containers of cheese, dried fruits, and drier crack...

2020’s Ranking of the World’s Best Airports (Remember Airports?)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/12/2020, 8:00 AM

Do you miss airports? We've been in lockdown so long, we've even started to develop nostalgic feelings for LaGuardia.  For those of you who also yearn to stuff your toiletries into plastic baggies again, Skytrax has released its well-regarded annual ranking of the world's best airports, based on surveys taken between September 2019 and February 2020 from customers from over 100 countries.   ...

Our Weekly Travel Podcasts: The Future of Cruising and Far-Flung Adventures

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/11/2020, 3:00 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.   Cruise news is the primary subject of our first show this week. Cohosts Pauline Frommer and Jason Cochran consider Carnival Cruise ...

A Guide to Amtrak's Pandemic Policies

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/08/2020, 11:00 AM

Amtrak is still rolling, but with changes. Here's what to know about service cuts, face masks, and other new policies aboard American trains. 

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Second City Simulation: Spend a Day in Chicago from Home

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/08/2020, 9:00 AM

Our one-day itinerary for doing Chicago from afar highlights its best art, architecture, culture, and food. (And some day you can go do these for real.)

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After Backlash, Frontier Airlines Drops Social Distancing Fee

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/07/2020, 9:00 AM

Frontier Airlines has abandoned plans to charge passengers extra to fly next to empty middle seats on flights, according to news reports.  The move was made following widespread (and well-deserved) criticism of the fee from social media users, media commentators—including Frommer's—and even members of Congress.  The $39 empty-seat charge, which was set to go into effect on May 8 and last thr...

Adorable Canine Instagrammer Has NYC’s Top Tourist Sites to Himself

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/06/2020, 1:00 PM

By now, you've probably seen plenty of eerie photos showing normally crowded tourist sites looking desolate amid the pandemic lockdown.  You know what makes them look less desolate? Parking a deadpan yellow lab in the foreground.  In New York, that cityscape-brightening service is being provided by an Instagram account started by Craig Karpel and starring his dog, Farley.      ...

Frontier Airlines Will Let You Socially Distance—for a Price

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/05/2020, 12:00 PM

One thing you can always count on from the airlines: They will never run out of excuses to charge extra fees.  Now an airline is charging passengers more if they want to observe CDC recommendations. This latest example of nickel-and-diming ingenuity in air travel comes from Frontier Airlines.  Yesterday, the Denver-based carrier unveiled its new "More Room" seating option in response to fly...

Southwest Airlines Introduces New Social Distancing Rules

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/04/2020, 12:00 PM

Southwest Airlines has introduced new social distancing measures at airport gates and in the skies.  As of May 2, the airline is following a temporarily modified boarding process and is limiting the number of passengers per plane.  With regard to boarding, at the airport gate 10 people at a time will now be called in sequential order based on the numbered boarding position on their tickets. ...

Ja, Tulips Are Still Blooming in the Netherlands! See For Yourself

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/01/2020, 3:00 PM

For the first time in 71 years, Holland's Keukenhof, the famed garden southwest of Amsterdam, is closed for tulip season.  During ordinary springs, the garden's elaborate, kaleidoscopic displays make it a locus of tulip mania, with multitudes of colorful bulbs rivaled in number only by the multitudes of tourists.  Although visitors can't see Keukenhof in person this year, gardeners planted a...

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