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A Reason to Cry in Your Beer: Germany’s Oktoberfest Canceled for 2020

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/21/2020, 8:00 AM

This year's edition of Munich's Oktoberfest—the huge beer and folk festival that's synonymous with the Bavarian region and, in some minds, Germany as a whole—has been canceled.  The event was scheduled to take place, as usual, on Munich's Theresienwiese fairground from September 19 to October 4, but organizers and government leaders have decided not to roll out the barrel due to the global heal...

Too Soon? Jacksonville, Florida, Already Reopening Beaches

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/17/2020, 8:00 PM

Jacksonville, Florida, is among the first locations in the United States to loosen social distancing restrictions—the city's beaches reopened to the public Friday at 5pm.  According to an announcement on Jacksonville's government website, only "essential activities" will be allowed, such as "walking, biking, hiking, fishing, running, swimming, taking care of pets, and surfing."  Few of those...

How to Celebrate Massachusetts Patriots' Day Events Online

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/16/2020, 8:00 AM

Each year on the third Monday of April, Massachusetts commemorates the start of the American Revolutionary War with Patriots' Day. The statewide celebration includes a parade in Boston as well as reenactments of Paul Revere's Midnight Ride (his Boston statue is pictured above) and the battles in Lexington and Concord that kicked off the war with the British in 1775. The holiday culminates in th...

Delta Air Lines Changes Boarding Procedure

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/15/2020, 10:00 AM

To accommodate social distancing recommendations, Delta Air Lines has temporarily adjusted its method of boarding passengers onto planes.  As of April 10, the carrier has been filling the back of aircraft first, working toward the front. That way, customers on their way to seats toward the rear of the cabin won't need to pass already-seated flyers, exchanging clouds of germs along the way. I...

Europe Border Closures Almost Certain to Be Extended—But for How Long?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/14/2020, 6:30 PM

Most of Europe has been closed to foreign visitors since March 17.  That's when the member states of the European Union and the Schengen zone (referring to an area in which internal borders have been abolished by agreement) stopped allowing entry to tourists and any other foreigners who aren't medical workers, diplomats, and such.  In an effort to minimize the global pandemic, a total of 30...

Hotel Desserts You Can Make at Home—from Sacher Torte to DoubleTree Cookies

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/14/2020, 5:15 PM

Send your taste buds on vacation with these hotels' recipes for tasty treats that you can make at home. 

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

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/13/2020, 12:00 AM

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

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Airbnb Launches Online Experiences You Pay For

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/10/2020, 10:30 PM

Airbnb has introduced an all-digital version of its Experiences platform for tours and activities.  With the company's new Online Experiences, experts around the world can teach you how to do magic tricks, make the perfect cup of coffee, meditate like a Buddhist monk, and stomp like an Irish step dancer—all without leaving your home, thanks to audio-visual technology connecting the laptops or p...

"EuroTrip" Revisited: The Real Arthur Frommer Reveals the Story Behind the Sex Comedy Classic

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/08/2020, 12:00 AM

Arthur Frommer himself sets the record straight on his not-quite cameo in the 2004 comedy EuroTrip....

Government Says Airlines Must Refund Canceled Flights—Eventually

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/06/2020, 6:45 PM

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued an "enforcement notice" reminding airlines and the "traveling public" that passengers whose flights are canceled or significantly delayed should receive refunds regardless of the "unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 public health emergency on air travel." The agency reports having received an "increasing number of complaints and inquiries ...

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