U.S. State Dept. Lifts Warning Against International Travel: So What?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/06/2020, 12:00 PM

Let us flag this moment. Today, the U.S. State Department announced that, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control, it was lifting its blanket travel warning against all international travel. Just read what the government's press release said: "With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our ...

Advice from an Airline Pilot About Flying Safely in 2020

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/04/2020, 10:00 AM

Like me, my friend Andrea Eldridge, a pilot with a major airline, has been barraged by questions from family and friends about the wisdom of flying right now. In response, she posted a pithy list of tips on Facebook and gave me permission to reprint the list here at I think her tips are sensible and based on direct experience. Since she didn't write them for widespread publication...

Cruising Is Back! It's Been a Disaster: Crew on Three Lines Test Positive

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/03/2020, 3:00 PM

It's no secret that many countries are doing better than the United States when it comes to containing Covid-19 infections. A few of those places thought they might be able to extend their successes to the seas and bring back cruising in a safer, modified form, at least for smaller ships. They were wrong. The safety systems they put in place did not prevent infections from being discovered on b...

Is This The World's Safest Airport in the Battle Against Coronavirus?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/03/2020, 12:00 PM

When I'm in Dubai International Airport (DXB), I'm impressed not only by the fact that it has camel's milk chocolate bars for sale—gamy, but tasty—but also by the of-the-moment design of the place, which features international brands such as Shake Shack, lots of tinted glass, and shiny metal columns. Today, what's impressing me the most about DXB, which handled 89 million passengers last year, ...

The Myriad Ways One Hotel Manager's Job Has Gotten Tougher Since Covid-19

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/03/2020, 11:00 AM

August 3, 2020 Add hotel manager to the list of jobs that have gotten exponentially more arduous since March. Not only are hotels being tasked with keeping travelers safe under circumstances that would challenge an MIT epidemiologist, but most hotels are also scrambling just to stay in business, thanks to the sharp downturn in travel. Recently, I had an unusually candid conversation with ...

Buyer Beware: Theme Parks Are Cutting Experiences but Not Prices

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/31/2020, 3:00 PM

Despite headlines declaring that major theme parks have "reopened," that doesn't mean everything inside them has. We get it—some people would rather eat glass slippers than step foot in Cinderella Castle during a pandemic, even if the much shorter lines at the parks have an appeal.  But for those other people who might be thinking that stepping through the turnstiles will be like returning t...

Add Estonia to the List of Countries That Accept Americans As Digital Nomads

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/29/2020, 9:00 AM

It seems like a lot of our readers are eager to live somewhere other than the United States for a while. We've posted about several countries that are currently accepting American digital nomads—as governments seek ways to replace tourism income, the number of nations offering this option is steadily growing. The latest addition: Estonia. Starting August 1, the Eastern European country will rol...

WATCH: Pauline Frommer's Road Trip Tips on Good Morning America

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 07/29/2020, 6:00 AM

Our own Pauline Frommer was on ABC's iconic show Good Morning America to help viewers plan the perfect road trip for summer 2020.  She has suggestions for smart planning websites, for how to map out the best route, and what to expect at attractions such as national parks.  Watch her GMA appearance right here: ...

Pauline Frommer: If Casinos Go Touchless, More People May Suffer

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/28/2020, 3:00 PM

Like many people who work in the travel industry, I start my day looking at the daily stories sent out by Travel Weekly, a top source for news. Today's edition featured an in-depth piece on the ways tech firms are working with the major casinos of Las Vegas and other cities to make the gambling experience more safe in our coronavirus era. And all I could think was: Once Covid-19 passes, these i...

Does This Look Fun to You? Vloggers Show What Travel Is Like Now

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/24/2020, 5:00 PM

What's travel like these days? Now that things are reopening elsewhere in the world, are you missing out on the fun? You don't have to wonder. YouTube has the answer. The first travelers are trickling back to post-shutdown destinations and posting their experiences online as video blogs. The world they're showing us is, in a word, different.  Here's Dhruv Rathee, who has amassed 4 million...

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