Three Countries Where Americans Can Escape And Legally Work Digitally for Up to a Year

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/09/2020, 10:00 AM

What’s one of the biggest lessons to come out of this pandemic? For many, it was a revelation that they didn't need an office and they could, in fact, work from anywhere. That good news, of course, was tempered by the fact that for Americans, travel to many countries is discouraged, if not impossible. But recently the island nation of Barbados (pictured above) announced that it could be work...

What a Shrinking Airbnb Could Mean for the Future of Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/06/2020, 10:00 AM

Like every other travel company, Airbnb was hit hard by the pandemic. In May, CEO Brian Chesky admitted that the company’s future was in doubt this spring. Airbnb reacted by cutting 25% of its workforce, canceling $1 billion worth of marketing campaigns, and refocusing on rural properties that were away from traditional tourist hot spots and therefore better suited for social distancing. It ...

Alarmed by U.S. Infection Rate, Caribbean Islands Tighten Entry Restrictions

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/01/2020, 2:00 PM

A month ago, when the Caribbean islands began laying plans for their reopening, welcoming travelers from the United States was the key concern because of the region's economic reliance on American tourists. Today, the situation is souring.  Caribbean islands, many of which have successfully managed their Covid-19 infections, are scrambling to deal with the fact that the United States has not...

Miss Broadway? You Can Still Perform Safety Theater at the Airport

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/01/2020, 11:00 AM

On Sunday, a family emergency required me to fly from Nantucket, Massachusetts, to New York City. As I was heading out of the secure passenger area toward baggage claim at JFK International Airport, a laconic guard muttered as I passed by, "You gotta go to that table." I'm a rule follower, so I went where he pointed. What I encountered will likely become more and more common for air travelers i...

Pauline Frommer: It's Tragic That Europe Bans Americans, But I Agree

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/30/2020, 11:00 AM

It’s official: Americans are not welcome in Europe, at least not in the near future. That’s the decision that the European Union formally announced today with its list of nations that will be welcomed back come July 1. America isn't on it. Right now, the E.U. trusts 14 nations, including Rwanda, Algeria, Uruguay, New Zealand, Australia, and Tunisia, more than the United States. This move ...

American Queen River Cruises to Resume This Summer—But Are They Safe?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/30/2020, 10:00 AM

While most of the cruise industry has suspended sailings through the summer, American Queen Steamboat Company has announced that the paddle wheels on its river cruises will be turning again in mid-July. To make that happen, the Indiana–based company has introduced new safety protocols and regulations in partnership with nonprofit medical provider Ochsner Health. The new policies include freq...

American Airlines Will Now Book Flights to Full Capacity

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/26/2020, 3:00 PM

On Friday, June 26, the United States registered a new single-day record in coronavirus infections—more than 40,000, many of them in young people who exhibit no symptoms. Hours before, a U.S. government official said that the actual infection rate may be as much as 10 times higher than what we know. What a great day for American Airlines to announce that starting on Wednesday, July 1, flight...

Hawaii Moves from Quarantine Toward Tests. But Will the Feds Approve?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/25/2020, 10:00 AM

The numbers tell a compelling story when it comes to Hawaii. On the winning side, the state has had just a bit over 800 coronavirus infections so far. That's the third lowest rate in the United States, after Montana and Alaska. But there has been an economic cost. Some 22.6% of Hawaiians were unemployed at the end of May—the second highest rate in the nation after Nevada (at 25.3%). It's ...

Tourist Industry Crash: Visitors Are Avoiding the USA for Their Own Safety

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/25/2020, 9:00 AM

The rest of the world now sees America as a mortal danger. "At all costs, you do not want to go into a U.S. hospital without insurance," one Canadian told the Palm Springs Desert Sun. Usually, he spends a few months a year in California. This year, he evacuated early and he's not coming back. For their own safety, foreign visitors are staying away from the United States.  The dilemma for ...

Airport Leadership Begs the US Government to Regulate Mask Usage

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/23/2020, 10:00 AM

Much of the attention given to the issue of air travel safety in the time of Covid-19 has focused on the in-flight experience. But airports, too, are gathering places for crowds, and thus also potentially dangerous. That point was made last week by a man who would know: Kevin M. Burke, the North American President of the Airports Council International, the global, nonprofit trade group repre...

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