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The World’s Most and Least Expensive Cities for Expats in 2021

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/24/2021, 7:00 PM

Interested in living abroad? Turns out you're likely to blow your budget fastest in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, according to a well-regarded annual ranking of the world's most expensive cities for expats.  The Central Asian country's capital (pictured above) topped the 2021 Cost of Living index compiled by asset management firm Mercer, which compares prices for housing, transportation, food, entert...

What Travelers Need to Know About American Airlines' Service Meltdown

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/22/2021, 6:00 AM

We've been warning for weeks that the return to travel this summer would be bumpy. But I don't think any of us could have predicted just how ugly things could get this week. Over the weekend, American Airlines abruptly canceled hundreds of flights. Some passengers only found out at the moment they tried to check in for their trips. Even more shocking: On Sunday, the airline announced that...

Royal Caribbean Will Charge Unvaccinated Cruisers More And Bar Them From Some Activities

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/18/2021, 5:00 PM

Update, July 1: What follows now applies to Celebrity Cruises as well as its sister line Royal Caribbean. Celebrity has announced that for sailings from Florida, passengers who fail to show proof of vaccination at boarding "will be treated as unvaccinated and subject to additional protocols, restrictions, and costs for Covid-19 testing." Consult the travel requirements page on the Celebrity Cruise...

How to Survive the USA's Crazy-Busy National Parks This Summer

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/17/2021, 3:00 PM

America is entering a summer of pent-up travel energy following more than a year of homebound life. And as long as most international countries remain unready to fling open their doors (not without putting up obstacles anyway), U.S. vacationers are directing their plans toward domestic destinations.  If you thought 2021 would be the summer you finally knock the great national parks off your buc...

ICYMI: These Big Names in Travel Couldn't Survive 2020 and 2021

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/15/2021, 10:00 AM

We don't have to tell you that Covid-19 has changed the world. In fact, there's so much in our shifting lives that requires attention you might have missed word of the final chapters of these important travel businesses and brands. Eagle Creek: After 46 years of helping travelers pack and organize, the brand is being shut down. VF Corporation, which acquired the luggage giant in 2007, claims Ea...

This Summer, Travel Isn't Working Like It Used To, So Bring Your Patience

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/09/2021, 5:00 PM

As a society, we're still coping with a once-in-a-century trauma—and several of us aren't handling the stress well. Some travelers are snapping, losing their marbles in the worst way, attacking flight attendants, turning standard mask requests into unnecessary aircraft-grounding Spartacus moments, or merely lashing out with the kind of snide nastiness that doesn't make the news but still demora...

We’re in Danger of Losing These Historic American Places

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/08/2021, 2:00 PM

The islands in Boston Harbor, 19th-century railway tunnels in California's mountains, a Navajo trading post in Utah, and several important remnants of the Jim Crow era are among the most endangered historic places in the United States, according to an annual list released by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The 11 sites highlighted by the nonprofit each played a significant role in...

If You Sail Royal Caribbean from Florida or Texas, Fellow Travelers Will Be Unvaccinated

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/07/2021, 3:00 PM

In the run-up to restarting operations, Royal Caribbean International was one of the first cruise lines to assure customers that when services resumed, every adult on board would be vaccinated. The company made the declaration in late February, announcing that new ship Odyssey of the Seas would debut in the Mediterranean instead of the United States. Well, scratch all that. Royal Caribbean t...

Wanna Go to Sicily? The Italian Island Will Help Pay for Your Vacation

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/28/2021, 1:00 PM

In April 2020, I told you about a plan Sicily hatched to restart its tourism industry. The government announced it had set aside millions of euros to pay 50% of visitors' airfares and give travelers who booked two nights of hotel accommodations a third night for free. A different bill promised free entry to museums and historic sites around the island when tourism returned. Problem was, there w...

Going to Disney Is Different Now. Someone Should Warn You About These 10 Things

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/27/2021, 7:00 PM

The return of travel brings the return of reassuring old habits. Just as some people feel incomplete until they can root for their favorite baseball team in person again at their local ballpark, others find comfort—deep, soul-soothing, here's-where-I-belong comfort—by playing in a Disney park.  To serve those vacationers who crave a return of normalcy, all of the U.S.-based Disney parks are now...

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