New CDC Warning: Avoid Cruising If You're Pregnant, Older, a Smoker, Overweight, and More

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/24/2021, 2:00 PM

Last Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed its guidance to reflect growing concern about the advisability of cruising. Previously, the CDC's Travelers' Health page simply warned that unvaccinated passengers should not cruise. Now, the page warns that the agency's advice was "updated to recommend travelers who are at increased risk for severe illness avoid cruis...

Now Some European Countries Won't Accept Vaccination Older Than 270 Days

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/23/2021, 12:00 PM

Depending on when they received their vaccination shots, international travelers may find it harder to enter two European countries this fall. Austria and Croatia have each introduced a 270-day maximum validity time limit on vaccinations, reports the Irish Mirror. Other countries may soon follow suit. Travelers attempting to enter Austria or Croatia will no longer be considered fully vaccinated ...

Weird Weather Could Shift Fall Foliage in New England in 2021

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/21/2021, 4:00 AM

As we round the midpoint of August, it's time to look ahead to the autumn travel season, and for many, that means leaf peeping in New England. It's a classic fall escape, and one appropriate for this pandemic era because foliage-seekers do the lion's share of their sightseeing out in the open air. But will there be enough to see this year to make a trip worth it? As I do every year at this time...

Ending Daily Hotel Room Cleaning Will "Cost Women of Color Billions," Group Warns

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/12/2021, 12:00 PM

Largely overlooked in the nonstop circus of summer news headlines, a crucial workers' organization warned in June that the hotel industry's trend of scaling back daily housekeeping will disproportionately impact a specific population of working Americans. "The end of daily room cleaning would trigger mass job eliminations for hotel housekeepers, [who are] overwhelmingly women of color," according ...

The Best Covid-19 Testing Method for International Travel? There Are Problems

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/10/2021, 1:00 PM

If we've learned one thing about Covid-19, it's that not only is the virus constantly mutating, but so are the realities of life during this pandemic era. We've covered the tests needed to return to the United States as per the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) regulations, but some problems with those methods have arisen. Now not all of them are equally easy to use. Some background In January...

What to Do About Canceled Flights in This Summer of Airline Meltdowns

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/03/2021, 2:00 PM

When American Airlines went through a rocky period early in June, when it canceled 10% of its flights during a fraught Father's Day weekend, I warned that the company's problems would likely continue and spread to other carriers. My crystal ball turned out to be crystal clear. Not only has Southwest Airlines had major issues with canceling flights this summer, but American has seen rolling cancel...

3 Ways Disney's New Paid FastPass System Is Problematic

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/03/2021, 1:00 PM

Update, August 24, 2021: After this story was published, Disney expanded paid FastPass to its theme parks in the United States. For coverage, read Disney Officially Kills FastPass, Will Charge Extra to Use the New "Lightning Lane".Things are changing at Disney. This week, the theme park giant began implementing a new, paid version of FastPass at its two Paris theme parks. If the new system spreads...

New York City's Pro-Vaccine Rules Could Make It the Favored Destination for Many

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/30/2021, 1:00 PM

[Updated August 3: New York City will now require proof of vaccine to dine inside a restaurant or go to a gym or stadium. Complete details here.]In the last week or so, New York City's major touristic institutions have put out a clear-as-gin signal that only vaccinated travelers will be welcomed. On Friday, the Broadway League, which governs the mainstream theatrical industry, announced that if au...

Scam Alert: Passport Processing Swindles Are Booming

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/28/2021, 6:00 AM

We've been warning you about the immense backlog of passport applications facing the U.S. State Department—up to two million people are now reportedly waiting for processing. It currently takes up to four and a half months to obtain a passport. When government fails, grifters run riot. Americans who are eager to travel abroad are falling prey to a growing army of scammers who promise to expedite...

New Covid Testing Kits Can Be Packed and Used to Reenter the U.S.

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/27/2021, 2:00 PM

The United States still requires everyone who enters to produce a negative Covid-19 test result that's no older than 72 hours. The rule applies even if you're vaccinated, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have given no indication of removing the requirement anytime soon. The mandate, in place since January 2021, has thrown a wrinkle into international travel plans, sending U.S....

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