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

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/17/2021, 11:00 AM

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 bucket...

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

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/15/2021, 6:00 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 Eagle...

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

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/09/2021, 1:00 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 demoraliz...

We’re in Danger of Losing These Historic American Places

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/08/2021, 10:00 AM

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 a ...

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

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/07/2021, 11:00 AM

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 takes ...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/28/2021, 9:00 AM

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 was ...

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

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/27/2021, 3:00 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 on...

Thanks to Plummeting Hotel Costs, This Could be New York's Most Affordable Summer in Years

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/27/2021, 1:00 PM

Hotel rates and Broadway show tickets have long been the two most expensive parts of most visitors' trips to New York City. But on Wednesday, May 19, some of those expenses were chipped away. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that his city will waive the usual 5.875% hotel room tax for the months of June, July, and August. That will save travelers roughly $6 for every $100 they spend at hotels. As ...

Newly Launched Breeze Airways Connects Smaller U.S. Cities for Low Fares

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/24/2021, 2:00 PM

A new low-cost airline dedicated to serving small and "underserved" U.S. cities is set to take off this week. Breeze Airways, the fifth airline startup backed by JetBlue founder David Neeleman, released its introductory set of routes and opened reservations for some very budget-friendly fares that start at just $39 one-way. The lowest fares are the airline's equivalent of basic economy tickets an...

Alaska Cruises Are Back! Congress Saves the 2021 Season and Trips Are Already on Sale

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/24/2021, 7:00 AM

Vacationers had written off the 2021 cruise season in Alaska as another casualty of Covid-19. Canada, seeking to protect the health of its population, banned big cruise ships from Canadian waters until February 2022. That decision effectively killed all Alaska cruises, because a quirk in U.S. maritime law called the Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA) requires foreign-flagged ships that call on A...

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