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The Longest Multi-Use Trail in the U.S.A. Opens in New York State

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/07/2021, 6:00 PM

In December 2018, I made predictions for the trends that would impact travel in the coming year. Back then, the number of issued permits for walking the Pacific Crest Trail (featured in Cheryl Strayed's seminal travel memoir Wild) had tripled in just three years, and simultaneously, several new, very long-distance trails were being developed around the world. One of them was New York's Empire S...

Royal Caribbean to Rescue Travel Planners with No-Interest Loans: A Good Thing?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/22/2020, 4:00 AM

For centuries in England, when you chose to go to a pub, you were also often choosing the brewery that supplied it. Many pubs were associated with only one maker of ales. And when our grandparents went on a date at a movie palace, they knew that some cinema chains specialized in certain studios: Loew's showed MGM films, Fox projected 20th Century-Fox product, RKO controlled the old Orpheum thea...

The Marshmallow Test for Holiday Travel (Or Why You Need to Stay Home Right Now)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/21/2020, 3:00 PM

Over six years, from the late 1960s to the early 1970s, psychologist Walter Mischel and his colleagues tempted small children. In one of the most famous psychological experiments of all time, they offered tots between the ages of 3 and 5 a big choice: They could either immediately eat a marshmallow that was placed in front of them, or, they were told, if they restrained themselves and didn't ea...

A Comprehensive, Step-by-Step Guide to Traveling Again After the Pandemic

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/18/2020, 10:00 AM

The year 2020 gave all of us a priceless gift. It kicked us all in the ass, too, no doubt about it. But the year's central lesson, the one that gnawed at our fearful inner cores no matter our walk of life, was a cosmic one. It can all be taken away in an instant. Health, freedom to travel, stability, comfort, trust—none are promised. So as truckloads of vaccine doses filter out to every c...

If My Toddler Refuses to Wear a Mask on a Flight, What Can I Do?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/15/2020, 7:00 PM

A few days ago, a video—of desperate parents trying to wrangle an overtired two-year-old—went viral. That's a pretty common scenario for a viral video, but in this case, the tot was objecting to wearing a mask on a United flight, and the crew was objecting to the child flying without one. Because the child refused to comply with the airline's mask policy, the family was booted off the plane—and...

Lie-Flat Sleeping Options Being Tested in Economy Class

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/14/2020, 6:00 PM

There's a moment in the film Crazy Rich Asians when it becomes clear that the modern-day Cinderella heroine has actually met a Prince Charming. Rachel, at the airport about to fly to Singapore, is laden with food for the trip, when Nick, her boyfriend, leads her not into economy class but into a super-glam private cabin where, soon, you see them cuddled in bed. You could feel the audience swoon, n...

Will Vaccinations Be Required to Cruise?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/14/2020, 10:00 AM

At a December 9 meeting with the Travel Leaders group, a multinational network of travel agents, Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Frank Del Rio announced that the company is looking into a possible vaccine requirement for passengers. "It’s too early to tell whether we have the legal standing to mandate that you take a vaccine to come on board—lawyers are looking at it as we speak," said Del Rio, accor...

Meryl Streep's "Let Them All Talk" Is a Realistic Ride Aboard the Queen Mary 2

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/11/2020, 6:00 PM

This post contains no spoilers. When movies and TV shows are set on cruise ships and ocean liners, the results are usually a dubious representation of reality. If you only went by what you see on the screen, you'd think passengers always become best pals with the senior officers (The Love Boat), or that the high seas are known for stowaways (the Marx Brothers' Monkey Business), con artists (The...

Locals from Great World Cities Name the Dishes They Say Represent Them Best

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/09/2020, 3:00 PM

Every week or so, you read about a new survey or scientific study that proves something everyone probably already knew. I'm thinking of such headlines as "Cats Like People!" or "Four Ways Eating Sugar Makes You Fat" (my offhand guess: eating it, drinking it, licking it, and, um, eating it). I believe the German word for this phenomenon is NoDuh-enfraude. Just this week, the esteemed Time Out ma...

Delta and KLM to Begin No-Quarantine Flights Between USA and Europe

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/08/2020, 9:00 AM

Last month, Frommer's told you how some airlines have been running special flights on which each passenger has been pre-cleared to fly with a Covid-19 test. Delta Air Lines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are now following suit.  Starting December 15, the two carriers will operate flights between Atlanta and Amsterdam that are filled with passengers who have agreed to test for the coronavirus t...

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