Is Now the Right Time to Buy Holiday Airfare? The Answer is a Qualified Yes

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/15/2020, 5:00 AM

If this were a normal year, I’d be penning a post right now about getting ready to scoop up holiday airfares at the end of September or early October. Traditionally, that's the sweet spot for getting the best deals on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's flights. But nothing is normal about 2020, and the airlines have been doing something unheard of for September: announcing holiday sales. "Fl...

Beloved Tour Operator TrekAmerica Calls It Quits

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/08/2020, 7:00 AM

It’s no secret that travel businesses are in trouble right now. Airlines are planning huge layoffs for the fall and a large percentage of hotels will likely never reopen. Now a major tour operator is throwing in the towel. On September 7, TrekAmerica posted a farewell notice on its website. "We’re incredibly sad to say that due to ongoing uncertainties from COVID, TrekAmerica won’t be continui...

Try These Two Maps to Track Covid-19 Restrictions State-By-State in the USA

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/04/2020, 7:45 AM

Each American state has its own approach to viral prevention, which makes traveling in the USA tricky. Many issues can complicate even a 20-minute, cross-border drive, including varying quarantines, mask requirements, and different testing expectations. A Pennsylvania resident going across the border to visit her aunt in Maryland, for example, would be required by law to have taken a Covid-19 test...

Maybe It's Time to Say It: Flights and Theme Parks Aren't Making Us Sick

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/31/2020, 9:00 AM

One of the most difficult aspects of managing this pandemic has been altering our own perceptions and fears as more information becomes available. The slow dawning of enlightenment reminds me of the way that the AIDS plague unfolded. During the early years of that crisis, as scientists raced to figure out how the disease was spread, the public fell into repeated panics. People thought you could ge...

United Airlines to Drop Change Fees Permanently on Many Types of Flights

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/31/2020, 6:00 AM

Not long ago, Frommer's listed the things we don't miss about pre-pandemic travel. Paying big fees for making changes to airline tickets ranked right up there with buffets and dirty amusement park rides. We hoped that all of the temporary changes making those things disappear would be made permanent. Looks like United Airlines is making some of our wishes come true—with caveats. On Sunday, the...

Dominican Republic's New Plan for Bringing Back Tourism: Fewer Tests, Longer Stays

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/28/2020, 11:00 AM

The tourism industry of the Dominican Republic has faced a downturn for far longer than most any other destination. The D.R.'s problems started long before Covid-19. In spring of 2019, the media declared a spate of deaths there "mysterious," severely reducing the flow of vacation travel to the country for the rest of the year. The FBI looked into the issue and announced in October that American ci...

The Rules at Ski Resorts Will Be Different This Winter. Here's What to Expect

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/27/2020, 12:00 PM

What will the upcoming ski season be like this winter? "There is no doubt this season will be different," according to Rob Katz, CEO of Vail Resorts, which operates 34 mountain resorts in North America. Katz made that remark in an open letter released to the public this week. In the document, he outlines the changes his company is enacting in response to the coronavirus pandemic—the same crisis...

U.S. Tourist Faces Huge Fine and Jail Time for Breaking Canada’s Covid Laws

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/26/2020, 11:00 AM

Canada closed its border with the United States on March 21 due to the coronavirus, and the border is currently slated to remain closed at least until September 21. There's an exception, however. Americans on their way to or from Alaska are allowed to enter Canada, provided they take the most direct route possible to points of exit, avoid national parks and tourist activities, and isolate themselv...

A Weather Expert Predicts New England's Fall Foliage Peaks for 2020

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/20/2020, 8:00 AM

In Homer's Iliad, Thetis, the mother of Achilles, foretold two diametrically opposed fates for her son. He could either die young but achieve great glory in the process or live a long but obscure life. The folks at have put forth two similar predictions for leaf-peeping season this year. I'm only sorta kidding. Jim Salge, who has spent years forecasting foliage for Yankee Magazine...

Is Vegas a Secret Superspreader? Study Shows Alarming Reach of City's Visitors

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/18/2020, 11:00 PM

It has been about two and a half months since Las Vegas began reopening its casinos and resorts on June 4, following this spring's pandemic lockdown. How have things been going since visitors started coming back? Not great. Nevada's confirmed coronavirus cases skyrocketed in July, and, while the numbers have improved in recent days, NPR reports that the state still has one of the highest infecti...

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