American Rail in Shambles: Legendary Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Closed Due to Erosion

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/03/2022, 1:15 PM

The famous Pacific Surfliner in Southern California, the second-busiest intercity rail corridor in the United States with some 3 million riders a year, has been closed.A coastal section of the route—which is shared by Amtrak, Metrolink commuter trains, and freight carriers—is now so threatened by erosion that it now poses "safety concerns," according to Amtrak, forcing authorities to shut down the ...

Frommer's Will Be Aboard the TCM Classic Cruise on the Disney Dream, Nov. 12–17

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/30/2022, 4:30 PM

For many of us, movies and entertainment play a central role in inspiring us about where to go. Some of the greatest vacations we've had came after we saw a place on screen and were instilled with a romantic desire to experience it for ourselves. But it's highly unusual to get to travel along with the celebrities that are on those screens. Themed cruises have become a big market—it's possible to...

You Can Hire Someone to Escort You Through Airport Terminals with SkySquad

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/29/2022, 6:00 PM

A little over a decade ago, Julie Melnick was trying to wrangle her rambunctious 3-year-old at the airport when she had a realization that many of us in the same situation have had: Air travel with a toddler is utter and complete hell. That was part one of her revelation. The second part was that perhaps there was a business idea there. She decided to create a company that would assist travelers,...

British Pound at Lowest Value Against Dollar Since 1985: Is It Time to Visit?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/23/2022, 2:15 PM

This week, the United Kingdom's government, beset by financial issues, announced a slate of tax cuts for the wealthy and increased spending. The market instantly slid, and the exchange rate for the pound is hitting historic lows.The value of the British pound is now at a level that hasn't been seen for 37 years. See how the value of the pound has tumbled by more than half in 10 years on this graph ...

NYC Airports No Longer Include Newark—How the Rule Change Could Affect Travelers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/23/2022, 6:00 AM

Newark is no longer in New York. Geographically, of course, the New Jersey city never was. But Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is so close to New York City—closer, in fact, than the Queens-based John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is to some parts of Manhattan—that Newark has previously been lumped in with JFK and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) under the same multi-airport city code of...

The Largest Immersive Digital Arts Center in North America Opens in New York City

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/19/2022, 1:15 PM

New York City has more art galleries than any other city on the planet. It is also home to 43 dedicated art museums, many of which have world-class collections. So why does it need another art-centric venue? The short answer would be: It doesn't. And yet . . . French import Hall des Lumières, which opened on September 14 in Manhattan's Financial District, brings a deeply satisfying experience to ...

Online Renewal of U.S. Passports Reopens for a Limited Time

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/16/2022, 2:45 PM

Update: The portal for renewing U.S. passports online has reopened as of October 11. In September, the window was open for less than two days before slots filled up. After October's window closes, it will reopen again in November on an unspecified date. The story we ran when the window opened in September follows:At 11am Eastern time Friday morning, the U.S. State Department reopened applications f...

Frommer’s Ireland: The Top New Attractions and Where to Go with Limited Time

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/14/2022, 4:00 PM

Ireland remains a destination where travelers can escape the chaos of contemporary life, according to Frommer's author Yvonne Gordon, whose comprehensive and freshly updated Frommer's Ireland just hit bookstore shelves. Traumatized by traffic, packed airports, and hordes of selfie snappers? In Ireland, "you can sometimes have a whole hiking trail or beach to yourself," Gordon told us. Of course,...

Find Out What You're Owed for a Canceled Flight with This New Online Tool

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/06/2022, 10:30 AM

UPDATE, September 6: This post, originally published September 3, has been updated below. As we reach the end of a summer travel season plagued with flight delays and cancellations, airlines and the federal government are at last doing more to keep passengers better informed about what they're owed when their planes don't leave on time—or at all. Just in time for the busy Labor Day weekend, the ...

Lawsuits Against Hertz/Dollar for False Rental Car Arrests to Reach the "Hundreds"

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/24/2022, 5:00 PM

The Hertz Corporation, the rental giant that also owns Dollar Rent A Car, is facing a growing tsunami of lawsuits after having hundreds of customers arrested. NewsNation, the Chicago-based nationwide news channel that used to operate as WGN, has been closely tracking the scandal. Investigative journalist Rich McHugh broadcast a report on August 17 that was particularly damaging. McHugh obtained ...

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