How Are Ultrarich Tourists Spending Valentine’s? In a $200,000 Champagne Bath, Apparently

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/10/2023, 7:00 AM

Now that the December holidays are behind us, hotels have begun promoting themselves as ideal escapes for Valentine's Day. In many cases, they're putting together romantic offerings that, if nothing else, provide needed employment for the world's suppliers of loose rose petals and chocolate-covered strawberries. Not to be outdone, luxury hotels, which make a point of never being outdone, compete t...

How Safe Are U.S. Airlines Compared with the Rest of the World? Safety Monitor Has Answers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/05/2023, 1:00 PM

The swarms of flight delays and cancellations plaguing airports were easily the worst parts of travel in 2022—and so far the same issues haven't exactly made 2023 a happy new year for thousands of passengers, especially Southwest Airlines customers. But there's at least one bright spot in modern-day air travel: Flying is safer than ever, with accidents trending downward with each passing year, ac...

Visiting Croatia Gets Much Easier as It Joins the Euro and Schengen Zone

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/04/2023, 2:00 PM

This week, we have proof that if you live long enough, you can see miracles happen. If you were alive in the early 1990s, you probably remember the terrible wars that devastated Croatia and some of its neighbors as they emerged from their years as part of Yugoslavia. You might remember hundreds of thousands of displaced people and chilling scenes of shells raining down on the gorgeous medieval-era...

2022's Top Travel Stories, According to Frommer's Readers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/22/2022, 4:45 PM

In 2022, Covid-19 finally loosened its grip on the world. Our site stats reflect that (beyond) welcome development: Of the year's 10 most viewed pages here at, just one has to do with the pandemic. Compare that with 2021, when Covid content hogged half of the spots on the list. That high-ranking 2022 article (#4 in popularity for the year) suggested we were at last on the mend and...

Apple Is Making It Easier for Some iPhone Users to Get Help When Lost

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/20/2022, 4:00 PM

Nowadays we tend to rely on our cell phones to get us out of any jam—getting lost, needing a ride, needing a distraction from the creeping existential dread that otherwise accompanies being human. An unfortunate result of this is that we're often woefully unprepared when an emergency arises in an area with no cell or Wi-Fi coverage. What are you supposed to do, for instance, if you get injured or...

Hate Resort Fees? Want them Banned? Now's the Time to Tell the Government

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/15/2022, 3:00 PM

Living in America today requires taking frequent emergency actions to avert the latest civic crisis, be it a high-stakes election, a GoFundMe for someone who slipped through the cracks, or a petition to halt something destructive. We're sorry to have to contribute to your to-do-or-die list. But if you want to be rid of sleazy hotel fees once and for all, your county needs you to write a sentence o...

It's Official: Everyone Can Go Topless on Nantucket's Beaches

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/13/2022, 2:15 PM

Anyone of any gender expression may now go topless on the beaches of Nantucket, Massachusetts. (We'd wait for summer if we were you—New England winters are no joke.) As Frommer's reported earlier this year, residents of the island—previously known for its whaling history, cedar-shingled houses, and sky-high vacation costs—voted at their annual town meeting in May to approve a bylaw to the town cod...

Hertz to Pay $168 Million to Falsely Arrested Customers—From Its Insurance

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/08/2022, 12:30 PM

We have an update to the ongoing scandal involving the Hertz Corporation, which was accused by hundreds of customers of reporting them to police for stealing cars that were lawfully rented. The lawsuits by onetime customers have been mounting for several years. In one typical incident that was caught on video, a Pennsylvania customer was hauled into police custody when she was accused of stealing ...

The End of Tourism in Bali? Indonesia Outlaws Sex Outside Marriage—For Visitors Too

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/06/2022, 6:30 AM

The slow creep of religious supremacism in world government has claimed a new victim: one of the planet's most beloved tropical destinations. On Tuesday the parliament of Indonesia, the third-largest democracy on the planet, passed a raft of some 600 new laws, and under one of them, unmarried couples who have sexual relations can be jailed for up to a year. The new rules, if signed by the preside...

Auf Wiedersehen, Airplane Mode! Europe Allows Smartphone Use on Flights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/02/2022, 5:00 PM

Passengers on flights within the European Union will soon be able to use their cell phones with no restrictions, thanks to a decision by the European Commission, the 27-nation bloc's governing body. "Airlines will be able to provide the latest 5G technology on their planes, alongside previous mobile technology generations," a press release from the Commission states. That would mean no more hav...

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