“Risk of Outbreaks High”: Tourists Warned of Deadly Disease Spread by Mosquitoes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/12/2024, 8:00 AM

So far this year, several countries in South America—including tourism heavy hitters like Colombia and Peru—have reported cases of yellow fever, a potentially deadly virus that's spread by mosquitoes. Parts of Africa and the Caribbean have also been affected. The situation prompted the British government's Department of Health to issue an updated advisory last week on its TravelHealthPro website ...

Over 50 and Traveling Solo? Road Scholar Now Has All-Inclusive Trips Just for You

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/08/2024, 8:00 AM

For decades, Road Scholar has been formulating high-quality guided tours of the world's most popular destinations, but through a senior lens. Its all-inclusive group tours, which take as many as 100,000 people a year on vacation, are intentionally geared to the interests and demands of travelers over a certain age. In the past, the minimum target age for customers was 60, but now, it's just 50 year...

Times Square's Ball Drop Building Reinventing Itself as a Year-Round NYC Attraction

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/03/2024, 6:00 PM

It was the building that gave Manhattan's Times Square its name when The New York Times opened it in 1905 as one of the most celebrated early skyscrapers in a celebrated city.But after standing mostly empty for the better part of a century, the structure now known as One Times Square, which overlooks the length of Times Square and is best known as the site of the annual New Year's Eve "Ball Drop," ...

Fee for Global Entry to Rise on October 1, 2024—Apply Now for the Older Rate

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/02/2024, 3:30 PM

Global Entry is a special system that allows U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents to skip the long processing lines and security checks at international entry points to the United States. Applicants are pre-screened and, if determined to be low-risk, given an identification number that allows them to use special kiosks upon returning to the U.S., bypassing the miserable queues of incoming t...

When Will Barcelona's Sagrada Família Be Finished? We Finally Have an Answer (Kind Of)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/27/2024, 8:30 PM

And you thought your contractor was taking forever. La Sagrada Família, the eye-catching basilica designed by Antoni Gaudí, has been under construction in Barcelona, Spain, since 1882. Wars, funding problems, Franco's multidecade dictatorship, the loss of the original blueprints, and other crises have delayed the completion of the church time and again. Progress was especially poky during the u...

U.S. Passport Wait Times Are Back Under Control. How Long Will It Take Now?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/27/2024, 4:45 PM

A year ago, as the U.S. government continued to climb out of the bureaucratic hole that Covid-19 and staffing woes had dug, the wait time for a new passport was as long as 13 weeks. During some periods in late 2022 and early 2023, the State Department received some 500,000 applications a week, the highest rate ever seen. That meant that in 2023, a passport that was applied for in late March might n...

This Classic Disney World Attraction Is Now Open for Just 135 Minutes a Day

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/25/2024, 11:15 AM

You probably assume the attractions at Disney parks are always available to visit whenever the parks are open.That is not always the case. Some rides run on a schedule that's significantly shorter than the parks' daily hours of operation. At Disneyland, the blockbuster Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which is probably the most elaborate and most unmissable theme park ride currently in existence...

When This U.S. City Asked for a Living Wage, Lyft and Uber Said They're Leaving Town

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/20/2024, 4:15 PM

The newly installed CEO of Lyft, David Risher, has a contract that enables him to earn as much as $980 million if he can raise the value of the company's stock. Last year, Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber's chief executive, took home $24.3 million, an increase over the year before, according to company filings. Meanwhile, the city council of Minneapolis decided that as of May 1, 2024, all ride-hail driv...

Cheap Cruises in 2024: Fewer Discounts Than Usual, but Here Are 9 Strategies for Deals

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/13/2024, 7:30 AM

The cruise industry is reporting record-breaking bookings this year, with many ships sailing at full capacity. Executives at cruise line after cruise line, including the multiple brands of Carnival Corporation, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean Group, have been popping the champagne as they report new daily sales records all season. When cruise lines no longer need to work hard to fill ca...

Waterfall Lovers, This Is Your Year: California's Snows to Bring Gushers Worth Traveling For

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/07/2024, 7:45 AM

Two years ago, California's rivers ran so dry that outdoor tour companies that depend on the state's waterways had to close shop in midsummer. But in 2024, the cyclical weather pattern known as El Niño has unleashed a bounty of precipitation on the Golden State. Storms in early March dumped as much as 10 feet of snow on the Sierra Nevada mountain range, pushing statewide snowpack levels to 104% abo...

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