Dunes Dues: Indiana’s Popular Lakeside National Park Adds Steep Entry Fee

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/02/2022, 9:00 AM

This summer, lazing on the sand at Indiana Dunes National Park will no longer be free. The 15,000-acre swath of forest, marshland, and beaches dotted with towering dunes next to Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana (just southeast of Chicago) is adding an entrance fee. Starting Thursday, March 31, those who enter the park on foot, bicycle, or boat will need to pay $15 per person, up to a maximum $...

Vaccination Is No Longer Enough—a Booster Is Now a Must in These Places

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/27/2022, 4:00 PM

Like a winter snowstorm, it came in a sudden flurry. The list of destinations that now require visitors to have proof of a Covid-19 booster shot in addition to an original vaccination has snowballed in recent weeks. Increasingly, studies demonstrate boosters provide strong protection from severe illness—research released this week in the United Kingdom found they cut the risk of hospitalization b...

Work from Italy: Venice Will Help Remote Workers Relocate

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/26/2022, 12:45 PM

The Italian city of Venice has never had trouble attracting visitors—quite the opposite—yet the population of permanent residents is in decline. The new Venywhere program proposes a solution: turning some of those visitors into long-term residents. Launched last month by the city's Ca' Foscari University and the cultural-heritage nonprofit Fondazione di Venezia, Venywhere aims to fill the unused...

Summer Vacation in the National Parks? You Need Reservations for Some of Them Now

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/22/2022, 6:00 AM

In case you haven't heard, the U.S. national park system had record visitation numbers in 2021, with the crown jewel parks stretched to the breaking point. Arches National Park had to temporarily close its entry gates 120 times in 2021. Yellowstone National Park attracted 4.4 million visitors—a full million more than it got in 2020. And rangers at Grand Canyon National Park performed more rescues...

WHO Revises Guidance: "Lift or Ease International Traffic Bans"

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/20/2022, 4:00 PM

The World Health Organization has a new message for governments around the world: We can't stop Omicron anymore. The horse has left the barn, so why close the gate behind it? Those aren't the exact words the United Nations health agency used, of course. But it was the essential message of the esteemed group's new position on international Covid-19 safety regulations. According to the WHO's just-...

Airfare Is Set to Rise, So When Is the Best Time to Buy Plane Tickets Now?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/19/2022, 4:00 PM

According to experts at the price-tracking app Hopper, domestic airfares will tick up 7% every month between now and June. That's a head-turning rate. It's normal for airfares to increase between the nadir of the low travel season (January) and the high season of summer, but in the past, the jump has only been 2% per month. But airfares were so low during the doldrums of 2020 and 2021 that they ha...

Florida Gov. DeSantis Voided a Vote in Key West, but Cruises Are Respecting It Anyway

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/17/2022, 4:00 PM

On Election Day in November 2020, the people of Key West, Florida, a remote but heavily touristed island in the Gulf of Mexico that's barely 7 square miles in size, went to the polls and demonstrated the kind of self-governance that the United States is all about. By a sweeping majority of over 60% of votes cast, residents decided to restrict the number of cruise passengers allowed in the historic...

How to Book a Flight That Won't Get Canceled

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/12/2022, 9:00 AM

The answer to the headline is easy: Use the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus as your travel agent. The truth is there's always the chance that a flight will be canceled. We're seeing extreme weather patterns in this era of climate change, and the airline industry has a propensity for staffing shortages. But it's also true that if you are strategic about your initial flight purchase, you can decrease yo...

Across the United States This Week, Lost Luggage Is Piling Up at Airports

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/07/2022, 3:00 PM

First, the major carriers had trouble coughing up refunds for cancellations. Then dimwitted and unruly passengers began giving commercial flights a rougher reputation than MMA championship fights. And for the past seven months, the big airlines have staggered from computer meltdowns to employee battles to staffing shortages. Over the holiday period, 1 in 13 U.S. flights was canceled. Limping alon...

Veterans and Gold Star Families Now Get Free Entry to U.S. National Parks

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/06/2022, 3:15 PM

Sometimes Democrats and Republicans can agree. In November 2020, the Trump administration announced that entry to the U.S. national parks would be free for veterans and Gold Star Families (relatives of service members killed on active duty) for an unspecified period. Then on December 27, 2021, President Biden made that waiver permanent under the Alexander Lofgren Veterans in the Park Act, which w...

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