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Europe Responds to Travel Chaos by Bringing Back Sleeper Train Routes

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/27/2022, 11:00 AM

Europe may be more affordable for Americans now than it has been for 20 years, but that doesn't mean travel is smooth sailing there. When it comes to its airports, the European continent is in as much disarray as North America is—maybe even worse, with Lufthansa canceling nearly all its flights on Wednesday and multiple major airports instituting new limits on the number of flights they are able ...

3 Huge Reasons Why Europe May Be The Better Place to Vacation Right Now

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/14/2022, 8:00 AM

Staying within the United States for vacations made a lot of sense for Americans in 2020 and 2021. Our ease of movement was hobbled, many travel facilities were closed or operating with drastic cuts, and the coronavirus made many of us feel more comfortable sticking closer to home. That's over (and, perhaps most importantly, you no longer have to test negative to return home to the U.S.). This sum...

Italy Just Made the Amalfi Coast Drive Harder for Rental Cars. Here’s How to Visit Anyway.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/13/2022, 2:00 PM

UPDATE, July 13: After publishing the story below, originally dated July 1, 2022, Frommer's received an email from a reader asking about, among other things, how the Amalfi Coast's new driving restrictions, which ban rental cars with number plates ending in odd numbers on even-numbered days and vice versa, will affect overnight hotel guests. Frommer's Italy coauthor Stephen Brewer, who's quoted b...

Will the U.S. Government Finally Stop Airlines from Separating Kids and Parents?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/13/2022, 12:15 PM

We can all agree that kids should sit next to their parents on flights, right? And we can also agree that parents shouldn't have to pay an extra fee or higher fare to sit next to their kids on those flights, right? Evidently, U.S. airlines aren't so sure about either of those propositions, especially the second one. Last week the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it has issued a...

Can't Get Global Entry? Skip Airport Lines with Mobile Passport Control—It's Free

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/08/2022, 3:00 PM

With airports busy again, travelers are seeking ways to dodge cumbersome lines. Some of the worst queues stack up at the Border Protection desks at entry points to the United States. Frequent international travelers know that five-year, $100 memberships to the Global Entry program grant passengers access to a speed lane past the hordes waiting to get their passports stamped. But starting a Globa...

European Vacations Went Cashless Fast. Are You Prepared?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/26/2022, 8:00 AM

I spent all of May in the United Kingdom. And as incredible as it sounds, I didn't go to an ATM once. When I entered the country, I had £40 in my wallet, plus a little loose change. I struggled to find anyone who would accept it.The pandemic, which in its early days had people furiously disinfecting money and groceries, hastened a change that was a long time in coming, solidifying a new era of cash...

Airlines Messed Up 2022. All Your Travel Plans Should Be Cancellable Now

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/23/2022, 3:00 PM

However you slice it, the airlines messed up this summer. They overpromised and can't deliver, and we're the ones paying the price.More than 14,000 U.S. flights were canceled or delayed over the holiday weekend last week. Some 900 flights were canceled outright on Sunday alone. The carriers simply can't get a handle on their own staffing and scheduling shortcomings, and yet despite such teetering u...

New Travel Warning: Hefty No-Show Fees for Missed Reservations

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/13/2022, 3:30 PM

If there's one thing the modern travel industry is good at, it's penalizing customers for its own dysfunctional systems. Squeezing so many bodies on planes there's no longer enough space in the cabin? Charge passengers for bags! That decision causes a traffic jam for early boarding at the gate? Charge passengers to go first! And so on. Travel sellers no longer have much compunction about creating ...

9 Ways You Can Save Money on Summer Travel in 2022

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/09/2022, 2:15 PM

Hard truth: Even if you follow every money-saving tip I'm about to give you in this article, you're still likely to spend more on your 2022 summer vacation than you did in 2021—and possibly in 2019. The sharp uptick in travel costs in just the last few months has been stunning. But that shouldn't keep you at home. If there's a lesson to be had from the pandemic, it's that life can change on a dime...

Cruise Lines Are Now So Understaffed They're Turning Customers Away and Cutting Services

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/08/2022, 4:00 PM

In early 2020, the problem with cruises was people were forbidden to get off them. But now that Covid is more manageable, cruises have a new problem: People can't get on them.Travel infrastructure around the world is trying to cope with depressed staffing levels that lag far behind the explosion in pent-up passenger demand. Those worker woes are a big reason airfare is up some 25% and packed hote...

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