Disney World Attendance Is Way Down, but Don't Blame Politics

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/12/2023, 2:00 AM

On the Fourth of July at Walt Disney World in Central Florida—a day when crowds are usually shoulder to shoulder—the pathways were shockingly clear. Wait times for most rides were 30 minutes or less. Because the clickbait press never saw carrion it didn't want to pick over, recent news articles about the resort have been soaring with hyperbole. "Disney World Empties Out," one website crowed. "Walt ...

1 in 3 Flights Could Be Canceled This Summer, Europeans Warn

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/07/2023, 3:15 PM

Today's Times of London published a headline that will dismay anyone who has a European vacation in the works for this year: Air traffic control strike will hit up to 1 in 3 summer flights.Sky News agreed, reporting that as many as 12,600 flights a day stand a chance of being disrupted.Proving that it's not just United Airlines that's having a hard time contending with the labor situation at airpor...

SCOOP: No, Dubrovnik Is Not Fining Tourists €265 for Using Wheeled Luggage

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/06/2023, 9:30 AM

The story isn't true.This happens more often than any of us should accept: Scandalous "news" is published and because it's clicky, it gets spread far and wide—but nobody is actually checking to see if the story is accurate.This happened a few months ago when multiple travel publications ran with the false story that AirTag tracking devices were being banned on international carrier Lufthansa. That ...

Malaria Is Back in the United States. Here's What Travelers Should Do About It

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/29/2023, 11:30 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an advisory after cases of malaria were detected in Texas and Florida—the first locally transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne disease reported in the U.S. in decades.If there's one illness the CDC knows inside and out, it's malaria. Because the disease can easily kill if left untreated, the federal agency (originally known as the Communica...

Hate Using Disney's Genie+ Ride Reservation System? Hire a Concierge to Do It

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/15/2023, 7:30 AM

When you hear people complain about how unpleasant and cumbersome a trip to a Disney theme park has become, one of the first things they'll complain about is Genie+.The paid ride reservation system replaced FastPass, a service that had been offered free of charge for decades. The rollout of Genie+ in late 2021 was extremely glitchy, and although some of the problems have been worked out, the core b...

Things to Do in the Virgin Islands This Year—Picks from Our New Guidebook

By Alexis Lipsitz Flippin

Posted on 06/14/2023, 7:30 AM

It's been nearly 10 years since the last time Frommer's released a Virgin Islands guidebook, and let's just say a lot of stuff has happened in the interim. Among the toughest challenges: not one but two category-5 hurricanes (hitting 2 weeks apart) followed by the gut punch of a global pandemic. I am thrilled to report that my new guidebook, Frommer's Virgin Islands, shows that both the U.S. and ...

The United Kingdom Sets a Start Date for Its New Entry Fee

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 06/13/2023, 12:00 PM

Think of it as a cover charge to one of the most historic clubs in the world. The United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland) has set a date for the launch of its previously announced Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) entrance fee for international visitors.Visitors from Qatar will need the authorization starting November 15, 2023, with many Middle Eastern nationalities set ...

Australia's Fraser Island Sheds a Name Born from Lies—and Restores the Original One

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/09/2023, 7:00 AM

You could call it a much-delayed rebuke of propaganda.Australia's Fraser Island, a popular nature destination just off the coast of Queensland, is reverting to what it was called before a mendacious Englishwoman gave the spot a bad name. When Europeans first showed up in this part of the world and got to know the 76-mile-long island, which juts into the sea 186 miles north of the city of Brisbane, ...

Boston’s Prudential Tower Observatory, View Boston, Ups Its Game

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/30/2023, 7:30 PM

Recent visitors to Boston may have noticed a dearth of publicly accessible views of the city from atop its tallest buildings. The tallest of all, the John Hancock Tower (now officially named 200 Clarendon Street, but good luck finding a local who’d call it that), closed its observation deck after 9/11. And just before the Covid-19 pandemic, the Prudential Tower—the skyline’s second-place holder...

France Bans Short-Haul Flights—but Only a Few Routes Are Affected

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/24/2023, 3:00 PM

This week France became the first country in the world to enact a ban on short-haul domestic flights. According to the new law, airlines may not operate flights between two French cities when there's a rail connection available that takes less than 2 hours and 30 minutes. The measure is an attempt to reduce carbon emissions caused by air travel, which the World Wildlife Fund describes as "curre...

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