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...

Traveling to Cuba Gets Easier for Americans—but Big Obstacles Remain

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/03/2022, 8:30 AM

In late 2019, the Trump administration banned U.S. airlines and chartered flights from going to any cities in Cuba other than Havana. This week, as part of Pres. Biden's stated aim to "support the Cuban people" by easing some of his predecessor's restrictions, the U.S. Department of Transportation has lifted the only-go-to-Havana rule for U.S. airlines and chartered flights. The move was made i...

Instagram-Based Booking Account @hotel Debuts—And Its Prices Are Pretty Great

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/02/2022, 5:30 AM

Help has arrived for travelers hoping to book affordable hotel rooms. But people won’t be turning to a website for that aid. Surprisingly, they'll use Instagram. The trip-planning app Tripscout just launched what has potential to be a game-changing new social media business called @hotel. It’s rough around the edges—very—but for the most part, it seems to be able to deliver on its promise to signi...

America’s Best Beach—for Now. What’s the Point of This Annual Ranking?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/28/2022, 2:00 PM

Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach (pictured above), a pristine, 16-mile stretch of sand and grass-covered dunes on a tiny island in North Carolina's Outer Banks, is the best beach in the United States, according to an annual ranking released by coastal scientist Stephen P. Leatherman, aka "Dr. Beach." Around Memorial Day every year since 1991, Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University, ...

The Dirtiest Surfaces in Planes and Hotels, According to Scientists

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/26/2022, 3:00 PM

With the considerable rewards of travel come the inevitable risks of encountering crud. But some parts of hotels, airplanes, and airports are cruddier than others, according to Reckitt's Lysol Pro Solutions, which devises hygiene protocols for businesses. (You're not going to believe this, but the solutions the team comes up with nearly always involve Lysol products.) Based on their own research...

Why Alaska’s Epic—and Affordable—Ferry System Will Be Harder to Use This Summer

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/18/2022, 5:00 PM

Though many travelers think of Alaska as a destination best seen by cruise ship, there are many other ways to visit the so-called Last Frontier. There are even other ways to see the state by ship. An especially adventurous option is the Alaska Marine Highway System, one of the world's most expansive ferry systems, covering some 3,500 miles. Created to transport Alaskans and freight around the st...

Pro Tips for Saving on Hotels and Transport in Italy from the Authors of Our New Guide

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/18/2022, 3:30 AM

In many parts of Italy, tourism could return to pre-pandemic levels this summer. But after two years containing more twists and turns than a drive along the Amalfi Coast, the tourism landscape in Italy—as in every other part of the globe—has changed significantly, from the introduction of new restrictions, such as Venice's impending entry fee, to the opening (or reopening) of cultural and historica...

For Americans, Europe Will Be Way More Affordable This Summer—Except for Getting There

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/13/2022, 1:00 PM

As of this writing, 1 euro is valued at $1.04. That is the European currency's lowest rate against the U.S. dollar in years, and, in fact, some analysts predict that the two will soon achieve parity (i.e., €1 = $1) for the first time since 2002. Several factors are driving the dollar's surge, according to Bloomberg, including the Federal Reserve's aggressive interest rate hikes and the dollar's p...

How Airbnb's Revamp Could End Up Doubling Your Vacation Costs

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/12/2022, 9:00 AM

This week Airbnb announced what the vacation rental giant is calling its “biggest changes in a decade.” That’s not hyperbole. Alas, the changes don't involve reining in fees (we wish!). But the company will be adding a layer of filtering that will utterly transform its search functionality. Airbnb has also created a promising new type of insurance that will be included with stays. Search by Home ...

Savor Arizona’s Natural and Culinary Wonders with Our New Guidebook

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/11/2022, 7:15 AM

Arizona's embarrassment of riches in the natural wonders department exerts a pull on any traveler hoping to trek through, raft amid, or simply gawk at landscapes of astonishing, otherworldly beauty. It's the Grand Canyon State, after all. Not to mention the home of red-rock buttes, iconic cactus forests, candy-striped deserts, and many other marvels. But it's not just the scenery that elicits oo...

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