Is the TSA's 3-1-1 Liquids Rule Ending Now That Technology Has Improved?

By Sean Cudahy

Posted on 05/02/2023, 1:15 PM

The days of bringing a full-sized bottle of water or shampoo in your carry-on bag for a flight are, by and large, a distant memory. In fact, some young travelers have never known such a world. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) clampdown on liquids and gels dates back to the late summer of 2006, when British authorities thwarted a liquid-based plot by terrorists to bomb commercial a...

Why Getting to JFK Airport in NYC Could Be a Nightmare for Years to Come

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/26/2023, 7:00 AM

Getting to and from New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport by car, public transit, taxi, and ride-hailing services will soon get a lot more difficult—and the situation will remain that way for several years. Sorry, should we have given you the good news before the bad? JFK is getting a big, $19 billion makeover—or "transformation," as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey...

United Airlines Now Asks Customers to Donate Money to Sustainable Flying. Is This Legit?

By Sean Cudahy

Posted on 04/06/2023, 7:00 AM

If you’ve booked a flight on United Airlines in recent weeks, you may have noticed an option to tack a few dollars onto your final bill. “Want to make the future of flying more sustainable?” United asks, offering the customer a chance to contribute to its new “Sustainable Flight Fund.” It’s a nominal amount of money; checking a flight from Raleigh/Durham International Airport in North Carolina ...

Frommer’s New Yellowstone Guidebook Captures an Ever-Changing Natural Wonder

By Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Posted on 04/05/2023, 7:30 AM

In my almost 15 years of regularly visiting Yellowstone National Park, I’ve learned that change is the only constant in this dynamic place. Volatility is literally baked into the landscape. The Yellowstone hot spot—a plume of magma from the planet’s core that sits closer to the crust here than in most other places on Earth—fuels the earthquakes, geysers, and hot springs that continually reshape t...

Biden Names Two More National Monuments, Expands Marine Reserve

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/29/2023, 7:15 AM

President Joe Biden has designated two more national monuments that are precious to the history, culture, and natural resources of the United States. Combined, the newly protected areas account for 514,000 acres of public lands. The first area to be classified as a new national monument is Avi Kwa Ame National Monument, which spans 506,814 acres in the southern tip of Nevada. The name choice is ...

Introducing a New London Guide for a New Era—Now on Sale!

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/27/2023, 2:45 PM

Frommer's first guide to London came out in 1957. This week, a long tradition continues as our newest guidebook on the city is released. Out now in paperback and e-book and on sale at your favorite bookseller, this edition of Frommer's London looks nothing like any previous version we've published. The book still comes with the same award-winning travel advice about great hotels, restaurants, and t...

Need a Cheap Hotel? This Year, Hostels Have More Private Rooms Than Usual

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/21/2023, 7:45 AM

Hostels, as every nomadic youth knows, are the tentpoles of budget travel, and Covid-19 failed to take them down. The coronavirus did, however, shake up how hostels apportion space—and that could be a secret to finding extra savings for travel this spring and summer. In 2020, when all of us were social distancing, so were hostel guests. The category of cheap lodging has always depended on multibe...

Passport Wait Times Have Skyrocketed for Expedited Renewals and Applications

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/17/2023, 5:30 PM

Which is more fun: root canals or getting a passport application expedited? The answer, for now at least, is the root canal. Thanks to a confluence of problems from understaffing to a surge in travel after the Covid lockdowns, many people trying to get a new passport quickly are being told they might have to fly cross country to get their required in-person passport appointment. That is if they ...

Can a Hotel Front Desk or Cruise Hold Onto Your Passport?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/14/2023, 5:45 PM

The answer, in many places, is yes. Sometimes hotels may legally demand that you hand over your passport when you check in. "In some countries, hotels may be required under local law to retain copies of guests' passport information," a U.S. State Department spokesperson confirmed with me. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't take additional steps to protect your documents. The details of how yo...

If You Have Old Traveler's Checks Lying Around, Here's Why You Should Cash Them ASAP

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/07/2023, 6:15 PM

For a long time, the standard advice about traveler's checks has been conditional: You can still buy them, but be prepared for them to be refused at many places. Traveler's checks hail from an era before ATMs, credit cards, prepaid debit cards, and digital wallets, when travelers had to bring large sums of money with them to pay for their adventures. The traveler's check enabled people to remain w...

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