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In 2023, Strikes Are Paralyzing European Travel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/19/2023, 4:45 PM

The strain of the pandemic has exposed so many of our current societal systems as being inadequate for the demands we now place upon them, and the world is reacting with discord and disarray. Many business owners are calling the global staffing crisis a "labor shortage," but to many job seekers it's simply about holding out for an occupation that pays for basic needs like rent, food, and health ca...

Reservations for Top Tourist Attractions Are Now Essential—and Here to Stay

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/13/2023, 4:30 PM

Are you the sort of traveler who plans everything ahead of your trip or flies by the seat of your pants? When it comes to seeing many of the world's top tourist attractions, momentum has shifted toward planners and away from pants-seat flyers—and the change appears to be here to stay. To combat overcrowding, ultra-popular sites from the Colosseum in Rome to Machu Picchu in Peru began requiring a...

The World's Most On-Time Airlines and Airports in 2022

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/12/2023, 4:00 PM

As it does every year, Cirium, a leading aviation analytics company, has crunched the numbers to come up with its On-Time Performance Review of global airlines. The annual report card is already well-scrutinized by industry insiders, but this time it signifies much more because it can tell consumers a lot about which airlines are healthy enough to function well under the toughest circumstances. "...

Disney, Stung By Harsh Feedback, Backtracks on Parking Fees and Park Hopping

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/10/2023, 8:15 PM

On Tuesday afternoon, Disney Parks did something it pretty much never does: It gave money back. At least a little bit. Without warning, the Florida resort backtracked and announced that effective immediately, it will no longer charge guests at its hotels an additional nightly fee to park.That may not sound like much, but to Disney regulars, the March 2018 introduction of a parking fee was like a ca...

How Are Ultrarich Tourists Spending Valentine’s? In a $200,000 Champagne Bath, Apparently

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/10/2023, 7:00 AM

Now that the December holidays are behind us, hotels have begun promoting themselves as ideal escapes for Valentine's Day. In many cases, they're putting together romantic offerings that, if nothing else, provide needed employment for the world's suppliers of loose rose petals and chocolate-covered strawberries. Not to be outdone, luxury hotels, which make a point of never being outdone, compete t...

How Safe Are U.S. Airlines Compared with the Rest of the World? Safety Monitor Has Answers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/05/2023, 1:00 PM

The swarms of flight delays and cancellations plaguing airports were easily the worst parts of travel in 2022—and so far the same issues haven't exactly made 2023 a happy new year for thousands of passengers, especially Southwest Airlines customers. But there's at least one bright spot in modern-day air travel: Flying is safer than ever, with accidents trending downward with each passing year, ac...

Visiting Croatia Gets Much Easier as It Joins the Euro and Schengen Zone

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/04/2023, 2:00 PM

This week, we have proof that if you live long enough, you can see miracles happen. If you were alive in the early 1990s, you probably remember the terrible wars that devastated Croatia and some of its neighbors as they emerged from their years as part of Yugoslavia. You might remember hundreds of thousands of displaced people and chilling scenes of shells raining down on the gorgeous medieval-era...

2022's Top Travel Stories, According to Frommer's Readers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/22/2022, 4:45 PM

In 2022, Covid-19 finally loosened its grip on the world. Our site stats reflect that (beyond) welcome development: Of the year's 10 most viewed pages here at Frommers.com, just one has to do with the pandemic. Compare that with 2021, when Covid content hogged half of the spots on the list. That high-ranking 2022 article (#4 in popularity for the year) suggested we were at last on the mend and...

Apple Is Making It Easier for Some iPhone Users to Get Help When Lost

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/20/2022, 4:00 PM

Nowadays we tend to rely on our cell phones to get us out of any jam—getting lost, needing a ride, needing a distraction from the creeping existential dread that otherwise accompanies being human. An unfortunate result of this is that we're often woefully unprepared when an emergency arises in an area with no cell or Wi-Fi coverage. What are you supposed to do, for instance, if you get injured or...

Hate Resort Fees? Want them Banned? Now's the Time to Tell the Government

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/15/2022, 3:00 PM

Living in America today requires taking frequent emergency actions to avert the latest civic crisis, be it a high-stakes election, a GoFundMe for someone who slipped through the cracks, or a petition to halt something destructive. We're sorry to have to contribute to your to-do-or-die list. But if you want to be rid of sleazy hotel fees once and for all, your county needs you to write a sentence o...

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