Disneyland Finally Sets Reopening Target—But Don't Buy Plane Tickets Just Yet

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/09/2021, 3:00 PM

After a closure that has lasted since March 14, 2020, California's Disneyland has finally set its sights on reopening.  Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced to shareholders that he hopes the park will be able to reopen to the public in late April.  But there's a big caveat about who that opening audience will be, and a lot of things have to happen before the resort can meet the new, state-issued ...

Some Ports Realize They May Not Want Cruises Back Once Covid Is Over

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/05/2021, 4:00 PM

As Covid-19 recedes, vacationers may see major shifts in cruise itineraries. Citizens in major ports of call have tasted life without the presence of big cruise ships—and some destinations are deciding they prefer things that way.  First, it was Key West, Florida, a mainstay of affordable Western Caribbean cruises. For years, locals have been complaining that cruise ship traffic hasn't provided...

In the Loire Valley, New Visions of Gardens and the Life of Leonardo da Vinci

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/04/2021, 5:00 PM

With so many indoor amusements rendered verboten by the pandemic, even many confirmed urbanites got into nature this past year. Because of a new widespread appreciation for the open air, many are predicting that outdoorsy vacations will remain popular even after the pandemic is passed. I have a prediction of my own. I think places that are able to mix open spaces with cultural attractions and good...

Steps the U.S. Government Should Take Right Now to Protect Air Travelers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/02/2021, 6:00 PM

What should be the top priorities for the U.S. Department of Transportation when it comes to air travel? Consumer Reports has a few ideas. The advocacy organization sent a list of policy recommendations to the federal agency shortly after the swearing in of new Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg last month. All of the items on the two-page list would improve air travel for passengers, b...

Royal Caribbean's New Ship Set to Debut, but Only for Vaccinated Travelers

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/01/2021, 3:00 PM

When Royal Caribbean launches its newest megaship, Odyssey of the Seas, only vaccinated passengers will be aboard. The cruise line has announced that tickets for the ship's upcoming debut this summer will go on sale March 9—and that everyone on the crew and the passenger list must have proof of vaccination against Covid-19 to participate. To make sure that it can clear that high bar, Royal C...

Immersive (and Socially Distanced) van Gogh Show Comes to Major U.S. Cities

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/25/2021, 12:00 PM

On December 1, 1883, Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo, "But know this, brother, that I am absolutely cut off from the outer world—except from you." It was a common refrain in the artist's letters. He had a lifelong feeling of being isolated from those around him. "Indeed, this may be a small misery," he wrote in the same 1883 missive sent from the Dutch province of Drenthe, "but it...

Growing Desperate for Visitors, Las Vegas Ramps Up Reopenings

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/24/2021, 6:00 PM

Thanks to the pandemic, visitation numbers in Nevada have dropped to their lowest levels in almost 30 years, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.  It's no wonder that Las Vegas politicians, casino owners, and other people dependent on the tourism economy are eager to accelerate the city's return to some semblance of normal, even with restrictions such as mask requirements and capacity limits ...

The New Official National Parks Trip-Planning App Gets a Rave from Us

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/22/2021, 4:00 PM

The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has released a new official app—and it's exciting. After years of forcing users to track down current information at each individual unit's website or local app, the NPS finally has replaced that scattershot method with a single download (free on Google Play and Apple's App Store) that's worthy of the national park system.  The newly conceived compendium ...

U.S. Airlines and CDC to Begin Contact-Tracing Passengers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/19/2021, 5:00 PM

Last week, the internet was abuzz with rumors that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was about to introduce a testing requirement on domestic airline traffic. The scuttlebutt was that the federal health agency would require proof of a negative test in order to board any flight in the United States. That didn't happen. The airlines reportedly pushed back, but common sense may have come in...

Follow in Frances McDormand’s Tire Tracks at “Nomadland” Filming Locations

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/12/2021, 7:00 PM

In some ways, Chloé Zhao's Nomadland follows the template of classic film westerns such as those made by John Ford: Individuals struggle for survival and find community against the vast backdrop of wide-open American spaces.  The main differences are that Zhao's film takes place in the 21st century, when you're more likely to head west in a Ford Econoline van than a horse-driven stagecoach, and...

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