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Airfare to New Zealand Has Been Slashed: $328!

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/12/2015, 7:15 PM

American Airlines may be dumbing down some of its product inside the United States (click here for that story), but overseas, it's making a big move that should bring down the price of a trip Down Under. The airline has announced it will fly from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand starting next June. That may not seem like a big deal on the surface, but look at it this way: Until now, Ai...

What Motel 6's Fancy New Rooms Look Like

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/02/2015, 6:30 PM

You're about to hear a lot more about Motel 6 in the coming weeks. By the end of this year, it hopes to have renovated 75% of its 1,200-plus properties. The motel chain knows it has an image problem, so to promote the things it's doing to revitalize its brand, it's launching a big media blitz that includes a 30-second TV commercial featuring some fancy camera work that fully shows off what...

More Free Lodgings! This Time The Giveaway Is For Members of the Military, 2500 of Them

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/29/2015, 12:45 PM

Seems to be the season of freebies! Massive timeshare corporation Westgate Resorts is doing the gifting and amazingly, nobody will have to sit through a timeshare presentation to stay the night. (I asked. Three times.) Instead, Westgate Resorts is showing its patriotism by giving away two-night, three-day stays to the first 2500 callers on November 11, starting at 9am ET. Callers must have...

Florence With the Experts: A New Program Italy-Bound Travelers Should Know About

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/26/2015, 4:15 PM

Florence (photo by PapaPiper/Flickr)   Italia Rail, the company that has been, for the last decade, the largest international vendor of Italian rail tickets, is taking that expertise and branching out into rail/hotel/tour packages. Its first program, available from now until the end of March, allows travelers to see the iconic city of Florence in a no muss, no fuss way that's wond...

Celebrate New Year's Eve in a Free Hotel Room

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/23/2015, 8:00 PM

And we're not talking the Motel 6 in Akron. CitizenM Hotels, a growing chain that has made a name for itself with stylish pod hotels (read: the digs are tiny, but very high design), has announced that it will be giving away 500 rooms for New Year's Eve stays in such party cities as New York, London, Glasgow, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. They're even picking up the room tax (such "extras" as Wi...

Innovative New In-flight Safety Video Animated with 1,000 Delft Tiles

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/16/2015, 6:15 PM

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the latest entrant in the battle to come up with the least boring in-flight safety video. The novel concept: Create an animated version of the pre-flight safety admonition by hand-painting Delft Blue tiles—because they're Dutch, so points for authenticity—and then using those tiles as a ceramic form of hand-painted cel, shooting one after another to animate the inst...

The Way of Wanderlust: A Delightful New Book of Travel Essays

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/13/2015, 6:45 PM

By their very definition, travel memoirs introduce readers to corners of the planet they may never get to themselves. But The Way of Wanderlust, a collection of travel essays by accomplished travel writer Don George, not only allows the audience to “mind-travel” to Pakistan, Paris and Peru (among many, many other places), it takes them on a poignant journey through the long and eventful life o...

New App Deletes Photobombers From Snapshots

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/12/2015, 8:15 PM

Software giant Adobe recently unveiled a new smartphone application that should appeal to amateur photographers on vacation. Called Monument Mode, it eliminates photobombers and other tourists from your photographs. Basically, it works like this: It can tell the difference between moving objects and stationary ones, and it records the stationary object—the tourist sight you're shooting—and...

Everglades Airboats To Be Eliminated

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/10/2015, 8:15 AM

For most of the twentieth century, airboats have been a staple of touring the Florida Everglades. New rules, though, are about the silence them once and for all. When the National Park Service acquired additional land for Everglades National Park in the late 1980s, the acquisition included some 110,000 acres where professional airboat pilots operated, many of them for tourists.  It has...

Foreign SIM Cards Come with Censorship

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/05/2015, 1:00 PM

Bringing an unlocked, out-of-contract smartphone on vacation and buying a temporary local phone number remains far and away the cheapest way to use a mobile phone in Europe. Just be warned: If you use social networking apps, though, you may have to waste time jumping through hoops to circumvent child protection measures. That's because travelers who purchase SIM cards for lower-cost mobile...

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