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Travel Without Hesitation to Foreign Democracies, but Steer Clear of Authoritarian Nations

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/21/2017, 8:00 PM

The risks outweigh the benefits of visiting countries with oppressive governments, says Arthur Frommer...

Vacation in One of the Less Popular Destinations This Summer for a Fine Travel Experience

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/21/2017, 8:00 PM

Where should you travel this summer? Off the beaten path, says Arthur Frommer.

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Australia Tourism Boost in 2016

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/19/2017, 12:00 AM

Travel to Australia was big in 2016. According to Tourism Australia officials, the country received an estimated 8.3 million international visitors last year—an increase of 11%. Arrivals from the United States rose by 16%. The most tourists came from nearby New Zealand, followed by China, the U.K., and the U.S., in that order. If we were going to speculate on reasons for the spike in vis...

Meet Ozzie, the Only Giraffe in Nevada—And a Painter, Too

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/18/2017, 12:00 AM

Travelers with overlapping interests in art and animals may want to add the Lion Habitat Ranch to their itineraries for any upcoming trips to Las Vegas. The animal sanctuary, which is actually located in suburban Henderson, is home to Ozzie, who holds the distinctions of being the only giraffe in Nevada and a prolific artist. With the help of trainers and an artist from local gallery Art ...

If You're Traveling to Australia from Asia, Beware Stowaway Toads

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/17/2017, 12:00 AM

An Indonesian toad's wild ride had an unhappy ending in Australia last week. At Cairns Airport in the country's northeast, a sniffer dog brought a biosecurity officer's attention to a shoe being worn by a man who had just arrived from Indonesia. Discovered inside the shoe was a dead black-spined toad. And get this: Officials believe that the stowaway amphibian had only recently died and was...

In Development: A Supersonic Jet That Zips Between London and NYC in About Three Hours

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/16/2017, 12:00 AM

Supersonic commercial air travel between London and New York—which has been on pause ever since the demise of Concorde in 2003—could resume in the not too distant future. Billionaire Richard Branson of Virgin Group has partnered with a startup called Boom Technology to develop a passenger jet that travels at more than double the speed of sound. That means you could cross the pond in only a...

Widest-Ever European River Cruise Ship Coming in 2019

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/15/2017, 12:00 AM

River cruise line AmaWaterways has released details of the innovative design for the company's newest ship, the AmaMagna. Set to begin plying European waterways in 2019, the ship will be the widest cruising vessel on the continent—in fact, it will be twice as wide as the typical European river ship. All that space will allow AmaWaterways to throw a bunch of restaurants on deck as well as t...

American Writers Museum Opening Soon in Chicago

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/11/2017, 12:00 AM

The first museum celebrating the collective achievements of the country's wordsmiths opens next week in Chicago. The privately funded American Writers Museum—which is located on the second floor of a building along the city's busy North Michigan Avenue—has a "populist, D.I.Y. spirit," according to the New York Times's preview of the facility. Instead of stuffy libraries full of yellowing lett...

A New Texas Law Will Turn Traffic Stops Into Interrogations of Drivers' Immigration Status

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/10/2017, 8:00 PM

A Texas law requires state troopers to investigate the immigration status of drivers during routine traffic stops. The ACLU has issued a Texas travel alert in response....

The Discovery of an Octopus in a Miami Beach Car Park Poses a Threat to the City's Tourism

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/10/2017, 8:00 PM

Sea levels are rising in Miami Beach—and that could permanently change life and tourism there....

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