Italian Airport Relaxes Liquid Ban—for Pesto Only

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/26/2017, 12:00 AM

Each year, hundreds of jars of pesto are confiscated at airport security checkpoints in the Italian city of Genoa, where the sauce made from basil, pine nuts, cheese, and olive oil is a local specialty. Apparently, the ban on flying with liquids of more than 3.4 ounces (100 ml) even applies to the most delicious liquids. Until now. Thanks to the Genoa airport's new "pesto is good" progra...

Our National Parks Are in Peril of Having Their Funding Cut

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/25/2017, 8:00 PM

The Trump Administration wants to cut 4,000 jobs from the department that oversees the National Park Service. That could spell disaster for some of the country's most cherished sights....

Tokyo's Famous Fish Market Could Become a Food Theme Park

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/23/2017, 12:00 AM

A food theme park could soon occupy the site of the famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. What's a food theme park? Beats us—and Japanese officials aren't providing many details either, saying only that the new attraction could be up and running within the next five years. After more than eight decades in central Tokyo, the fish market—a major tourist attraction for its lively tuna auctions...

New Visiting Restrictions at Machu Picchu

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/22/2017, 12:00 AM

Starting in July, if you want to see Machu Picchu in Peru, you're going to have to see it during either a morning or afternoon tour. Up to now, visitors were allowed to spend an entire day exploring the famed Incan citadel. But officials worried about the effects of a constant stream of tourists have imposed the new restrictions as a means of conserving the site and its one-of-a-kind archit...

Too Hot to Fly in Phoenix

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/21/2017, 12:00 AM

Did you know that it can be too hot to fly? Extreme heat causes changes in air density that make it difficult for planes—especially small ones—to take off. Travelers are learning that little science lesson this week in Arizona, where a heat wave with temperatures that could reach 120 degrees forced American Airlines to cancel about 50 flights at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on ...

A Hotel Without Walls or Ceilings in the Swiss Alps

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/20/2017, 12:00 AM

There's no such thing as a partial or obstructed view at the Null Stern Hotel in the Swiss Alps. That's because there are no such things as walls or ceilings here. Dreamed up by conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin and Daniel Charbonnier, the hotel's single "room" is actually just a double bed, incongruously set out in the open air, atop a 3,900-foot (1,200 m) peak in Switzerland's A...

Pres. Trump Has Reinstated a Cuba Policy That Has Been an Abject Failure for 50 Years

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/19/2017, 8:00 PM

Pres. Trump's Cuba decision senselessly turns back the clock, reversing gains for both countries—and for U.S. travelers. ...

Cheese Tour of Philly and Nearby Farmland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/19/2017, 12:00 AM

If you're going to plan a vacation around a food item, you could do worse than cheese. For one thing, it's objectively delicious (except blue cheese, which is objectively gross). For another, it's associated with some lovely destinations in France, Italy, and elsewhere. Crafting cheese-centric itineraries is the whole point of Cheese Journeys, a culinary tour operator that takes groups on ...

The Airbnb of Rental Cars Comes to L.A.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/16/2017, 12:00 AM

A car-sharing service aimed at travelers has come to Los Angeles. With TravelCar, which originated in France in 2012 and has since expanded to 30 countries, users get free parking at LAX, in exchange for letting out-of-towners rent their cars while they're away. The vehicle's owner is paid for every mile driven, and parking is still free even if nobody rents the car (and yes, it's insured a...

Coming Soon: First Nonstop Flights Between U.S. Mainland and British Virgin Islands

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/15/2017, 12:00 AM

The first nonstop commercial flights between the U.S. mainland and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are expected to begin operating sometime this summer. Up to now, most U.S. travelers have reached this floating Caribbean paradise by catching a connecting flight in San Juan, Puerto Rico, or taking a plane to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and riding a ferry. But if all goes as planne...

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