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Venice Protests Dwindling Population Amid Tourist Congestion

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/15/2016, 5:00 AM

Venice might be one of the world's most beautiful places, but you wouldn't want to live there, according to the Venetians who staged a demonstration in the Italian lagoon city on Saturday.  Waving maroon and yellow flags and carrying empty suitcases, dozens of residents participated in a symbolic procession out of the city—otherwise known as "Venexodus"—meant to draw attention to Venice's ...

Artist Paints Portrait on Rapidly Melting Arctic Ice Floe

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/14/2016, 1:15 PM

(photo: Instagram / @the_hula) For his latest work, Hawaiian-born artist Sean Yoro traveled to the Canadian Arctic to paint the portrait of a local Inuit girl on a rapidly melting ice floe.  Titled "What if You Fly," the project was documented by photographer and filmmaker Renan Ozturk—whose work will be the only lasting record of the piece, due to the speed with which the ice flo...

Canada's Capital City Planning Yearlong Celebration of Country's 150th Birthday

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/14/2016, 1:00 PM

Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday next year, and the country's capital city is going all out.  A yearlong event dubbed Ottawa 2017 will feature a slew of concerts, museum exhibits, sports tournaments, and fireworks shows—including a showstopping display on Canada Day, July 1.  The city's Canadian Museum of History and the National Gallery of Canada are both getting upgrades for ...

Turkey Issues U.S. Travel Warning Following Anti-Trump Protests

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/14/2016, 12:30 PM

Turkey—a frequent subject of travel advisories issued by the U.S. government—has released a warning of its own, alerting Turkish citizens to the dangers of visiting the United States.  In a statement, the Foreign Ministry cited a wave of anti-Donald Trump demonstrations following the presidential election last week as a reason for the warning. The agency noted that the protests "occasional...

The Latest Travel Scam Targets Conference Attendees

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/14/2016, 1:15 AM

A cautionary tale and some tips....

The Election of Trump Could Curtail Our Right to Travel to Cuba

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/11/2016, 3:15 AM

Arthur Frommer's rallying cry: don't let a President Trump take away our rights, as citizens, to travel where we wish during peacetime....

Have Joint, Will Travel....And Travel...And Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/10/2016, 11:00 PM

Though the election was a buzz kill for many, there was a silver lining for some: a growing haze of pot smoke. California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine all legalized recreational marijuana, which led industry magazine Travel Weekly to wonder if this is now the golden age of "cannabis tourism"? As the magazine noted, both Colorado and Washington State, which legalized bud several yea...

Free Admission at U.S. National Parks on November 11

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/10/2016, 5:00 AM

All of us could probably use some fresh air after the contentious election season that finally came to a close this week. Fortunately, the National Park Service's last free-admission day of the year is tomorrow, November 11.  The occasion is Veterans Day, but you don't have to have served in the military to get in free at any National Park Service site. Keep in mind, however, that we'r...

Amtrak Vacations Introduces New Trip Packages

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/10/2016, 5:00 AM

Amtrak Vacations has announced 25 new rail-based vacation packages, bringing the grand total of its itineraries to about 350. The packages can be purchased in a bundle or customized to get you to scores of locations in the 46 states where Amtrak operates. The marquee offering of the new additions is called Grand National Parks. It's a round-trip journey between Chicago and three of the...

White Cliffs of Dover and Other Tourist Sites Facing Extinction

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/10/2016, 5:00 AM

Scientists revealed this week that the famous White Cliffs of Dover in England are eroding at a rate of 12 inches per year—10 times faster than they were losing ground before humankind began making changes to the coastline in the last 150 years.  In case that piece of bad news has you hankering for more, Britain's Daily Mail has rounded up several more priceless world treasures facing exti...

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