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Delta's App Now Lets You Track Your Checked Bags on a Map

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/28/2016, 4:00 AM

Delta Air Lines has updated its mobile app so that passengers can now track their checked luggage from the moment it's dropped off to when it ends up in baggage claim (with any luck, at the correct destination).  Using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, the app's new feature lets your follow your luggage's journey via a suitcase icon that appears on a map of the U.S. Tap the icon ...

Obama Talks Airport Security with Jimmy Kimmel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/27/2016, 4:00 AM

During President Obama's visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week, the talk briefly turned to airport security.  After two terms of flying everywhere on Air Force One, the President has not had the pleasure of going through a TSA screening in a while.  In fact, when Kimmel asked him to name the last time he passed through a metal detector, Obama said he doesn't do 'em—and thanks to the Se...

Prince's Paisley Park to Open Permanently for Tours

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/27/2016, 4:00 AM

Paisley Park, Prince's home and recording complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota, will open permanently for public tours on Friday, following unanimous approval by the city council.  There are two types of tours available: general admission ($38.50) and VIP ($100). The first lasts 70 minutes and goes through the rock legend's main floor studio, editing suites, rehearsal rooms, sound stage, a...

British Government OKs Heathrow Airport Expansion in London

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/27/2016, 4:00 AM

The British government has approved plans to build a new runway at London's Heathrow Airport—a controversial project that will, according to its opponents, greatly increase air and noise pollution and require the leveling of entire neighborhoods in a densely populated area on the west side of the city.  After years of discussion and delay, the administration of Prime Minister Theresa May d...

Hotels Offering Election-Themed Packages

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Believe it or not, only two weeks remain in the long national nightmare that is the 2016 presidential election. Several hotels across the country are offering special packages to help Democrats, Republicans, and independents mark the occasion—or hide from it entirely.  The New York Times offers a rundown of election-themed hotel promotions running on or around the big day, November 8, ...

A True "Wow" in Airfares to Iceland

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Looks like the American takeover of Iceland is continuing apace. In 2016 alone 325,000 Americans have made their way to this land of geysers, massive waterfalls, fermented shark treats, and Northern Lights. Since the population of Iceland is just 332,000, American visitors are on pace to outnumber the locals quite soon. They're being helped by Iceland's upstart airline WOW. It already ...

A True "Wow" in Airfares to Iceland

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Looks like the American takeover of Iceland is continuing apace. In 2016 alone 325,000 Americans have made their way to this land of geysers, massive waterfalls, fermented shark treats, and Northern Lights. Since the population of Iceland is just 332,000, American visitors are on pace to outnumber the locals quite soon. They're being helped by Iceland's upstart airline WOW. It already ...

A New National Wildlife Refuge Is Declared

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/25/2016, 8:45 PM

Shrubland. OK, it's not as glam an eco-system as beach dunes or plunging, striated canyons. But in the case of this particular swatch—23.4 square non-contiguous miles across six Northeastern states—the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided that protection was so crucial to the 380 species of birds and other wildlife who called it home that they took the unusual step of creating a checkerb...

The Pope's Summer Palace Now Open for Tours

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/25/2016, 4:00 AM

For the first time ever, the centuries-old residence intended as a summer retreat for popes has been opened for public viewing. The Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo, located along Lake Albano about 25 kilometers (16 mi) outside of Rome, has 20 rooms you can tour, including a library, study, chapel, and bedroom, all set aside for the use of the Catholic leader while he's on vacation. ...

Overwater Bungalows Come to the Caribbean

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/25/2016, 4:00 AM

(photo: Instagram/@kelly_klassen_tpi) Overwater bungalows—which are almost de rigueur at luxurious South Pacific resorts—have finally made their way to the Caribbean.  El Dorado Maroma resort on Mexico's Riviera Maya has unveiled 30 new "palafitos" dubbed the "first and only over-ocean bungalows in Latin America."  Each 600-square-foot thatched-roof hut features an open-concep...

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