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A Commercial Ski Trip to . . . Iraq?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/14/2017, 4:00 AM

Would you go skiing in Iraq?  On the one hand, the northeastern part of the country is home to an imposing mountain range—the Zagros—with elevations reaching more than 14,000 feet. On the other, the U.S. State Department warns against all travel in the war-torn country due to the threat of violence. Nevertheless, a U.K.-based adventure travel company called Untamed Borders recently ret...

Most Visited U.S. National Parks in a Record-Setting Year

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/13/2017, 4:00 AM

The National Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday in 2016, and a record number of guests joined the party. The agency logged 331 million visits at the sites it manages, including 59 national parks as well as hundreds of monuments, memorials, scenic drives, historical landmarks, and nature preserves across the United States. The numbers for 2016 were 7.7% higher than the previous year...

Beer Hotel Planned for Columbus, Ohio

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/10/2017, 5:00 AM

If Duff devotee Homer Simpson designed a hotel, it might look something like the one that's being planned for Columbus, Ohio by Scottish beer makers BrewDog.  Billed as the world's first beer hotel, the project's crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo promises an IPA hot tub, in-shower mini bars, brews on tap in every guest room, and beer pairings with every meal. Frankly, we're feeling a ...

An Undoubted Reduction in the Level of Transatlantic Airfares is Currently Underway

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/10/2017, 12:00 AM

Getting to Europe from America is now cheaper than it has been in years, says Arthur Frommer—but the reasons behind the new reality are not all positive....

Three Important Recommendations for Smart Travel That Are Served By Three Smart Websites

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/09/2017, 8:00 PM

Choosing an ethical destination, preparing your cellphone for cost-conscious travel, and improving your trips through yoga—Arthur Frommer shows you where to start your research....

Trump Wants TSA Cuts to Pay for Immigration Crackdown

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/09/2017, 5:00 AM

President Donald Trump's proposed crackdown on undocumented immigrants could wind up leading to more headaches at airports.  According to internal documents reviewed by Politico, the administration wants to pay for more border agents and the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in part by significantly cutting the budgets of the Coast Guard (by 14%), the Transportation Secur...

TSA Introducing More Invasive Pat-Downs at Airports

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/08/2017, 5:00 AM

The Transportation Security Administration is adopting a new, more "comprehensive" (read: invasive) pat-down procedure at the nation's airports.  How comprehensive? The agency is warning local police departments that they may receive an increase in allegations of inappropriate touching against TSA agents.  The new, more rigorous friskings will be given to those passengers chosen fo...

Cyprus Expecting Record Tourism Numbers for the Second Year in a Row

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/07/2017, 5:00 AM

For the second year in a row, the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus is expecting a record number of international visitors in 2017. Cyprus tourism officials say the island is on track to increase by 5% the nearly 3.2 million visits last year—a number that was itself 17% higher than the figure for 2015.  The tourism office attributes the surge to an overhauled marketing campaign la...

Mexico Resort Now Selling a $25,000 Taco

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/06/2017, 5:00 AM

For those of you who find the idea of paying $10 for a taco beyond the pale, prepare to be about 2,500 times more outraged. The Grand Velas Los Cabos resort in Mexico has created a taco going for the truly obscene price of $25,000.   The tortilla comes stuffed with Kobe beef, caviar, gold leaf, lobster, and brie infused with black truffles—an orgy of expensive ingredients that, frankly...

Americans May Soon Need Visas to Travel to Europe

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/03/2017, 10:15 AM

A tit-for-tat spat could have significant consequences for travelers....

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