SFO Airport Opens Rapid Covid Testing Facility, but We Need More

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/24/2020, 4:00 PM

Covid-19 has been with us for the whole year, and back in the spring, countries around the world began requiring negative test results from visitors, but the world's airports still aren't responding to the crisis by giving passengers places to get tested quickly. This week, San Francisco International (SFO) has finally become the first American airport to furnish rapid-response nasal swab Covid...

WATCH: U.K. Resort Unveils Royal Trailer Home Fit for a Queen

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2020, 8:00 AM

A rentable trailer home in England has been given the royal treatment.  Parkdean Resorts, which operates vacation cottages and campsites across the U.K., has unveiled a Buckingham Palace–themed unit at a retreat near Cayton Bay on England's northeastern coast.  Christened the Royal Caravan, the 2-bedroom trailer contains red velvet thrones, chandeliers in each room, Union Jack bric-a-brac, fra...

Say Aargh! Japanese Zipline to Send Tourists Into Godzilla’s Mouth

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/21/2020, 2:00 PM

A soon-to-open tourist attraction in Japan will feed Godzilla a steady diet of humans.  At the new Godzilla Museum on Awaji Island southwest of Osaka, a zipline will stretch into the "oral cavity" of a huge replica of the legendary reptilian sea monster (rendering above), best known as the antihero in a 32-film (and counting) franchise launched by the Toho studio in 1954.  In addition to jou...

Costa Rica Says It Will Only Accept American Visitors from Certain States

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/21/2020, 9:00 AM

The rest of the world is well aware of the growing disparity in infection rates between states within the USA. This week, Costa Rica acted, proving it has been studying the situation in the U.S. closely.  The Central American nation announced on August 19 that it will reopen its borders to U.S. travelers on September 1—but only to those living in a few states of the American Northeast, a reg...

This Interactive Street-View Map Shows What NYC Looked Like, Circa 1940

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/20/2020, 2:00 PM

To visit New York right now, travelers from 33 U.S. states are supposed to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. We can’t blame you if that discourages you from planning a Manhattan getaway for the time being.  Fortunately, there’s a cool new way to explore New York City virtually—and to travel back in time while you’re at it.  Software engineer Julian Boilen has developed an exhaustive,...

In a Covid First, Family Kicked off Cruise for Leaving Shore Excursion

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/20/2020, 1:00 PM

Cruises out of the United States are still banned, but in Europe, where Covid-19 infections are under much better control, cruises are just beginning to resume. MSC Cruises was the first big mainstream line to come back, albeit with a strict set of safety protocols to avoid any outbreaks on board. One of the new rules is that passengers must remain under the watch of crew or contracted ship ...

Huge Numbers of U.S. Hotels Could Soon Go Belly-Up

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/19/2020, 1:00 PM

Before the pandemic, the hotel and lodging industry employed, both directly and indirectly, 8.3 million Americans, according to the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA). That's 1 out of every 25 U.S. citizens. An AHLA spokesperson told me that approximately half those workers are now unemployed—a jobless rate higher than in any other industry, including construction, education, health ...

Horrifying Video Shows What Happens When Tourists Get Too Close to Buffalo

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/14/2020, 3:00 PM

When it comes to bison, it's always the season for social distancing.  A tourist learned that lesson the hard way this week in South Dakota's Black Hills—and her terrifying encounter with a very angry buffalo was caught on video.  The tourist, a 54-year-old Iowa woman, was traveling as a passenger with a group of motorcyclists through Custer State Park, according to the Associated Press. ...

WATCH: An Otterly Adorable Vancouver Aquarium Livestream

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/13/2020, 3:00 PM

With all due respect to Hello Kitty's homepage and the Instagrammed birth announcement of your cousin's kid, we have found the cutest thing on the internet.  It's a livestream starring Joey, a baby sea otter who was discovered earlier this summer on a beach in Kyuquot, British Columbia. Just days old and alone (his mother is thought to have died), Joey was rescued by the Ocean Wise Marine Ma...

For Better Social Distancing, Amtrak Now Shows How Many Seats Have Been Sold

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/13/2020, 2:00 PM

It's a start. Amtrak's booking engine ( now lists the percentage of seats that have been sold for each departure. That means that before purchasing a ticket in coach class, customers can suss out just how easy—or difficult—it will be to practice social distancing aboard any given train. An example: In the screen shot above, which lists journeys from St. Louis to Chicago, two of th...

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