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New Virtual Gallery Lets You Explore Underwater Marvels from Dry Land

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/26/2017, 4:00 AM

The underwater wonders just off America's coasts can't be seen firsthand—to state the obvious—except by divers and snorkelers. But a project launched this month by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) gives you the next best thing, and you don't even have to wear a wetsuit. The Virtual Dive Gallery features beautiful, 360-degree images of five of the country's nat...

Trump's Proposed Budget Would Cut U.S. Tourism Organization

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/24/2017, 4:00 AM

Among the cuts in President Donald Trump's proposed budget, which is being delivered to Congress this week: funding for Brand USA, a public-private organization dedicated to marketing the United States as a tourism destination. Eliminating that program, the president's plan would shift revenue toward Customs and Border Protection instead. The proposal would have to be approved by Congress, w...

Ibiza Airport Overrun with Garbage

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/23/2017, 4:00 AM

The airport in Ibiza is a mess. The popular Mediterranean destination off the east coast of Spain is famous—especially among European vacationers—for its beautiful beaches and wild nightlife. But judging from the social media accounts of numerous grossed-out air travelers in recent days, Ibiza is quickly gaining notoriety for an airport with overflowing garbage cans and unspeakably filthy ...

Private Luxury Terminal Opens at LAX

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/22/2017, 4:00 AM

The rich and famous can now make use of their own private luxury terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.  Dubbed the Private Suite ("Let-Them-Eat-Cake Terminal" must have been too long for the signs), the facility, which opened last week, has an exclusive entrance blocked by gates to keep paparazzi at bay, a no-lines security screening process, and lounges with daybeds, private bath...

Travel Without Hesitation to Foreign Democracies, but Steer Clear of Authoritarian Nations

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/22/2017, 12:00 AM

The risks outweigh the benefits of visiting countries with oppressive governments, says Arthur Frommer...

Vacation in One of the Less Popular Destinations This Summer for a Fine Travel Experience

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/22/2017, 12:00 AM

Where should you travel this summer? Off the beaten path, says Arthur Frommer.

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Australia Tourism Boost in 2016

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/19/2017, 4:00 AM

Travel to Australia was big in 2016. According to Tourism Australia officials, the country received an estimated 8.3 million international visitors last year—an increase of 11%. Arrivals from the United States rose by 16%. The most tourists came from nearby New Zealand, followed by China, the U.K., and the U.S., in that order.  If we were going to speculate on reasons for the spike...

Meet Ozzie, the Only Giraffe in Nevada—And a Painter, Too

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/18/2017, 4:00 AM

Travelers with overlapping interests in art and animals may want to add the Lion Habitat Ranch to their itineraries for any upcoming trips to Las Vegas.  The animal sanctuary, which is actually located in suburban Henderson, is home to Ozzie, who holds the distinctions of being the only giraffe in Nevada and a prolific artist.  With the help of trainers and an artist from local gallery...

If You're Traveling to Australia from Asia, Beware Stowaway Toads

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/17/2017, 4:00 AM

An Indonesian toad's wild ride had an unhappy ending in Australia last week. At Cairns Airport in the country's northeast, a sniffer dog brought a biosecurity officer's attention to a shoe being worn by a man who had just arrived from Indonesia. Discovered inside the shoe was a dead black-spined toad. And get this: Officials believe that the stowaway amphibian had only recently died an...

In Development: A Supersonic Jet That Zips Between London and NYC in About Three Hours

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/16/2017, 4:00 AM

Supersonic commercial air travel between London and New York—which has been on pause ever since the demise of Concorde in 2003—could resume in the not too distant future. Billionaire Richard Branson of Virgin Group has partnered with a startup called Boom Technology to develop a passenger jet that travels at more than double the speed of sound.  That means you could cross the pond in o...

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