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...

Widest-Ever European River Cruise Ship Coming in 2019

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/15/2017, 4:00 AM

River cruise line AmaWaterways has released details of the innovative design for the company's newest ship, the AmaMagna. Set to begin plying European waterways in 2019, the ship will be the widest cruising vessel on the continent—in fact, it will be twice as wide as the typical European river ship.  All that space will allow AmaWaterways to throw a bunch of restaurants on deck as well...

American Writers Museum Opening Soon in Chicago

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/11/2017, 4:00 AM

The first museum celebrating the collective achievements of the country's wordsmiths opens next week in Chicago. The privately funded American Writers Museum—which is located on the second floor of a building along the city's busy North Michigan Avenue—has a "populist, D.I.Y. spirit," according to the New York Times's preview of the facility. Instead of stuffy libraries full of yellowing l...

A New Texas Law Will Turn Traffic Stops Into Interrogations of Drivers' Immigration Status

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/11/2017, 12:00 AM

A Texas law requires state troopers to investigate the immigration status of drivers during routine traffic stops. The ACLU has issued a Texas travel alert in response....

The Discovery of an Octopus in a Miami Beach Car Park Poses a Threat to the City's Tourism

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/11/2017, 12:00 AM

Sea levels are rising in Miami Beach—and that could permanently change life and tourism there....

Incredibly Steep Aerial Tram Soon to Open in Norway

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/10/2017, 4:00 AM

What's being billed as the world's steepest aerial tram is set to open in Norway later this month.  Dubbed the Loen Skylift after the village where it originates, the cable car climbs 3,300 feet up Mount Hoven in only about five minutes. Along the way, passengers get a spectacular view of the Nordfjord region's peaks and waterways. (Photo by Bard Basberg) Before heading back d...

False Alarm: EU Drops Threat to Require Visa of Americans

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/08/2017, 5:15 PM

Europe is backing down. The European Commission has decided not to require Americans to obtain visas to travel to Europe—for now. The proposal to force Americans to secure paperwork for their visits has been kicking around the EU bureaucracy since late winter, a non-binding resolution was aired in the EU Parliament, but it failed to clear all the hurdles. Proponents of the visa were mi...

American Airlines Reducing Legroom in Economy Class

By Zac Thompson

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

American Airlines is taking away some more legroom in the economy cabin.  The carrier's new Boeing 737 Max jets, which are set to begin arriving later this year, will have a "seat pitch"—the space between the same spot on two seats—of 30 inches instead of the current 31 in most rows. Unlucky passengers seated in the last two rows on the aircraft and another closer to the front will have to...

U.S. Government Issues Travel Alert for Europe in Wake of Terror Attacks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/04/2017, 4:00 AM

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for Europe, following recent terror attacks in France, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Russia.  The alert, which went into effect May 1 and expires September 1, warns U.S. citizens that "extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets." A...

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