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The New Book "Backpacking 101" Is An Excellent Tool For Novice Wilderness Explorers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/04/2017, 12:00 AM

It explains what you need to know before you strap on a pack and hit the trails....

First Cruise Ship Crosses New Panama Canal Locks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/03/2017, 4:00 AM

A new, wider set of locks is open for business at the Panama Canal, and over the weekend the first cruise ship passed through them. Disney Cruise Line's 2,713-passenger Wonder vessel did the honors, crossing the new locks during a 14-night voyage from Port Canaveral, Florida, to San Diego. Here's what the big moment looked like: The more than $5 billion Panama Canal expansion ...

Non-New Yorkers Could Soon Have to Pay to Visit the Met

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/02/2017, 4:00 AM

Admission at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art has been free since it was established in 1870—though a "suggested" entrance fee has been, well, suggested since the early 1970s (the current recommendation is $25 for adults). Soon, however, an entrance fee could become mandatory for a large chunk of the museum's visitors: those who aren't residents of New York City. For about a ...

United Announces Customer Service Changes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/28/2017, 4:00 AM

This week United Airlines released its Review and Action Report relating to the violent removal of passenger David Dao from an overbooked flight in Chicago on April 9 (you've definitely seen the videos). In addition to a recap of what went down and where the airline failed, the report lists 10 new or updated customer service policies designed to prevent something like this ever happening a...

United's Ongoing PR Nightmare

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/27/2017, 4:00 AM

United Airlines continues to have nightmarish PR troubles. The carrier's barrage of bad press began earlier this month, when cell phone footage of physician David Dao being violently dragged from an overbooked flight at Chicago O'Hare surfaced online, sparking worldwide outrage. To make matters worse, United CEO Oscar Munoz bungled the apology—in fact, it took him three tries to get it rig...

Fox News and Rupert Murdoch Are Now Owners of the National Geographic Magazines and TV Show

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/27/2017, 12:00 AM

What once reliably delivered scientific reportage will now be controlled by a man famous for putting politics first....

In Hawaii, an Increase in Rare Brain Parasite Disease

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/26/2017, 4:00 AM

In Hawaii so far this year there have been 11 confirmed cases of rat lungworm disease, which is caused by a potentially deadly brain parasite with one of the ugliest names in creation. Victims include a California couple honeymooning on Maui and two people who might have caught the disease by drinking a homemade herbal beverage. Tourism officials would like for you to keep in mind that...

Celebrate John Wayne's Birthday in His Iowa Hometown

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/25/2017, 4:00 AM

You probably associate John Wayne with the American West. But the film legend was actually born in Iowa. His hometown, Winterset, is the site of the John Wayne Birthplace Museum, which organizes an annual celebration around the Duke's birthday at the end of May (born in Winterset on May 26, 1907, he died in 1979). This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event. On May 26-27, the town wi...

Bangkok's Famous Street Food Stalls Targeted for Removal

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/24/2017, 4:00 AM

The days appear to be numbered for Bangkok's storied street-food scene. In an effort to clean up the city's thoroughfares, Thailand's government has begun removing the beloved food stalls where locals and tourists alike fill up on cheap but tasty rice dishes, noodles, and sweets—the best street food in the world, according to a recent CNN ranking.  The first wave of the cleanup affecte...

The Latest Trend Aboard Cruise Ships: Lifeguards

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/21/2017, 4:00 AM

Something that might surprise you if you're not a regular cruiser: As recently as five years ago, lifeguards were nowhere to be found at the pool areas of the major lines' ships. There were caution signs posted, but passengers swam at their own risk. Disney Cruise Line was the first to add lifeguards in 2013. Royal Caribbean International followed suit earlier this year. Now another bi...

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