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Why You Should Renew Your Passport ASAP

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/15/2017, 5:00 AM

Getting a new or renewed passport could take longer than normal this year. U.S. government officials are anticipating a higher volume of renewals in 2017 because a whole bunch of travelers got new passports in 2007, and now those documents are reaching their 10-year expiration dates. Processing all of those renewals will take some time. What was so special about 2007? That was when a l...

Bulletproof Wall Soon to Surround Base of Eiffel Tower

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/14/2017, 5:00 AM

A wall is being put up around the base of the Eiffel Tower, Paris officials have announced. The "aesthetic perimeter," as it's being euphemistically called, will be made of bulletproof glass and will stand 2.5 meters (8 feet) high. It's expected to cost €20 million ($21 million) and be finished sometime this fall. The move is being made in response to security concerns. France has been...

Trump's Travel Ban Appears to Have Caused Drop in Flight Bookings to U.S.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/13/2017, 5:00 AM

President Donald Trump wanted to ban travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries, but it looks like his executive order to that effect dissuaded international travelers from a whole bunch of other places from visiting the United States as well. From January 27, when the president signed the 90-day ban on nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Syria, to February 4, when ...

Oprah Leads the Charge of Lifestyle Brands at Sea

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/11/2017, 12:15 PM

A New Era in Partnerships for Cruise Lines Could Mean Different Types of Cruises...

Win a Stay in a Castle Worthy of "Beauty and the Beast," Courtesy of HomeAway

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/09/2017, 7:45 PM

(photo courtesy of HomeAway) For those of you longing for more than this provincial life, a la Belle from Beauty and the Beast, vacation-rental site HomeAway is dispensing some storybook magic via a new contest.  To celebrate the eagerly anticipated release of Disney's new live-action version of Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson as the book-loving beauty in the yellow dre...

NYC Airbnb Hosts Fined for Illegal Rentals

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/09/2017, 5:00 AM

Two New York City Airbnb hosts have been slapped with fines for listing illegal short-term rentals—making them the city's first individuals punished under a law signed last fall by New York Governer Andrew Cuomo.   That measure made it illegal to rent a residence for fewer than 30 days. For violating the law, Tatiana Cames and Hank Freid now owe the city a combined $17,000. It's worth ...

Trump's Regulation Orders Have Stalled FAA Safety Notices

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/08/2017, 5:00 AM

Even if you think the federal government should stay out of most things, you're probably glad somebody's keeping an eye on airplane safety. Too bad the guy in the White House is making that harder to do.   President Donald Trump has moved swiftly to roll back federal regulations on businesses, signing an executive order that put all new and pending regulations on hold for 60 days (a fa...

The New World's Longest Flight

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/07/2017, 5:00 AM

If aviation were an endurance sport, there'd be a new reigning champ.  As of this week, the longest flight in the world is now operated by Qatar Airways, whose new 9,032-mile service between the carrier's hometown of Doha and New Zealand takes 16 hours and 10 minutes to reach Auckland, and a tush-mushifying 17 hours and 30 minutes to come back.  That beats the previous record-holder, E...

Bowling Green Strikes Back

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/07/2017, 12:00 AM

  Today we received a topical press release from the people who promote Bowling Green, Kentucky. It seems they've read the same headlines that we have about terrible things that never happened there. Cleverly, they're seizing the hashtag moment to remind Americans of all the great things that truly are actually, really, honestly happening in Bowling Green.  We won't act as...

Best Hotels in North America Rankings

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/06/2017, 5:00 AM

The best hotels in North America have been named in U.S. News & World Report's seventh annual rankings.  Taking top honors: Chicago's posh the Langham, which opened in 2013 in a 52-story modernist tower alongside the Chicago River. Runners-up include two hotels in Hawaii—the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai (#2) and the Montage Kapalua Bay (#4)—as well as the Jefferson in Washington, D.C. ...

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