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Major Airfare Search Engine Now Includes Covid-19 Safety Ratings

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/10/2020, 4:00 PM

Scientists are still piecing together evidence to figure out how dangerous airline travel is (judging by this study, it isn't) during the pandemic.  But the fact remains: Consumers are nervous. It's hard for an occasional traveler to keep track of what each airline is doing to combat transmission. One of the top airfare search aggregators, Skyscanner, has just added Covid-19 safety ratings, ...

WATCH: Rolling Stones Video Takes Over London's Vacant Claridge's Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/07/2020, 7:00 PM

Leave it to the Rolling Stones to find a way to create mayhem in a hotel room even when the hotel is closed.  The just-released music video for the band's latest single, "Scarlet" (which was actually recorded in 1974 with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page but is only coming out now), was shot entirely on location at the landmark Claridge's hotel in London. Temporarily shuttered due to the pandemic, ...

The USA's Most Expensive (and Cheapest) Cities for Rental Cars

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/07/2020, 3:00 PM

Every now and then, the rental car booking site CheapCarRental.net aggregates the price quotes it's been seeing and comes up with a list of the best and worst American cities for affordable car rentals. The last time the site released a survey, in June, Cincinnati and Cleveland were found to have the most expensive rentals.  Now that we're deep in the summer travel season, new towns have eme...

Like Ike? D.C.’s Eisenhower Memorial to Open After Long Controversy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/06/2020, 2:00 PM

Dwight D. Eisenhower might have been a calm and steady World War II commander and two-term U.S. president, but the effort to honor him with a memorial in Washington, D.C., sure did stir up a maelstrom of controversy. Commissioned by Congress in 1999, the project hired famed architect Frank Gehry in 2010. His unconventional, verging-on-unheroic initial designs—centering on a gigantic metal scrim...

Schmoozing United Airlines Gate Agents for Upgrades Is a Complete Waste of Time Now

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/05/2020, 11:00 AM

Remember when travel articles weren't all about airborne pathogens and instead were full of advice like "dress nicely if you want to be upgraded to first class" or "bring a small gift to get the gate agents on your side"? Sigh. Those were the days! But flattery and bribery are not coming back, at least on United Airlines. An internal memo leaked to the blog Live And Let's Fly informed Uni...

A Former Drive-In Theater in the Utah Desert Is Now a Glamping Retreat

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/05/2020, 9:00 AM

Camping and drive-in movie theaters are two forms of good old-fashioned fun that have grown hugely popular again this summer, as we're all on the lookout for socially distanced recreation options.  A new retreat in southern Utah manages to combine both resurgent trends.  Set amid dusty scrubland and mighty rock formations near Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Yonder Escalante has...

Yo, Semites! Funding Boost to U.S. National Parks Signed Into Law

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/04/2020, 10:00 AM

How about some good news for a change? Bipartisan legislation to devote almost $3 billion each year to conservation efforts and the upkeep of U.S. national parks has passed into law. The Great American Outdoors Act, which Frommer's has been championing for a while now, requires full, permanent, and mandatory funding to the tune of $900 million annually for the 1964 Land and Water Conservatio...

Is Brazil Nuts? Amid a Covid-19 Surge, It Reopens Tourism

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/03/2020, 4:00 PM

In a move that feels downright Floridian, the government of Brazil reopened the borders to international tourists on the same day the country reported single-day records for coronavirus deaths and infections.  According to figures compiled by the New York Times, there have been more than 2.7 million confirmed cases of the virus in Brazil and more than 94,000 deaths—only the United States has be...

We’re All Invited to a Nationwide Campout

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/31/2020, 10:00 AM

Outdoor clothing company Eddie Bauer is promoting its 100th birthday with an event that fits perfectly with the retailer's brand and with our current need for safe, socially distanced pastimes.  For Sleep Under the Stars Night on Saturday, August 8, the company is encouraging everybody to spend a night outside, whether that means camping in the backcountry, pitching a tent in the backyard, or s...

Bums Rush: Which Museum Has the Best Butt?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/30/2020, 10:00 AM

By our count, there has been precisely one upside to museums having to close their doors due to the worldwide health crisis: The forced downtime freed up bored staffers to participate in Yorkshire Museum's weekly #CuratorBattle on Twitter.  In the spring, the small archaeological museum in York, England, began posting social media challenges each Friday, inviting other institutions across the g...

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