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How to Celebrate Massachusetts Patriots' Day Events Online

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/16/2020, 8:00 AM

Each year on the third Monday of April, Massachusetts commemorates the start of the American Revolutionary War with Patriots' Day. The statewide celebration includes a parade in Boston as well as reenactments of Paul Revere's Midnight Ride (his Boston statue is pictured above) and the battles in Lexington and Concord that kicked off the war with the British in 1775. The holiday culminates in th...

Delta Air Lines Changes Boarding Procedure

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/15/2020, 10:00 AM

To accommodate social distancing recommendations, Delta Air Lines has temporarily adjusted its method of boarding passengers onto planes.  As of April 10, the carrier has been filling the back of aircraft first, working toward the front. That way, customers on their way to seats toward the rear of the cabin won't need to pass already-seated flyers, exchanging clouds of germs along the way. I...

Faroe Islands Launch Wild Idea: Control a Live Guide Like a Video Game

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/15/2020, 12:00 AM

The Faroe Islands has come up with a new way to let people explore this isolated and starkly beautiful destination that has been gaining popularity as an alternative to Iceland. Each day, a local straps on a camera and stands in a new spot somewhere in the 18-island chain. Over the course of each one-hour session, viewers at home are given the ability to tell the guide where to go and what to d...

Team Claims to Have Set a New "Cannonball Run" Record

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/13/2020, 10:30 PM

Earning a title that will surely go down in the annals of idiocy, a team of drivers has apparently set a new record for the so-called "Cannonball Run." The feat, based on the 1970s Burt Reynolds comedy in which lunkheads speed across the continental United States to claim the best time, supposedly took place on April 4, at the height of stay-at-home orders for most of the country. The team c...

Hooray! Flipboard Adds Frommer's to Its App

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/13/2020, 2:00 PM

We are excited to announce that you can now access the freshest Frommer's articles on Flipboard, one of the premier apps for collecting news in one place. We join such big players as the Washington Post, NPR, and Travel + Leisure. With Flipboard, you can follow topics or publications that interest you (like Frommer's) to make sure you always see new features and posts when they're published....

Airbnb Launches Online Experiences You Pay For

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/10/2020, 10:30 PM

Airbnb has introduced an all-digital version of its Experiences platform for tours and activities.  With the company's new Online Experiences, experts around the world can teach you how to do magic tricks, make the perfect cup of coffee, meditate like a Buddhist monk, and stomp like an Irish step dancer—all without leaving your home, thanks to audio-visual technology connecting the laptops or p...

CDC Extends No-Sail Order for Cruise Ships Using American Ports

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/10/2020, 12:45 PM

Late last night the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended by 100 days its prohibition on cruises using American ports.  The original order was supposed to end in mid-April. The new timetable extends the ban until July 19. That's a blow to the industry—most major cruise lines had hoped to suspend operations only through the end of May.  The order does not affect all cru...

Delta Promises You Won't Have to Take a Middle Seat

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/09/2020, 12:00 AM

Delta Air Lines has announced a new set of measures designed to conform to the world's current standards for social distancing—or at least to nod to them. From April 13 to May 31, the airline will block the middle seat from all reservations in Economy and Premium Economy sections. By default, middle seats will now fly empty. The concession has been made possible by the reduced number of peop...

Government Says Airlines Must Refund Canceled Flights—Eventually

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/06/2020, 6:45 PM

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued an "enforcement notice" reminding airlines and the "traveling public" that passengers whose flights are canceled or significantly delayed should receive refunds regardless of the "unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 public health emergency on air travel." The agency reports having received an "increasing number of complaints and inquiries ...

Governor of South Carolina Bans Hotel Guests from NY, CT, and NJ

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/06/2020, 3:30 PM

On Friday, Henry McMaster, the Governor of South Carolina, updated an executive order to include a new prohibition. As of April 3, the state's hotels, motels, campgrounds, and rental properties may no longer house guests from New York, Connecticut, or New Jersey.   In addition to questions of constitutionality, this move raises the question: What will happen to those tri-staters who are stayi...

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