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A Restored Irish Palace Where Guinness Was Born (Sort of) Is Now a Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/20/2022, 4:00 PM

Ireland's rolling pastures, rich history, and devotion to Guinness all come together at Cashel Palace in County Tipperary.  Built in 1732, the Palladian manor that once served as an archbishop's country estate is just a rock's throw from the Rock of Cashel, a remarkable collection of medieval and Celtic ruins crowning a limestone outcrop in cow-dotted fields.   (Rock of Cashel; credit: Thoma...

Going to the Dogs: Which World Cities Are the Most Canine Crazy

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/20/2022, 1:00 PM

Thanks to the pet insurance site Protect My Paws, now dog lovers can tell where they'll find the most compatriots when they travel. Using governmental records and academic sources, researchers for the insurance agency looked at the number of registered dogs in major cities around the globe. Then they divided the number of pets by the size of the city in question and by human populations.  Their a...

Proof of Covid Booster Will Soon Be Required to Visit Hawaii

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/14/2022, 5:00 PM

After simplifying Covid-related entry requirements a few days ago, Hawaii has complicated things a bit once more.   Governor David Ige has confirmed that in order for a visitor to be considered fully vaccinated against Covid-19, a booster shot will soon be expected. Under Hawaii's Safe Travels program, visitors who are not fully vaccinated must complete a five-day quarantine after getting to th...

Arches National Park Adopts Timed Ticketing: Rules & Loopholes

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/11/2022, 4:00 PM

One of the many changes the pandemic brought to society was the widespread introduction of reservations for admission at nearly every kind of tourism spot, from museums to national parks. The practice reached its peak in 2020, when facilities needed to thin out the number of people onsite at any given time because, in those pre-vaccine days, social distancing was one of the only defenses we had...

WATCH: Orlando Opens Two Insanely Tall, Record-Breaking Thrill Rides

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/10/2022, 5:30 PM

Orlando is known for amusement rides, but until recently, very few of them could truly be called terrifying. The family-friendly market generated by Disney has inclined Orlando's ride designers to pull their punches, relying on theming more than screaming. Even Space Mountain, which is famous as one of Walt Disney World's most fearsome roller coasters, doesn't crack 29 mph. The calm has ende...

2022's Safest U.S. Airline—and Where It Ranks Worldwide

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/08/2022, 5:30 AM

Covid-19 has been the biggest safety concern in air travel (and every other kind of travel) for two years now. So it's no wonder the expert safety monitors at AirlineRatings.com have added Covid protocols to the main criteria for assembling the site's annual list of the world's safest airlines.  Since U.S.-based carriers have balked at tough pandemic-era health and safety measures adopted elsew...

Experts Weigh In On the Top Restaurant Trends For 2022

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/07/2022, 5:45 PM

We all know people who travel to eat. In fact, we may be people who travel to eat. But two pandemic years and the simple march of time have shifted where and what we'll eat when we travel in 2022—and how we'll do so in our home communities, for that matter. To get a handle on those potential changes, I looked at the end-of-year articles from a number of experts, from those in the restaurant ind...

Hawaii Simplifies Entry Requirements for Omicron

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/06/2022, 2:00 PM

As of this week, visitors to Hawaii no longer have to fill out a pre-arrival questionnaire. Border officials will still ask asking visiting U.S. citizens for a recent negative NAAT or antigen test through one of the state's Trusted Testing Partners.  For vaccinated travelers (proof is required), tests must be taken no more than three days before boarding flights. For unvaccinated travelers, ...

San Diego Water Park Reborn as the West Coast’s First Sesame Street Theme Park

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/05/2022, 5:45 PM

To the venerable query "Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?", a new theme park in Southern California has an answer: by inner tube.  SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is transforming the site of its Aquatica water park in Chula Vista, California (just outside San Diego), into Sesame Place San Diego, a new theme park dedicated to Sesame Street and the long-running kids' show's lovable ...

Explore the Logs of Every Sailing of the Revered QE2 Ocean Liner on This Interactive Website

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/03/2022, 12:45 PM

During its 40 years in service starting in 1968, Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 2 ocean liner sailed a total of nearly 6 million miles, stopping at 312 ports around the world and crossing the Atlantic Ocean 805 times.  Now permanently docked in Dubai, the QE2, as it's commonly known, has been transformed into a 13-deck, 215-room floating hotel in the city's Port Rashid district. But you don't have...

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