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Music City Gets a Museum About African American Music

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/05/2021, 8:00 PM

The first museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating African Americans' considerable contributions to music is opening to the public this month in downtown Nashville.  Originally slated for a 2020 debut that got delayed due to the coronavirus, the 56,000-square-foot National Museum of African American Music will host an official, "socially distant ribbon-cutting ceremony" on Martin Luther K...

Guess the Safest U.S. Airline for 2021—and Where It Ranks Worldwide

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/04/2021, 7:00 PM

The world's 20 safest airlines have been named for 2021 by the safety monitors at AirlineRatings.com. Among 385 carriers that were evaluated according to factors such as incident reports, government and industry audits, fleet age, and pilot training, the top spot went to a perennial safety star: Australia's Qantas. No surprise there. When it comes to caution, Qantas is the Volvo of the skies...

American Airlines Launches New Daily Deals—And The First One Is Fantastic

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/04/2021, 3:00 PM

American Airlines is kicking off the new year by launching new daily promotions, and while I don't know what the future deals will be, the first one could truly be called a steal. Those who book a ticket by midnight PST on Monday, January 4, will be able to snag one free child's ticket for every adult ticket purchased. Not all destinations are valid. Tickets are only being discounted to the ...

The Year's Most Spectacular Photos of the Northern Lights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/29/2020, 8:00 PM

Among difficult photography subjects, the northern lights rank up there with butterflies and fussy 2-year-olds.  Those who aim to snap a pic of the aurora borealis and its southern-hemisphere cousin, the aurora australis, must contend with an unpredictable, ever-shifting phenomenon that can make grown folks cry. Which is also true of toddlers, except that with the northern lights the tears come...

Support Out-of-Work Chefs and Get a Taste of Travel at the Same Time

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/29/2020, 11:00 AM

"Food is everything we are," the late, great Anthony Bourdain once said. "It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go.” Those words still ring true today. Eating can be an elemental and transporting experience—and trying foods from different cultures is one of t...

West Virginia Is Home to the USA's Newest National Park

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/28/2020, 2:00 PM

You might have missed a noteworthy provision in the funding bill that was passed by Congress last week and finally signed, after a surprise delay, by Pres. Trump on Sunday night.  In addition to providing some pandemic relief and keeping the government going, the package has given the United States a new national park. West Virginia's New River Gorge National River, located in the Appalachia...

50 Percent Off a Save-Now, Go-Later Mexican Luxury Beach Vacation

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 12/23/2020, 7:00 PM

In normal times, it can be difficult to get a spot at The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences, a Playa del Carmen property that's popular with return visitors. The all-inclusive resort stands out for having a wide variety of dining options—10 restaurants and bars—as well as a lot of different activities, and, of course, beaches for days. The staff, too, inspires loyalty. They're a gracious, creativ...

Camel Races, "Grass Mowing," Saunas, Singapore's Food Stalls, and More Get Heritage Status

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/18/2020, 6:00 PM

Singapore's food stalls, Middle Eastern camel races, North African couscous, and Finland's saunas have all been officially recognized as invaluable expressions of humanity's "intangible cultural heritage." The designation was awarded to those traditions and about two dozen more by UNESCO, which has kept a running tally of the globe's noteworthy festivals, foods, folk dances, arts, music styles,...

A Holiday Rarity: Stream a Real British Panto for Free

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/18/2020, 5:00 PM

The British pantomime, or panto, is one of those beloved cultural institutions that simply doesn't travel. Either you're in the United Kingdom during panto season (late November to mid-January), or you miss the chance to experience this boisterous, freewheeling, off-the-wall theatrical tradition. Not this year! Through a complicated twist of fate (I'll get to that in a second), the entire world...

Yikes! “Brain-Eating Amoeba” Is Moving North from Southern U.S. Lakes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/17/2020, 7:00 PM

A deadly "brain-eating amoeba" that thrives in warm lakes and rivers has long been a cause for concern among vacationers who take dips in natural swimming holes in Southern U.S. states such as Florida and Texas.  Now a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests the nasty little bug is moving north.  Published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases—pick ...

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