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Amsterdam Re-Closes Parts of Its Red Light District

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/20/2020, 1:00 PM

On Saturday, July 18, some of the streets in Amsterdam's Red Light District were closed. Authorities tweeted warnings to stay away in both Dutch and English. Although the area is most known for its brothels, the closure didn't come about because of worries about coronavirus transmission through prostitution. Instead, the city's position was that some of the area's walkways are too tight. Bar...

New U.S. Olympic Museum Is Your Only Chance to Cheer on Team USA in 2020

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2020, 12:00 PM

The 2020 Summer Olympics were originally scheduled to kick off in Tokyo at the end of this week. Because of the pandemic, the games have been pushed back to 2021.  But at least one Olympics-related project is moving forward this summer.  The brand-new U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado, opens to the public on Thursday, July 30. Constructed over the last thr...

The Country of Georgia to Accept Long-Term Foreign Residents—Including Americans

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/20/2020, 10:00 AM

One of our most popular recent stories has to do with three countries that allow Americans not only to visit, but also to live for six months to a year. It's a scenario that many are finding extremely appealing, especially now that so many of us realize we can work from anywhere and don't necessarily need to be tethered to an office in the United States. Add the country of Georgia to the digial...

American Airlines and JetBlue Become Partners

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/20/2020, 9:00 AM

The first sign that something was unusual was that my cell phone rang, and it wasn't a scam. My friend Jill was on the other line, and she asked breathlessly, "Is it true?" When I said, "Is what true?" she replied,  "Is it true that you could now think you were booking a JetBlue flight but end up on an American Airlines plane?" The answer is: only if you're not careful. But in a rare m...

Mayflower Replica Soon to Sail Home to Plymouth—How to Track It Along the Way

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/17/2020, 3:00 PM

As the Broadway musical Hamilton has shown us, the more we learn about the founders of the United States, the better equipped we are to wrestle with today's issues (though some critics argue that Hamilton doesn't contend sufficiently with slavery and its long-lasting damage).  The importance of getting a full picture of the past applies to the Pilgrims, too. You might have heard that those buck...

CDC Extends Ban on Cruising in U.S. Waters Into the Autumn

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/16/2020, 5:00 PM

The Centers for Disease Control has again extended its ban on cruising in American waters.  The previous ban was scheduled to expire on September 15, a few days before the official end of summer. Under the new extension, cruising will not resume until October 1 at the earliest.  This is the second time the CDC has pushed the no-sail order to a later date. The Miami Herald reports that sin...

WATCH: Underwater Cam Follows Migrating Beluga Whales

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/16/2020, 12:00 PM

If you can tear yourself away from the bear cams streaming from Katmai National Park in Alaska, there's another entertaining wildlife feed that has launched for the summer.  An underwater beluga cam mounted to a boat in the Churchill River estuary of Hudson Bay, off far-north Manitoba, Canada, began capturing images of playful beluga whales starting July 15.  The Churchill region is best kno...

Yes, Americans Can Go to Tahiti! Just Follow These Steps

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/16/2020, 9:00 AM

French Polynesia, known to many by the name of its most populous island, Tahiti, is accepting visitors again.  We know, we can't believe it, either. If Americans try going most other places in the world, they'll be looking at slammed doors. But as of July 15, the South Pacific paradise will show anyone its sublime reefs and beaches—and as long as visitors jump through a few hoops first, there's...

Stuck at Home? Send Your Scream of Frustration to the Wilds of Iceland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/15/2020, 1:00 PM

Babies, mental health experts, and teenagers who hang out near freight trains in movies all agree: Screaming helps relieve frustration and anxiety.  And 2020 has given us a lot to scream about, what with its pandemic, record unemployment, divisive presidential election, brutal displays of white supremacy, and tantrum-throwing Karens. Not to mention the murder hornets. (Did anyone take care of t...

One European Union Country Is Now Allowing Americans to Visit

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/14/2020, 3:00 PM

The European Union has recommended that its 27 member states bar Americans from entry for the time being due to the surge of Covid-19 infections in the United States. But ultimately, governments in individual EU countries are responsible for their own borders and can make regulations as they see fit. And one member of the bloc has seen fit to break with the others. Croatia has officially reo...

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