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A Charge for the Overhead Bin? One Airline Is Doing It

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/02/2020, 5:00 PM

Hard times make us do things we'd never normally do, like make best friends with a volleyball, sell our hair and belt "I Dreamed a Dream," or get into sourdough baking. For easyJet, one of Europe's most important airlines, the travel downturn has forced the carrier to scrape up some much-needed income by breaking a fee barrier. Soon, the airline will explicitly start charging passengers to u...

WATCH: YouTuber Livestreams His Two-Week Quarantine from Singapore Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/01/2020, 7:30 PM

Ever since the pandemic started, governments around the world have mandated two-week quarantines for arriving international travelers in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  But what's it actually like for those who journey long distances to spend 14 days in total isolation while cooped up in government-approved accommodations?  We can now get an idea, thanks to vlogger Jason Ng...

Live and Work in Paradise! Hawaii Has a New Program for You

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/01/2020, 7:00 PM

As I have written recently, more and more destinations are pursuing digital nomads to replace the tourists that once filled lodgings. Barbados has a new visa program that allows visitors to work remotely legally for up to a year, and Bermuda, Estonia, and several other countries have launched similar initiatives. But beyond the welcome mat of legal paperwork, no place was throwing in added ince...

Kauai Drops Out of Hawaii's Testing Program, Will Force Quarantine

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/30/2020, 8:00 PM

Hawaii, you may have heard, has been working to salvage its tourism-dependent economy. In October, the state began the new Safe Travels system that allows visitors to skip the previously required two-week quarantine period by arriving with a negative Covid-19 test in hand. Kauai, one of the most beautiful Hawaiian islands—and, it must be said, one of the most exclusive—has suddenly decided to o...

Grand Canyon Rafting Trips Are Already Filling Up for 2022

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/25/2020, 8:00 PM

Imagine owning a business that, year after year, mostly sells out its products just minutes after they're released to the public. And this is for something that won't be used until two-plus years after the date of sale. That business is Western River Expeditions and it has the good fortune of being a well-respected purveyor of a true "bucket list" experience: rafting trips through the Grand Can...

You Can Now Visit the Studio Where Bob Ross Made His Iconic PBS Art Show

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/25/2020, 12:00 PM

Fans of painter and icon of chill Bob Ross—the bearded PBS host with the Chia Pet hairdo, ASMR voice, and penchant for bucolic nature scenes—can now visit the studio where he presided over The Joy of Painting, which aired from 1983 to 1994. (Ross died the next year.) Most of the instructional series was recorded at the WIPB public broadcasting station in the Lucius L. Ball House in Muncie, Indi...

Relocation Is the New Way to Travel, but Where Do People Want to Move?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/24/2020, 3:00 PM

Given that the coronavirus is raging in most parts of the world, a weeklong vacation isn’t socially responsible right now. But with so many working remotely, inveterate wanderers are satisfying their wanderlust by relocating for six months to a year. That way, you can allow for two weeks of quarantine at the start of your stay and still get to experience new places and people. According to a...

Volunteering Can Earn You a Free Night at a Hawaiian Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/23/2020, 7:00 PM

Many eco- and culturally conscious Hawaiians are hoping that the state's post-pandemic travel industry will be more sustainable than the way things were before. (Frommer's reported on those efforts back in May.) Now that Hawaii has, as of last month, resumed allowing in tourists from other states without quarantine (provided those visitors have negative Covid-19 test results), a new initiative ...

TikTokker's Carry-On "Hack" Gets Him Banned from Spirit Airlines

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/20/2020, 10:00 PM

Spirit Airlines has reportedly banned a TikTok user from flights for two years because of a carry-on luggage tip the man posted. In an 18-second clip titled "Spirit carry on hack" that was uploaded to the video-sharing platform in September, user @RobKAllDay demonstrated for his nearly 185,000 followers how to use editing software to alter a Spirit boarding pass on a smartphone so that the carr...

SoCal's Six Dazzling Holiday Drive-Throughs, from Stranger Things to Elf on the Shelf

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/19/2020, 8:00 PM

The notion that Southern Californians spend all their time in their cars is a tired cliché—but in 2020, it feels freshly apt. As one of the few options for getting out of the house while staying safely sealed off from others, vehicular entertainment has boomed during the pandemic, from a renaissance in drive-in movies and shows to the creation of drive-through haunted attractions during the Hal...

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