PHOTOS: Spain’s Best Hidden Beaches Will Kick Your Wanderlust Into Overdrive

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/26/2021, 6:00 PM

Spain's sun-kissed, 3,100-mile coastline has always made the country a major exporter of wanderlust-spiking beach pics.  And with much of the world—including travelers from the United States—blocked from basking in the Iberian Peninsula's coves, caves, sands, and seas due to the pandemic, Spain's beaches look more tantalizing than ever.  (Praia Abelleira on Spain's Galician coast; image: Wi...

Amtrak Introduces a Bidding System for Upgrades

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/24/2021, 5:00 PM

In many ways, high-end train travel in the United States mirrors high-end plane travel. Amtrak doesn't have seats that convert into lie-flat beds in first and business class. But those categories do come with a lot of perks that recall expensive air travel, such as food and beverages, special lounges at stations, and more legroom than in coach (amenities vary by route). On trains, reserved s...

Awe-Inspiring Images of Wintry Niagara Falls Amid Ice, Snow, and Rainbows

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/23/2021, 7:00 PM

Niagara Falls is a gobsmacking sight all year round, but winter weather can bring an added wow factor, cloaking the thundering cascades in ice and snow. As you might have noticed, North America has received quite a bit of winter weather over the last couple weeks. All those chilly storms have left the iconic waterfalls on the border of Ontario and New York State looking like several very large ...

WATCH: Kangaroo Bounds Around Australian Pub Like He Works There

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/23/2021, 6:00 PM

One bar in Western Australia is among the rare places on earth where visitors can sip brews and look at roos. According to Australia's Escape travel site, the John Forrest Tavern in John Forrest National Park east of Perth is a popular spot for hikers to wet their whistles while seated at outdoor tables. The park's colorful rosella birds and bold kangaroos often approach the establishment.  ...

Here Are the Countries with the Least and Most Expensive Plane and Train Travel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/22/2021, 6:00 PM

Thailand has the world's most affordable domestic transportation prices overall while Denmark has the most expensive, according to a newly released analysis of plane, train, and bus tickets across the globe. Transportation-focused tech company Fleet Logging came up with its Transport Price Index by calculating the average cost of domestic flights, train trips, and bus rides in scores of nations...

The Most Popular Dog Breeds in the World—Mapped

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/22/2021, 4:00 PM

When I travel with my friend Rachel, which I do every other year or so, we come back with as many photos of dogs as we do pictures of monuments. Rachel, you see, is canine crazy, and very outgoing, so she tends to engage with dog owners everywhere—and we end up learning about how the dog lifestyle differs around the world. I don't mind at all. It's a marvelous way to meet both pets and people, ...

Bar Tab: Map Shows the Cost of Beer Around the World

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/18/2021, 6:00 PM

“Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!” That toast and its airtight logic come from Martin Luther, father of the Protestant Reformation. (He was German, so his love of beer shouldn't come as a shock.) Like Luther's faith, fondness for brewskis has spread all over the globe, making a pint a p...

JetBlue Forbids Free Carry-Ons for Basic Fares, Drops Change Fees Elsewhere

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/17/2021, 6:00 PM

JetBlue is adding an irksome catch to its cheapest category of plane tickets.  Any customer who books a basic economy fare—dubbed "Blue Basic" by JetBlue—for travel after July 20 will not be allowed to board the plane with a carry-on bag. A small personal item that fits under the seats is still permitted, but the overhead bins are off-limits for basic economy passengers. They'll be required ...

Finland Created a Kitchen Made Out of Ice—and It Works

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/16/2021, 6:00 PM

As if a hotel built from more than 20,000 tons of ice and snow weren't impressive enough, the designers and igloo constructors of Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in northern Finland keep finding ways to melt the hearts of guests who might have grown cold to the wonders of elaborate winter sculptures.  In 2018 and '19, the seasonal property, located in the Arctic Circle near Kittilä in Finnish Laplan...

Virgin Voyages Is Giving Away 1,000 Free Cruises

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/16/2021, 12:00 PM

Before Covid hit—back in the Pleistocene era—huge excitement was building over the impending debut of the Virgin Group's first cruise ship, the Scarlet Lady, which promised to be a ship like no other. Onboard features include a tattoo parlor, "experimental" eateries, daily yoga on the sundeck, and other touches meant to convey that this is truly a contemporary vessel and brand. But then came...

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