The UK Announces New Entry Requirements, And They're Tough

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/22/2020, 2:30 PM

The United Kingdom has announced the first stage of its coronavirus reopening plan—and critics are saying it's no better than staying closed. As of June 8, all arrivals will be required to quarantine for 14 days.  Newly landed passengers must fill out a form and provide an address at which they can be found for the next 14 days. It can be a private address or a hotel, but it must be at the t...

Annual Ranking Crowns USA's Best Beach. But Is It Open?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/21/2020, 7:00 AM

Grayton Beach State Park in the Florida Panhandle is the new best beach in the United States, according to the annual ranking by coastal expert Stephen Leatherman, a Florida International University professor better known as Dr. Beach.  Leatherman has been releasing his top 10 beaches list at the start of every summer since 1991. Among his evaluation criteria: water and sand quality as well as ...

Beach Blanket Bingo: Seaside Reopening Rules Are Shore Confusing

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 05/20/2020, 1:00 PM

Summer's going to be complicated. Beaches around the world may be reopening, but that doesn't mean each place is welcoming back sun seekers the same way.  If you were thinking you could just pack a towel and hit the sand, you might find yourself sunblocked. Just look at the wildly different policies at these global beach destinations—rules range from requiring apps to banning naps. The...

MGM Resorts Bringing Back a Favorite Vegas Perk

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/19/2020, 10:00 AM

When the Las Vegas Strip reopens after the coronavirus lockdown, free parking will be making a Sin City comeback as well.  Once a standard feature at casino hotels along the Strip, the perk began to disappear in 2016, when MGM Resorts led the way in eliminating free parking at its 12 Vegas properties.  Most other resorts in town followed, though Wynn Resorts went back to free parking at its ...

St. Lucia's Reopening Plan Might Predict the Future of Caribbean Vacations

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/18/2020, 4:00 PM

To date, the mountainous Caribbean paradise of St. Lucia has recorded just 18 Covid-19 cases. Everyone has recovered, and the island wants to get back to business. The problem for this family-friendly isle is that its biggest market, the United States, has the most viral cases on the planet. How can you get back to business if your main customer is so troubled? St. Lucia's authorities have c...

Send Your Taste Buds on a Road Trip with These Regional Recipes

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/18/2020, 3:00 PM

Long before "foodie travel" became a term anybody used, Jane and Michael Stern published Roadfood in 1977. That first guidebook to the best regional eateries in the United States spawned a whole series of books as well as a beloved website with the same name. But with no one hitting the road much these days, Roadfood has pivoted to recipes, supplying home chefs with instructions for re-creating...

Our Weekly Travel Podcasts: Airline Masks, Charities, and Border Testing

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/18/2020, 2:00 PM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program. Listen anytime at  Masks and Covid-19 test results have become the year's must-have items for travelers. Yet airlines are reportedly not enforcing thei...

L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl Cancels Summer Concerts

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/14/2020, 8:30 AM

For the first time in 98 years, there will be no concerts this summer at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.  The Greek-style outdoor amphitheater, set in a canyon in the Hollywood Hills, is the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra. But the venue also hosts an array of performances in a number of music genres—classical, jazz, pop, soul, rock, country, and many more—as well as fi...

Extreme Social Distancing: Restaurant for One Opens in Swedish Meadow

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/13/2020, 9:00 AM

You don't have to worry about sitting too close to other diners at a new restaurant in Sweden. The restaurant's name, Bord för En, translates to Table for One, and it's just that: one table for one diner in the middle of a field.  There are no waiters. The preset menu's three courses arrive in a picnic basket from the kitchen window (about 50 yards away) via a rope-and-pulley system.  The...

Iceland to Reopen June 15 Using Testing and Tracing

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/12/2020, 5:00 PM

Update, June 30: Iceland has updated its policy to conform to recommendations by the European Union. Americans are no longer welcomed. For complete information, see our feature about the rules of entry for most European countries.  Iceland, one of the most popular but least populated European countries, is ready to reopen its borders to outsiders again. On June 15 at the latest, the country's ...

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