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The Word Is Out: Language Museum Soon to Open in D.C.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/17/2020, 11:45 PM

A new museum dedicated to language is scheduled to open in Washington, D.C., on May 31. Housed in the renovated Franklin School building—site of one of the city's first public schools—Planet Word has set a lofty mission to "renew and inspire a love of words, language, and reading as the foundation of a strong modern democracy." As at many museums nowadays, historical and scientific artifacts...

Another European Airline Goes Kaput: Arrivederci, Air Italy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/13/2020, 6:30 PM

Air Italy is shutting down and going into liquidation, the Milan-based carrier announced this week. According to a statement on the airline's website, "all Air Italy flights will be operated by other carriers" up to February 25. All passengers who have booked flights for after that date will receive full refunds. The "other carriers" aren't named, but the statement does say that dates and ti...

Trainers Will Stop Riding Dolphins at SeaWorld

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/11/2020, 2:30 PM

SeaWorld shows featuring trainers riding or standing on dolphins are now a thing of the past. In a letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, SeaWorld Entertainment revealed that it's halting such stunts at its parks in Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego. The letter addresses a shareholder proposal from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which has long decried d...

Trump Suspends Global Entry Enrollment for New York State

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/06/2020, 12:00 AM

As of Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has blocked residents of New York State from enrolling in Global Entry and other programs that allow for expedited border crossings.  The Trump administration claimed its move was made in response to the state's new Green Light Law, which makes it possible for undocumented immigrants living in New York to get driver's licenses.  ...

At Long Last, The One-Seat Amsterdam-to-London Train Trip Is Here

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/04/2020, 12:00 AM

This news may enrich your next European vacation. The Channel Tunnel connected England with Europe 26 years ago, but it took this long to get a high-speed train from central Amsterdam direct to central London. And what timing! England just broke up with Europe this week.   The delay wasn't Brexit-related. There were lots of factors, some about train speeds previously being slowed in the countrys...

This Twitter Account Tracks the Door Codes to London's Toilets

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/23/2020, 12:00 AM

Every traveler knows the misery of not being able to find a loo. When you're spending hours away from your hotel exploring an unfamiliar town, pit stops can be few and far between. In kinder times, free places to pee were bog standard. They included restrooms built into subway platforms and down staircases on busy streets. But most of those public WCs were padlocked decades ago out of fears ove...

End of an Era: The Oldest Harrah's Casino Is Closing

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/21/2020, 10:45 PM

Harrah's Reno has occupied its downtown spot in that Nevada city since 1937, when founder William F. Harrah opened his first bingo parlor. The place eventually expanded into a hotel and casino and spawned several offshoots, all of which are now part of Caesars Entertainment. But luck has run out for that first Harrah's. Caesars and VICI Properties have announced that they're selling the ve...

Coming from Viking: Great Lakes Cruises and Polar Expeditions with Submarines

By Zachary Laks

Posted on 01/17/2020, 9:00 PM

With sights set on both the farthest and the closest destinations on earth, cruise company Viking has announced a new fleet of two expedition ships.   It will join the companies roving both the Arctic Circle and Antarctica and, most interestingly, pioneer new itineraries in the Great Lakes.   Two newly built sister ships, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, will carry a maximum o...

U.S. National Parks Are Free on MLK, Jr. Day

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/17/2020, 9:00 AM

Savings alert! On Monday, January 20, 2020, all American national parks will be free to enter. It's part of the National Park Service's regular schedule of free days, which are designed to encourage people to get out and explore their natural wonders. On that day, parks that normally charge an entrance fee (like Yosemite, pictured, which normally takes in $35 per car) will simply wave you through...

Rome Bans Souvenir Stands Next to Iconic Sites

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/14/2020, 6:15 PM

Tourists in the market for a Pope Francis bobblehead may have a tougher time finding that souvenir on the streets of Rome this year. The city has banned stalls selling mugs, magnets, figurines, and other trinkets next to several iconic sites, including the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and the Piazza Navona. The new regulation, which went into effect January 1, gives the boot to 17 souv...

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