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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 Frommers.com/podcast.  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...

Now You Can Order Airplane Food at Home for Some Reason

By Zac Thompson

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

Stir-craziness among some grounded travelers has evidently grown so acute that they've developed a hankering for airplane snacks.  Imperfect Foods, a grocery delivery service that reduces food waste by hooking up online users with surplus stock and misshapen though perfectly safe produce, has begun selling JetBlue snack packs. The airline's containers of cheese, dried fruits, and drier crack...

Iceland to Reopen June 15 Using Testing and Tracing

By Jason Cochran

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

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 air border (it's an island nation) reopens.  "Iceland's strategy of large-scale testing, tracing, and isolating have proven effective so far," Tourism Minister Thordis Kolbrun Reykfjord Gylfadottir said in a statement. Iceland,...

2020’s Ranking of the World’s Best Airports (Remember Airports?)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/12/2020, 8:00 AM

Do you miss airports? We've been in lockdown so long, we've even started to develop nostalgic feelings for LaGuardia.  For those of you who also yearn to stuff your toiletries into plastic baggies again, Skytrax has released its well-regarded annual ranking of the world's best airports, based on surveys taken between September 2019 and February 2020 from customers from over 100 countries.   ...

A Blow to Broadway: Shows Won't Reopen Until September 6

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/12/2020, 7:00 AM

The show must go on—except when there's a global health crisis. The Broadway League, the trade association for the theatrical industry, announced that the lights in New York City's Theater District would stay dimmed for a few more months. All Broadway performances will be canceled until September 6—at least. Ticket holders should get an email before May 18 with instructions on how to get ref...

Marriott Offers 20% Off a Future Stay if You Buy a Gift Card Now

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/11/2020, 5:00 PM

With their cash flow negative, hotels are getting creative about ways to put some funds in the coffers until this storm has passed. We told you about "hotel bonds," which some properties are selling. With those, if you pay a certain amount now—say, $100—then later on, when you're ready to start traveling again, you can cash in the bond's value plus interest. That way, your investment of $100 no...

United Airlines Revokes Promise to Keep Middle Seats Empty

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/11/2020, 3:00 PM

Many news outlets reported that several airlines, United included, had announced they would keep the middle seat empty to help passengers practice social distancing.   United Airlines took that step on April 22, saying that the restriction would remain in effect until the end of May. But here it is May 11, and having gotten that good publicity, United is already going back on its promise. T...

In Vienna, Pay An Extra $200 to Get Out of Quarantine

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/11/2020, 2:00 PM

If you're lucky enough to be able to fly to Vienna right now—flights from the United States and other places with bad Covid-19 outbreaks have been canceled—you're still asked to quarantine when you get there. All visitors arriving to the Austrian capital must enter a two-week, self-supported quarantine unless they can show officials a negative test result for the coronavirus. And the test resul...

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