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Do Not Disturb Until 2021: South Africa Takes Huge Gamble with Tourism

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/04/2020, 3:00 PM

From Caribbean islands to European culture capitals, most destinations with economies that depend to a significant degree on tourism are in a hurry to welcome international visitors again. The strictness of entry requirements and safety restrictions varies by location (and Frommer's is keeping track), but the message is the same: We're back in business—and we need yours.  But a handful of place...

Meet Orlando’s New Safety Mascot: Social Distancing Skunk Ape at Gatorland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/03/2020, 12:45 PM

Orlando's Gatorland, a wildlife park and venerable locus of Florida kitsch, reopened to visitors on May 23, getting the jump on the region's larger, younger, slicker family-friendly attractions such as Universal Orlando Resort (set to reopen June 5) and Walt Disney World (July 11).  And here's something else Gatorland has that its rivals lack: the Social Distancing Skunk Ape, a woolly health-an...

Plan U.S. Travel With This New Interactive Map of Each State's Covid-19 Rules

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/02/2020, 1:00 PM

We need to give a big thank you to the National Governors Association. It just created an interactive map, the Covid-19 State and Territory Actions Tracker (pictured above in a screenshot). The free new tool makes summer road trips much easier. It shows, at a glance, the policies in any state you might be visiting. For example, those who might be driving into Maine, Rhode Island, Kansas, or ...

Interactive Tool for Tracking Travel Restrictions Around the World

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/02/2020, 12:45 PM

A handy online tool for tracking travel restrictions across the globe has been unveiled by the Montréal-based International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade group representing the world's airlines.  In the Travel Centre section of the IATA website, you'll find an interactive, color-coded map of the world that shows at a glance which countries currently have "totally restrictive" border...

Dream Job Alert! Drink Beer and Hike Mountains All Day for $20,000

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/01/2020, 10:00 AM

Know anyone looking for a job? Or should I ask, "Do you live under a rock?" Of course you know someone who is unemployed right now. And if that's not you, be a mensch and tell your friends about this sweet opportunity to make money. The person who lands the position gets $20,000. The Devil's Backbone Brewing Company is looking for a "Chief Hiking Officer" for 2021. Whoever gets the gig wi...

Our Travel Podcasts: Camping, Closed Borders, and a Chat with Travel Writer Don George

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/01/2020, 8:00 AM

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.  After spending the spring cooped up while on lockdown, a lot of us are ready to spend time in the great outdoors again. Cohosts Paul...

Las Vegas Casinos Have an Official Reopening Date

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/27/2020, 12:00 AM

Casino resorts in Las Vegas and elsewhere throughout Nevada will reopen to the public on Thursday, June 4, the state's governor, Steve Sisolak, has announced. “We’ve taken every precaution possible," Sisolak told reporters during a telephone news conference on May 26. "I don’t think you’re going to find a safer place to come than Las Vegas.” The move has the backing of state health experts, ...

Walt Disney World Parks Plan to Return July 11 with New Rules

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/27/2020, 12:00 AM

Walt Disney World near Orlando has presented its reopening plan to local authorities, revealing an intention to reopen in stages beginning Saturday, July 11. The gradual process begins on that date (after a few days of soft opening for testing) with the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom opening their gates to guests. Sister parks Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios (site of the new Sta...

Our Weekly Travel Podcasts: Reopening Beaches, Orlando, and Vegas

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/26/2020, 6:15 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.  With Memorial Day behind us, you might be dreaming of beaches—and you're not alone. Cohosts Pauline Frommer and Jason Cochran recall...

Universal Orlando's Theme Parks Reopen June 5 with Strict New Rules

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/22/2020, 4:00 PM

Universal Orlando Resort is bringing Harry Potter back. The resort's post-coronavirus operating plan received government approval this week, so Universal's two theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure (including the two halves of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, pictured), will be back in business on Friday, June 5. Mind you, it will be a dramatically different business. ...

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