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The 50 Best Bars In The World Revealed—But Where's the USA?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/06/2020, 9:00 PM

Being a barfly is part of my job. Every year, for roughly a month, I become a nocturnal creature, staying out until 3am most nights, researching my city’s nightlife for the next edition of Frommer’s EasyGuide to New York City. I’m not complaining. OK, I’m about to. Because last year, that task included waiting on a cold Greenwich Village sidewalk for a good 70 minutes for the right to sta...

One of the World's Oldest Travel Bookstores Needs Your Help

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/06/2020, 11:00 AM

There may be no travel bookstore in the English-speaking world that is more venerable than the great Stanfords.  The London-based stalwart, packed with books, maps, globes, travel-related gadgets, and stationery, has been in business since 1853. Think of it: Queen Victoria was in her early 30s and Franklin Pierce was the U.S. president. Over more than a century and a half, Stanfords helped equi...

New York Changes Entry Rules, Making Holiday Visits Easier

By Jason Cochran

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

New York State, which used to mandate a vacation-unfriendly quarantine period of 14 days, has changed its entry requirements. The shift brings the state's system in line with what many countries are now requiring: Show a negative test when you enter, and show another a few days later. Visitors must obtain negative test results no more than three days before arriving in New York. Then, all vi...

Merriam-Webster Creates a Fun Online Word Game for Travelers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/05/2020, 11:00 AM

Every time we speak, we travel. English is a polyglot language derived from many tongues and made of an ever-expanding lexicon of borrowed words picked up like souvenirs from all corners of the globe.   As Merriam-Webster, the venerable dictionary publisher, puts it: "English is, by any reckoning, a very large language. No one is entirely certain how many words it contains (since it is very dif...

Free Entry to the U.S. National Parks For Students, Veterans—and Everyone Else

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/02/2020, 3:00 PM

The U.S. National Parks had big plans for little people this year. But like so many things, they went awry. Long story short: 2020 was supposed to have been another year when all of the country's fourth graders (and their families) got free entry to the parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands, a program administered for half a decade by the federal government. But because so many of us...

A Delightful New Book About Countries That Have "Fallen Off the Map"

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/30/2020, 9:00 PM

In this time of not being able to travel almost anywhere, one of the most intriguing new travel books is a volume that takes readers to places that no longer exist. I’m talking about Gideon Defoe’s droll new tome, An Atlas of Extinct Countries: The Remarkable (and occasionally ridiculous) Stories of 48 Nations That Fell Off the Map—a whirlwind tour through the pleasingly oddball tales of histor...

Iconic Neon Cowgirl "Vegas Vickie" Kicking It Again at New Casino

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/29/2020, 1:00 PM

Circa Resort & Casino, which opened this week on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, is the city's first casino built from the ground up in four decades.  But not everything on site is brand new. In a nod—or, in this case, kick—to the property's past, Vegas Vickie, the 25-foot-tall neon cowgirl once stationed above the Girls of Glitter Gulch strip club, has been installed in Circa's hotel...

New Rules Transform New York City Into a Wonderful, Open-Air Bazaar

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/28/2020, 7:00 PM

What's the top reason people visit New York City? If you guessed Broadway shows, museums, or even restaurants, you'd be wrong, wrong, and wrong. Year after year, shopping is cited as the main reason people plan a trip to the Big Apple— something I know well, as the author of Frommer's EasyGuide to New York City. As in the rest of the United States, the city's retail sector has been wallop...

WATCH: Kazakhstan Makes Nice—Very Nice!—with Borat By Taking His Catchphrase

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/27/2020, 8:00 PM

The premise of the newly released Borat sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, is that Sacha Baron Cohen's titular character, a clueless Kazakh journalist, must deliver an animal or, barring that, his daughter (living conditions for both are roughly the same in Borat's homeland) to the Trump administration. This is meant to be Borat's penance for making Kazakhstan a laughingstock in the first movie (...

Costa Rica Fully Reopens to Tourism—No Test, No Quarantine Required

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/26/2020, 2:00 PM

Starting November 1, all international travelers, including those from anywhere in the United States, are welcome to visit Costa Rica—and neither a quarantine period nor a negative Covid-19 test are required for entry.  The Central American nation, a tourism heavy hitter due to its jungles and beaches, had been previously admitting "select" international travelers from areas considered low-risk...

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