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Blaming the Pandemic This Time, L.A.'s Oscars Museum Delays Yet Again

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/18/2020, 8:00 AM

Like some troubled Hollywood epic, the overbudget, much-delayed Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles has had its opening date pushed back again.  Originally slated to begin welcoming visitors in 2017, the movie museum—a project of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the same organization behind the Academy Awards—first delayed the opening to 2019. That's one reason why ...

The Famous Unclaimed Baggage Store Now Sells Lost Stuff Online, Too

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/17/2020, 5:00 PM

Most regular travelers have heard about the Unclaimed Baggage store. If they have, the words probably fill them with dread. Unclaimed Baggage is one destination you hope never plays a role in your traveling life. This 50,000-square-foot institution in Scottsboro, Alabama, is the Island of Misfit Toys for lost luggage. If the airlines can't reunite misplaced checked bags with their owners after ...

Welcome to Cambodia! That'll Be $3,000, Please

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/16/2020, 1:15 PM

We have a new winner for the title of World's Harshest Covid-19 Entry Requirement.  Cambodia has announced that all visitors to that Southeast Asian country (famous for the Angkor Wat temple complex, pictured above) will be required to pay a deposit of $3,000 upon arrival at the airport to cover "virus prevention services." The deposit, which became mandatory as of June 11, can be paid in ca...

Holland America: Sorry, Canada and Hawaii, We'll Just See You in 2021

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/15/2020, 12:00 PM

Holland America has just cleared its schedule of Hawaii and Canada cruises until 2021. Previously, the cruise line put a "pause on" (i.e., canceled) its Alaska, Europe, and East Coast Canada departures, and now the company has added Vancouver and Hawaii cruises to the scrap pile. A full list of canceled cruises is posted on the Holland America website. Most, but not all, of the line's iti...

How to Watch the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge for Free Online

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/15/2020, 4:45 AM

The annual summer solstice gathering at Stonehenge has been canceled this year due to the pandemic—but don't worry: There's a virtual workaround. The longest day of the year is usually one of the rare occasions when English Heritage, which manages the site, allows visitors to get up close to the mysterious circle of enormous standing stones near Salisbury in Wiltshire, England. (The rest of the...

Hurtigruten Will Go from England and Germany to the Northern Lights and Fjords

By Jason Cochran

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

Don't sleep on Hurtigruten! The Norwegian ship line has been doing everything it can to become a household name outside of Norway, and not even the pandemic is slowing the effort down. The company (which used to have the ho-hum name of Norwegian Coastal Voyages) was once focused on providing comfortable overnight ferry service up and down the Norwegian coast—in fact, it's been doing that for 12...

Disneyland Plans to Reopen in July on Its 65th Birthday

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/10/2020, 4:00 PM

Update, June 24: Disneyland Resort has postponed the planned July 17 reopening for its two theme parks, and it has not yet set a new date. “The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4,” a Disney statement said. “Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we...

Maine Announces New Ways Tourists Can Get Around Its 14-Day Quarantine

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/10/2020, 9:00 AM

Maine, more than most destinations, has been between a rock and a hard place. And I'm not describing the famously jagged coastline. Not only is Maine unusually reliant on tourism—it's the top industry—but because of the state's northerly location, it has a woefully short vacation season it needs to make the most of.  In this pandemic era, Maine has the bad luck of getting the lion's share of...

Glamping Retreat in Utah Takes Social Distancing to a Whole New Level

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/09/2020, 5:00 PM

It's an odd time to be debuting any kind of tourism facility. But a new luxury encampment in southeastern Utah may be just right for our era. The retreat promises to give guests all the benefits of social distancing in wide open spaces with none of the drawbacks of roughing it.  Set to open on July 1, Camp Sarika by Amangiri features accommodations for up to 30 people in 10 tented pavilions am...

Which U.S. Airline Is the Worst About Giving Pandemic Refunds?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/08/2020, 11:00 AM

Government complaints filed in March by consumers against airlines jumped by 347% compared to the previous year, according to newly released data from the Department of Transportation (DOT) concerning the month when the coronavirus pandemic brought travel to a standstill.  The federal agency fielded a total of 5,064 air travel complaints in March 2020, up from 1,132 in March 2019.  As you mi...

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