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'70s Heartthrob is Now Upscale Cruise Director

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/01/2015, 10:30 AM

If you were a North American teenager in the 1970s, you certainly remember Willie Aames. He became a teen magazine cover boy and Battle of the Network Stars fixture by appearing on the dramas Family and Eight is Enough, and when those ended, he became half of Gen X's version of Crosby and Hope by teaming with Scott Baio in the teen sex comedy Zapped! and on the iconic (for Gen X, anyway) '80s ...

London's Black Taxis Will All Soon Accept Credit Cards

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/01/2015, 4:30 AM

London's licensed cab drivers famously have a larger hippocampus (the part of the brain that's responsible for memory) than average folks. That's the result of two years of studying (on average) for the grueling test all must take, proving they have memorized the location and name of every street in the spaghetti-tangled landscape of London. But it seems they haven't been smart enough to c...

Cyber Monday Travel Savings: A (Growing) List

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/29/2015, 3:30 PM

Apparently tryptophan, the sleep-causing amino acid in turkey, also inspires wild bouts of shopping. How else to explain the mad rush after the holidays to empty Best Buy and Target? Now, travel marketers are trying to get in on the action, pleading the (worthy) case that adventures are a much better gift than any sweater or cellphone case. A slew of them will be putting forward "Cyber Mon...

Cyber Monday Travel Savings: A (Growing) List

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/29/2015, 3:30 PM

Apparently tryptophan, the sleep-causing amino acid in turkey, also inspires wild bouts of shopping. How else to explain the mad rush after the holidays to empty Best Buy and Target? Now, travel marketers are trying to get in on the action, pleading the (worthy) case that adventures are a much better gift than any sweater or cellphone case. A slew of them will be putting forward "Cyber Mon...

Cyber Monday Travel Savings: A (Growing) List

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/29/2015, 3:30 PM

Apparently tryptophan, the sleep-causing amino acid in turkey, also inspires wild bouts of shopping. How else to explain the mad rush after the holidays to empty Best Buy and Target? Now, travel marketers are trying to get in on the action, pleading the (worthy) case that adventures are a much better gift than any sweater or cellphone case. A slew of them will be putting forward "Cyber Mon...

Pausing for Art in the Napa Valley: A Visit to the Spectacular di Rosa Preserve

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/14/2015, 10:45 PM

White, red, or rose, and whether to sip or spit—those are the choices and considerations that fill the days of most visitors to the Napa Valley wine region. But even the most avid oenophiles usually need to take a break from hour upon hour of vino. And when that happens, many head to the di Rosa Preserve, a sprawling, 217-acre visual arts complex that provides its own form of intoxication. ...

Congrats, Philly, the US's First World Heritage City

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/12/2015, 8:00 PM

Congratulations to Philadelphia, which has just become the first American city to earn the distinction of World Heritage City. Like World Heritage Sites, which are named by UNESCO, Cities are deemed to be worth protecting for their value and position in world history. In Philadelphia's case, it was named for its role in promoting democracy. "The universal principles of freedom and demo...

Airfare to New Zealand Has Been Slashed: $328!

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/12/2015, 7:15 PM

American Airlines may be dumbing down some of its product inside the United States (click here for that story), but overseas, it's making a big move that should bring down the price of a trip Down Under. The airline has announced it will fly from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand starting next June. That may not seem like a big deal on the surface, but look at it this way: Until now, Ai...

What Motel 6's Fancy New Rooms Look Like

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/02/2015, 6:30 PM

You're about to hear a lot more about Motel 6 in the coming weeks. By the end of this year, it hopes to have renovated 75% of its 1,200-plus properties. The motel chain knows it has an image problem, so to promote the things it's doing to revitalize its brand, it's launching a big media blitz that includes a 30-second TV commercial featuring some fancy camera work that fully shows off what...

More Free Lodgings! This Time The Giveaway Is For Members of the Military, 2500 of Them

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/29/2015, 12:45 PM

Seems to be the season of freebies! Massive timeshare corporation Westgate Resorts is doing the gifting and amazingly, nobody will have to sit through a timeshare presentation to stay the night. (I asked. Three times.) Instead, Westgate Resorts is showing its patriotism by giving away two-night, three-day stays to the first 2500 callers on November 11, starting at 9am ET. Callers must have...

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