As We Reassess Our Travel Lives, Eagle Creek Relaunches Pack-It System

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/14/2021, 11:00 AM

It's a heck of a time to launch a new packing product, but maybe Eagle Creek is counting on our pent-up wanderlust. Or perhaps the baggage giant is hoping that we're all using the pandemic pause to throw out our lonely and long-unused luggage, Marie Kondo–style, to make room for new stuff. Whatever the reasoning, the manufacturer has relaunched the Pack-It system of luggage organizers first int...

Tomb of Rome's First Emperor to Reopen to Public After Years of Closure

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/13/2021, 5:00 PM

Tourists heading to Rome will soon have one more magnificent ruin to add to their dance cards. In March, after 13 years of excavation, research, and renovation, the tomb of the ancient Empire's first emperor will reopen. The largest circular tomb in the world (pictured above), it has been closed to the public for the better part of the past 80 years. It was built by and for Augustus, which m...

"The Queen’s Gambit”: Your Best Moves If You Want to Check Its Kentucky Setting

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/12/2021, 7:00 PM

The Queen's Gambit, which set records in November as Netflix's most watched miniseries ever, might have made you curious about Lexington, Kentucky. That's where much of the coming-of-age story (based on Walter Tevis's 1983 novel) about troubled chess prodigy Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) takes place.  Though scenes were actually shot in Ontario and Berlin, several real-life Lexington busines...

Jaw-Dropping Prices on Autumn Airfare to Europe on Sale This Week

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/12/2021, 6:00 PM

On January 11, 2021, a total of 708,177 passengers were screened by TSA agents at U.S. airports. A year ago on the same day, the number was 1,992,453. And that 65% drop is spawning some extraordinary airfare discounts. I told you last week about American Airlines' new daily deals page, which on its very first day gave away free flights for kids to the Caribbean. The big news is that American...

Download TSA’s Free 2021 Calendar of Airport Security Dogs

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/11/2021, 8:00 PM

We've learned from experience that if you wait until January to select your annual wall calendar from whatever's left in the clearance bin, anything featuring the cutest animals will definitely be gone.  But thanks to the Transportation Security Administration, you don't have to settle for 12 months of blobfish or naked mole-rats.  The government agency released a 2021 TSA Canine Calendar sh...

Key West Cruise Ban Poised to Be Overruled

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/11/2021, 3:00 PM

We have an update on the Key West cruise ban. Remember in November when the people of that Florida city decided that cruises were more of a headache than they were worth?  On Election Day, Conchs (which is what local Key Westers call themselves) voted nearly 2 to 1 to limit cruise passengers to 1,500 per day, effectively excluding large ships from calling at the Port of Key West. Residents a...

Earth May Be a Mess, but These Pics from Space Are Stunning

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/08/2021, 7:00 PM

You can always depend on the NASA image library to put things in perspective. As crazy as things get here on planet Earth, our blue-and-green marble is liable to appear poignantly peaceful amid the immensity of space.  The folks aboard the International Space Station get that edifying view around the clock. Among the thousands of photographs those men and women captured in 2020, the Earth Sci...

Music City Gets a Museum About African American Music

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/05/2021, 8:00 PM

The first museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating African Americans' considerable contributions to music is opening to the public this month in downtown Nashville.  Originally slated for a 2020 debut that got delayed due to the coronavirus, the 56,000-square-foot National Museum of African American Music will host an official, "socially distant ribbon-cutting ceremony" on Martin Luther K...

Guess the Safest U.S. Airline for 2021—and Where It Ranks Worldwide

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/04/2021, 7:00 PM

The world's 20 safest airlines have been named for 2021 by the safety monitors at Among 385 carriers that were evaluated according to factors such as incident reports, government and industry audits, fleet age, and pilot training, the top spot went to a perennial safety star: Australia's Qantas. No surprise there. When it comes to caution, Qantas is the Volvo of the skies...

American Airlines Launches New Daily Deals—And The First One Is Fantastic

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/04/2021, 3:00 PM

American Airlines is kicking off the new year by launching new daily promotions, and while I don't know what the future deals will be, the first one could truly be called a steal. Those who book a ticket by midnight PST on Monday, January 4, will be able to snag one free child's ticket for every adult ticket purchased. Not all destinations are valid. Tickets are only being discounted to the ...

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