Airport Express Lanes for Vaccinated Travelers Are Coming

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/07/2021, 3:00 PM

As the door to pandemic-era international travel slowly creaks open, border control agents are facing a new procedural problem: If their governments enact differing entry rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors, how can officials sort through incoming arrivals without gumming up the system with hours-long queues? Even on the best days before Covid-19, the immigration checkpoint at London...

Tennessee Will Help Pay Your Airfare If You Book a Hotel Stay

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/06/2021, 5:00 PM

Tennessee is giving away thousands of airfare discounts to travelers who book certain hotel packages in the state. Dubbed "Tennessee on Me," the offer applies to stays in four Tennessee cities: Nashville, Memphis (Beale Street is pictured above), Chattanooga, and Knoxville.  The first 10,000 travelers who book at least a two-night stay at participating hotels in one of those four places will...

WORLD MAP: Where Is a Cup of Coffee Most Expensive? And Who Drinks it More?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/02/2021, 4:00 PM

A personal finance site called Savings Spot has been staring at coffee grounds to get some answers about the cost of living in different nations around the world. The model is like The Economist's long-running Big Mac Index, but with the jitters: By knowing the cost of a cup of coffee in a country's capital, one can extrapolate the costs of other basics. Savings Spot picked five cafés in the...

United Airlines Will Add Seatback Screens to All of Its Planes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/01/2021, 5:00 PM

Pretty soon, United Airlines will offer seatback entertainment at every seat on its planes.  The Chicago-based carrier made the announcement while releasing the news of its order of 270 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft—United's largest fleet expansion ever.  When those planes start showing up on runways over the next five years, all of the seats will have screens stocked with hundreds of movie...

Unvaccinated? Royal Caribbean Will Make You Buy Travel Insurance

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/30/2021, 2:00 PM

Royal Caribbean International has added another requirement for unvaccinated cruisers in Florida: They must have travel insurance. Starting August 1, guests who do not volunteer their vaccination status on the company's ships in that state will be assumed to be unvaccinated. As a consequence, extra measures must be taken to ensure the safe evacuation of those passengers in case they carry disea...

Mountain Region in Southern Spain Now the Country's Newest National Park

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/30/2021, 1:00 PM

A 57,000-acre stretch of southern Spain that encompasses forested mountains, crumbling fortresses, and unique wildlife has just become the country's 16th national park.  Located in the Andalusian province of Málaga between the town of Ronda to the northwest and the coastal city of Marbella to the south, Sierra de las Nieves got the designation last week following approval by the Spanish Senate,...

Tokyo Cafe’s Robot Waiters Operated Remotely by Staffers with Disabilities

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/29/2021, 2:00 PM

We usually think of robots as taking jobs away from humans, but the opposite is true at a new cafe in Tokyo.  Opened June 22 in the city's Nihonbashi area, Dawn Avatar Robot Cafe uses a fleet of mobile, 4-foot-tall robot waiters to serve customers coffee, tea, sandwiches, salads, rice bowls, and sweets.  (Dawn Avatar Robot Cafe) That's not even the most innovative part of the business, th...

TSA Is Training Fight Attendants to Take Down Unruly Passengers

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/28/2021, 1:00 PM

Coffee, tea, or a clock-cleaning? That'll be the new menu aboard the major U.S. airlines soon. Following a spate of antisocial behavior by passengers, the Transportation Security Administration has resumed a program that trains flight attendants in the uncompromising skills of self-defense.  Federal Air Marshals, who normally fly incognito to protect aircraft and crew members, are leading th...

Find International Travel Restrictions in One Click with This Online Tool

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/28/2021, 11:00 AM

Keeping up with changing travel regulations has become a game of Whack-a-Mole in 2021. Fortunately, there's an online tool that can help considerably (no mallets required).  Travel tech company Sherpa (we have no affiliation, we're just fans) is making finding current travel restrictions quick and easy for anybody heading overseas. Go to the Sherpa website and enter your basic travel info—co...

Hawaii Sets a Date for Allowing Vaccinated Travelers—No Testing Required

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/25/2021, 10:00 AM

After months of strict and sometimes labyrinthine Covid regulations, it's finally getting easier to travel to Hawaii. Starting Thursday, July 8, fully vaccinated travelers entering Hawaii from elsewhere in the United States will no longer be required to submit Covid-19 test results or undergo quarantine upon arrival in the islands.  Gov. David Ige made the announcement at a press conference ...

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