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Bums Rush: Which Museum Has the Best Butt?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/30/2020, 10:00 AM

By our count, there has been precisely one upside to museums having to close their doors due to the worldwide health crisis: The forced downtime freed up bored staffers to participate in Yorkshire Museum's weekly #CuratorBattle on Twitter.  In the spring, the small archaeological museum in York, England, began posting social media challenges each Friday, inviting other institutions across the g...

Your Chance to Tell the CDC What Cruise Ships Should Do to Fight Covid-19

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/28/2020, 3:00 PM

In the wake of Covid-19, what would make you feel safe enough to take a cruise? Capacity limits on ships? Short itineraries? A reliable plan for dealing with outbreaks? Stockpiles of hand sanitizer to rival in size the very sea you're sailing on?  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants to hear your ideas.  Shortly after extending the ban on cruising in U.S. waters th...

Hawaii's Resorts May Allow Visitors to Vacation While Quarantining

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/28/2020, 9:00 AM

Hawaii has been ahead of the curve on coronavirus matters. It was one of the first U.S. states to institute a quarantine, and it's the state that has been most proactive about enforcing it—some 200 scofflaws have been arrested so far. Now the state may be experimenting with a new and highly logical form of a travel "bubble." The idea was discussed at the Hawaii County Council meeting, where ...

Tourist Overload: Venice Limits Gondola Capacity Due to Heavier Visitors

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/27/2020, 3:00 PM

The number of passengers allowed at one time aboard the iconic gondolas of Venice is being reduced from six people to five.  It sounds like a social distancing thing, but, in fact, it's an overweight-tourists thing.  Heavy loads result in gondolas taking on water, Andrea Balbi of the city's Gondola Association told CNN, and that makes it difficult for gondoliers to steer the vessels through ...

Puerto Rico to Tourists: Stay Home!

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/23/2020, 2:00 PM

Because Puerto Rico is part of the United States, flights to the island from the mainland were never completely halted this spring due to the pandemic. But in March, Puerto Rico's government imposed a strict lockdown—involving a two-week quarantine for new arrivals, a nightly curfew for everybody, and the closure of all tourist attractions and nonessential businesses—ensuring that if you did go...

JetBlue Offers BOGO Airfare for Autumn and Winter Travel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/23/2020, 2:00 PM

JetBlue, like all airlines right now, needs to boost both business and passenger confidence. So the carrier has announced a flash buy-one-get-one sale for 3-night air-and-hotel packages. As long as you book a round-trip flight by Monday, July 27, you can get a second round-trip flight for free.  The deal is good for travel between September 7, 2020, and February 10, 2021 (with some blackout ...

Another Island Paradise Is Welcoming Digital Nomads for Yearlong Stays

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/22/2020, 8:00 AM

If you can work from home, you can work from a pink-sand beach.  The island of Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean, is offering one-year residencies to foreign workers and students who are able to do their jobs and carry out their studies remotely.  The Bermuda government's motive for the program is primarily economic.  The global pandemic has had a devastati...

CBP Changes Tune Again: Delays Global Entry Enrollment for Third Time

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 07/21/2020, 6:00 PM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection just can't seem to get it together. Yet again, the agency has delayed the reopening of enrollment centers for Global Entry and TSA PreCheck. The centers have been shuttered since March. At first, CBP said Americans could resume applying as of July 6. That announcement had scarcely been uttered before the government re-announced a postponement of August 10.  ...

Take a Look at Nashville's New Dolly Parton–Inspired Rooftop Restaurant

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/21/2020, 12:00 PM

In the divisive times we're living in, Dolly Parton is one of the few public figures you could fairly describe as universally beloved. (The only others we can think of are Betty White and Baby Yoda.) The country singer, songwriter, theme park magnate, and maximalist style icon is being celebrated with a new rooftop restaurant in Nashville, where she built her career. The new establishment is in...

Amsterdam Re-Closes Parts of Its Red Light District

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/20/2020, 1:00 PM

On Saturday, July 18, some of the streets in Amsterdam's Red Light District were closed. Authorities tweeted warnings to stay away in both Dutch and English. Although the area is most known for its brothels, the closure didn't come about because of worries about coronavirus transmission through prostitution. Instead, the city's position was that some of the area's walkways are too tight. Bar...

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