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Brand-New Aquarium Opens on Mississippi's Gulf Coast

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/01/2020, 11:00 AM

Fifteen years to the day after Hurricane Katrina battered Mississippi's Gulf Coast—and just a few days after a fresh spate of storms made landfall in neighboring Louisiana—the coastal city of Gulfport opened the brand-new Mississippi Aquarium to the public on Saturday, August 29.  At a ribbon-cutting event on Friday, Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes called the nearly $100-million facility "a monument...

Ding Dong! Airline Change Fees Are Dead! Delta and American Copy United

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/31/2020, 5:00 PM

Yesterday, in a huge win for travelers, United Airlines dropped change fees for many types of flights. We gave you the full rundown of the move in this earlier post. Now, as they almost always do, the other two major carriers have followed suit.  Both Delta Air Lines and American Airlines have permanently dispensed with the $200 change fee on domestic tickets—with the exclusion of Basic Econ...

Make Plans: National Parks Are Free on September 26

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/28/2020, 8:15 PM

Each year, the U.S. national park system sprinkles a few days across the calendar during which the government collects no entrance fees. The next date comes on September 26, 2020. That's a Saturday, which should increase the chances that people will be able to take advantage of the savings. The bigger the park, the higher the entrance fee usually is. At Yosemite National Park, for example, i...

Soon You Can Sleep Amid Giraffes in . . . the English Countryside?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/28/2020, 6:00 PM

If you want to spend the night in lodgings with up-close views of rare African animals, you usually have to go to Africa.  A famous example is the ultra-luxe Giraffe Manor hotel in the suburbs of Nairobi, Kenya, where resident Rothschild's giraffes have been known to poke their heads into open second-story windows in search of snacks.  As surprising as that encounter must be for guests, imag...

Wolverines Return to Mount Rainier After More Than A Century

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/27/2020, 4:00 PM

Last week the National Park Service made a surprising announcement: A wolverine mother with two kits (offspring) had been spotted several times in Washington State's Mount Rainier National Park. The species hadn’t been seen there in over 100 years. Wolverines are not only rare in the Pacific Northwest, but also uncommon everywhere in the United States, with only 300 to 1,000 specimens thought t...

Win a Weekend Vacation in an RV, Plus $1,000 and Expenses

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/26/2020, 1:00 PM

It's a sign of the times that a Wi-Fi delivery company is looking for an "anti-influencer" for a short term travel job. Web provider SatelliteInternet.com announced that it will pay one lucky soul $1,000 to take an RV trip over a long weekend. The company will also pay for the RV rental, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and up to $1,000 worth of food (that's a lot of granola!). What does the traveler have ...

WATCH: Keep Tabs on the Newborn Panda at D.C. Zoo with Cub Cam

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/25/2020, 3:00 PM

Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a healthy cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Friday evening.  The arrival of the tiny, pink, furless newborn was watched by so many people via the zoo's panda cams that the website briefly crashed, according to the Washington Post. Nevertheless, cameras captured the birth as well as sweet images afterward of Mei Xiang cuddling he...

SFO Airport Opens Rapid Covid Testing Facility, but We Need More

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/24/2020, 4:00 PM

Covid-19 has been with us for the whole year, and back in the spring, countries around the world began requiring negative test results from visitors, but the world's airports still aren't responding to the crisis by giving passengers places to get tested quickly. This week, San Francisco International (SFO) has finally become the first American airport to furnish rapid-response nasal swab Covid...

WATCH: U.K. Resort Unveils Royal Trailer Home Fit for a Queen

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2020, 8:00 AM

A rentable trailer home in England has been given the royal treatment.  Parkdean Resorts, which operates vacation cottages and campsites across the U.K., has unveiled a Buckingham Palace–themed unit at a retreat near Cayton Bay on England's northeastern coast.  Christened the Royal Caravan, the 2-bedroom trailer contains red velvet thrones, chandeliers in each room, Union Jack bric-a-brac, fra...

Say Aargh! Japanese Zipline to Send Tourists Into Godzilla’s Mouth

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/21/2020, 2:00 PM

A soon-to-open tourist attraction in Japan will feed Godzilla a steady diet of humans.  At the new Godzilla Museum on Awaji Island southwest of Osaka, a zipline will stretch into the "oral cavity" of a huge replica of the legendary reptilian sea monster (rendering above), best known as the antihero in a 32-film (and counting) franchise launched by the Toho studio in 1954.  In addition to jou...

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