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Now You Can Dine on a Sandbar in the Florida Keys During Sunset

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/10/2020, 3:00 PM

For anybody in search of a dining venue with guaranteed social distancing, a sandbar in the Gulf of Mexico seems like a safe bet.  A luxury resort in the Florida Keys has set up a romantic table for two in that very setting.  The new "Dinner on the Sandbar" experience at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa on secluded Little Torch Key—located about 30 miles east of Key West on the Overseas H...

Same Time, Next Year—for 20 Years: Win a Free Annual Mexican Vacation

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/09/2020, 1:00 PM

How do you like the idea of a free luxury vacation on Mexico's Caribbean coast for your first post-pandemic getaway? How about repeating the experience every year for the next two decades of post-pandemic getaways? That dream scenario will become reality for the winners of a contest organized by hotel developers and tourism boards in Mexican Caribbean destinations including Cancún, Cozumel, Tul...

Game of Thrones Studio Tour Gets the Go-Ahead in Northern Ireland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/09/2020, 9:00 AM

Magical realms are good for tourism here in the real world, from the scenic New Zealand spots that stood in for Middle-earth in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies to the representations of Harry Potter's Wizarding World created for Universal theme parks and preserved at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour outside London. In Northern Ireland, where much of HBO's Game of Thrones was shot, pre-pand...

Welcome to Covid Island! Only Tourists Who've Been Infected Are Allowed

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/04/2020, 11:00 AM

A popular Brazilian island is reopening to tourists even though Covid-19 continues to spread.  The only catch is you have to have caught it. The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, 218 miles off the northeast coast of Brazil, is already one of the most cherished island destinations in South America. Frommer's calls this UNESCO World Heritage Site "a diver's paradise" and named it one of Braz...

Class Up Your New England Road Trip with Picnics at Gilded Age Estates

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/04/2020, 9:00 AM

A recently introduced offering in elegant Newport, Rhode Island, gives visitors the chance to practice social distancing, Vanderbilt style.  The new "Stroll the Gardens and Grounds" package from the Preservation Society of Newport County grants outdoor access to two of Newport's Gilded Age mansions—the Elms and the Vanderbilts' Breakers—as well as the kid-friendly Green Animals Topiary Garden (...

Are TSA Screenings About to Become Self-Serve?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/03/2020, 12:00 PM

Earlier this week, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released information about a pilot program the agency has been testing at Washington, D.C.'s Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to allow passengers to self-screen for at least part of the security process. New machines will take a snapshot of each passenger, and then match that photo with the one on the traveler's ...

How to Track Fall Foliage in New York State

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/03/2020, 11:00 AM

Though not as ballyhooed as New England's autumnal displays, the fall foliage in New York State is nothing to shrug at. From late September through mid-November, woodsy areas such as the Catskill and Adirondack mountains in the eastern part of the state, the Finger Lakes in the north, and the Hudson Valley (where you'll find Bear Mountain State Park, pictured above) north of New York City all t...

This Airline Will Charge You More if You Use an Internet Ad Blocker

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/01/2020, 1:00 PM

Here's an airline fee you surely never imagined would exist. Sean O'Neill at Skift reports the discovery of a brand-new airline fee: an extra surcharge for using ad suppression software. The culprit, O'Neill writes, is Wizz Air, a budget airline whose unfortunate name must sound a lot less tinkle-related when spoken in its native nation of Hungary. If you want to take a Wizz and you're on...

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...

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