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Woman Lives on Cruise Ship All Year Round

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/23/2016, 4:00 AM

Recently, our own Arthur Frommer discussed the possibility of seniors ditching the retirement village and moving onto a cruise ship to live full time, 52 weeks a year. If you've got the money, spirit of adventure, and relative good health for it, the idea doesn't sound like a bad one. After all, on a cruise pretty much everything is taken care of for you—cooking, cleaning, entertainment, a...

Indoor Rainforest Coming to Dubai Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2016, 4:00 AM

El Yunque National Rainforest in Puerto Rico (photo: FreeImages/sue anna joe) The latest over-the-top luxury hotel planned for Dubai is for all those who have found themselves in a rainforest and wondered, Where are the robot baggage handlers? Planned for the United Arab Emirates city's Al Thanyah district, the 448-room, 1-million-square-foot Rosemont Hotel and Residence will feat...

Sydney Opera House Getting a $202 Million Renovation

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2016, 4:00 AM

(photo by Bkamprath/Wikimedia Commons) The Sydney Opera House is unquesionably one of Australia's most iconic sights—if we're talking manmade landmarks, it probably tops the list. But let's be honest: few who visit the architectural stunner come back raving about how entertained they were. Most just snap a photo or two (or 30). That could change in the not too distant future, ...

Most Limits on U.S.-Mexico Flights Have Flown Away

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2016, 4:00 AM

Yesterday was a good day for price-conscious travelers in North America. As of Sunday, nearly all of the restrictions on flights between the United States and Mexico have been lifted, allowing airlines on both sides of the border to fly whatever routes they want in the other country—and at whatever prices they want to offer. Up to now, rules had limited two or three airlines from each coun...

London's 24-Hour Tube Finally Starts

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/19/2016, 8:00 AM

There can be a penalty to being first: You can do it wrong. That's what happened to London's miraculous Underground system. It was the first of its kind in the world when it opened in 1863, but in 2016, its design is outdated and repairs can't be conducted without shutting down. That's partly why for 153 years London's Tube, like so many world subway systems, has had to close from around midni...

Steve Wynn's $4.2B Casino Opens in Macau

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/19/2016, 8:00 AM

Six years ago, when Las Vegas resort impresario Steve Wynn embarked on a new project in Macau, China, times were better there. But gaming income in the tiny principality have been plunging—it dropped 34 percent to $29 billion last year, and this year, it is projected to dwindle by another 13 percent. Chinese tourists, the chief market in Cotai, Macau, have been staying away in droves, and even...

How to Pack 100 Items in a Carry-On

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/18/2016, 8:30 PM

Watch as this industrious former Bond Girl (Die Another Day) named Rachel Grant shows us how to neatly pack more than 100 things—including a full rail of 23 hanging outfits—into a single piece of hand luggage. She's a maestro at rolling, rubber-banding, plastic-bagging, and re-bottling toiletries—and the final result, we're told, weighed no more than 17.6 pounds (8kg). It helped that nearl...

Is it OK to Pee in the Pool?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/17/2016, 9:15 PM

And now, this. Surely your summer excursions have taken you to a swimming pool somewhere around the globe. Maybe you heard about the recent outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis, or "crypto," in Ohio that sickened more than 100 swimmers over the summer holidays. Maybe you're traveling to a water slide park or a fancy resort soon and you've always been curious about the cleanliness of the water. ...

Chimp Study: Travel Makes You Smarter

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/17/2016, 9:00 PM

Findings published last month in the journal eLife indicate that travel broadens the mind and makes you more innovative. A seven-year experiment in the field among 70 animals in Uganda by researchers at the University of Neuchâtel and the University of Geneva showed that chimpanzees—which share an immense amount of DNA in common with us—were far more likely to come up with creative soluti...

Senators Demand Answers from Delta, Southwest

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/17/2016, 8:45 PM

In the past month alone, service on two major U.S. airlines ground to a halt because of computer glitches. Now, some Senators demand to know why the country's airlines are falling apart and can't cope with their self-created problems. “Now that four air carriers control approximately 85 percent of domestic capacity," they wrote jointly in a letter, "all it takes is one airline to experien...

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