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Flyers Pretend to Eat to Avoid Masking Up, So United Changed the Rules

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/28/2020, 12:00 PM

One thing that has been unmasked in recent months is just how sneaky Americans are willing to be to get around the rules for face coverings. The issue came to the fore in July when staffers at Walt Disney World noticed that some visitors were wandering around maskless for hours, carrying an open beverage so they could say they had an excuse for flouting the policy. To stop that behavior, Disney...

A Fall Getaway for Two: Amtrak’s BOGO Sale for the Northeast U.S.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/25/2020, 6:00 PM

Just in time for leaf-peeping season, Amtrak is making it easier to plan a New England getaway for two with a buy-one-get-one-free sale.  Book a seat on one of the rail carrier's Acela or Northeast Regional trains, which operate between Boston and Virginia, for travel through Saturday, December 12, and you can bring along a companion for free.   Available fares start as low as $30 (for North...

The World's Largest Chocolate Fountain Debuts in Switzerland

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/25/2020, 12:00 PM

Who says nothing good has happened in 2020? Ok, that would be us—over and over and over. But now we have an exception: Swiss chocolate manufacturer Lindt & Sprüngli, which has been in business since 1845, just opened the Lindt Home of Chocolate, a lollapalooza of a new museum in Zürich. The candy giant poured some US$108 million into the facility, which took more than three years to crea...

Thailand Is Mailing Trash Back to Tourists Who Litter

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/24/2020, 10:00 AM

Government officials in Thailand have had it with people leaving garbage in nature reserves.  In a Facebook post last week, Varawut Silpa-archa, the country's minister of natural resources and the environment, promised to track down those who litter and personally mail them the trash they fail to dispose of. He wasn't kidding.  The minister later posted photos showing a box packed with ga...

You Can Now Stay at "The Conjuring" House—If You Dare

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/23/2020, 11:00 AM

The malevolent spirits in The Conjuring films don't seem especially eager to join the hospitality industry.  Nevertheless, the haunted house that inspired the horror franchise is now accepting overnight guests.  Located in Burrillville, Rhode Island (about 25 miles northwest of Providence), the Farm on Round Top Road, as it's now called, dates back to the 1730s but is primarily known for cre...

Southwest's Sweet Deal for a Free Companion Ticket Ends Thursday, Sept. 24

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/22/2020, 12:00 PM

This is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it sale. Purchase tickets on Southwest Airlines by the end of the day on Thursday, September 24, for a flight between now and November 15, and you will have the right to bring a companion for free every time you fly between January 6 and February 28, 2021. (Note: the deadline was extended to end of day on Friday, September 25). When the time comes to book your...

Nominate Your Favorite Teacher to Receive a Free Vacation Next Year

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/22/2020, 11:00 AM

If you doubted that teaching was a difficult profession before 2020, spend a few hours supervising a squirmy 8-year-old during our nationwide experiment with virtual learning. That should be more than enough to set you straight. With the pandemic still ongoing and teachers returning to online and IRL classrooms, the job is more trying than ever.  You can say thank you by nominating a teacher...

Rare Pink Dolphins Return to the Waters Around Hong Kong

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/21/2020, 11:00 AM

Style mavens have declared "sorbet pink" one of the fashionable colors for fall 2020.  We're happy to report that the waters around Hong Kong are very much on-trend.  Rare pink dolphins, which also come in white and are otherwise known as Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, are making a comeback in the Pearl River Delta between Hong Kong and Macau. Scientists estimate that the region's dolphi...

Another Job Posting for Beer-Loving Hikers: Visit National Parks for $50k

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/21/2020, 10:00 AM

Looks like Michelob Ultra has decided to outmatch a job posting we saw a while back. In June, the artisanal Devils Backbone Brewing Company offered what sounded like a sweet deal. The brand's new CHO—or "Chief Hiking Officer"—would get to hike the Appalachian Trail, drink a lot of beer, and try to get attention online. For those efforts, the CHO would be paid $20,000 and all expenses. Now Mi...

The World's Most Scenic Airports: A Ranking to Send Your Wanderlust Soaring

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/18/2020, 11:00 AM

At this point, we'd probably feel awe gazing upon strip malls and empty parking lots as long as we got to see them from an airplane window again. So we might just burst looking at the spectacular surroundings celebrated by U.K.–based jet-chartering platform PrivateFly in its annual ranking of the world's most scenic airports. Based on a pre-pandemic survey of more than 6,000 flyers and aviat...

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