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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...

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...

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