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Glamping Retreat in Utah Takes Social Distancing to a Whole New Level

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/09/2020, 5:00 PM

It's an odd time to be debuting any kind of tourism facility. But a new luxury encampment in southeastern Utah may be just right for our era. The retreat promises to give guests all the benefits of social distancing in wide open spaces with none of the drawbacks of roughing it.  Set to open on July 1, Camp Sarika by Amangiri features accommodations for up to 30 people in 10 tented pavilions am...

Which U.S. Airline Is the Worst About Giving Pandemic Refunds?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/08/2020, 11:00 AM

Government complaints filed in March by consumers against airlines jumped by 347% compared to the previous year, according to newly released data from the Department of Transportation (DOT) concerning the month when the coronavirus pandemic brought travel to a standstill.  The federal agency fielded a total of 5,064 air travel complaints in March 2020, up from 1,132 in March 2019.  As you mi...

Miss Airports? Watch This Hilarious Homemade Re-Creation of Flying

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/05/2020, 2:00 PM

A lot of us have had to cancel travel plans lately. But few have responded with the DIY élan of Dana Jondahl.  When her annual birthday trip was nixed by the pandemic, the 34-year-old Minnesotan created her own at-home simulation of the entire air travel experience—from arriving at the airport to landing at her destination—and posted a delightful 3-minute silent movie–style video of the whole t...

Do Not Disturb Until 2021: South Africa Takes Huge Gamble with Tourism

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/04/2020, 3:00 PM

From Caribbean islands to European culture capitals, most destinations with economies that depend to a significant degree on tourism are in a hurry to welcome international visitors again. The strictness of entry requirements and safety restrictions varies by location (and Frommer's is keeping track), but the message is the same: We're back in business—and we need yours.  But a handful of place...

Meet Orlando’s New Safety Mascot: Social Distancing Skunk Ape at Gatorland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/03/2020, 12:45 PM

Orlando's Gatorland, a wildlife park and venerable locus of Florida kitsch, reopened to visitors on May 23, getting the jump on the region's larger, younger, slicker family-friendly attractions such as Universal Orlando Resort (set to reopen June 5) and Walt Disney World (July 11).  And here's something else Gatorland has that its rivals lack: the Social Distancing Skunk Ape, a woolly health-an...

Plan U.S. Travel With This New Interactive Map of Each State's Covid-19 Rules

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/02/2020, 1:00 PM

We need to give a big thank you to the National Governors Association. It just created an interactive map, the Covid-19 State and Territory Actions Tracker (pictured above in a screenshot). The free new tool makes summer road trips much easier. It shows, at a glance, the policies in any state you might be visiting. For example, those who might be driving into Maine, Rhode Island, Kansas, or ...

Interactive Tool for Tracking Travel Restrictions Around the World

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/02/2020, 12:45 PM

A handy online tool for tracking travel restrictions across the globe has been unveiled by the Montréal-based International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade group representing the world's airlines.  In the Travel Centre section of the IATA website, you'll find an interactive, color-coded map of the world that shows at a glance which countries currently have "totally restrictive" border...

Dream Job Alert! Drink Beer and Hike Mountains All Day for $20,000

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/01/2020, 10:00 AM

Know anyone looking for a job? Or should I ask, "Do you live under a rock?" Of course you know someone who is unemployed right now. And if that's not you, be a mensch and tell your friends about this sweet opportunity to make money. The person who lands the position gets $20,000. The Devil's Backbone Brewing Company is looking for a "Chief Hiking Officer" for 2021. Whoever gets the gig wi...

Our Travel Podcasts: Camping, Closed Borders, and a Chat with Travel Writer Don George

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/01/2020, 8:00 AM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program. Listen anytime at Frommers.com/podcast.  After spending the spring cooped up while on lockdown, a lot of us are ready to spend time in the great outdoors again. Cohosts Paul...

Walt Disney World Parks Plan to Return July 11 with New Rules

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/27/2020, 12:00 AM

Walt Disney World near Orlando has presented its reopening plan to local authorities, revealing an intention to reopen in stages beginning Saturday, July 11. The gradual process begins on that date (after a few days of soft opening for testing) with the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom opening their gates to guests. Sister parks Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios (site of the new Sta...

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