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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...

Got a Great Shot of the Empire State Building? You Could Win This Contest

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/17/2020, 11:00 AM

Post your perfect shot of the Empire State Building on Instagram and you'll gain some likes.  But enter that same pic in the iconic New York City skyscraper's annual photo contest and you could win up to $5,000. Now in its ninth year, the competition gives amateur photographers from across the United States the chance to show off their skills when it comes to capturing images of the most fam...

This Las Vegas Casino Is Going Entirely Smoke-Free

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/16/2020, 11:00 AM

The Las Vegas Strip is getting its first entirely smoke-free casino resort.  MGM Resorts announced this week that the complex housing the Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas hotels will reopen on September 30, following their temporary closure in the spring due to the pandemic.  Among the changes guests can expect: a full ban on smoking.  In a statement, the company cited "recurring guest demand...

Most Ikon Pass Skiers Won't Need Advance Reservations This Winter

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/15/2020, 9:00 AM

Most skiers who buy the Ikon Pass for the 2020–21 season won't need advance reservations to hit the slopes, according to Alterra Mountain Company, which operates the pass.  It's a different story at the nearly three dozen mountains covered by the Epic Pass from Alterra competitor Vail Resorts. Vail announced in late August that in order to control crowds in the era of Covid-19, all visitors wil...

New Website Helps You Plan Wildlife Spotting on African Safaris

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/14/2020, 10:00 AM

Safari-goers who have their hearts set on glimpsing certain animals in Africa have a helpful new online resource.  Tour operator Expert Africa has launched a data-rich website showing your chances of spotting 26 different species in 12 African countries.  Under the site's wildlife tab, click the link for the animal you're interested in, and you'll be taken to a page displaying camps and lodg...

Farewell to New York City's Iconic Century 21 Department Store Chain

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/11/2020, 2:00 PM

According to a study by the U.S. Travel Association, shopping was a top reason why people took 1.9 billion trips in the United States in 2019—second only to visiting relatives. As the author of Frommer’s EasyGuide to New York City, I'd say that more people come to New York to shop than to visit Dad or Aunt Sue. And a lot of folks come just to make a pilgrimage to Century 21. Now the departme...

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...

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