Follow These Tips to Cut Down on Long Wait Times with Airline Phone Reps

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/04/2021, 8:00 AM

Travel is returning, but the road back to normal will be a bumpy one. I have already told you about rental car shortages and airlines canceling flights that don't sell enough tickets.  Now another big issue is confronting travelers: the epic wait time before you can speak to an airline representative on the phone. One friend of mine had to wait 4 hours and 18 minutes to talk with a Delta ...

Why Uber May Be the Best Way to Rent Cars This Summer

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/03/2021, 9:00 AM

Last week Uber announced it was expanding its reach in yet another industry. The tech giant, known for its ride-hailing and delivery services, has partnered with the major rental car companies to allow users to rent cars directly from the Uber app. Much attention has already been focused on the new rental feature's ease of use, and yes, it's nicely designed. Potential renters can quickly see wh...

The Best Time to See the Great Smoky Mountains’ Magical Firefly Spectacle

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/03/2021, 4:00 AM

For a roughly two-week period each spring, fireflies put on a magical light show at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.  After dark, lightning bugs in the species Photinus carolinus miraculously synchronize their twinklers and fill the woods near the Elkmont Campground with tightly choreographed flashing patterns of bioluminescence. The insects remain in unison for several hour...

New Photo Book Captures the World's Beautiful Beaches from Above

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/30/2021, 6:00 PM

Showing off views ordinarily reserved for seagulls and parasailers, the aptly titled new book Bliss: Beaches (Cameron + Company) features aerial images of gorgeous shorelines around the world. According to the publishers, the tome takes readers on a visual journey "from the coastlines of California, Hawaii, Florida, and Mexico to the idyllic shores of French Polynesia, Andalusia, the Amalfi Coa...

Another U.S. Airline to Charge for Checking Your Oversize Carry-On at the Gate

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/30/2021, 7:00 AM

There's a moment in most movie westerns when the hero walks into town and everybody on the street slowly turns to give him a beady stare. I had that experience when I flew Ryanair in Europe in 2011. My daughter and I walked into the boarding area for our flight, and pretty soon I could feel the eyes of every other passenger in the vicinity. They weren't worried because a new sheriff had come...

Almost Fully Assembled, Legoland New York to Open This Summer

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/29/2021, 9:00 PM

Legoland New York Resort, a 150-acre theme park devoted to colorful plastic bricks in the Hudson Valley north of New York City, was supposed to open on July 4, 2020. But like an older sibling shattering the Lego castle you spent all afternoon building, the pandemic upended the original plan.  New York State cleared outdoor amusement parks to resume welcoming guests at limited capacity on Apr...

A "50% Off" Flash Sale for Amtrak's 50th Birthday

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 04/29/2021, 1:00 PM

America's national railway is turning the big 5-0, and in celebration, Amtrak is halving the cost of most journeys for the coming months. But there are significant exceptions, deadlines, and other details, so let's look at those. Timing: Travelers must book tickets by May 5 and travel between June 2 and November 13, 2021. Class: The discount is only for coach fares, except on the Acela, w...

Which Countries Are the Best—and Worst—for Digital Nomads?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/28/2021, 10:00 AM

When the pandemic turned all of our lives upside down, a bunch of people opted to rotate the wheel another 180 degrees and move somewhere new. Suddenly able to work remotely, they were free to explore different countries and cultures as semi-permanent residents.  To make these transitions easier—and to cushion the blow from a loss in tourism due to Covid-19—many countries created digital nomad ...

A Brazilian Town Is Building a Christ Statue Even Bigger Than Rio’s

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/25/2021, 8:00 PM

Brazil is already the world's undisputed capital of very-tall-Jesus tourism, thanks to the Christ the Redeemer statue on Mount Corcovado overlooking Rio de Janeiro.  Now an even taller Jesus is under construction about 900 miles (1,500km) away in the town of Encantado in Brazil's southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul. When finished, the iron-and-concrete savior, named Christ the Protector (o...

Washington, D.C.'s National Mall Finally Has a World War I Memorial

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/22/2021, 1:00 PM

More than a century after World War I ended, the nation's capital has opened its first official government memorial devoted to the Americans who served in that conflict. The U.S. flag was raised for the first time over the World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C., on April 16, signaling that visitors are now welcome to tour the site, which is part of the National Mall and Memorial Parks unit ma...

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