What's the Most LGBTQ+-Friendly Country in Europe? This Ranking Declares a Clear Winner

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/16/2022, 2:00 PM

Travelers concerned with visiting places that protect the rights of LGBTQ+ people might want to circle Malta on the map. The Mediterranean island nation received the highest score in this year's Rainbow Europe report, an annual ranking of European countries by how close they've come to achieving full LGBTQ+ equality. Released each year since 2009 by the advocacy group ILGA-Europe (International ...

$27 for One Beer?! Officials Vow to Clamp Down on Out-of-Control Airport Prices

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/13/2022, 3:00 PM

Charging $5 for a bottle of water or nearly $11 for a side of fries is bad enough. But $27 for a single beer is outrageous even by airport standards. When a passenger at New York City's LaGuardia Airport encountered that princely sum for suds last summer, the traveler's social media post, and ensuing outrage online, helped prompt a government audit of concessions prices at airports overseen by t...

European Union Dropping Mask Requirement for Air Travel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/11/2022, 10:00 AM

UPDATE, May 18: As explained below, the European Union has dropped its requirement that air travelers wear masks on planes and in airports across the 27-nation bloc. However, individual member states may choose to keep their mask mandates on planes anyway. In fact, 13 EU countries, including several tourism heavy hitters, will reportedly continue enforcing mask-wearing in the skies for now. Those...

Venice Really Is Finally Adding an Entry Fee—Here’s How It Will Work

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/05/2022, 9:00 AM

UPDATE, May 31: Officials in Venice have reportedly decided to postpone the implementation of the city's entry fee for day-trippers described below. Though the program's trial run was initially set to begin this summer, the booking and payment system will now launch on January 16, 2023. As Venice braces for the return of summer tourism at what is expected to be pre-pandemic levels, officials in...

Now Rentable on Airbnb: The Childhood Home of the Beatles’ George Harrison

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/27/2022, 4:00 AM

You can now spend the night—and we hope for your sake it's not a hard day's night—in the childhood home of George Harrison of the Beatles. The future Fab Four guitarist/singer/songwriter/Mystical One lived with his parents and three siblings in the modest, three-bedroom townhouse at 25 Upton Green in Speke near Liverpool, England, for a dozen years, until the family moved in 1962 and George went ...

Aruba Wants to Pay You Back for Airline Baggage Fees

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/25/2022, 6:45 PM

As if soft sands and turquoise waters aren't incentive enough to visit Aruba, the Caribbean island has now launched a promotion to reimburse visitors for their airline baggage fees. Through May 31, the first 500 travelers who complete an online form with verifiable info about an upcoming trip to Aruba will receive a $60 Visa gift card, ostensibly to cover the cost of checked baggage fees, which st...

A Historic Pennsylvania Railroad Is Turning 150—and You Can Ride Again

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/22/2022, 8:00 AM

One of the oldest narrow-gauge railroads in the United States is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year—and tourists can ride the historic rails again after a 10-year hiatus. The East Broad Top Railroad in central Pennsylvania's Huntingdon County (west of Harrisburg, the state capital) began carrying coal and freight through the region in 1872, and continued doing so until 1956. Converted ...

Start-Up Breeze Airways Launching Cross-Country Flights to West Coast from New York

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/20/2022, 4:00 PM

UPDATE, April 27: Since announcing the below routes, Breeze Airways has released plans to add daily nonstop service to its 30th destination—Orlando, Florida. The flights will commence from Charleston, South Carolina, starting June 23, with a special introductory rate of just $39 one way. The rapidly expanding start-up carrier Breeze Airways is launching 10 new routes this summer and fall, includi...

U.S. Extends Mask Mandate for Travel, But Only By Two Weeks

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/13/2022, 1:00 PM

Update, April 18: The TSA announced that as of April 18, it will no longer enforce the mask mandate during its last few remaining days. Some airlines and travel facilities have declared the usage of masks optional, but as they did in 2020, some can still decide to require masks as a matter of operational policy. If you're planning to travel, keep packing a mask just in case you'll need one for some...

The U.S. Has 8 of the 10 Busiest Airports in the World

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/12/2022, 6:30 PM

Eight of the world's 10 busiest airports are located in the United States, including the busiest of all: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). That's according to an annual ranking released this week by Airports Council International (ACI) World, a trade association that based its report on global data for 2021. All of the airports in the top 10 have a significant share of dome...

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