Maker's Mark Will Reimburse Your Checked Baggage Fee for Holiday Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/17/2021, 3:00 PM

Holiday travel just got a dram cheaper, thanks to a friendly promotion from Maker's Mark. The Kentucky bourbon distiller has announced that it will reimburse airline baggage fees up to $40 per person through December 31 for participants ages 21 and older who apply. The booze brand has reportedly set aside $50,000 for this promotion, so no more baggage fees will be covered after Maker's Mark reache...

Where Coffee Is Cheapest and Most Expensive in the U.S.

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/17/2021, 12:00 PM

Often it's the accumulation of little costs that can really cut into a travel budget. Looking at the prices of everyday items in a destination can give you a good idea of how expensive a vacation there will be. To help in that regard, a recent analysis by personal finance site SavingSpot reveals the cost of a cup of coffee around the United States. Number crunchers considered data collected at Men...

Low-Cost Icelandic Airline Debuts in U.S. with $109 Fares to Europe

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/16/2021, 7:00 PM

A fledgling low-cost airline called Play, which has been flying between Iceland and other parts of Europe since 2019, is expanding into the United States with introductory transatlantic fares that begin at just $109. Starting in spring 2022, the no-frills carrier will launch service from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS...

Hikers Follow Glow-in-the-Dark Guideposts on This New Stargazing Trail

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/16/2021, 2:15 PM

A scenery-focused hike in the dark sounds counterintuitive, but not when the nighttime amble is at Exmoor National Park, a coastal stretch of unspoiled moors between Devon and Somerset in southwest England. The rugged spot has some of the least light pollution and therefore some of the best stargazing in the United Kingdom—in fact, Exmoor was named Europe's first International Dark Sky Reserve by...

In New York City, 50% Off Shows and Attractions, Plus Deep Winter Discounts on Hotels and Food

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/16/2021, 6:15 AM

Deep winter means deep discounts in New York City. That was true pre-pandemic, but the number of deals has grown exponentially this year thanks to the city's proactive tourist board, NYC & Company. It runs the NYC Winter Outing program, a hub for savings on attractions, Broadway shows, restaurants, and for the first time this year, hotel rooms. The discounts officially run from January 18 to ...

Props and Costumes from TV’s “Dickinson” Join Collection at Emily Dickinson Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/15/2021, 6:00 AM

More than 400 props, costumes, and set pieces from the acclaimed Apple TV+ series Dickinson have joined the collection of the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. The museum encompasses two preserved residences—the Homestead, where the 19th-century poet was born, wrote, and spent nearly every minute of her life; and, next door, the house known as the Evergreens that belonged to Emily'...

Offices at Helsinki’s Grand Railway Station Have Been Turned Into a Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/12/2021, 6:00 AM

Helsinki's central train station frequently appears on lists of the world's most beautiful railway terminals for its art-nouveau design by Eliel Saarinen (not to be confused with his son and fellow architect Eero Saarinen, whose name you might know better, particularly if you attempt crossword puzzles on a regular basis). The Finnish capital's granite-clad behemoth—known for its clock tower and ar...

Film Great Federico Fellini Gets His Own Museum in Italy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/09/2021, 6:30 PM

The hometown of acclaimed Italian film director Federico Fellini has opened a lavish new museum dedicated to the auteur responsible for making La Dolce Vita (1960), 8 1/2 (1963), and other 20th-century movie masterpieces—and for providing steady employment for circus folk seeking work in dream sequences. Located in the seaside city of Rimini in the country's northeastern Emilia-Romagna region, th...

Giant Star Added to the Top of Barcelona’s Still-Unfinished Sagrada Família

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/08/2021, 6:30 PM

Barcelona's La Sagrada Família received a (literally) dazzling new addition this week: a giant, illuminated star on the top of the still-unfinished basilica's second-tallest tower. Made of glass and steel, the 5.5-ton bauble has 12 points, is 7 meters (23 ft.) wide, and sits at a height of 138 meters (453 ft.), crowning the freshly completed tower of the Virgin Mary. Makes your Christmas tree...

Wasted, Away on a Floating Margaritaville: Buffett's Brand Announces a Cruise Ship

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/08/2021, 6:15 PM

It's got a catchy melody, but if you listen closely to the lyric of "Margaritaville," it's clear that it's actually a song of woe—the tale of a man stuck in a tourist trap, getting soused nightly to forget he's wasting his life. The poor shmoe even cuts his foot open on a pop-top can. This boppy dirge, ironically, has inspired the creation of dozens of tourist dens of its own: restaurants, airport...

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