Here Are the Countries with the Least and Most Expensive Plane and Train Travel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/22/2021, 6:00 PM

Thailand has the world's most affordable domestic transportation prices overall while Denmark has the most expensive, according to a newly released analysis of plane, train, and bus tickets across the globe. Transportation-focused tech company Fleet Logging came up with its Transport Price Index by calculating the average cost of domestic flights, train trips, and bus rides in scores of nations...

The Most Popular Dog Breeds in the World—Mapped

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/22/2021, 4:00 PM

When I travel with my friend Rachel, which I do every other year or so, we come back with as many photos of dogs as we do pictures of monuments. Rachel, you see, is canine crazy, and very outgoing, so she tends to engage with dog owners everywhere—and we end up learning about how the dog lifestyle differs around the world. I don't mind at all. It's a marvelous way to meet both pets and people, ...

Bar Tab: Map Shows the Cost of Beer Around the World

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/18/2021, 6:00 PM

“Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!” That toast and its airtight logic come from Martin Luther, father of the Protestant Reformation. (He was German, so his love of beer shouldn't come as a shock.) Like Luther's faith, fondness for brewskis has spread all over the globe, making a pint a p...

JetBlue Forbids Free Carry-Ons for Basic Fares, Drops Change Fees Elsewhere

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/17/2021, 6:00 PM

JetBlue is adding an irksome catch to its cheapest category of plane tickets.  Any customer who books a basic economy fare—dubbed "Blue Basic" by JetBlue—for travel after July 20 will not be allowed to board the plane with a carry-on bag. A small personal item that fits under the seats is still permitted, but the overhead bins are off-limits for basic economy passengers. They'll be required ...

Finland Created a Kitchen Made Out of Ice—and It Works

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/16/2021, 6:00 PM

As if a hotel built from more than 20,000 tons of ice and snow weren't impressive enough, the designers and igloo constructors of Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in northern Finland keep finding ways to melt the hearts of guests who might have grown cold to the wonders of elaborate winter sculptures.  In 2018 and '19, the seasonal property, located in the Arctic Circle near Kittilä in Finnish Laplan...

Virgin Voyages Is Giving Away 1,000 Free Cruises

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/16/2021, 12:00 PM

Before Covid hit—back in the Pleistocene era—huge excitement was building over the impending debut of the Virgin Group's first cruise ship, the Scarlet Lady, which promised to be a ship like no other. Onboard features include a tattoo parlor, "experimental" eateries, daily yoga on the sundeck, and other touches meant to convey that this is truly a contemporary vessel and brand. But then came...

Alaska Opens Up: Visiting No Longer Requires a Negative Covid-19 Test

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/15/2021, 7:00 PM

As of this week, travelers entering Alaska are no longer required to show proof of negative Covid-19 test results upon arrival. That was one of the provisions in the state's emergency declaration adopted in response to the pandemic. But the state of emergency expired on Sunday at midnight, and Gov. Mike Dunleavy decided not to renew it, thus ditching the testing requirement too.  “From what ...

Historic Queen Mary Is In Dire Straits As Operator Collapses

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/15/2021, 2:00 PM

January 2021 kept people occupied with a few other news headlines, so you're forgiven if you missed this one: The company that operates the famous and irreplaceable Queen Mary filed for bankruptcy. Singapore-based Eagle Hospitality Trust claims more than $500 million in debt. And although Covid-19 has been harsh to the grand old ship, keeping it closed since May 2020, the pandemic isn't fully t...

Airline Waives Mask Rule for Passengers in First and Business Class

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/15/2021, 12:00 PM

First class and business class flyers getting special perks is not news. But it's a shocking development when airlines decide to bend science in an effort to attract big spenders. That's what Hong Kong–based carrier Cathay Pacific is doing. According to Executive Traveller magazine, the airline circulated an internal memo advising that when passengers are lying flat—as in the fully reclining se...

Go Inside Beijing's Forbidden City With Lush Images From This $995 Book

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/12/2021, 1:00 PM

Beijing's imposing Forbidden City complex has been wowing travelers for centuries. Marco Polo called it the "greatest palace that ever was." Franz Kafka, who never visited China except in his imagination, took the very Kafkaesque view that the 180-acre cluster of red walls, gold-capped pavilions, courtyards, and winding corridors inspires both awe and dread. He pictured Ming and Qing Dynasty...

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