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WORLD MAP: Where Is a Cup of Coffee Most Expensive? And Who Drinks it More?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/02/2021, 4:00 PM

A personal finance site called Savings Spot has been staring at coffee grounds to get some answers about the cost of living in different nations around the world. The model is like The Economist's long-running Big Mac Index, but with the jitters: By knowing the cost of a cup of coffee in a country's capital, one can extrapolate the costs of other basics. Savings Spot picked five cafés in the...

United Airlines Will Add Seatback Screens to All of Its Planes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/01/2021, 5:00 PM

Pretty soon, United Airlines will offer seatback entertainment at every seat on its planes.  The Chicago-based carrier made the announcement while releasing the news of its order of 270 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft—United's largest fleet expansion ever.  When those planes start showing up on runways over the next five years, all of the seats will have screens stocked with hundreds of movie...

Unvaccinated? Royal Caribbean Will Make You Buy Travel Insurance

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/30/2021, 2:00 PM

Royal Caribbean International has added another requirement for unvaccinated cruisers in Florida: They must have travel insurance. Starting August 1, guests who do not volunteer their vaccination status on the company's ships in that state will be assumed to be unvaccinated. As a consequence, extra measures must be taken to ensure the safe evacuation of those passengers in case they carry disea...

Mountain Region in Southern Spain Now the Country's Newest National Park

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/30/2021, 1:00 PM

A 57,000-acre stretch of southern Spain that encompasses forested mountains, crumbling fortresses, and unique wildlife has just become the country's 16th national park.  Located in the Andalusian province of Málaga between the town of Ronda to the northwest and the coastal city of Marbella to the south, Sierra de las Nieves got the designation last week following approval by the Spanish Senate,...

Tokyo Cafe’s Robot Waiters Operated Remotely by Staffers with Disabilities

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/29/2021, 2:00 PM

We usually think of robots as taking jobs away from humans, but the opposite is true at a new cafe in Tokyo.  Opened June 22 in the city's Nihonbashi area, Dawn Avatar Robot Cafe uses a fleet of mobile, 4-foot-tall robot waiters to serve customers coffee, tea, sandwiches, salads, rice bowls, and sweets.  (Dawn Avatar Robot Cafe) That's not even the most innovative part of the business, th...

TSA Is Training Fight Attendants to Take Down Unruly Passengers

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/28/2021, 1:00 PM

Coffee, tea, or a clock-cleaning? That'll be the new menu aboard the major U.S. airlines soon. Following a spate of antisocial behavior by passengers, the Transportation Security Administration has resumed a program that trains flight attendants in the uncompromising skills of self-defense.  Federal Air Marshals, who normally fly incognito to protect aircraft and crew members, are leading th...

Find International Travel Restrictions in One Click with This Online Tool

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/28/2021, 11:00 AM

Keeping up with changing travel regulations has become a game of Whack-a-Mole in 2021. Fortunately, there's an online tool that can help considerably (no mallets required).  Travel tech company Sherpa (we have no affiliation, we're just fans) is making finding current travel restrictions quick and easy for anybody heading overseas. Go to the Sherpa website and enter your basic travel info—co...

Hawaii Sets a Date for Allowing Vaccinated Travelers—No Testing Required

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/25/2021, 10:00 AM

After months of strict and sometimes labyrinthine Covid regulations, it's finally getting easier to travel to Hawaii. Starting Thursday, July 8, fully vaccinated travelers entering Hawaii from elsewhere in the United States will no longer be required to submit Covid-19 test results or undergo quarantine upon arrival in the islands.  Gov. David Ige made the announcement at a press conference ...

PHOTOS: Inside a Royal Palace Turned Luxury Hotel in Historic Budapest

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/23/2021, 7:00 PM

A onetime royal palace situated near the Danube River in Budapest has been turned into a swanky hotel. The 130-room Matild Palace, the latest outpost in Marriott International's Luxury Collection, occupies one of two matching neo-Baroque buildings commissioned around the turn of the 20th century by Archduchess of Austria Maria Klotild, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.  The prodigiously tit...

A Favorite Hike Through California Redwoods Is Back After More Than a Decade

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/22/2021, 6:00 PM

For the first time in 13 years, hikers can once again hit the spectacular Pfeiffer Falls Trail in California's ridiculously scenic Big Sur area on the state's central coast. The moderate, 0.75-mile path through a majestic redwood forest at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park had been closed since 2008, when the devastating Basin Complex Fire blazed through the area.  Subsequent fires, landslides, an...

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