Camel Races, "Grass Mowing," Saunas, Singapore's Food Stalls, and More Get Heritage Status

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/18/2020, 6:00 PM

Singapore's food stalls, Middle Eastern camel races, North African couscous, and Finland's saunas have all been officially recognized as invaluable expressions of humanity's "intangible cultural heritage." The designation was awarded to those traditions and about two dozen more by UNESCO, which has kept a running tally of the globe's noteworthy festivals, foods, folk dances, arts, music styles,...

A Holiday Rarity: Stream a Real British Panto for Free

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/18/2020, 5:00 PM

The British pantomime, or panto, is one of those beloved cultural institutions that simply doesn't travel. Either you're in the United Kingdom during panto season (late November to mid-January), or you miss the chance to experience this boisterous, freewheeling, off-the-wall theatrical tradition. Not this year! Through a complicated twist of fate (I'll get to that in a second), the entire world...

Yikes! “Brain-Eating Amoeba” Is Moving North from Southern U.S. Lakes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/17/2020, 7:00 PM

A deadly "brain-eating amoeba" that thrives in warm lakes and rivers has long been a cause for concern among vacationers who take dips in natural swimming holes in Southern U.S. states such as Florida and Texas.  Now a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests the nasty little bug is moving north.  Published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases—pick ...

Japan’s “Crying Therapy” Walking Tours Seek Healing Through Sob Stories

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/16/2020, 8:00 PM

If you've been crying more lately due to, oh, everything, tell your concerned friends and family that you're not having a breakdown—you're practicing a Japanese therapy called rui-katsu.  The term, which translates to "tear seeking," refers to purposeful weeping sessions designed to reduce stress and get participants in touch with their emotions.  "Crying therapist" Hidefumi Yoshida (picture...

Maps: The Most Popular Holiday Gifts and Sweet Treats Across the USA

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/16/2020, 6:00 PM

It may say something about the slow job market that the folks at the career site Zippia seem to have enough time on their hands to do deep dives into Google search holiday data. But I'm thankful they did, because they came up with a pair of fascinating maps, each of which gives a profile of the American personality, state-by-state. One map (it's at the bottom of this post, but click here to see...

Amazing Photos Let You Explore Sweden’s Icehotel Without Freezing Your Tuchus Off

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/15/2020, 8:00 PM

The 31st iteration of Sweden's Icehotel opened its frosty doors to the public on December 11. The frozen palace is world-famous for being sculpted each winter from ice and snow taken from the Torne River in the tiny village of Jukkasjärvi, north of the Arctic Circle. The seasonal portion of the hotel—there's also a year-round version called Icehotel 365—will accept overnight guests through Apri...

Steeply Discounted Dude Ranch Vacations in Arizona

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 12/15/2020, 12:00 AM

We may not be able to travel in the coming weeks, but there's no rule against planning travel for the future. The key is to make smart decisions. That's why we were so pleased to see the following deals come down the transom. Not only are the prices remarkable (a 40% savings on both), but also, each comes with no-questions-asked cancellations for full refunds, meaning they're absolutely risk-fr...

Shop the Markets of Marrakech from Home on a New Live Video Tour

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/14/2020, 7:00 PM

Combining culture and commerce, a new virtual shopping tour provides the opportunity to buy handmade crafts and other items in real time while a video guide walks you through the markets of Marrakech.  Adventure tour company Intrepid Travel has partnered with startup Local Purse to offer a pair of "personalized live video shopping experiences" in the western Morocco city known for labyrinthine ...

China: Flight Attendants Should Wear Diapers to Reduce Covid Risk

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/10/2020, 7:00 PM

The regulatory agency that oversees civil aviation in China has issued new guidelines advising flight attendants to wear disposable diapers on flights to and from countries with high rates of coronavirus infection.  That way, cabin crews can avoid entering the germy confines of airplane bathrooms. Bloomberg reports that the Civil Aviation Administration of China dispensed this advice in a ne...

Beach House From HBO’s “The Undoing” Is Available on Airbnb

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/09/2020, 1:00 PM

The Long Island beach house that plays a pivotal role in HBO's The Undoing, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, is available for rent via Airbnb. Located in East Marion, New York, on the North Fork of Long Island, the six-bedroom residence started out as a station for the U.S. Life-Saving Service (a precursor of the Coast Guard) in the 1890s.  That's why the building has a five-story look...

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