Costa Rica Says It Will Only Accept American Visitors from Certain States

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/21/2020, 9:00 AM

The rest of the world is well aware of the growing disparity in infection rates between states within the USA. This week, Costa Rica acted, proving it has been studying the situation in the U.S. closely.  The Central American nation announced on August 19 that it will reopen its borders to U.S. travelers on September 1—but only to those living in a few states of the American Northeast, a reg...

This Interactive Street-View Map Shows What NYC Looked Like, Circa 1940

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/20/2020, 2:00 PM

To visit New York right now, travelers from 33 U.S. states are supposed to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. We can’t blame you if that discourages you from planning a Manhattan getaway for the time being.  Fortunately, there’s a cool new way to explore New York City virtually—and to travel back in time while you’re at it.  Software engineer Julian Boilen has developed an exhaustive,...

In a Covid First, Family Kicked off Cruise for Leaving Shore Excursion

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/20/2020, 1:00 PM

Cruises out of the United States are still banned, but in Europe, where Covid-19 infections are under much better control, cruises are just beginning to resume. MSC Cruises was the first big mainstream line to come back, albeit with a strict set of safety protocols to avoid any outbreaks on board. One of the new rules is that passengers must remain under the watch of crew or contracted ship ...

Huge Numbers of U.S. Hotels Could Soon Go Belly-Up

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/19/2020, 1:00 PM

Before the pandemic, the hotel and lodging industry employed, both directly and indirectly, 8.3 million Americans, according to the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA). That's 1 out of every 25 U.S. citizens. An AHLA spokesperson told me that approximately half those workers are now unemployed—a jobless rate higher than in any other industry, including construction, education, health ...

Horrifying Video Shows What Happens When Tourists Get Too Close to Buffalo

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/14/2020, 3:00 PM

When it comes to bison, it's always the season for social distancing.  A tourist learned that lesson the hard way this week in South Dakota's Black Hills—and her terrifying encounter with a very angry buffalo was caught on video.  The tourist, a 54-year-old Iowa woman, was traveling as a passenger with a group of motorcyclists through Custer State Park, according to the Associated Press. ...

WATCH: An Otterly Adorable Vancouver Aquarium Livestream

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/13/2020, 3:00 PM

With all due respect to Hello Kitty's homepage and the Instagrammed birth announcement of your cousin's kid, we have found the cutest thing on the internet.  It's a livestream starring Joey, a baby sea otter who was discovered earlier this summer on a beach in Kyuquot, British Columbia. Just days old and alone (his mother is thought to have died), Joey was rescued by the Ocean Wise Marine Ma...

For Better Social Distancing, Amtrak Now Shows How Many Seats Have Been Sold

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/13/2020, 2:00 PM

It's a start. Amtrak's booking engine ( now lists the percentage of seats that have been sold for each departure. That means that before purchasing a ticket in coach class, customers can suss out just how easy—or difficult—it will be to practice social distancing aboard any given train. An example: In the screen shot above, which lists journeys from St. Louis to Chicago, two of th...

Airport Will Be Renamed to Honor Frederick Douglass

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/13/2020, 9:00 AM

Greater Rochester International Airport in Rochester, New York, is getting a name change to pay tribute to one of the city's most important past residents.  Pretty soon, visitors to the area, located along Lake Ontario about midway between Buffalo and Syracuse, will fly into Frederick Douglass—Greater Rochester International Airport.  The Monroe County Legislature voted in favor of the chang...

Sign Up for Free Lessons in Outdoor Skills from L.L.Bean

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/13/2020, 7:00 AM

Preppy outdoorsy clothing emporium L.L.Bean will hold free "Outdoor Discovery Programs" from August 14 through 30. The classes are being held in a number of East Coast locations such as Albany, New York; New Rochelle, New York; Gibsonia, Pennsylvania; Downingtown, Pennsylvania; Dedham, MA; and Freeport, Maine. Elk Grove Village, IL is also getting some of the free classes. Activities to be taug...

Road Trip Essential: Map of Fastest Route to USA’s Top Breakfast Spots

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/12/2020, 9:00 AM

One key to a successful road trip is maximizing your pit stops, and we've found an online resource that could help considerably.  SavingSpot, a personal finance site sponsored by CashNetUSA, has created what it's calling the "ultimate American breakfast roadmap" connecting the most popular breakfast restaurants in the United States.  After identifying the highest-rated purveyors of pancakes ...

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