Jaw-Dropping Prices on Autumn Airfare to Europe on Sale This Week

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/12/2021, 6:00 PM

On January 11, 2021, a total of 708,177 passengers were screened by TSA agents at U.S. airports. A year ago on the same day, the number was 1,992,453. And that 65% drop is spawning some extraordinary airfare discounts. I told you last week about American Airlines' new daily deals page, which on its very first day gave away free flights for kids to the Caribbean. The big news is that American...

Download TSA’s Free 2021 Calendar of Airport Security Dogs

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/11/2021, 8:00 PM

We've learned from experience that if you wait until January to select your annual wall calendar from whatever's left in the clearance bin, anything featuring the cutest animals will definitely be gone.  But thanks to the Transportation Security Administration, you don't have to settle for 12 months of blobfish or naked mole-rats.  The government agency released a 2021 TSA Canine Calendar sh...

Key West Cruise Ban Poised to Be Overruled

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/11/2021, 3:00 PM

We have an update on the Key West cruise ban. Remember in November when the people of that Florida city decided that cruises were more of a headache than they were worth?  On Election Day, Conchs (which is what local Key Westers call themselves) voted nearly 2 to 1 to limit cruise passengers to 1,500 per day, effectively excluding large ships from calling at the Port of Key West. Residents a...

Earth May Be a Mess, but These Pics from Space Are Stunning

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/08/2021, 7:00 PM

You can always depend on the NASA image library to put things in perspective. As crazy as things get here on planet Earth, our blue-and-green marble is liable to appear poignantly peaceful amid the immensity of space.  The folks aboard the International Space Station get that edifying view around the clock. Among the thousands of photographs those men and women captured in 2020, the Earth Sci...

Music City Gets a Museum About African American Music

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/05/2021, 8:00 PM

The first museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating African Americans' considerable contributions to music is opening to the public this month in downtown Nashville.  Originally slated for a 2020 debut that got delayed due to the coronavirus, the 56,000-square-foot National Museum of African American Music will host an official, "socially distant ribbon-cutting ceremony" on Martin Luther K...

Guess the Safest U.S. Airline for 2021—and Where It Ranks Worldwide

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/04/2021, 7:00 PM

The world's 20 safest airlines have been named for 2021 by the safety monitors at Among 385 carriers that were evaluated according to factors such as incident reports, government and industry audits, fleet age, and pilot training, the top spot went to a perennial safety star: Australia's Qantas. No surprise there. When it comes to caution, Qantas is the Volvo of the skies...

American Airlines Launches New Daily Deals—And The First One Is Fantastic

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/04/2021, 3:00 PM

American Airlines is kicking off the new year by launching new daily promotions, and while I don't know what the future deals will be, the first one could truly be called a steal. Those who book a ticket by midnight PST on Monday, January 4, will be able to snag one free child's ticket for every adult ticket purchased. Not all destinations are valid. Tickets are only being discounted to the ...

The Year's Most Spectacular Photos of the Northern Lights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/29/2020, 8:00 PM

Among difficult photography subjects, the northern lights rank up there with butterflies and fussy 2-year-olds.  Those who aim to snap a pic of the aurora borealis and its southern-hemisphere cousin, the aurora australis, must contend with an unpredictable, ever-shifting phenomenon that can make grown folks cry. Which is also true of toddlers, except that with the northern lights the tears come...

Support Out-of-Work Chefs and Get a Taste of Travel at the Same Time

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/29/2020, 11:00 AM

"Food is everything we are," the late, great Anthony Bourdain once said. "It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go.” Those words still ring true today. Eating can be an elemental and transporting experience—and trying foods from different cultures is one of t...

West Virginia Is Home to the USA's Newest National Park

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/28/2020, 2:00 PM

You might have missed a noteworthy provision in the funding bill that was passed by Congress last week and finally signed, after a surprise delay, by Pres. Trump on Sunday night.  In addition to providing some pandemic relief and keeping the government going, the package has given the United States a new national park. West Virginia's New River Gorge National River, located in the Appalachia...

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