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Take a Road Trip to Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives Visited by Guy Fieri

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/04/2022, 1:00 PM

A Change.org petition to change the name of Columbus, Ohio, to "Flavortown" in honor of Guy Fieri, the excitable celebrity restaurateur born in Columbus in 1968, has, as of this writing, garnered more than 130,000 digital signatures. Until that measure passes, the closest you'll probably come in real life to visiting Fieri's oft-extolled Flavortown—described by Food Network as "a mythical place, ...

Seattle’s Wild Hot Tub Boats: Sightsee and Soak

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/03/2022, 1:00 PM

This month marks the 10th anniversary of an important moment in the maritime history of the Pacific Northwest: the launching of Seattle's Hot Tub Boats on February 16, 2012. Designed and built by shipwright Adam Karpenske, these rentable vessels each have a six-person hot tub built right into the teak decking. While passengers soak in bubbling water kept warm by onboard heaters, electric motors se...

No-Frills Airline Play Adds New York Departures—But Its Discounts Disappoint

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/01/2022, 3:15 PM

Is Play playing consumers? Today the new airline announced that it will expand in the United States, adding flights from New York. Play's website announced the route with a photo of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan, but in reality planes will land at Stewart Airport in Newburgh, roughly a two-hour drive north of New York City. Play recently started selling airfares from Baltimore and Boston to...

Puerto Rico Just Made It Easier for Vaxxed Travelers to Visit

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/31/2022, 6:30 PM

Visiting Puerto Rico gets much easier for fully vaccinated domestic travelers this week. Starting Wednesday, February 2, those travelers no longer have to provide negative Covid-19 test results to enter the island. Previously, all passengers arriving on domestic flights were required to show negative test results obtained no more than 48 hours before arrival. As of Wednesday, only unvaccinated ...

New Nonstop Flights Put This Quiet Caribbean Paradise Within Easier Reach

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/31/2022, 12:45 PM

As the crow flies, Anguilla is only a few miles from the Dutch/French island of Sint Maarten/St. Martin. But the two isles couldn't be more different. While Sint Maarten is a major stop for cruise ships—with the crowds, shops, and congested roads to prove it—Anguilla prides itself on the serenity of its powdery white beaches. Mind you, there's lots to do there, including those remarkably empty ...

The U.K. Scraps All Entry Obstacles for Vaxxed Visitors

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/25/2022, 4:00 PM

The world has lived with Covid-19 travel restrictions for so long that the news seems too good to be true. Starting February 11, most tourists who enter the United Kingdom will need only their passports and vaccination cards. No testing before the flight. No testing after entry. No quarantine. No other virus-related restrictions or added expenses. No vaccination pass required to go to restaurants...

Make the World Your Own—This New Lego Globe Actually Spins

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/25/2022, 6:00 AM

A new Lego set is likely to entice world travelers—or, at any rate, keep them occupied while awaiting confirmation that it's reasonably safe to hit the road again. Available online and at Lego stores starting February 1, The Globe set contains 2,585 pieces designed to be assembled as a desktop replica of our home planet. Along with lots and lots of green and blue plastic tiles, the product comes...

Ireland Officially Ends Most Covid-19 Public Restrictions

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/24/2022, 6:00 PM

Are we finally near the end of the rainbow? This is good news we've been waiting nearly two years to hear. The Republic of Ireland has decided to end nearly all public Covid-19 restrictions. Tourists can now go where they want, see whom they want, get together in groups, and otherwise enjoy the Emerald Isle (such as by hiking the Kerry Way, pictured above). Pubs and nightclubs won't close early. ...

A Restored Irish Palace Where Guinness Was Born (Sort of) Is Now a Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/20/2022, 4:00 PM

Ireland's rolling pastures, rich history, and devotion to Guinness all come together at Cashel Palace in County Tipperary. Built in 1732, the Palladian manor that once served as an archbishop's country estate is just a rock's throw from the Rock of Cashel, a remarkable collection of medieval and Celtic ruins crowning a limestone outcrop in cow-dotted fields. (Rock of Cashel; credit: Thomas Bre...

Going to the Dogs: Which World Cities Are the Most Canine Crazy

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/20/2022, 1:00 PM

Thanks to the pet insurance site Protect My Paws, now dog lovers can tell where they'll find the most compatriots when they travel.Using governmental records and academic sources, researchers for the insurance agency looked at the number of registered dogs in major cities around the globe. Then they divided the number of pets by the size of the city in question and by human populations. Their analy...

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