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In London, Big Ben’s Tower Finally Emerging from Scaffolding—with New (Old) Look

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/03/2021, 9:00 PM

The world-famous clock tower at the Houses of Parliament in London has been under scaffolding for three and a half years now. The photogenic landmark, commonly referred to as Big Ben by non-Brits (though technically that's the nickname for the bell inside, not the clock or the tower), has been undergoing extensive repairs to the masonry, metalwork, and timekeeping mechanisms. Except for special...

Rally the Realm: Official "Game of Thrones" Studio Tour Enshrines Westeros Sets and Costumes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/02/2021, 11:00 AM

Next year is shaping up to be a big one for Game of Thrones fans.  Prequel series House of the Dragon is set to begin airing on HBO at some point in 2022 (nothing more specific has been announced yet). And on February 4, the first official Game of Thrones Studio Tour will open at Northern Ireland's Linen Mill Studios, where a big chunk of the original fantasy saga's interior scenes were shot...

An Adele Residency, New Theaters, Record Revenues: Las Vegas is On A Roll

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/01/2021, 9:00 PM

While other urban destinations across the United States—particularly those that once attracted business travelers—are still struggling to bring in visitors, Las Vegas is setting records. Michael Lawton of the Nevada Gaming Board told the Associated Press that the third quarter of 2021 was a record one for the Strip's casinos. They brought in a whopping $2.06 billion in revenue, beating the prev...

Visiting This New Art Museum in Korea’s DMZ Requires a Military Escort

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/01/2021, 1:00 PM

And you thought mask-wearing was a strict entry rule.  To visit a new Korean art museum, gallery-goers require a military escort. That's because the museum, dubbed Unimaru after the Korean words for "unification" and "platform," is located in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the 150-mile-long, 2.5-mile-wide strip of land separating North and South Korea along the 38th parallel. The buffe...

New Scam Alert: When You File Covid-Related Border Entry Forms, Watch Out

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/29/2021, 4:00 PM

There are precious few outfits dedicated to the protection of the consumer—and goodness knows the United States has a long way to go in customer protection with actual legal bite. So starting back in 2016, we at Frommer's were early cheerleaders of Honest Guide, the Czech-based (but English-speaking) video series that has built a healthy following by exposing and shutting down the rip-off artis...

This Holiday Season, Cruising May Be the Most Affordable Vacation

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/24/2021, 4:00 PM

Global supply chain woes are increasing the cost of gifts, a return to air travel is causing airfares to balloon from 2020's lows, and rental car rates are rough at the end of December. But this year, there's no inflation when it comes to cruising. Those who book a sailing for the holidays are finding discounted rates that, in 2021, mirror prices for non-holiday weeks. The prices also look t...

Our Newest Guidebook, "Frommer's New York City Day by Day," is Now on Sale

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/23/2021, 10:45 PM

You know the moment in just about every rom-com when the montage sequence shows the happy couple bathed in golden light while laughing, smiling, and running around doing cute things? Looking back, the winter of 2019–2020 feels like that to me. I was engaged in my favorite pursuit: researching and photographing guidebooks, and doing so in the most glamorous, exciting, vibrant city on the plan...

Figure Out Where to Use Your Credit Card Rewards Points for Flights with This Free Online Tool

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/23/2021, 12:00 AM

If you've racked up a bunch of air travel miles from a credit card or airline rewards program and you'd like to redeem them for an international flight, a free, new online tool from Nerdwallet is designed to help you maximize your points.  According to the Nerdwallet website, the personal finance company's analysts have figured out that, often, "frequent flyer miles for a specific airline ... a...

Will There Be an Airport Holiday Staffing Mess? The TSA Updates the Situation

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/22/2021, 8:15 PM

The Biden administration has announced that 90% of the federal workers who were required to be vaccinated by November 22 have now received at least one dose. What's more, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had an even higher rate of compliance: 93% of its staff has gotten the jab. Federal workers who remained unvaccinated were at risk of being removed from their posts. So I ...

What Does Marriott's Court Settlement Over Resort Fees Mean for Travelers?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/22/2021, 7:00 PM

As we've reported, the hotel giant Marriott was sued by the attorneys general of both Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania over deceptive resort fee practices. On November 19 a settlement was reached by the company and Pennsylvania, one that both parties are stating will make the hotel booking process far less opaque not just in that state, but across the USA. Pennsylvania's suit zeroed in on the wa...

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