King Charles to Open Scotland's Balmoral Castle, Where QE2 Died, to Tours

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/04/2024, 8:00 AM

Fans of the British Royal Family probably thought this announcement would ever be made. King Charles of the United Kingdom has announced that he will be opening Balmoral Castle, his mother's favorite home and the place where she passed away, to visitors. Balmoral's website says this it will be first time such a tour has been offered since the Castle was completed in 1855. On the Balmoral Castle ...

New Volvo Museum in Sweden Showcases Rare Cars by Renowned Automaker

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/02/2024, 7:45 AM

Last week Volvo, which is aiming to go fully electric by 2030, produced its last-ever diesel-powered passenger vehicle and promptly donated the car—an XC90 SUV—to a museum. That would be the company's own World of Volvo, set to open Sunday, April 14, in the automaker's hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden. Replacing the now-closed Volvo Museum in a different location in the city, World of Volvo feature...

U.S. Airlines with Free Wi-Fi: Sorry, American, but the Grand Total Is Still at 1

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/29/2024, 7:00 AM

U.S. airlines always seem to be in perfect sync when it comes to raising fees, but when a carrier introduces a service passengers might actually like, competitors are awfully slow to follow. A case in point: JetBlue remains the only U.S. airline that offers free high-speed Wi-Fi at every seat on every plane. As you might have seen around the internet, American Airlines recently put out a news r...

POV: Follow the Path of Checked Luggage Through an Airport's Conveyor Belt Network

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/26/2024, 2:00 PM

In today's installment of The Internet May Be Destroying Society, but Hey, You Should Totally Check Out This Video, someone put a camera on luggage to show were it goes after airport check-in. On March 21, local TV station WDIV in Detroit posted this invigorating 7-minute video of a piece of checked baggage as it zooms through the Detroit airport's hidden warren of conveyor belts, security scans, ...

This World-Famous Destination Will Soon Cost $200 Just to Enter

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/21/2024, 2:45 PM

Inflation is pushing up prices across the board, even in one of the world's most pristine natural destinations.While it may be demoralizing to get fewer Froot Loops despite a higher grocery bill, there are still some things for which higher fees may actually be worth paying in the long run.In this case, it's an ecosystem that's untouched by development and rigorously defended from the recklessness ...

Asheville History: New Black Heritage Trail Honors a Rich Legacy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/14/2024, 7:00 AM

In travel journalism, Asheville, North Carolina, is often praised—and rightly so—for its Blue Ridge Mountains scenery, artsy sensibility, numerous craft breweries, and architectural wonders such as the gargantuan Biltmore Estate. But a new walking trail aims to preserve and pay tribute to a vital part of the city that has, organizers say, often gone "unsung" and "underrecognized": Asheville's Blac...

Most Reliable Airlines? The U.S. Carriers with Fewest Cancellations and Delays

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/06/2024, 5:30 PM

The 10 largest U.S. airlines canceled just 1.29% of flights last year, according to final figures for 2023 released by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The government notes the number was significantly lower than 2022's cancellation rate of 2.71%—and, in fact, 2023's number of flight cancellations was the "lowest in over a decade," per the Transportation Department's announcement. On-time ...

Just as We Predicted, Delta Air Lines Raises Checked Bag Fees

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/05/2024, 2:45 PM

We knew this was coming. Though U.S. airlines swear they're in competition, they actually tend to raise baggage fees in a group.Two weeks ago, we saw bag fee increases from American Airlines and United Airlines, and we predicted Delta Air Lines would soon join its so-called rivals. We should have placed a bet on it. Delta just jacked up its rates, too.As of March 5, 2024, prices for the first chec...

Planning a European Road Trip? The Safest and Most Dangerous Countries for Driving

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/01/2024, 7:00 AM

The ease and affordability of train travel in Europe make a strong case for riding the rails to get around the continent as a tourist rather than renting a car. Plus, trains are better for the environment and don't require passengers to learn foreign traffic laws, find parking, calculate gasoline prices by the liter, or, horror of horrors, negotiate a roundabout. But if you have your heart set o...

$99 Deal Alert! Cheap Flights to Amsterdam, Other European Cities on Sale for Leap Day

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/28/2024, 3:45 PM

We only get a Leap Day once every 4 years, so how are you going to seize the day on Feb. 29, 2024? How about by booking an affordable flight to Europe? (Speaking of stuff rarely seen.) Iceland's no-frills upstart Play airline, which launched operations a little more than 2 years ago, is running a sale this week for flights from the United States to Europe starting at just $99 one way. You'll ne...

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