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Better Pack Light! Mishandled Checked Luggage Spikes at Airports

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/23/2022, 7:00 PM

You can add lost luggage to the long list of problems plaguing air travelers in this summer of canceled flights, hours-long airport lines, and soaring ticket prices. U.S. airlines are mishandling checked bags this year at a higher rate than before the pandemic hit, according to data from the Department of Transportation. Out of every 1,000 bags checked, about seven get lost, delayed, or damaged—...

Canada Gets New Airline Refund Rules (They're Better Than America's)

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/23/2022, 8:00 AM

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) announced this week that as of September 8, 2022, its regulations governing passenger protections will be expanded.Until now, flyers on Canadian airlines have been legally entitled to refunds as long as the flight disruption is deemed to be within the control of the operating airline—staffing, equipment, and the like.But soon, that will widen to allow passen...

Would You Take a 70-Day Bus Trip from India to the U.K.?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/20/2022, 2:30 PM

A bus trip that covers more than 12,000 miles, crosses into 18 different countries, and lasts 70 days will take place next year if all goes as planned. India-based tour operator Adventures Overland originally scheduled its truly epic Bus to London journey between Delhi and London for 2021, but, as you may have heard, the pandemic put the temporary kibosh on easy border crossings for tourism. As ...

Yellowstone Is Partly Closed: Here's How Getting in Works Now

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/20/2022, 1:00 PM

Update, July 1: Yellowstone National Park will reopen significant sections of the North Loop Road on July 2. Check the park's official site (linked below) for the latest changes in public access.If Yellowstone National Park was part of your summer travel plans, you might have already heard about the dire floods that have washed out multiple roads and closed the park to visitors. Rainfall more than...

The Orient Express of the Fjords? Upgraded Cruises Coming to Norway’s Coast

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/16/2022, 4:15 PM

Hurtigruten Norway, the ferry/cruise line/shipping service that has been schlepping local Norwegians, international tourists, and cargo along the coast of Norway since 1893, is expanding its traditional Coastal Express to include two upscale new offerings next year. Just in time for Hurtigruten's 130th birthday, the company will launch the Svalbard Express and the North Cape Express, two itinerar...

T-Mobile Boosts Free Perks for Travelers: Roaming, Flight Wi-Fi, Gas Discounts

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/16/2022, 10:00 AM

If you want to feel old, tell the children in your life that not so long ago it was too expensive to use your smartphone on vacation. Back then, if you forgot to put your phone on airplane mode when you first landed in a foreign country, the initial download of emails alone could rack up huge unexpected bills. If you didn't "unlock" your phone and buy a new SIM card at an airport newsstand, you co...

Grand Canyon National Park Opens First New Hotel Buildings in Five Decades

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/15/2022, 8:00 AM

Grand Canyon National Park has brand-new hotel lodgings on park grounds—the first ones in more than 50 years, according to the hotel's operator. The freshly constructed and just-opened Maswik South Lodge replaces accommodations of the same name that stood on the same site amid a ponderosa pine forest about a quarter of a mile back from the canyon's South Rim. The 120 new units are part of the l...

USA Borders Will End Covid Testing Requirement as of June 12

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/10/2022, 10:30 AM

Just in time for the peak summer travel season, the United States will scrap a cumbersome requirement for all incoming air passengers to furnish negative results from a fresh Covid-19 viral test. The White House is set to announce on Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will stop demanding test results starting Sunday, June 12. CDC rules required that travelers obtained test...

Delta’s New Airport Screens Can Show 100 People Different Views Simultaneously

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/10/2022, 7:00 AM

What's the word for when a thing is kind of cool yet kind of creepy at the same time? Oh, right. Technology. Delta Air Lines is trying out something that's very technology at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW). A mind-bending digital info screen, developed in partnership with Misapplied Sciences and dubbed Parallel Reality, will debut in beta form on June 29 near the Delta Sky Clu...

Pauline Frommer: I'm Often Asked How to Become a Travel Writer, And I Suggest This Event

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/03/2022, 9:00 AM

(Note: This post was updated July 12, 2022)Every year, I give about a dozen speeches on travel across North America. When I sign books afterwards, a familiar scenario inevitably will play out. I’ll hand back the book that I've just autographed and notice that the individual standing in front of me looks very, very nervous… and doesn’t want to move away from the table. She or he will chit-chat for a...

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