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Throw Away the Test Kit! Hawaii Drops All Covid Entry Rules

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/03/2022, 4:00 PM

Hawaii is ending all Covid entry restrictions for domestic visitors. On the state's official Safe Travels website, a new alert appeared this week. Framed in an orange box that usually signifies alarm, the message is actually cause for rejoicing. It reads: "At the end of the day, March 25, 2022, the Safe Travels Hawai'i program will conclude. Beginning March 26, 2022, there will be no Covid-relate...

Canadians Can Get Prescriptions for a Free National Parks Pass

By Zac Thompson

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

In Canada, doctors can now prescribe a national parks pass to patients in need of a healthy dose of nature. Developed in partnership with Parks Canada, the PaRx program makes Canada's official Discovery Pass—which grants admission to more than 80 destinations, including national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas—a treatment that can be prescribed by doctors, nurses, and other li...

This Spring, Catch the Wave of Deals for Solo Travelers

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 02/24/2022, 9:45 AM

Travel is making a slow comeback, but it hasn't returned fully yet. While tour operators are returning to the trail, demand is taking its sweet time to pick up. Cruise companies are laying on more ships, but they're still not sailing at full capacity. And though airfares and travel planning are on the increase, we're seeing a lag between the end of Covid restrictions and peak-season occupancy. I...

LOOK: Belgium's New Passports Feature the Smurfs and Tintin

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/23/2022, 3:15 PM

Belgium's new passport design, which debuted earlier this month, pays tribute to the country's rich history of comic strips. The 34-page travel document features illustrations of beloved Belgian cartoon characters such as the Smurfs (or, if you prefer, "Les Schtroumpfs") and Tintin, as well as figures less known internationally, including Lucky Luke, Marsupillami, and Blake & Mortimer. (Blak...

These New Global Tours Are Fully Accessible for Wheelchair Users and Other Travelers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/21/2022, 5:30 PM

The mission of the online platform Wheel the World is to make travel more accessible for seniors and people with disabilities. At the site, users can find and book things to do, places to stay, and trips that are guaranteed to be accessible for people who use wheelchairs and have other challenges. The online marketplace already has listings for more than 80 destinations around the world, calling ...

WATCH: A Dozen Years at Yosemite Captured in Stunning Time-Lapse Video

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/18/2022, 4:00 PM

Mid-February is "firefall" season at California's Yosemite National Park. On evenings when conditions are just right in Yosemite Valley, the setting sun hits El Capitan's Horsetail Fall (pictured above) at an angle that makes the thin cascade look like an orange lava flow on the granite monolith's eastern side. The dates to spot the phenomenon in 2022 are February 10 through 28, according to the ...

Why Alaska Airlines' New Subscription Service May Not Save You Money

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/17/2022, 2:45 PM

Like much of the traveling world, I'm a big fan of Alaska Airlines. The mid-sized carrier consistently ranks in the top five or in the number-one spot for customer satisfaction and on-time arrivals and departures. It's doing a lot right. So I was excited when the airline announced that it will start a new subscription service for frequent travelers starting at just $49 per month. Problem is, the...

Low-Cost Canadian Carrier Swoop Adds Service to 5 More U.S. Airports

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 02/15/2022, 9:30 AM

OK, budgeteers, time to open up the calculator app. Another à la carte airline is expanding its footprint in the United States—and that means you'll need to add up a bunch of extra fees to figure out the true cost of your ticket. Play it the right way, though, and you could save money. This summer, Swoop, a subsidiary of WestJet, will start service to New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD), Hollywood-Burb...

Koalas Are Now Endangered. Where You Can Still See Them—and How to Help

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/14/2022, 5:30 PM

Koalas, an iconic Australian species right up there with kangaroos and Hemsworths, are in danger of going extinct, according to Australia's government. On Friday, Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley officially designated koalas as endangered in their natural habitat in the country's eastern regions of New South Wales, Queensland, and the Australian Capital Territory. Previously, the animals...

A Wonderful Reason to Vacation at Dollywood This Year

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/14/2022, 12:30 PM

Country music icon Dolly Parton has a long history of good works, not the least of which was donating $1 million to help speed the research and development of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine. The latest angelic act associated with the singer's name? Starting February 24, Dollywood will pay for employees at Dollywood can have their college tuition funded by their employer. The company that operates th...

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