Airbnb Is Making It Easier to See Hated Cleaning Fees Earlier in Search

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/08/2022, 6:00 AM

Airbnb is at last bringing more—though not complete—transparency to how rental prices are displayed. In December, the company will begin rolling out a feature that lets users of the platform see a rental's total price, including cleaning fees and all other pre-tax charges, in search results, on maps, in filtered searches based on price range, and elsewhere, Airbnb announced yesterday. Up to now...

“No TikTok”: Nepal Bans Video Platform at Top Tourist Spots

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/03/2022, 12:45 PM

TikTok creators in Nepal have made such pests of themselves at certain scenic and sacred places that officials have banned use of the platform at tourist attractions throughout the South Asian country. "No TikTok" signs have reportedly gone up at the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Lumbini (traditionally known as Buddha's birthplace), Kathmandu's Boudhanath Stupa (pictured above), and the temples of J...

The Lavish Italian Hotel Where the Second Season of “The White Lotus” Was Filmed

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/28/2022, 5:15 PM

The White Lotus, writer-director Mike White's Emmy-winning social satire about privileged, problematic Americans on disenchanting luxury vacations, returns for a second installment starting Sunday, October 30, on HBO Max. After a hit first season set in Hawaii, the latest go-round unfolds at a different outpost in the fictional White Lotus resort chain, this time on the Italian island of Sicily, ...

Mexico City’s Island of the Dolls Is the Creepiest Place on Earth

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/27/2022, 12:30 PM

We've covered our share of scary places over the years: haunted hotels, overgrown cemeteries, the house that inspired The Conjuring, Nevada's Clown Motel, literally any airplane lavatory. But if there's one place on earth that deserves to be the capital of spooky season, we hereby nominate Mexico City's Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls). Imagine, if you will, the world's creepiest old-ti...

Forget Dracula’s Castle. You Can Stay at King Charles’s Transylvania Retreat

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/25/2022, 9:15 AM

Turns out Britain's King Charles III is a distant descendant of the guy often cited as an inspiration for Bram Stoker's Count Dracula. According to the people who keep track of these things, the 15th-century Transylvanian ruler Vlad Tepes, aka Vlad the Impaler, aka Vlad Dracula, is Charles's great-grandfather 16 times removed. Maybe that's one reason why the newly promoted former Prince of Wale...

The Filming Locations for “Ticket to Paradise” with George Clooney and Julia Roberts

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/21/2022, 7:00 AM

Academy Award winners George Clooney and Julia Roberts return to movie screens this week in Ticket to Paradise. In the romantic comedy, Clooney and Roberts play a divorced couple who team up to stop their daughter (Kaitlyn Dever) from marrying a guy (Maxime Bouttier) in Bali. The young woman has just met the groom-to-be, you see, and the parents don't want their daughter to make the same mistake ...

Already a Fave with Expats, Portugal Is Launching a Digital Nomad Visa

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/11/2022, 7:00 AM

One of Europe's most popular destinations for expats is making it easier for digital nomads to stick around for up to a year. Starting October 30, citizens of the United States and other countries not in the European Union or the European Economic Area may apply for Portugal's new residence visa for remote workers, the Portuguese government has announced. To qualify, each applicant must earn a m...

Breeze Airways Expands in Westchester—And Throws a Very Good Sale

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 10/07/2022, 2:45 PM

Nowadays, it's difficult to get an entrée at a sit-down restaurant in many U.S. cities for less than $30. But upstart airline Breeze just made $29 the sale price for flights to a number of destinations—inflation be damned!—to mark this rapidly growing little airline's most recent expansion. Breeze is now the biggest carrier at New York's Westchester County Airport, and it announced on Friday, Oct....

Six-Night Trips to Ireland Are Going For $499—With Airfare

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/06/2022, 2:15 PM

When I opened my email this morning, it felt like I was seeing a message from 2004. Aer Lingus, the flag air carrier of Ireland, is offering 6-night vacations in its home country starting at $499—including a rental car and airfare. It's not just that I haven't seen prices that low for a while—which I haven't. It's also that for the past few years, airlines haven't been in the position to drum up ...

New Book: The Suicide of Anthony Bourdain (Or, When Travel Is Not Enough)

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/04/2022, 12:00 AM

I am a traveler. Travel is my coping mechanism. For many years, whenever the topic of suicide has come up in casual conversations, I have always proclaimed, perhaps sometimes with an inappropriate touch of cocktail party flippancy, that I could never be tempted to kill myself as long as I still have a passport and a backpack. Out there in the world, there are empty beaches, silent forests, and teem...

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