Getting Cheap Tickets to Broadway Shows Just Got Easier

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/15/2014, 10:15 AM

In a savvy move—one likely intended to lure back those theatergoers buying discounted tickets online—the Theater Development Fund has changed the way the line is being handled at the TKTS booths in New York City. In short: if you buy a ticket within seven days of buying your next ticket, you get to jump to the front of the line. All you have to do is show the ticket from the last show, which...

Sydney Gets Lit: Vivid Sydney 2014 Brightens Up the Harbour

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 05/14/2014, 10:00 PM

Even on the dullest day, Sydney is a vibrant city. But from May 24 to June 10 Sydney will get “Vivid.” The annual winter (yes, it's winter in Australia now) Vivid Sydney Festival will see Sydney Harbour, including the famed shell-like Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, illuminated by thousands of colored LED lights. The concept of light bulb as idea icon is also in play. The fes...

Bikini (And Speedo) Ban To Be Instituted On One of Spain's Balearic Isles

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/06/2014, 8:30 PM

And if you guessed Ibiza, you're dead wrong. But before I reveal which island, a bit of history: In 1838 writer George Sand and her lover, composer Frederic Chopin decided to winter on this Mediterranean isle in the hopes that it would prove a restorative sojourn for the tubercular composer. That guess proved wrong. Not only was the island lashed with driving winds and constant rain stor...

Minions, Mayhem and Universal’s Godzilla-Sized “Footprint”

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 05/06/2014, 11:30 AM

Universal Studios Theme Parks & Resorts, flush with funds from its gajillionaire owner Comcast is going mano a mano with Disney in an all out bid to own the theme park world. Speaking at an investor conference in January, Comcast’s CEO Brian Roberts vowed that the telecom giant was “doubling down on theme parks.” Now Universal Studios Hollywood is promoting its newly opened “Despic...

Now We Are Free: Paris Says “Merci” on Anniversary of Liberation

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 04/24/2014, 2:15 PM

August 19, 1944 began the “Battle for Paris” that culminated in the City of Light being liberated from occupation when the final German troops left on August 25th. This 70th anniversary year (also the 70th anniversary of D Day in Normandy) the Parisians would like to say “merci” and are doing it in a media campaign announced this week at New York’s Park Avenue Armory. The commercial, whi...

Where in the World is Godzilla? Hint: It's Not Tokyo

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 04/23/2014, 12:30 PM

The web is abuzz with talk of the remake of the Toho classic film, Godzilla, premiering around the country in May. Advance word is the remix (this time with Bryan Cranston) is as awesome as the big guy himself. Web searches on travel sites will also call up eager travelers who want to know if they can find a Godzilla museum in Japan. The short answer is no. Unfortunately, there is no G...

Three American Express Credit Cards Drop Foreign Transaction Fees

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/22/2014, 11:45 AM

For years, most travel experts recommended Capital One for its industry-bucking policy of not charging a foreign transaction fee every time customers made a purchase outside the United States. Capital One Venture's dominance among travelers is being challenged, though: American Express has uncharacteristically announced that three of its products will not charge foreign transaction fees afte...

Salem Still Bewitches: What to See In MA's Historic Town

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 04/17/2014, 1:30 PM

If you’ve been watching TV trailers you may have seen the promos for the new WGN America series Salem. Taking a page from the popular show American Horror: Coven, which was also about witches and featured a creepy/stylish trailer, Salem features the real characters and story of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials—along with Game of Thrones scene stealing nudity, sex and the ever-popular theme o...

Free National Park entry April 19 and 20

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/15/2014, 5:45 PM

The National Park Service and its supporting charity, the National Park Foundation, are once again throwing the gates open to the United States' national parks. The weekend of April 19 and 20 will see fees waived across the country. Some particularly timely national park units to visit are the ones that are marking the 150th anniversary of Civil War battles this year, including Petersburg in...

Hot Type to Go: Is the Print Travel Magazine Dying? Two Editors See Open Horizons

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 04/10/2014, 3:15 PM

The future of the physical, non-virtual travel magazine is on travelers’ talking lists lately. The recent shake-ups at Condé Nast Traveler and its subsequent high profile relaunch has spurred debate—is the travel magazine in its old school glossy, print format dead? The Editors of Delta Sky and Afar magazines don’t think so. Not by a long shot. Last week, Delta’s in-flight Sky magaz...

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