Great Smoky Mountains Adds Parking Fee to Access Beloved Waterfall

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/27/2021, 6:00 AM

There's no entrance fee at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In fact, when Tennessee and North Carolina turned over the land to the federal government in the 1930s, one of the conditions was that "no toll or license fee shall ever be imposed" to access the main road. That helps explain why Great Smoky Mountains is the most-visited national park in the United States. But starting September 7, vi...

G Adventures Restricts Many Tours to the Vaccinated, Helps Guides Get Jabs

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/26/2021, 1:00 PM

Responding to what it calls a high demand for escorted tours that are restricted to vaccinated travelers and guides, the influential small-group tour company G Adventures, which runs tours worldwide, has announced two new types of offerings: Vaccinated Tours and Travel-Ready departures. Almost out of the gate, around 60% of the company's trips will be classified as one or the other. As the initia...

WATCH: Italian Guy Gets Tattoo of His Vaccine Pass—and It Works

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/25/2021, 1:00 PM

Most of us would like to forget about the Covid-19 pandemic as soon as possible. But a guy in Italy has opted for a permanent souvenir. According to Newsweek, 22-year-old economics student Andrea Colonnetta from Reggio Calabria in southern Italy got a tattoo on his arm of the QR code from his "digital green pass" confirming that he's fully vaccinated. Since August 6, Italy has required everybod...

Hawaii Governor to Tourists: Stay Away from Us Right Now

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/24/2021, 9:00 AM

In a news conference Monday, Hawaii Gov. David Ige delivered a nearly unprecedented message for an American governor: Do not visit us. "I encourage everyone to restrict and curtail travel to Hawaii," Ige said. "It's not a good time to travel to the islands." Hawaii has seen a recent boom in Covid-19 cases—nearly 9,400 in two weeks, many on the principal tourist island of Oahu—and hospitals canno...

Italy's Venice Plans to Charge An Entry Fee and Cap Visitors

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/23/2021, 1:00 PM

Of the world's premier travel destinations, Venice may be the one most transformed by this pandemic. The Italian cabinet banned cruise ships in July, sparking headlines worldwide. Because of that move, fewer cruise passengers will clog the streets that funnel into St. Mark's Square (pictured above) and others choke points around the city. Now it looks like the numbers of those who arrive by land wi...

National Museum Day Is Back This September: Free Entry for One Glorious Day

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/19/2021, 2:00 PM

What's better than spending a relaxing Saturday afternoon at a museum? Spending a relaxing Saturday afternoon at a museum—and not spending a dime on the experience. Thanks to the Smithsonian, a collection of museums that's always free, some 482 museums, historic sights, and other cultural hubs across all 50 U.S. states will grant free entry on Saturday, September 18. These include attractions fo...

The USA's Newest Low-Cost Airline, Avelo, Announces East Coast Routes

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/19/2021, 10:00 AM

Avelo Airlines, the newbie carrier with the soul of a soda (its tagline: "Refreshingly Smooth Travel") and nicely fizzy pricing structures, has decided to make New Haven, Connecticut, its second hub. We told you about the carrier when it debuted its network of West Coast routes in mid-April, linking Hollywood-Burbank Airport in the Los Angeles area with smaller airports around the West. Now, Ave...

With Covid Still Uncontained, U.S. Extends Airline Mask Mandate

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/18/2021, 2:00 PM

The United States' Transportation Security Administration has decided to extend its mask requirement for all passengers on airplanes, trains, buses, subways, ferries, and within airports.The federal mandate was previously set to expire on Sept. 13, but now, it will expire on January 18, 2022, unless it is extended again.Travelers younger than 2 years old remain exempt from the mask requirement, as ...

New Orleans to Require Proof of Vaccination for Restaurants, Casinos, More

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/16/2021, 8:00 AM

With infections surging and Louisiana vaccination rates lagging, the mayor of New Orleans decided to move quickly to shore up public health protections, announcing on Friday that all restaurants, bars, casinos, and other indoor spaces would require proof of vaccine. Proof of a negative Covid-19 test that has been taken within the past 72 hours will also allow entry. Patrons will still be permitted ...

New Zealand Finally Has a Plan to Reopen Borders to International Travelers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/12/2021, 1:00 PM

While the rest of the world grapples with yet another coronavirus wave, this time brought on by the highly contagious Delta variant, life has pretty much returned to normal in New Zealand. Out of a population of 5 million, only 26 people in the South Pacific nation have died from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the Associated Press. One reason for the country's success aga...

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