This (Possibly Cursed) Presidential Palace Just Opened to the Public for the First Time

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/24/2022, 5:15 PM

South Korea's hottest attraction right now is an empty house that's said to have bad feng shui. Cheong Wa Dae, also known as the Blue House for the thousands of blue tiles decorating its roof, served as the presidential palace in Seoul starting in 1948. But as one of his first acts in office, new South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol moved the presidential base earlier this month to the country'...

WATCH: The Neck Pillow Hack That Saves Luggage Space—and Money

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/24/2022, 7:45 AM

A TikTok user appears to have achieved the rare travel-hack trifecta, devising a trick that could save money, save space in a carry-on, and improve comfort levels on an airplane, all at the same time. In a video viewed more than 10 million times (click here if you don't see the video below), Atlanta-based TikTokker Kristen Black shows herself making a DIY neck pillow out of some clothes she's trav...

Celebrity Cruises Is Running a Jaw-Dropping Sale—but Not for Long

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 05/20/2022, 5:00 PM

Inflation seems to be driving up prices for all types of travel but one: cruises. Case in point: Celebrity Cruises is selling weeklong Alaskan and Caribbean sailings starting at just $399. That rate isn't limited to cruises in the near future, either. Passengers who book before June 2 can snag staterooms at the discounted price for voyages through the end of April 2023. The cost for Celebrity'...

What's the Most LGBTQ+-Friendly Country in Europe? This Ranking Declares a Clear Winner

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/16/2022, 2:00 PM

Travelers concerned with visiting places that protect the rights of LGBTQ+ people might want to circle Malta on the map. The Mediterranean island nation received the highest score in this year's Rainbow Europe report, an annual ranking of European countries by how close they've come to achieving full LGBTQ+ equality. Released each year since 2009 by the advocacy group ILGA-Europe (International ...

$27 for One Beer?! Officials Vow to Clamp Down on Out-of-Control Airport Prices

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/13/2022, 3:00 PM

Charging $5 for a bottle of water or nearly $11 for a side of fries is bad enough. But $27 for a single beer is outrageous even by airport standards. When a passenger at New York City's LaGuardia Airport encountered that princely sum for suds last summer, the traveler's social media post, and ensuing outrage online, helped prompt a government audit of concessions prices at airports overseen by t...

European Union Dropping Mask Requirement for Air Travel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/11/2022, 10:00 AM

UPDATE, May 18: As explained below, the European Union has dropped its requirement that air travelers wear masks on planes and in airports across the 27-nation bloc. However, individual member states may choose to keep their mask mandates on planes anyway. In fact, 13 EU countries, including several tourism heavy hitters, will reportedly continue enforcing mask-wearing in the skies for now. Those...

Venice Really Is Finally Adding an Entry Fee—Here’s How It Will Work

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/05/2022, 9:00 AM

UPDATE, May 31: Officials in Venice have reportedly decided to postpone the implementation of the city's entry fee for day-trippers described below. Though the program's trial run was initially set to begin this summer, the booking and payment system will now launch on January 16, 2023. As Venice braces for the return of summer tourism at what is expected to be pre-pandemic levels, officials in...

Now Rentable on Airbnb: The Childhood Home of the Beatles’ George Harrison

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/27/2022, 4:00 AM

You can now spend the night—and we hope for your sake it's not a hard day's night—in the childhood home of George Harrison of the Beatles. The future Fab Four guitarist/singer/songwriter/Mystical One lived with his parents and three siblings in the modest, three-bedroom townhouse at 25 Upton Green in Speke near Liverpool, England, for a dozen years, until the family moved in 1962 and George went ...

Aruba Wants to Pay You Back for Airline Baggage Fees

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/25/2022, 6:45 PM

As if soft sands and turquoise waters aren't incentive enough to visit Aruba, the Caribbean island has now launched a promotion to reimburse visitors for their airline baggage fees. Through May 31, the first 500 travelers who complete an online form with verifiable info about an upcoming trip to Aruba will receive a $60 Visa gift card, ostensibly to cover the cost of checked baggage fees, which st...

A Historic Pennsylvania Railroad Is Turning 150—and You Can Ride Again

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/22/2022, 8:00 AM

One of the oldest narrow-gauge railroads in the United States is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year—and tourists can ride the historic rails again after a 10-year hiatus. The East Broad Top Railroad in central Pennsylvania's Huntingdon County (west of Harrisburg, the state capital) began carrying coal and freight through the region in 1872, and continued doing so until 1956. Converted ...

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