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How Much Is a Hotel Room Gonna Cost in 2024? Where Rates Are Rising Fastest

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/23/2023, 5:30 PM

Hotel room rates in many major cities around the world are expected to continue their skyward climb in 2024—rising by double-digit percentages in many places, according to the Hotel Monitor 2024, a forecast from American Express Global Business Travel (aka Amex GBT). In considering hotel prices in more than 80 cities, analysts relied on figures from Amex GBT's "vast data lake" (which sounds like ...

Amtrak Gulf Coast Train to Restore Service (Finally!) Between New Orleans and Mobile

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/04/2023, 7:30 AM

Amtrak rail service between New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, has been suspended since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005. A long-in-the-works project to bring Amtrak trains back to the route, once known as the Gulf Coast Limited, was previously aiming for completion by the end of 2023. But Amtrak and partner organization the Southern Rail Commission now say the Gulf Coast Corridor Impr...

Norwegian Cruise Line to Add Solo Cabins to All of Its Ships by January

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/03/2023, 5:30 PM

Norwegian Cruise Line, which led the cruise industry by designing special cabins for people traveling on their own starting in 2010, has announced that as of January 4, 2024, all of the line's 19 ships will offer staterooms specifically designated for solo travelers. The move will mean that almost 1,000 more cabins will be sold without a single supplement to cruisers who want a stateroom all to th...

How Far Ahead to Book Flights and Other Air Travel Tips from Expedia Data Analysis

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/27/2023, 9:00 AM

Getting the timing right to save money on airfare is a perennial concern of travelers. That's why advice on when to buy and when to fly is almost as easy to find online as TikTok debates about proper plane etiquette. But while we may never get an objective ruling on whether passengers in middle seats deserve both armrests (they absolutely do), it is possible to glean some flight-timing insights f...

Venice, Italy, Officially Approves New Entrance Fee for 2024: Here Are the Rules

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/12/2023, 4:00 PM

On September 12, the city council of Venice, Italy, finalized the city's long-postponed plan to battle overcrowding by charging visitors an experimental entry fee in 2024. The final vote of 24-12 was met with protests. Here's what we know so far. Venice's entry ticket will not be required every single day in 2024. On September 5, Venice mayor Luigi Brugnaro posted on social media that the entry...

Utah Stargazing: Lake Powell Glamping Site Named World’s First DarkSky Resort

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/08/2023, 7:00 AM

For the first time, the light-pollution foes at DarkSky International have added a category for "DarkSky Approved Lodging" to their register of places where the nighttime environment is exceptionally preserved. The lodging section is a short one: As of now, there's only one resort on the list. The nonprofit, formerly known as the International Dark-Sky Association, has certified scores of Dark ...

This Fall Foliage Prediction Map for 2023 Shows When Leaves Hit Peak Color

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/01/2023, 6:00 PM

With fall foliage season fast approaching, travelers concerned with getting the timing right for autumn road trips and weekend getaways have a freshly updated online tool at their disposal. The 2023 Fall Foliage Prediction Map is now available at SmokyMountains.com. Despite the website's name and its role as a travel booking platform for the mountains of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolin...

This Country Just Cut Its Sky-High Tourist Tax in Half

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/30/2023, 7:00 AM

Turns out imposing a ludicrously expensive daily fee on tourists isn't great for tourism. Who knew. The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has announced that it is cutting in half the $200 per day charged to most international tourists. The government describes the newly discounted but still considerable $100 daily fee as a measure to boost the country's tourism, which continues to lag following the lif...

Airline Introduces Child-Free Zone So Grown-Ups Can Enjoy "Quiet" Flights

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/29/2023, 3:15 PM

A European airline will cordon off the first 12 rows of its A350 aircraft to create an adults-only area where no one under the age of 17 may sit. “This zone in the aircraft is intended for travelers traveling without children and for business travelers who want to work in a quiet environment," Corendon Airlines announced in a media release that was widely reported by the aviation industry press.Th...

London's Hunterian Museum: Bits of People in Jars That Changed the World

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/29/2023, 7:30 AM

If you lived in 18th-century London and something went wrong with your body, after you died a famous scientist named John Hunter might show up to rummage through your corpse, snip out the afflicted organ, and sink it in a jar of preservative so that budding physicians could learn from the specimen. Back in those days, every scientist was like a mad scientist. We had so much yet to learn about an...

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