It's Looking Like Japan Won't Let Tourists Into the Country for the Olympics

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/03/2021, 12:00 PM

When you watch the Olympic Games this summer, you're bound to feel many emotions: national pride, awe at the athletic feats, and even gratitude that the Covid-19 situation has improved enough to permit this monumental global event to go forward after a delay of a year. But you probably won't feel like you missed your big chance to fly to Asia to join the fun—because it's looking increasingly like ...

Minneapolis Gets a New Park Celebrating Food From Its Native and Pioneer Past

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/02/2021, 12:00 PM

The world did not freeze in place last spring when we were all sent to our rooms for a pandemic "time out." In fact, some destinations are changing quite drastically. Take, for example, the exciting addition of Minneapolis' Water Works at Mill Ruins Park, a new public attraction that pays tribute to both Native American history and the story of the city's meteoric rise as a manufacturing powerhou...

Refund Woes Fueled a Record Number of Complaints from Air Travelers in 2020

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/01/2021, 1:00 PM

The U.S. federal government received a record number of complaints from airline passengers in 2020. In all, 102,550 complaints were filed with the Department of Transportation, according to the newly released Air Travel Consumer Report. That's up a whopping 568% from 2019, when 15,342 complaints were logged. In typical years, most customers can resolve their issues by complaining directly to the...

PHOTOS: Spain’s Best Hidden Beaches Will Kick Your Wanderlust Into Overdrive

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/26/2021, 1:00 PM

Spain's sun-kissed, 3,100-mile coastline has always made the country a major exporter of wanderlust-spiking beach pics. And with much of the world—including travelers from the United States—blocked from basking in the Iberian Peninsula's coves, caves, sands, and seas due to the pandemic, Spain's beaches look more tantalizing than ever. (Praia Abelleira on Spain's Galician coast; image: Wild Thi...

Amtrak Introduces a Bidding System for Upgrades

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/24/2021, 12:00 PM

In many ways, high-end train travel in the United States mirrors high-end plane travel. Amtrak doesn't have seats that convert into lie-flat beds in first and business class. But those categories do come with a lot of perks that recall expensive air travel, such as food and beverages, special lounges at stations, and more legroom than in coach (amenities vary by route). On trains, reserved seatin...

Awe-Inspiring Images of Wintry Niagara Falls Amid Ice, Snow, and Rainbows

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/23/2021, 2:00 PM

Niagara Falls is a gobsmacking sight all year round, but winter weather can bring an added wow factor, cloaking the thundering cascades in ice and snow. As you might have noticed, North America has received quite a bit of winter weather over the last couple weeks. All those chilly storms have left the iconic waterfalls on the border of Ontario and New York State looking like several very large sco...

WATCH: Kangaroo Bounds Around Australian Pub Like He Works There

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/23/2021, 1:00 PM

One bar in Western Australia is among the rare places on earth where visitors can sip brews and look at roos. According to Australia's Escape travel site, the John Forrest Tavern in John Forrest National Park east of Perth is a popular spot for hikers to wet their whistles while seated at outdoor tables. The park's colorful rosella birds and bold kangaroos often approach the establishment. Somet...

Here Are the Countries with the Least and Most Expensive Plane and Train Travel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/22/2021, 1:00 PM

Thailand has the world's most affordable domestic transportation prices overall while Denmark has the most expensive, according to a newly released analysis of plane, train, and bus tickets across the globe. Transportation-focused tech company Fleet Logging came up with its Transport Price Index by calculating the average cost of domestic flights, train trips, and bus rides in scores of nations us...

The Most Popular Dog Breeds in the World—Mapped

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/22/2021, 11:00 AM

When I travel with my friend Rachel, which I do every other year or so, we come back with as many photos of dogs as we do pictures of monuments. Rachel, you see, is canine crazy, and very outgoing, so she tends to engage with dog owners everywhere—and we end up learning about how the dog lifestyle differs around the world. I don't mind at all. It's a marvelous way to meet both pets and people, and...

Bar Tab: Map Shows the Cost of Beer Around the World

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/18/2021, 1:00 PM

“Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!” That toast and its airtight logic come from Martin Luther, father of the Protestant Reformation. (He was German, so his love of beer shouldn't come as a shock.) Like Luther's faith, fondness for brewskis has spread all over the globe, making a pint a pretty...

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