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What Does Marriott's Court Settlement Over Resort Fees Mean for Travelers?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/22/2021, 7:00 PM

As we've reported, the hotel giant Marriott was sued by the attorneys general of both Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania over deceptive resort fee practices. On November 19 a settlement was reached by the company and Pennsylvania, one that both parties are stating will make the hotel booking process far less opaque not just in that state, but across the USA. Pennsylvania's suit zeroed in on the wa...

Famous Thai Beach from Leonardo DiCaprio Movie Reopening After Three Years

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/17/2021, 8:00 AM

Thailand's Maya Bay, the speck of paradise that played the title role in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach (2000), is reopening to tourists after a three-year-long closure.  Government officials barred entry to the scenic scoop of sand abutting emerald waters on the island of Ko Phi Phi Leh in 2018, announcing that the overtouristed spot had become a victim of its own superstardom. At on...

This Thanksgiving Season's Busiest Airports—and When They'll Be Most Crowded

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/16/2021, 6:00 PM

When should you get to the airport to fly home for Thanksgiving this year? A lot depends on which airport you'll be flying from. Which is why we're thankful for Hopper. The travel-booking app has released a granular and very helpful look at when major U.S. airports will be at their busiest—not just the days of the week but the times of day as well.  Let's get the obvious out of the way fi...

Float Over Dubai in the World’s Highest Infinity Pool with Wraparound Views

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/16/2021, 5:00 AM

You can now take a soak while soaking in limitless views of Dubai's over-the-top skyline at a new infinity pool suspended more than 650 feet above the United Arab Emirates metropolis.  Billed as the "world's highest 360-degree infinity pool," the Aura Skypool is now officially open on the 50th floor of the Palm Tower on Palm Jumeirah, the giant archipelago of manmade isles dotted with futuristi...

New: A Literary Walking Tour of the Great Writers of Amherst, Massachusetts

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/09/2021, 3:00 PM

Seeing as how Amherst, Massachusetts, produced Emily Dickinson, the Pioneer Valley college town's literary reputation is pretty solid already.  But the most perceptive and inventive poet of 19th-century U.S. letters (fight me, Walt Whitman fans) isn't the only noteworthy author to have called Amherst home at one time or another.  The UMass Public History Program and the Amherst Historical Co...

After 50 Years, England Reopens Train to Dartmoor, Delighting Campers

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/08/2021, 3:00 PM

There's a reason most tourists to England stick to the country's cities and don't visit some of its most spectacular scenery: It's not easy to get to rural places anymore. Until the 1960s, many places in Great Britain, even the most sheep-filled and somnambulant villages, were served by some sort of train service, breathing life into every corner of the nation. But that changed in 1963, when...

Which U.S. Airline Is Safest for Pets? Government Data Shows Top Dog

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/02/2021, 7:00 PM

Each year, U.S.-based airlines transport hundreds of thousands of pets, and the vast majority of those dogs and cats reach their destinations with no trouble. When something goes wrong during air travel, the U.S. Department of Transportation requires carriers to report any losses, injuries, or deaths of animals—figures that are compiled by the government and made publicly available, along with ...

Thailand Returns for Full Tourism with New, Easy-to-Follow Rules

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/01/2021, 3:00 PM

For the first time since near the start of the global pandemic, Thailand is reopen to tourists. Yeah, it's been a while. Remember Thailand? Unbelievable food? Friendly and outgoing people? Secret beaches? Resorts and ruins (like Ayutthaya, pictured above) and astounding architecture?  Previously, Thailand implemented some pilot programs for localized, highly restricted tourism in a few small...

JetBlue's Current Flash Sale Is Impressive—But Has Big Limitations

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/27/2021, 11:00 AM

OK, I'm writing this blog post quickly since this sale ends soon—at midnight on Friday, October 29, to be precise. But if you can get your fall/winter plans in order by that time, you could be winging your way to a top destination for as little as $31, including government taxes and fees. Sorta. You see, the problem with this promotion is that it's for JetBlue's lowest fare class, Blue Ba...

Why Your Dog Can’t Fly into the U.S. from More Than 100 Countries Right Now

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/27/2021, 10:00 AM

Pandemic lockdowns prompted a surge in pet adoptions as Americans stuck at home scoured the internet for furry friends to relieve the monotony.  When local shelters don't have any dogs to spare, you can always broaden your search to include international canines, but not all pooch importers are honest about the pup's health records.  In 2020, as a matter of fact, the Centers for Disease Cont...

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