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Make the World Your Own—This New Lego Globe Actually Spins

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/25/2022, 6:00 AM

A new Lego set is likely to entice world travelers—or, at any rate, keep them occupied while awaiting confirmation that it's reasonably safe to hit the road again. Available online and at Lego stores starting February 1, The Globe set contains 2,585 pieces designed to be assembled as a desktop replica of our home planet. Along with lots and lots of green and blue plastic tiles, the product comes...

Ireland Officially Ends Most Covid-19 Public Restrictions

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/24/2022, 6:00 PM

Are we finally near the end of the rainbow? This is good news we've been waiting nearly two years to hear. The Republic of Ireland has decided to end nearly all public Covid-19 restrictions. Tourists can now go where they want, see whom they want, get together in groups, and otherwise enjoy the Emerald Isle (such as by hiking the Kerry Way, pictured above). Pubs and nightclubs won't close early. ...

A Restored Irish Palace Where Guinness Was Born (Sort of) Is Now a Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/20/2022, 4:00 PM

Ireland's rolling pastures, rich history, and devotion to Guinness all come together at Cashel Palace in County Tipperary. Built in 1732, the Palladian manor that once served as an archbishop's country estate is just a rock's throw from the Rock of Cashel, a remarkable collection of medieval and Celtic ruins crowning a limestone outcrop in cow-dotted fields. (Rock of Cashel; credit: Thomas Bre...

Going to the Dogs: Which World Cities Are the Most Canine Crazy

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/20/2022, 1:00 PM

Thanks to the pet insurance site Protect My Paws, now dog lovers can tell where they'll find the most compatriots when they travel.Using governmental records and academic sources, researchers for the insurance agency looked at the number of registered dogs in major cities around the globe. Then they divided the number of pets by the size of the city in question and by human populations. Their analy...

Proof of Covid Booster Will Soon Be Required to Visit Hawaii

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/14/2022, 5:00 PM

After simplifying Covid-related entry requirements a few days ago, Hawaii has complicated things a bit once more. Governor David Ige has confirmed that in order for a visitor to be considered fully vaccinated against Covid-19, a booster shot will soon be expected. Under Hawaii's Safe Travels program, visitors who are not fully vaccinated must complete a five-day quarantine after getting to the i...

Arches National Park Adopts Timed Ticketing: Rules & Loopholes

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/11/2022, 4:00 PM

One of the many changes the pandemic brought to society was the widespread introduction of reservations for admission at nearly every kind of tourism spot, from museums to national parks. The practice reached its peak in 2020, when facilities needed to thin out the number of people onsite at any given time because, in those pre-vaccine days, social distancing was one of the only defenses we had ag...

WATCH: Orlando Opens Two Insanely Tall, Record-Breaking Thrill Rides

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/10/2022, 5:30 PM

Update: In March 2021, a 14-year-old boy fell from the FreeFall and died. Investigators later accused the ride operator of manually altering the restraint system to accommodate larger riders, compromising safety. In October 2021, it was announced that FreeFall would not reopen and would be demoliished instead. SlingShot, operated by the same owners, has not yet reopend.Orlando is known for amusemen...

2022's Safest U.S. Airline—and Where It Ranks Worldwide

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/08/2022, 5:30 AM

Covid-19 has been the biggest safety concern in air travel (and every other kind of travel) for two years now. So it's no wonder the expert safety monitors at AirlineRatings.com have added Covid protocols to the main criteria for assembling the site's annual list of the world's safest airlines. Since U.S.-based carriers have balked at tough pandemic-era health and safety measures adopted elsewher...

Experts Weigh In On the Top Restaurant Trends For 2022

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/07/2022, 5:45 PM

We all know people who travel to eat. In fact, we may be people who travel to eat. But two pandemic years and the simple march of time have shifted where and what we'll eat when we travel in 2022—and how we'll do so in our home communities, for that matter. To get a handle on those potential changes, I looked at the end-of-year articles from a number of experts, from those in the restaurant indust...

Hawaii Simplifies Entry Requirements for Omicron

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/06/2022, 2:00 PM

As of this week, visitors to Hawaii no longer have to fill out a pre-arrival questionnaire. Border officials will still ask asking visiting U.S. citizens for a recent negative NAAT or antigen test through one of the state's Trusted Testing Partners. For vaccinated travelers (proof is required), tests must be taken no more than three days before boarding flights. For unvaccinated travelers, each ...

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