Money-Saving Travel Trick: Join AARP Even if You’re Under 50

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/28/2023, 1:30 PM

When it comes to reaping AARP travel benefits, 30 is the new 50. The advocacy group, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons but now officially just AARP, focuses on issues affecting people over the age of 50—but did you know that the numerous discounts that come with AARP membership aren't restricted to that demographic? As the FAQ page at the AARP website explains, you ca...

New Amelia Earhart Museum Celebrates Aviation Trailblazer

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/24/2023, 5:00 PM

A new museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Amelia Earhart has opened in the pioneering aviator's hometown. The Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum began welcoming visitors earlier this month in Atchison, Kansas, located about an hour's drive northwest of Kansas City. Earhart was born in Atchison in 1897 (her childhood home, at 223 N. Terrace St., is also a museum). In 1932, she would become the fi...

New Paris Museum Lets You Tour the Time-Capsule Home of a Scandalous Icon

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/18/2023, 5:00 PM

UPDATE, April 18, 2023: This post, originally published December 17, 2021, has been updated with new information. Even before French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg died in 1991, fans began scrawling tributes on the facade of his home in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. After the entertainer's death from a heart attack at age 62, the colorful spray-painted hommages on the building's exterio...

2023 Will See the Best Whitewater Rafting in Years in California

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/18/2023, 11:00 AM

Sierra South Mountain Sports, which has operated whitewater rafting tours since 1985 in Kern County, California, used to be able to take visitors out onto the rivers each summer season until Labor Day. Last year, the outfitter had to close up shop in mid-August due to a lack of water. Two years ago, business ran dry in July. But in 2023, the floodgates will reopen after years of drought. Accordi...

If You Use the Public Phone Chargers at the Airport, the FBI Has a Warning for You

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/11/2023, 9:45 AM

It's awfully easy to run out of mobile phone power when you travel. The travel industry has offloaded lots of activity and paperwork to the smartphone in your pocket: Flight check-in, fee collection, boarding passes, and arranging the ride to the airport are often handled on passengers' devices, leaving us with depleted batteries for the flight. Once passengers board, many airlines continue drain...

Where to Catch the Total Solar Eclipse in North America in April 2024

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/10/2023, 10:45 AM

They don't come along very often. Have you seen one?No, we're not talking about Star Wars sequels that will stand the test of time. We mean a total solar eclipse—one trip to the Dark Side that's worth planning for.There will only be six total solar eclipses on Earth between now and the end of the decade, but only one of the eclipses will be visible over the continental United States. That event com...

Airlines to Cut New York City Flights This Summer to Combat Labor Shortage

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/04/2023, 11:00 AM

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, and United Airlines have all signaled they intend to cut flights to New York City this summer as the United States faces an ongoing shortage of air traffic controllers. As the peak summer travel season approaches, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) convened a meeting last week with the major carriers to figure out ways to minimize the impact of ...

New River Cruise to Visit WWII Sites in France and England

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/31/2023, 7:00 AM

Next year will mark the 80th anniversary of World War II's D-Day invasion, when Allied forces landed at Normandy in France to liberate Europe from the Nazis. To commemorate the historic military operation, Viking is launching a new river cruise with stops at several important WWII sites in England and France. Running from March through November of 2024, the 12-day "Paris & D-Day 80th Anniver...

The Queen Mary Lives! Tours and Overnight Stays on the Liner Are Back

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/29/2023, 6:30 PM

For fans of cultural preservation and maritime history, the news is royally good.The world-famous Queen Mary, which has been closed for years, is lowering the gangway for visitors once again.The boundary-breaking ship was first launched in 1936, served tourists and soldiers alike with speed and valor, and was towed for good to Long Beach, California, when its service ended in 1969. There, it has se...

Passport Wait Times Go Up Again: Here's Where They Stand Now

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/28/2023, 9:45 AM

The U.S. State Department seems to be having a crisis of sorts—the wait for passport renewals and applications rises by the week.Two weeks ago, we warned you about a processing meltdown that was causing waits of 8–11 weeks for standard applications and 5–7 weeks for "expedited" handling.Turns out those were the good old days.The State Department has now issued revised wait times for passport applic...

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