The Rules for Bringing a Dog Into the US Are Getting Stricter: Here's What's Changing

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/22/2024, 2:00 PM

This post, originally published May 13, 2024, has been updated with new information. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is rolling out new rules for bringing a dog into the United States. Effective August 1, all dogs entering the country must be at least 6 months old, must be microchipped, and must be accompanied by either proof of a rabies vaccine or proof that the dog hasn't been ...

Orly Airport Just Opened a Cheap Direct Train Link to Central Paris

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/16/2024, 5:00 PM

Every few months, it seems, another outfit releases a new list of the best and worst airports in the world, and a certain airport seems to be a perennial pariah. Paris' miserable Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) is a bane of world travel, particularly for flight transfers. A dysfunctional layout, awkward connections, lousy signage, alienating Brutalist architecture, and crowds of grumpy internation...

Venice, Italy, Says the Entry Fee for Day Trippers Will Be Doubled

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/15/2024, 3:30 PM

The trial period for the controversial new entry fee for Venice Italy, is complete for 2024.For 29 days between April and July (mostly weekends and holidays), the city mandated a charge of €5 (US$5.45) per person to enter Venice. Over that period of two and a half months, some 450,000 tourists paid the entry tax. Although city officials will not release financial results until September or October,...

Forecast: No Sargassum Season in Cancún This Year—but Other Beaches Not as Lucky

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/08/2024, 7:00 AM

In recent years, summer has been peak sargassum season, with large, unsightly accumulations of the stinky brown seaweed piling up on beaches in Florida, the Caribbean, and Mexico's Riviera Maya. For the last few months, ocean researchers have been tracking a huge blob of the stuff floating in the Atlantic Ocean and headed westward in time to ruin summer vacation photos in places like Cancún, the ...

When Is Oktoberfest in Germany in 2024? Dates, Best Cities, and Other Info to Know

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/28/2024, 5:45 PM

In a typical year, around 6 million people descend on Munich for Oktoberfest, Germany's two-and-a-half-week-long annual celebration of beer and all things Bavarian (pretzels, lederhosen, oompah bands, the Chicken Dance) at the city's Theresienwiese fairgrounds. Because the event is so popular, there's no such thing as too early when it comes to planning to attend the festival. In fact, competition...

Barcelona to Ban All Vacation Rentals by 2028

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/21/2024, 1:00 PM

Although the announcement may seem surprising to outsiders, people familiar with Barcelona will recognize this has been a long time coming—and will likely be a harbinger of future crackdowns across Europe. On Friday, Barcelona mayor Jaume Collboni announced that the city intends to invalidate the licenses of all 10,101 units currently approved as short-term vacation rentals, and no new licenses w...

JetBlue Basic Economy to Allow Carry-Ons—Which Airlines Still Charge for Overhead Bins?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/20/2024, 7:15 AM

JetBlue passengers with the airline's cheapest class of tickets, known as Blue Basic fares, will be allowed to bring a carry-on bag onto the plane at no additional charge, the carrier announced this week. Previously, if you had a Blue Basic ticket—JetBlue's version of basic economy—you could only bring aboard a small personal item that fits under the seat in front of you. Use of the overhead bins...

Where The Best Beaches in Europe for Water Quality Are

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/19/2024, 7:00 AM

Weather forecasters say it's gonna be another summer of brutal heat waves in Europe—maybe the hottest season ever, according to some predictions. But at least there's some reassuring news for the many travelers who will seek to escape the blistering temps by submerging themselves in the continent's coastal waters. A new report from the European Commission and the European Environment Agency fou...

The Real Reason Cruise Ship Cabin TVs Don't Carry the Big Networks

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/14/2024, 8:15 AM

The minute you step aboard a cruise, you're entering a bubble. Your phone calls cease, your e-mails go unchecked, and day-to-day pressures can't reach you. A good cruise is like a world unto itself, and that's a big reason we go on them. But when you embark on a cruise ship, you're also often saying goodbye to your favorite TV shows and sporting events, and not everyone craves a full suspension of...

You’re Not Going to Like What Drinking Alcohol on Flights Does to Your Body, Per New Research

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/11/2024, 7:00 AM

For the many travelers out there whose strategy for getting through long-haul flights is a one-two punch of boozing and snoozing, some German scientists have some bad news. A new study conducted by researchers with the German Aerospace Center's Institute of Aerospace Medicine found that the combination of alcohol and reduced air pressure onboard a plane poses a "significant" risk to the health of...

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