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Six-Night Trips to Ireland Are Going For $499—With Airfare

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/06/2022, 2:15 PM

When I opened my email this morning, it felt like I was seeing a message from 2004. Aer Lingus, the flag air carrier of Ireland, is offering 6-night vacations in its home country starting at $499—including a rental car and airfare. It's not just that I haven't seen prices that low for a while—which I haven't. It's also that for the past few years, airlines haven't been in the position to drum up ...

New Book: The Suicide of Anthony Bourdain (Or, When Travel Is Not Enough)

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/04/2022, 12:00 AM

I am a traveler. Travel is my coping mechanism. For many years, whenever the topic of suicide has come up in casual conversations, I have always proclaimed, perhaps sometimes with an inappropriate touch of cocktail party flippancy, that I could never be tempted to kill myself as long as I still have a passport and a backpack. Out there in the world, there are empty beaches, silent forests, and teem...

Howdy, Dolly Parton Fans! Now You Can Book a Stay on Her Retired Tour Bus

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/28/2022, 7:00 AM

A recently introduced hotel package gives guests the chance to stay in Dolly Parton's tricked-out tour bus—and this "Tennessee Mountain Home" away from home is no "Lil' Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place." Used by the superstar from 2008 to 2022, the 45-foot-long decommissioned Prevost motor coach is now permanently parked outside the DreamMore Resort and Spa at Parton's Dollywood theme park in Pigeo...

The World’s Best Airlines Ranking Is Out—and the U.S. Didn’t Do So Hot

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/26/2022, 4:30 PM

This year, air travelers have endured a parade of woes. But even as an understaffed commercial aviation industry struggles to keep up with heightened demand following the easing of Covid restrictions, a few airlines have actually managed to keep customers happy. Too bad none of those carriers is based in the United States. The air travel review and ranking site Skytrax held the 2022 edition of i...

Tinder for Travel? New Social App Aims to Connect and Inspire Vacationers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/22/2022, 7:00 AM

A new mobile app designed for travelers combines the wanderlust- and envy-inducing qualities of Instagram vacation pics with the helpfulness of an online map and the judginess of Tinder swiping. Called OfftheGrid, the app, which launched earlier this month, lets users upload and comment on vacation photos and videos, share details of upcoming trips, find destination inspiration, follow other trave...

TSA PreCheck Will Come to You Now: How to Find the Mobile Enrollment Truck

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/21/2022, 6:30 AM

Enrolling in TSA PreCheck is getting more convenient in cities across the U.S. this fall. Thanks to the expanded IdentoGO mobile enrollment push, travelers who want to join the Transportation Security Administration's expedited security screening program but don't want to schlep to the nearest airport can visit one of the pop-up enrollment trucks taking up temporary residence in locations througho...

Hotel Room Too Hot or Cold? Try This Thermostat Hack

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 09/16/2022, 6:30 AM

There might not be much you can do about ice-cold airplane cabins, but one travel hack we learned this week could help make things more pleasant in another site of perennial temperature complaints: hotel rooms. Some guests find them too stuffy, others find them frigid, and in-room thermostats have been designed to limit adjustments to a narrow range. A solution comes courtesy of The Points Guy's...

This Interactive Map Predicts When Fall Foliage Will Peak Across the U.S.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/07/2022, 4:45 PM

The high temperatures and lack of rain in many parts of the United States this year could result in shorter, less vibrant autumn displays than usual, according to some foliage forecasters. Still, the leaf-peeping pros at Yankee magazine told our own Pauline Frommer that forested regions less affected by heat and drought could still put on a "spectacular" show this fall in places like the White Mo...

Vast Sculpture in Nevada Desert Finally Opens After 50 Years

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/01/2022, 4:30 PM

An immense outdoor sculpture that's been in the works for more than 50 years finally opens to visitors this week in the desert expanses of eastern Nevada's Basin and Range National Monument. Begun by land artist Michael Heizer in 1970, the piece is called City, which is fitting because it's about as big as one, stretching for more than a mile and a half in length and half a mile in width. Heize...

You Can Take a Sudsy Soak in Beer at a Spa in Denver

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/25/2022, 5:00 PM

A day spa in Denver brings new meaning to the term "slinging suds." At the Beer Spa, a wellness retreat/taproom that opened in 2021, the signature service is a 90-minute "Beer Bath Hydrotherapy" treatment that involves a soak in a cedar tub filled with a warm, bubbly brew of hops, barley, and medicinal herbs. The treatment is supposed to promote relaxation and nourish your skin, owing to the pro...

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