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...

Amtrak’s New Night Owl Fares Will Get You Around the East Coast for $5 to $20

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/23/2023, 7:00 AM

Amtrak is bestowing a gift on night owls and early birds. The national rail carrier has rolled out new low fares for select departures between 7pm and 5am on some of its busy Northeast Corridor routes. The rates, which start at an eye-opening $5 and top out at a not-too-shabby $20, are available now for one-way coach tickets on off-peak trains traveling between New York City, Washington, D.C., a...

New Starlux Airlines to Fly from the U.S. to Asia from $464 Each Way

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/20/2023, 3:45 PM

Americans are about to enjoy the price competition that results when a new challenger enters a market. Starlux Airlines is coming to Los Angeles, and its arrival on the scene should mean better prices than we've seen in some time to Asia.For the past three years, Starlux Airlines has been gradually building routes from its hub in Taipei, to 15 cities in Asia. From that HQ in Taiwan, it now flies to...

Hooray! Flipboard Adds Frommer's to Its App

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/20/2023, 10:00 AM

We are excited to announce that you can access the freshest Frommer's articles on Flipboard, one of the premier apps for collecting news in one place. We join such big players as the Washington Post, NPR, and Travel + Leisure. With Flipboard, you can follow topics or publications that interest you (like Frommer's) to make sure you always see new features and posts when they're published. We mus...

Brazil Is About to Become More Difficult to Visit Because of a Backward Move

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/15/2023, 6:15 PM

Petty diplomatic squabbling is about to end a travel perk that we barely had time to enjoy. On October 1, 2023, Brazil will bring back mandatory visas for tourists from the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan. For many years, visitors from those nations who wanted to see the legendary sights of Brazil found that dreaming of that vacation was much easier than actually planning it. Tourists...

Go Medieval with These New Bespoke Historical Tours of England

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/15/2023, 1:00 PM

A new tour operator based in the scenic and once hotly contested England-Wales border region aims to connect travelers to the castles, battles, and chain mail–centric fashions of the Middle Ages. Known as Timequest, the company, which launched earlier this year, offers customized guided tours for small groups of no more than eight participants, who collaborate with the tour operator to come up w...

New Online Hub for Finding Native American Experiences in California

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/13/2023, 6:15 PM

A new online hub for cultural experiences, outdoor adventures, breweries, resorts, spas, and other tourism businesses and attractions tied to California's Native American communities launched last week. Created by the state's tourism office in partnership with tribal leaders and community members, Visit Native California is designed to showcase the heritage of the more than 100 federally recogniz...

Paris' Notre-Dame Cathedral Sets a Reopening Date

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/06/2023, 4:45 PM

The world-famous Notre-Dame de Paris will reopen to visitors a little less than 6 years after a devastating conflagration decimated the structure and shocked the world.The cathedral, which first began construction in 1163, will welcome tourists again in December 2024, a little late to greet the Summer Olympic Games in Paris, but in time to meet the bold deadline set by French President Emmanuel Mac...

Look Out, Wayne Newton! Las Vegas Gets a Punk Rock Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/28/2023, 1:45 PM

We're getting awfully close to the 50th anniversary of punk rock's mid-1970s high-water mark—an uncomfortably respectable-sounding age for a movement all about bratty rebellion. Another development that could send a safety pin straight to the heart of any erstwhile anarchist from the class of 1976: Punk rock is getting its own museum—a word fairly dripping with establishment credibility. (For the ...

The World's Busiest Cruise Port Has Been Dethroned

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/27/2023, 4:15 PM

What cruise port would you say is the busiest in the world? Last Friday, a new winner claimed the heavyweight belt based on 2022 passenger data. It's not New York City. It's not Southampton, England. And it's not Miami—that city lost its lead when the new numbers came out. The new busiest cruise ship port on Earth is Port Canaveral in the middle of Florida's Atlantic coast. Located about 60 mile...

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