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Disney's Galactic Starcruiser, the Luxury Star Wars–Themed Hotel, to Close

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/18/2023, 4:45 PM

Walt Disney World in Florida has announced that its infamous Galactic Starcruiser hotel will close its doors at the end of September, just 18 months after opening. The troubles with the Star Wars–themed hotel, a two-night, meal-inclusive experience that catered to role-playing guests, date to long before a certain power-craving Florida governor picked a fight with Disney. From the moment the Sta...

A New Trail Connects the Best Waterfall Hikes in a Region with Hundreds of Them

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/17/2023, 5:00 PM

If you ask us, spotting a waterfall is one of the best reasons to go on a hike, ranking right up there with breathing pristine mountain air and sampling all the latest innovations in granola bars. A spot on the map waterfall seekers will want to circle is the Kentucky Wildlands, a woodsy expanse in the eastern and southern parts of the state that has more than 800 different falls. They include the...

When Free Flights to Hong Kong Become Available in the U.S.—and How to Apply

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/16/2023, 4:30 PM

An earlier version of this post has been updated with new information. Earlier this year, Hong Kong hatched a tourism-boosting plan to give away more than 500,000 airline tickets to bring international tourists back to the city after the lifting of pandemic restrictions. So far, the Hello Hong Kong program has already gifted thousands of free flights to travelers in Asia, Europe, and the Middl...

If You Need a Passport by This Summer, You Could Be in Trouble: What to Do

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 05/16/2023, 7:30 AM

Ever since March, the U.S. State Department has warned that the wait time for a new passport in 2023 is 10 to 13 weeks.It's now May, and that estimate hasn't changed. That means if you're planning to travel this summer and you need a new passport, you're facing a serious challenge.Just look at the calendar. If you jump 13 weeks ahead from this week, you'll be in the middle of August. Ten weeks from...

Lyft Airport Pickup Just Got a Lot Easier for Some Riders

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/15/2023, 6:00 AM

The tricky task of timing pickup at the airport from a ride-hailing app is getting easier for a lot of Lyft users this summer. The company has launched a new feature that lets you order a ride as soon as your flight lands at select U.S. airports. Instead of trying to gauge walking distances from gate to pickup area—sometimes in an unfamiliar city, no less—and factor in the timing of variables su...

This Summer, Some of Amtrak's Best Scenic Routes Are Finally Back

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/11/2023, 3:30 PM

In good news for travelers, two Amtrak routes that have long been popular with vacationers are finally returning to service after years of closure. • The Adirondack, which connects New York City with Montréal, had been silent since the pandemic necessitated the route's closure. Although the border between Canada and the U.S. reopened in 2021, it somehow took until early April of 2023 for this Amtr...

These New Hikes in Switzerland Are Led by a "Mountain Air Sommelier"

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/10/2023, 5:00 PM

Plenty of travel experiences focus on showing you the sights, but how many specialize in sniffing the scents? To help address the sensory imbalance, Switzerland's Graubünden region invites visitors to follow their noses on a new set of tours led by the "world's first mountain air sommelier." Award-winning perfumer Patrick Stebler (pictured above), who hails from the canton's capital city of Chur,...

New Travel App Rates Accessible Hotels, Restaurants, and Attractions

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/05/2023, 3:30 PM

For people with disabilities—a group making up an estimated 26% of the U.S. adult population—travel planning in great detail is essential. Trouble is, great details are hard to come by. If you have specific access needs because you use a wheelchair, for example, you're probably accustomed to confirming that an out-of-town hotel, restaurant, park, or sports stadium has the right accessible ameniti...

Natural Bridge Caverns Near San Antonio Opening Huge Hidden Cave for the First Time

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/03/2023, 7:45 PM

The considerable charms of the Texas Hill Country, which include bluebonnet-blanketed meadows, natural swimming pools, and vineyards, even extend underground. In the region's elaborate cave systems, spooky chambers and multitudes of icicle-esque rock formations elicit subterranean oohs and ahhs. Starting Friday, May 12, travelers to this scenic area between San Antonio and Austin will get access t...

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...

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