Huge Numbers of U.S. Hotels Could Soon Go Belly-Up

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/19/2020, 1:00 PM

Before the pandemic, the hotel and lodging industry employed, both directly and indirectly, 8.3 million Americans, according to the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA). That's 1 out of every 25 U.S. citizens. An AHLA spokesperson told me that approximately half those workers are now unemployed—a jobless rate higher than in any other industry, including construction, education, health ...

Horrifying Video Shows What Happens When Tourists Get Too Close to Buffalo

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/14/2020, 3:00 PM

When it comes to bison, it's always the season for social distancing.  A tourist learned that lesson the hard way this week in South Dakota's Black Hills—and her terrifying encounter with a very angry buffalo was caught on video.  The tourist, a 54-year-old Iowa woman, was traveling as a passenger with a group of motorcyclists through Custer State Park, according to the Associated Press. ...

WATCH: An Otterly Adorable Vancouver Aquarium Livestream

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/13/2020, 3:00 PM

With all due respect to Hello Kitty's homepage and the Instagrammed birth announcement of your cousin's kid, we have found the cutest thing on the internet.  It's a livestream starring Joey, a baby sea otter who was discovered earlier this summer on a beach in Kyuquot, British Columbia. Just days old and alone (his mother is thought to have died), Joey was rescued by the Ocean Wise Marine Ma...

For Better Social Distancing, Amtrak Now Shows How Many Seats Have Been Sold

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/13/2020, 2:00 PM

It's a start. Amtrak's booking engine ( now lists the percentage of seats that have been sold for each departure. That means that before purchasing a ticket in coach class, customers can suss out just how easy—or difficult—it will be to practice social distancing aboard any given train. An example: In the screen shot above, which lists journeys from St. Louis to Chicago, two of th...

Airport Will Be Renamed to Honor Frederick Douglass

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/13/2020, 9:00 AM

Greater Rochester International Airport in Rochester, New York, is getting a name change to pay tribute to one of the city's most important past residents.  Pretty soon, visitors to the area, located along Lake Ontario about midway between Buffalo and Syracuse, will fly into Frederick Douglass—Greater Rochester International Airport.  The Monroe County Legislature voted in favor of the chang...

Sign Up for Free Lessons in Outdoor Skills from L.L.Bean

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/13/2020, 7:00 AM

Preppy outdoorsy clothing emporium L.L.Bean will hold free "Outdoor Discovery Programs" from August 14 through 30. The classes are being held in a number of East Coast locations such as Albany, New York; New Rochelle, New York; Gibsonia, Pennsylvania; Downingtown, Pennsylvania; Dedham, MA; and Freeport, Maine. Elk Grove Village, IL is also getting some of the free classes. Activities to be taug...

Road Trip Essential: Map of Fastest Route to USA’s Top Breakfast Spots

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/12/2020, 9:00 AM

One key to a successful road trip is maximizing your pit stops, and we've found an online resource that could help considerably.  SavingSpot, a personal finance site sponsored by CashNetUSA, has created what it's calling the "ultimate American breakfast roadmap" connecting the most popular breakfast restaurants in the United States.  After identifying the highest-rated purveyors of pancakes ...

Limited Sale: 2-for-1 on Roomettes for Socially Distanced Amtrak Travel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/11/2020, 3:00 PM

Travel with a companion you know is virus-free, and you can go anywhere you want. Amtrak, the USA's national rail carrier, is making it easy and more affordable to get out of the house with your chosen social bubble-mate. Private roomettes are on sale as part of a "Buy a Roomette, Bring a Companion Free" promotion.  Roomettes, which are situated in the sleeping car, aren't available on every...

Major Airfare Search Engine Now Includes Covid-19 Safety Ratings

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/10/2020, 4:00 PM

Scientists are still piecing together evidence to figure out how dangerous airline travel is (judging by this study, it isn't) during the pandemic.  But the fact remains: Consumers are nervous. It's hard for an occasional traveler to keep track of what each airline is doing to combat transmission. One of the top airfare search aggregators, Skyscanner, has just added Covid-19 safety ratings, ...

WATCH: Rolling Stones Video Takes Over London's Vacant Claridge's Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/07/2020, 7:00 PM

Leave it to the Rolling Stones to find a way to create mayhem in a hotel room even when the hotel is closed.  The just-released music video for the band's latest single, "Scarlet" (which was actually recorded in 1974 with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page but is only coming out now), was shot entirely on location at the landmark Claridge's hotel in London. Temporarily shuttered due to the pandemic, ...

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