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American State Department Simplifies Travel Warnings

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/11/2017, 2:15 PM

Following a long internal review, the United States Department of State is making its travel warnings clearer. Starting in January, its notices on safety situations will be boiled down to one of four categories. Level 1: Exercise normal precautions Level 2: Exercise increased caution Level 3: Reconsider travel Level 4: Do not travel Since the State Department's travel warnings are ...

If Morality Won’t Persuade U.S. to End Gun Violence, How About Economic Damage?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/10/2017, 4:45 PM

Because this blog is about travel, not politics, I am prevented from discussing the issues of gun control raised by the recent shooting in Las Vegas. But I very definitely am entitled to discuss the impact of that event on foreign travel to the United States.   Even before the tragic use of an automatic rifle to kill and injure hundreds of spectators gathered for a music concert in Las Vegas...

After Las Vegas, Should Airport Security Measures Now Be Applied to Hotels?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/10/2017, 12:00 AM

The recent horrific shooting in Las Vegas has touched off a number of articles and proposals by travel writers on the relationship of hotel security measures to acts of terrorism.   For example: Should the suitcases of hotel guests be subject to the same electronic inspection as the same bags undergo at airports? Should security guards enter a hotel room whose front door has displayed a “do not...

A Tragic Backpacker Death Teaches an Important Travel Lesson

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/20/2017, 11:00 PM

What happened to Kit Mallinson was the nightmare every parent has when they send their child away on a trip. Last December, the 18-year-old backpacker from Dorset, England, boarded a night bus in Cambodia to visit Angkor Wat. He had just completed a seven-week engagement as a volunteer building clean water pipes in Borneo, and he wasn't feeling very well, so he hoped the overnight trip would give ...

Not All of the Caribbean was Devastated by Irma: Don't Neglect the Rest

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/15/2017, 6:00 PM

Our hearts go out to those island nations that suffered so badly from recent storms—St. Martin, the Virgin Islands, Barbuda, among them. But by assuming that all such islands were equally affected, and by then canceling our general plans to vacation in the Caribbean, we increase the suffering of that area.     It’s important to realize that some Caribbean islands were totally or primarily by...

Motel 6 Accused of Sending Guest Lists to ICE

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/13/2017, 8:00 PM

Phoenix New Times, an Arizona newspaper, reports that at least two local Motel 6 properties stand accused of violating customer privacy by sending guest lists to the United States' Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The New Times points to an incident in which a Motel 6 customer, a Mexican citizen living in the area, checked in for a one-night stay using a voter ID card from Mexico. Six ho...

Women-Only Taxi Service Debuts in Paris

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/29/2017, 10:00 PM

Women have a new option for getting around Paris. A taxi service called Women Drive has debuted in the French capital. The business is staffed with female drivers and geared toward female passengers. The hope is that customers won't have to worry about "prying eyes or indelicate questions," as the Women Drive website puts it. The company also wants to provide job opportunities for women cabbies ...

U.S. Expands Mexico Travel Warning to Include Cancun and Los Cabos

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2017, 7:00 PM

For the first time, the U.S. State Department has expanded its Mexico travel warning to include the states where some of the country's most popular beach resorts are located.  Updating a warning released in December, the government names Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo among the places where U.S. citizens have been the victims of violence caused by criminal organizations.  Baja California S...

NAACP Issues Stunning Warning Against Travel to Missouri

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/10/2017, 12:00 AM

The NAACP has announced it is advising all African Americans to avoid travel to and through the entire state of Missouri. Its reason? The dubious safety of African Americans traveling in that increasingly conservative state.  According to this long-established organization for people of color, numerous small towns in Missouri—especially suburbs of St. Louis and Kansas City—have adopted the atti...

WATCH: British Airways's New Star-Studded Safety Video

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/19/2017, 4:00 AM

Here's the thing about cutesy airplane safety videos: They're pretty charming the first time you see them, and there's some residual enjoyment to be gained the second or even third time around. But with any viewings after that—especially if they come close together—you're ready to scream, "ENOUGH WITH THE JOKES! JUST TELL ME WHERE THE EXITS ARE!!" So if you fly British Airways a lot, you m...

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