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Thinking of Taking an African Safari? Some Tips from an Expert

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/16/2018, 1:30 AM

African safaris: They are, for many, at the tippy top of the bucket list. But the how-tos for finding the right one have shifted in the last few years, so old conventional wisdom may not necessarily apply. On our Frommer's national radio show, I spoke with Sunit Sanghrajka, president of Alluring Africa, a company that plans custom safaris for individual travelers, to get his advice. Here’s a bit of...

American Airlines Cracks Down on Support Animals

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/15/2018, 7:00 PM

Emotional support insects are no longer welcome on American Airlines flights. Whoever heard of an emotional support insect, you ask? We have two words for you: Jiminy Cricket. In addition to keeping your helpful, devoted, and musically gifted bugs from the passenger cabin, the carrier's newly revised animal restrictions, which go into effect July 1, ban goats, hedgehogs, amphibians, ferrets, rep...

Famous Hawaiian Mule Ride Closed Indefinitely

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/30/2018, 9:45 PM

One of the most popular tourism experiences in Hawaii has shut down, possibly for good.  Travel Weekly reports that the operators of the long-running mule rides down the cliffs of Molokai have been evicted from the location where they stable their animals and organize riders for the daylong descent to Kalaupapa National Historical Park some 2,000 feet below.  That idyllic seaside spot was once a...

Meet Ozzie, the Only Giraffe in Nevada—And a Painter, Too

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/18/2017, 4:00 AM

Travelers with overlapping interests in art and animals may want to add the Lion Habitat Ranch to their itineraries for any upcoming trips to Las Vegas.  The animal sanctuary, which is actually located in suburban Henderson, is home to Ozzie, who holds the distinctions of being the only giraffe in Nevada and a prolific artist.  With the help of trainers and an artist from local gallery...

If You're Traveling to Australia from Asia, Beware Stowaway Toads

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/17/2017, 4:00 AM

An Indonesian toad's wild ride had an unhappy ending in Australia last week. At Cairns Airport in the country's northeast, a sniffer dog brought a biosecurity officer's attention to a shoe being worn by a man who had just arrived from Indonesia. Discovered inside the shoe was a dead black-spined toad. And get this: Officials believe that the stowaway amphibian had only recently died an...

United's Ongoing PR Nightmare

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/27/2017, 4:00 AM

United Airlines continues to have nightmarish PR troubles. The carrier's barrage of bad press began earlier this month, when cell phone footage of physician David Dao being violently dragged from an overbooked flight at Chicago O'Hare surfaced online, sparking worldwide outrage. To make matters worse, United CEO Oscar Munoz bungled the apology—in fact, it took him three tries to get it rig...

Jane Goodall-Approved Wildlife Tours Announced

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/03/2016, 4:00 AM

For travelers who want close encounters with wildlife but also want to respect animals' freedom, G Adventures has introduced the Jane Goodall Collection of vacations.   It's a selection of 20 critter-centric tours endorsed by the renowned primatologist. Options include safaris in Kenya and Tanzania, river cruises in the Amazon, island hopping in the Galápagos, kayaking in Costa Rica, and c...

Doug the Pug Does London

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/17/2016, 4:00 AM

(Photo: Instagram/@itsdougthepug) We mentioned last week that the weak pound resulting from Britain's decision in June to leave the European Union has caused UK tourism to surge, as international visitors pour in to take advantage of comparatively low prices.  Among the influx of recent visitors: social media star Doug The Pug, who recently took the world's most adorable trip to L...

Doug the Pug Does London

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/17/2016, 4:00 AM

(Photo: Instagram/@itsdougthepug) We mentioned last week that the weak pound resulting from Britain's decision in June to leave the European Union has caused UK tourism to surge, as international visitors pour in to take advantage of comparatively low prices.  Among the influx of recent visitors: social media star Doug The Pug, who recently took the world's most adorable trip to L...

TripAdvisor Adopts No-Touching-Wild-Animals Policy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/13/2016, 4:00 AM

As of yesterday, TripAdvisor is no longer selling tickets to attractions that allow customers to come into physical contact with wild, captive, or endangered animals.  That means no more swimming with dolphins, riding elephants, or petting tigers—at least not through the travel-review site's booking firm, Viator.  The move was welcomed by conservation groups and animal-welfare activist...

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