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2017's Most Instagrammed Locations

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/01/2017, 12:00 PM

Instagram released its year in review this week, looking back at 2017's top trends on the popular photo-sharing social network. Among the not-so-surprising revelations that Beyoncé's pregnancy announcement in February got the most likes (11.1 million) and pop star Selena Gomez had the most followers (130 million and counting), there were several travel-related findings as well.  In fact, #travel...

Selfie Sticks Banned in Milan

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/24/2017, 4:00 AM

The selfies you take in Milan this summer will have to be kept at arm's length. You certainly can't extend your reach with a selfie stick. Those devices have been officially banned from the historic Italian city as part of a crackdown on "anti-social behavior." Selfie sticks are definitely cumbersome and obtrusive, especially in spots clogged with tourists, which is why they've previou...

Scaffolding to Cover Taj Mahal During Yearlong Restoration

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/06/2017, 4:00 AM

The Taj Mahal in India is undergoing a large-scale restoration that officials say will ultimately leave the marble beauty a brighter shade of white. In the meantime, however, the main dome and central structure of the building will be covered by scaffolding, as workers apply a mud-pack treatment designed to clean the surface, which has yellowed over time.  The project is expected to be...

New App Deletes Photobombers From Snapshots

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/12/2015, 8:15 PM

Software giant Adobe recently unveiled a new smartphone application that should appeal to amateur photographers on vacation. Called Monument Mode, it eliminates photobombers and other tourists from your photographs. Basically, it works like this: It can tell the difference between moving objects and stationary ones, and it records the stationary object—the tourist sight you're shooting—and...

Two New Travel Products—As Unusual As They Come—Are Exciting Interest from Americans About to Make An International Trip. Are You One of Them?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/30/2015, 3:00 PM

       In travel, as in all else, wonders will never cease.  The single most widely-discussed topic in travel is currently a clothing product called the “Swiss Army Jacket”. It’s the brainchild of a young couple operating under the name of Baubax which they plan to offer for sale this coming November for about $99. They raised the funds to manufacture the Swiss Army Jacket through vo...

Say "American Cheese": The White House Lifts Its Ban on Selfies

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/02/2015, 5:45 PM

This past December, I had the priviledge of visiting the White House as part of a convocation of travel writers, brought together by the Obama Administration to get out the word that a new State Department office had been created to encourage students to study abroad. Our morning started with a tour of the White House and though we were given strict instructions not to take photos, being journ...

World's Best Museums Ban Selfie Sticks

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/11/2015, 2:15 AM

  Leave the selfie stick at home. Attractions across the world are banishing the selfie stick for being so awful. Britain's Telegraph reports that institutions everywhere are telling visitors they no longer tolerate the telescoping, hand-held smartphone holders. Why? Basically, because people can be so terrible with them. The museums are worried that careless tourists could damage...

Getting Crafty in North Carolina: Meet the John C. Campbell Folk School

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/18/2013, 11:00 PM

The day began with Whisky for Breakfast. Which made sense, since we were in North Carolina. But this wasn’t a meeting of the “Moonshine Society.” Instead, a fiddler and a banjo player were jumpstarting the morning with a before-breakfast concert-- which included that classic Appalachian jig—at the famed John C. Campbell Folkschool (www.folkschool.org), of Brasstown. Later in the day, I stu...

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