New Program Matches Travelers with Locals for Tours and Activities in Sweden

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/11/2017, 12:00 AM

We've said it a million times: One of the most rewarding ways to experience a new place is by getting to know somebody who lives there. The West Sweden Tourist Board is making that a lot easier for travelers to do with a new program called Meet the Locals. It matches visitors with residents willing to lead a variety of cultural, natural, and culinary activities in western Sweden, a region that enc...

Hamilton Tours at Thomas Jefferson's House

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/07/2017, 4:00 AM

Thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit Broadway musical, Alexander Hamilton has stolen the spotlight from his fellow Founding Fathers. Now the ten-dollar Federalist is even making inroads at the home of his archrival, Thomas Jefferson. Monticello, the third U.S. president's neoclassical mansion in Charlottesville, Virginia, has begun hosting an after-hours Hamilton Tour Takeover on select Frid...

Royal Caribbean Launches Tour-Booking Site for Cruisers and Landlubbers Alike

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/29/2017, 4:00 AM

Cruise companies have been organizing shore excursions for decades in scores of locations across the globe. Now one of those lines is offering tours and activities to everybody—not just cruise passengers. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has launched GoBe, an online service selling thousands of travel experiences in nearly 900 cities across nearly 100 countries.  You can book a whale-watch...

Underwater Tours of Titanic Shipwreck Coming in 2018

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/23/2017, 4:00 AM

Underwater tours of the Titanic shipwreck site will begin heading beneath the waves in May 2018. And just like a first-class ticket aboard the doomed ship's first and only sailing in 1912, the price is obscenely high. Operated by UK tour company Blue Marble Private, the eight-day voyage—which takes passengers from Newfoundland to 2 miles below the Atlantic Ocean and back—costs an incredibl...

Alabama Offering Free Statewide Walking Tours in April

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/22/2017, 4:00 AM

For 14 years, Alabama has been offering a unique way to get to know that state and enjoy the spring weather at the same time: Saturday morning walking tours held throughout the month of April at numerous locations statewide. This year's batch of weekly hourlong tours begins at 10am on April 1 in 28 participating towns, and will continue each Saturday morning in the month, ending on April 2...

Luxury Tour of "Outlander" Locations in Scotland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/16/2016, 5:00 AM

We can't help you follow in the exact footsteps of Outlander's Claire Randall Fraser. After all, she toggles between the 20th and the 18th centuries on that hit Starz show, and, unfortunately, time travel is the one type of travel Frommer's hasn't mastered yet. But for superfans of the series drawn to the beauty of its Scottish filming locations, luxury travel company Artisans of Leisure h...

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...

"Field of Dreams" House to Open for Tours

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/28/2016, 4:00 AM

(photo: Jesster79/Wikimedia Commons) For the first time ever, the Iowa farmhouse that appeared in Field of Dreams will soon be open to the public for tours.   Located near the town of Dyersville, the house overlooks the baseball diamond and cornfield that are also featured prominently in the 1989 Kevin Costner film. But while the site's owners—a group called Go the Distance Ba...

Prince's Paisley Park to Open Permanently for Tours

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/27/2016, 4:00 AM

Paisley Park, Prince's home and recording complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota, will open permanently for public tours on Friday, following unanimous approval by the city council.  There are two types of tours available: general admission ($38.50) and VIP ($100). The first lasts 70 minutes and goes through the rock legend's main floor studio, editing suites, rehearsal rooms, sound stage, a...

Study: Taking Photos Enhances Experiences

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/08/2016, 12:00 AM

When you're at a museum or landmark where your fellow travelers are snapping photos incessantly, do you ever think those shutterbugs are missing out because they're experiencing the Louvre or Grand Canyon through a small screen instead of at first hand? Turns out science sides with the selfie snappers. A recent study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (pdf) found in an exp...

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