How to Check TSA Wait Times Online

By Zac Thompson

Several apps promise to tell you airport security times—but are they reliable? Results vary.

The World's New Best Chef Works at a Hotel in North Denmark

By Claybourne Elder

Posted on 02/05/2019, 9:30 PM

Chef Kenneth Toft-Hansen of Svinkløv Badehotel, a hotel on Denmark's northern coast, just beat out a Swede and a Norwegian to win the prestigious Bocuse d'Or prize for gastronomic excellence in Lyon, France.    Imagine Beat Bobby Flay, a cooking contest in which chefs go head-to-head with the same core ingredients, but where a win can actually change your life. Scandinavian chefs have repeat...

Basic Economy Fares: What You Get and What You Lose, Airline by Airline

By Ramsey Qubein

United vs. American vs. Delta vs. Alaska: How to know when you'll save money using "basic economy" fares on the U.S. airlines—and when you're better off spending more for a higher fare class.

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Martin Luther King's Family Home Will Open to the Public

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/04/2019, 5:45 PM

The house in Atlanta where Martin Luther King, Jr., lived with his wife, Coretta Scott King, and their four children will soon be open for tours.  The nonprofit National Park Foundation purchased the home, located in the Vine City neighborhood, from the estate of Coretta Scott King on January 8 and promptly transferred the property to the National Park Service.  The building will become part of ...

When Is a Home Rental Legal in New York City? Ask Arthur Frommer, a Former Lawyer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/31/2019, 1:00 AM

There is perhaps nowhere in America that more needs the services of Airbnb than New York City.  Its hotels are frequently sold out, and even when available are sky-high in price. So low-cost Airbnb is best for your next New York stay, right?  Not so fast.   Fearing the impact of Airbnb upon the housing needs of permanent residents, both the city and state of New York have passed rules gre...

Casino Giant Caesars Planning Non-Gaming Hotel in Arizona

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/30/2019, 6:45 PM

Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment, the company behind the Caesars, Harrah's, and Horseshoe brands of casino resorts, is expanding beyond slot machines and roulette tables.  Caesars opened two non-gaming resorts in Dubai in late 2018 and started work on another casino-free property in Los Cabos, Mexico that's scheduled to start taking guests in late 2020. Now the company has announced plans f...

Venice Has Adopted the Ultimate Means for Reducing Crowds: Admission Fees

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/29/2019, 12:00 AM

Just about everyone will agree that the worst current problem in travel is overtourism—the crowded conditions in the world’s most popular cities and destinations.  In places like Barcelona, Dubrovnik, and the Cinque Terre, there are just too many visitors in high season, harming the pleasure of both residents and visitors. But though everyone will agree that overtourism is growing, due to th...

Can the Taj Mahal Be Saved? New Measures To Preserve India's Wonder

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/25/2019, 2:00 PM

The Taj Mahal remains the most convincing argument that Agra, the northern Indian city where the marble mausoleum stands, was once something like a paradise. Gazing at Shah Jahan's show-stopping tribute to his deceased wife, you can believe—even amid the hordes of tourists—that Agra was renowned for its elegance and beauty during the city's Mughal Empire heyday, when longboats floated down the Yam...

New Website Finds Flight Discounts and Travel Deals for U.S. Military Members

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/23/2019, 12:00 PM

The U.S. military's first-ever website for leisure travel is now up and running. The Department of Defense partnered with Priceline to create American Forces Travel, an online booking platform with discounted vacation deals and packages for current and retired military service members, their families, and civilians working with the Defense Department.  After verifying their eligibility via the s...

What to Do About TSA Delays Caused by Government Shutdown

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/14/2019, 12:00 PM

The U.S. government's partial shutdown, now in its fourth smash week, has started to have a negative impact on airport security lines.  Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners aren't being paid during this month-long-and-counting lapse in federal productivity and rationality. On Friday, those workers missed their first paychecks since the shutdown began on December 22. As an a...

Floating Hotel Debuts in Edinburgh, Near the Queen's Old Yacht

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/11/2019, 10:00 AM

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been a yachtless monarch since the 1997 decommissioning of Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, which was eventually sent to the Port of Leith in Edinburgh to serve as a tourist attraction.  Today, visitors to that Scottish city with the frequently mispronounced name can see the decks, surprisingly modest bedrooms, galley, and state dining room of a ship used by the roy...

Museum of The Dog Learns New Tricks As It Returns to NYC

By Michele Herrmann

Posted on 01/10/2019, 1:00 PM

After being in Missouri for 32 years, the AKC Museum of the Dog is a getting a new leash on life.   The American Kennel Club’s repository of canine-related art will now be dog housed at the club’s headquarters at 101 Park Ave. in Midtown Manhattan, two blocks south of Grand Central Station.   This is actually a homecoming for the museum, which originally opened in New York City in 1982...

After a Long Period Without New Attractions, New York City Gets a Giant One

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/10/2019, 2:00 AM

Ask the average American to compile a list of the major attractions in New York City and they will probably respond, a bit wearily, with the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, United Nations, Times Square, Greenwich Village, and Chinatown.   But starting in just a few short months, they will be able to cite a gigantic new one as large and impressive as any of those: Hudson Yards. Huds...

Explorers at Heart Ought to Consider a Hurtigruten cruise, Says Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/08/2019, 12:00 AM

Let’s say you’ve cruised the Caribbean on several forgettable occasions. You’ve also cruised the Mediterranean and made one memorable sailing in Asia.  You’re eager now for a completely different kind of seagoing experience. Hurtigruten is for you. On its ships, you won’t find casinos or water slides. You won’t be asked to abide by a dress code. Your fellow passengers will be unpretentious a...

Tiger Woods Designing Public Golf Courses in Missouri and Chicago

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/07/2019, 11:30 PM

It has become common for golf greats to turn into course designers.  Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, and Jack Nicklaus all went in that direction—a career avenue that seems unique to their sport. After all, you don't see Michael Phelps drawing up plans for water slide parks.  The latest star of the PGA Tour to try his hand at devising sand traps: Tiger Woods, golf's most well-known—some would say on...

Arthur Frommer: Carnival Cruises Adds a Whiff of Vulgarity to the Ocean

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/03/2019, 12:00 AM

In a triumphant press release, Carnival Cruise Line has announced that it will be adding an above-deck roller coaster to its new cruise ship, the Mardi Gras, largest ever built, when it makes its debut in about a year from now.  The roller coaster will hurl its riders, on occasion, to speeds of greater than 40 miles an hour as it swoops over the open sea or around the central funnel of the ship...

America's Most Stressful Airport Is Named, Surprising No One

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/21/2018, 3:30 AM

New York City's much-despised LaGuardia Airport is the U.S. hub most likely to give you a stress migraine this holiday season, according to new research from travel insurance comparison site InsureMyTrip.  The study ranked 75 U.S. airports by their flight cancellation data for this year, and LaGuardia was found to have the worst record, canceling 4.9% of total flights. Here are InsureMyTrip's to...

Watchmaker Shinola Is Opening a Hotel in Downtown Detroit

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/18/2018, 9:30 PM

Detroit-based Shinola, maker of watches, fancy bicycles, and other luxury goods, is expanding into the hotel business.  The 129-room Shinola Hotel is set to open in the company's hometown on January 2.  Developed in collaboration with local real estate firm Bedrock, the property encompasses three new buildings as well as two historic ones—the former homes of the T.B. Rayl Co. department store an...

Arthur Frommer: Should Americans Boycott Nations Intent on One-Party Rule?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/18/2018, 12:00 AM

The governments of Hungary and Poland continue to destroy the democratic nature of their institutions.  So do Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (where an American teenager was recently imprisoned on trumped-up charges).   The sensitive American asks: Should I refuse to visit those nations as a tourist? Should I boycott them, touristically? In responding to that dilemma, ...

The Caribbean's Newest Resorts are Now North of Cancun, Reports Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/13/2018, 12:00 AM

We Americans tend to have widely divergent views about Mexico. Some regard that nation as a place of constant poverty and problems. Other more perceptive types are aware of Mexico’s skyrocketing rise in the world of tourism.   Mexico is currently enjoying a major increase in its yearly number of international visitors, and similar advances in many other industries. In particular, giant new hotels...

Now Car Renters Will Scan Your Face: Hertz Goes Biometric

By Zachary Laks

Posted on 12/11/2018, 2:00 PM

Calculating your forehead-to-eye ratio to expedite a car rental? Sure! Anything to help trim a few minutes off the arduous process of approving paperwork.  Hertz announced today its new partnership with CLEAR, the first in the car rental-industry to introduce biometric screening as part of the check-in process. Just how will it work? Similar to other systems seen recently in travel, such as ...

U.S. Tourism to Canada Again Embroiled in Controversy

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/10/2018, 12:00 AM

Through all the decades of travel from the U.S. to Canada, our northern neighbor has occasionally presented us with touristic issues and arguments. Some 60 years ago, Canadian travel agents were accused of attracting prolonged visits by young American men as a means of their avoiding service in Vietnam. But now the entire Canadian nation is attracting modern-day American tourists for another reas...

Historic Delta Queen to Resume Cruising U.S. Rivers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/07/2018, 4:00 PM

The Delta Queen riverboat will once again cruise American waterways.  A floating National Historic Landmark, the 1920s-era vessel has been docked in Chattanooga, Tennessee, since 2008 due to a law banning overnight cruises on wooden ships.  But a bipartisan measure exempting the Delta Queen from that prohibition was approved by Congress, clearing the way for multiday excursions aboard the histor...

Meet UNESCO's New Cultural Heritage Inductees: Reggae, French Perfume, and More

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/05/2018, 12:00 AM

Reggae music from Jamaica, the Irish sport of hurling, Polish Nativity scenes, Korean wrestling, and about three dozen more arts, crafts, folk dances, foods, and festivals are the latest global traditions added to UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. (Pity the arts and tourism officials currently trying to squeeze that mouthful into quick after-dinner speec...

The Leaning Tower of Pisa Is Leaning Less

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/29/2018, 12:00 AM

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is standing a little straighter these days.  Engineers say that the tilt of the Italian icon has reduced by about 4cm (1.6 in.), according to news reports. More significantly, the international group that monitors the tower has deemed it stable, safe, and unlikely to topple over.  For these developments we can thank a restoration process begun in the 1990s, when safety...