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Destinations

Ancient Bhutan trail set to open for first time in 60 years
Visiting the Land of the Thunder Dragon can be challenging, but there's new incentive to finally cross it off the bucket list in 2022 as its breathtaking Trans Bhutan Trail will be reopening to travelers for the first time in 60 years.…

Why Is Everyone Going to the Dominican Republic?
The country is a rare pandemic success story, with recent visitor numbers far surpassing those of most other Caribbean destinations. Easy entry rules are a draw, but some residents are uneasy.…

The Galapagos and Costa Rica Are Creating an Underwater 'Ocean Highway'
The first step is the brand-new Galapagos Marine Reserve, which expands the total protected area in the archipelago to nearly 75,000 square miles, making it more than twice the size of Maryland.…

As Bangkok reopens to tourists, here's what it's like to visit now
As Omicron fears subside, Thailand is relaunching its test & go program, which allows vaccinated travelers from certain countries to enter without facing lengthy quarantines. Here's a look at what tourists coming now can expect. …

Iceland Is Opening a New Lagoon Next Month With Stunning Forest Views and 2 Swim-up Bars
Set to open in late February or early March, the Forest Lagoon, also called Skógarböð Geothermal Spa, will allow visitors to soak in large leisure pools filled with the natural hot waters…

Tours and Activities

French connections - Skiing in France: Beautiful slopes, delicious food… but too steep a price?
France is considered one of the top destinations in the world for winter sports. Ski culture goes beyond the slopes…

Adventure awaits in Central America. Now it just needs tourists
Havens for adventure travel such as Costa Rica and Guatemala have struggled to bring tourists back…

Why does it feel like covid requirements for travel are more confusing than ever?
Now more than ever, travelers have to cross an ocean of red tape when they want to go abroad. But did you know that pandemic requirements for travelers are even confusing to the people enforcing them?…

How to Travel Solo During the Pandemic
The way we travel may be changing with the spread of Covid-19, but here are ways to stay informed and stay as safe as possible.…

Ride a Snowmobile to an Alaskan Glacier on This Epic Tour
Alaska Backcountry Adventure Tours, a company that curates Alaska tours with a locals-only lens, invites you to ride a snowmobile across Nelchina Glacier on a full-day adventure.…

Cruise

Thanks to a newly designed cruise ship, Florida may soon be a major player in river cruises
Last year while many cruise lines were still months from any hope of reopening, U.S.-based cruises were able to restart. And new developments in the...…

The World's New Largest Cruise Ship Joins Royal Caribbean's Fleet
Royal Caribbean is known for having the largest cruise ships in the world, and today its fleet just got a little bigger. …

Top 10 New Things on Disney Wish
Disney Cruise Line is launching its first new ship in 10 years, Disney Wish. Set to debut in the summer of 2022, it is the first of its new Triton class series. …

7 Cruise Trends You'll See in 2022
As the cruise industry continues to evolve, we've identified some trends we're already seeing, and will continue to see in 2022.…

A TikToker who has been on 40 cruises shares 3 ways to save money on board
From on-board freebies to shore excursions, Emma Cruises told Insider her top tips on saving money while cruising.…

Transportation

These New Sleeper Train Routes Are the Most Stylish Way to Travel Through Europe
With new sleeper train routes rolling out across Europe, travelers can meander through Italy, France, and Sweden inside their own comfortable compartment.…

United Airlines opens flight academy to address pilot shortage
United Airlines is recruiting students, no experience needed, for the first major airline-owned pilot flight academy to help fill the critical shortage of airline pilots. United says 50 percent of its students will be women or minorities…

Amtrak's Latest Sale Has Tickets Starting At $19, but You'll Have to Book Fast
Amtrak is putting some of its most popular routes on sale, allowing travelers to head to destinations throughout the Northeast starting at only $19.…

United Airlines Flight Turns Around After Passengers Tried to Upgrade Themselves to Business Class
A United Airlines flight heading to Israel was forced to turn around mid-flight after a pair of passengers tried to upgrade themselves to empty business class seats.…

Carry-On Luggage Sizes: Size Restrictions by Airline
Every airline has a strict set of rules to follow when it comes to carry-on luggage.…

Lodging

Traveling with family or for fun? Take a look at extended-stay hotels.
An extended-stay hotel offers a home away from home that isn’t someone else’s. For the most part, units in these properties are more akin to apartments…

Does your hotel or Airbnb come with a hidden camera? Here's how to find out
Airbnb guests have recently reported frightening instances of finding a hidden camera during their stay. Here's how to spot them in your next rental.…

Hyatt to Open Two All-Inclusive Hotels in Playa del Carmen
Hyatt's Apple Leisure Group is opening two new all-inclusive hotels in Playa del Carmen, Mexico next month.…

Wynn Resorts wants to bring 'gaming' to the UAE
Casino operator Wynn Resorts has inked a deal to build a luxury resort in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.…

The 5 Best Hotels In NYC
Here are the best hotels in NYC no matter what your needs are…

Other and Odd

Survey: Vaccinated Americans Are Driving Travel Demand
Folks who have gotten their jabs are much more likely to travel within the next six months, according to research from Cardify.…

Bomb cyclone set to form along East Coast
It's the biggest blizzard since 2018 to strike the Northeast.…

A tale of two Mexico trips during the pandemic
Two recent trips to Mexico -- one to sun-soaked Tulum and another to the big city of Guadalajara -- expose contrasting attitudes and approaches to Covid-19. Find out more on this tale of two trips.…

Americans are obsessed with travel reviews
Americans are obsessed with reviews for travel, but those reviews aren't always true. Keri Lumm shares the results of a new study conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Plum…

Can Nature Heal a Broken Heart?
On the heels of a gutting divorce, a Colorado-based writer discovers a pathway through her grief, one 14,000-foot mountain at a time. …

Press Releases of Interest

Collette Offers Big Savings and the chance to Explore in Destinations close to Home
Collette, global tour operator, is thrilled to announce the opportunity to save up to 15% on tours in the United States, with an incredible chance for your clients to explore close to home. …

Collette Offers Big Savings and the chance to Explore in Destinations close to Home
Collette, global tour operator, is thrilled to announce the opportunity to save up to 15% on tours in the United States, with an incredible chance for your clients to explore close to home. …

Beyond Times Square VIP Exclusive Broadway Experience at Hamilton and The Music Man
Beyond Times Square (BTSQ), a New York City-based leading luxury travel service company announces two exclusive VIP experiences for 2022 – the VIP Exclusive Broadway Experience at Hamilton and The Music Man.…

The Travel Institute Announces early 2022 Webinar Lineup
The Travel Institute announces its early 2022 webinar lineup offering complimentary agent training on important industry topics from growing your business…

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES RELAUNCH OF SERVICE ON POPULAR ROUTE BETWEEN JOHANNESBURG AND DURBAN
Johannesburg, South Africa (19 January 2022) – As South African Airways (SAA) continues to rebuild its route network, new flights are planned between Johannesburg and Durban with three-times daily service beginning Friday, 04 March 2022. SAA’s Interim Chief Executive Officer Thomas Kgokolo says, “The short-haul route between Johannesburg and Durban is one of the busiest in South Africa, and our customers and partners have been asking us to fly this route since we took to the skies again in September 2021. We’ve been waiting for the…

Agent Perspectives

England’s Magical and Enchanting Worlds—Just Bring Your Imagination
With interest in travelling to the UK steadily growing, so are the number of ’email conversations’ I’m having with enterprising travel advisors who want to offer their customers some different aspects of their old friend Britain. Some of the customised travel experiences were hallmarked by a selection of the On Location visits highlighted a couple…

Mike's Morning Missives

And That’s a Wrap
2019 is just about yesterday’s news. I don’t want to use a beat up worn-torn saying but I will: “Where has the time gone?” I also refuse to suggest that you have a Happy New Year. I’d rather remind you that time waits for nobody, and whether your New Year will be happy or not…

Mike’s 1-Minute Marketing Memos

Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda
  Don’t allow yourself to fall victim to this behavior: I would’ve done it if I had more money. I could’ve tried if I had more time. I should’ve called them but … This happens more often than not, when you get an idea and fail to act on it. This simply does not have…

Soundings

A Week at Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is a destination perfect for a getaway, provided you appreciate skiing or hiking or nature, golf, shopping, gambling, fishing, boating, or dozens of other outdoor activities.  Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe often exceeds the expectations of first-time visitors. Its natural beauty, crystal clear waters, towering Jeffrey pine trees, and…

Deck Plans

Our Readers Are River Cruising, Right Now & A Word From Uniworld’s CEO About River Cruising In 2022
Think no one’s river cruising? Think again. While river cruising in Europe generally takes a pause during the cold of January and February, as well as much of March, regions outside of Europe still see river cruises operating. Earlier this week, we heard from Patty Moss and her husband Bill, who were in Jordan before…

Anita’s Tips and Tools

The Incessant Traveler

Chitra Stern: Family Travel During the COVID Recovery Period
Every time American society suffers a severe trauma, people re-evaluate their lives and re-prioritize. “Spending time with family” always rises in the list of priorities. As it relates to the travel industry, every big shock causes an increased demand for family travel. In 2000, when the Wall Street tech bubble burst, the stock market lost…