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How the Government Shutdown Could Impact Your Travel Plans

Josh Hallett/Flickr Now in its 20th day, the government shutdown — triggered as a result of President Donald Trump’s determination to secure funding for a border wall — drags on. With no visible progress, services have halted, employees continue to work without pay, and the president and his opposition remain in a stalemate. So, how,…

A State of Emergency Was Just Declared in the Maldives

When it comes to luxurious island vacations — with the softest of beaches, the bluest of waters, and over-the-top overwater bungalows — the Maldives tops the list. Made up of nearly 2,000 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, the stunning archipelago is a romantic paradise. However, while the beauty of the Maldives is indisputable, it’s…

Tourism to the U.S. Takes a Big Hit

Tapas, paella, flamenco, and beautiful Mediterranean beaches — there’s a lot to love about Spain, and we’re not the only ones who think so. In fact, the United Nations World Tourism Organization recently announced that the U.S. has lost its coveted spot as the world’s second-most popular travel destination to Spain in 2017 (France maintains…

It’s No Longer Mandatory for Airlines to Disclose Baggage Fees

Pesky airline baggage fees can be a pain in the you-know-what, and unfortunately, these sneaky surcharges are only going to get worse for passengers. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that airlines and third-party booking sites are no longer required to divulge baggage fees when travelers book. The rule, which was proposed during the…

This New Update From the U.S. State Department Could Impact Your Travel Plans

Earlier this summer, the U.S. State Department updated its official travel warning for Mexico — namely adding stricter advisories for Quintana Roo, a region that includes Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum, as well as Baja California, including Cabo San Lucas. Around the same time, a travel alert throughout Europe was also issued, and in…

You Can Still Visit Cuba Despite Trump’s Tight New Travel Restrictions

Five months ago, President Trump pledged to reverse relations between Cuba and the United States, which the Obama administration thawed in 2015. Now, it seems like he’s following through. On Wednesday, the Trump administration announced that it’s imposing new travel and trade restrictions on Cuba. So what do these tight new regulations mean for travelers?…

What to Know Before Traveling to a Muslim-Majority Country

If you spend a lot of time watching or reading the news, you might be apprehensive about traveling to a Muslim-majority country. The Middle East in particular is not always painted in the most positive light, and many Western people have been led to believe that countries with large Muslim populations are inherently dangerous. While…

U.S. and Turkey Suspend Visa Services for Travelers

Americans interested in visiting Turkey, and vice versa, may have to put their plans on hold for now. Earlier this month, both the U.S. and Turkey suspended non-immigrant visa services for travel between the two countries. These tit-for-tat measures came after Turkish authorities detained two Turkish employees of the U.S. consulate in Istanbul.

5 Controversial Monuments Around the World

On August 12, the world watched as several days of riotous protests broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia. While violence surrounding issues of racism is certainly nothing new in the United States, recent years have seen various groups fighting against the removal of monuments dedicated to the Confederacy under the guise of culture. And although Charlottesville…