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Post-Hurricane Dorian Update: Islands in the Bahamas You Can (And Should) Still Visit

Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 tropical cyclone, struck the Bahamas on September 1, 2019. The relentless storm, now considered the worst natural disaster in the country’s history, left a devastating trail of destruction in its wake. It decimated entire islands and forced thousands of Bahamians to evacuate their homes. If you caught any Hurricane Dorian…

Everything You Need to Know About Flying With CBD Products

Vaping360/Flickr If you’ve been anticipating your next vacation, but can’t bear to leave your cannabidiol (CBD) behind, there’s good news: The Transportation Security Administration has updated its medical marijuana policy, allowing travelers to bring the product onboard flights. Although CBD has exploded in popularity in recent years, it was not permitted in the friendly skies…

WOW Air Suddenly Shut Down. Here’s What Travelers Need to Know.

Wow Air; Oliver Holzbauer/Flickr Wow Air, Iceland’s beloved low-cost carrier, lived up to its name with rock-bottom prices (as low as $49 flights from the U.S. to Europe, and even $199 one-way fares from between the U.S. and India), but now it’s dropping jaws for another reason. After months of financial struggles, the airline announced…

It Just Got Tougher for Americans to Visit Europe

Lisbon, Portugal Americans wanting to travel to Europe can currently pack their bags and go without any sort of travel clearance, but all that’s about to change. Effective January 1, 2021, U.S. citizens will have to register through the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) before entering the Schengen Area, no matter the duration…

Italy’s Cinque Terre Could Fine You Over $2,000 for Wearing Flip-Flops

Hotel Porto Roca, Cinque Terre Built into the cliffs on a stunning stretch of the Ligurian coast in northwest Italy, Cinque Terre serves up seaside hikes that are as breathtaking as their views. The region is best explored by foot, but as we stated in a recent piece, dressing appropriately — particularly with comfortable, sturdy…

Will This Effort Protect Tourists From Needless Selfie Deaths?

www.david baxendale.com/Flickr The phrase “do it for the gram” has led to some devastating results: Since 2011, the number of selfie-related deaths has increased. Between March 2014 and September 2016 alone, 127 people died while attempting to snap a selfie, Travel and Leisure reports. From India to Australia, travelers are putting themselves in treacherous positions…

The TSA Finds More Than 10 Loaded Guns in Carry-On Bags Every Day

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; Josh Hallett/Flickr When it comes to the dos and don’ts of packing a carry-on bag, most travelers know the drill: Make sure your suitcase fits the size requirements, no liquids greater than 3.4 ounces, and leave the firearms at home. In 2018, however, a record number of folks violated the latter.…

You Now Have to Pay to Leave Japan

Heading to Japan? You may want to spend $9 less on that sushi order or shopping spree in Shibuya. The country recently announced that it will be implementing a departure tax for all visitors, irrespective of nationality. The new fee, called the sayonara tax, will cost travelers 1,000 yen (or approximately $9), and be added…

Should You Tip Your Flight Attendant? This Airline Is Encouraging It

Tomás Del Coro/Flickr Frontier Airlines is giving new meaning to friendly skies. Effective January 1, passengers on the low-cost carrier will have the option of showing their gratitude by leaving a tip for flight attendants serving them refreshments. “We appreciate the great work of our flight attendants and know that our customers do as well,…

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,…