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Fares are cheaper than they have been on decades because of the pandemic. BY KYLE ARNOLD THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS/TNS Traveling the country hasn’t been this cheap in decades. For less than $100, travelers from the Dallas area can buy a roundtrip ticket to New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, Los Ang…

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BY JACKIE BURRELL THE MERCURY NEWS/TNS Travel plans may be on hold, but Instagram offers boundless inspiration for the day we can finally jet off to distant destinations. So Big 7 Travel indulged in what has become an annual hashtag tally, analyzing which cities hold the most ‘gram appeal, s…

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BY LACEY PFALZ TRAVELPULSE/TNS The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has published some tips on Thanksgiving and holiday travel this year, helping people to be as prepared as possible to travel during not only the holidays but also the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a mask TSA has made s…

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BY TIM DARNELL THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION/TNS ATLANTA — The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its Thanksgiving coronavirus guidelines on last week, warning against travel and recommending much smaller gatherings during the annual American tradition. Thank…

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BY KERRI WESTENBERG STAR TRIBUNE/MINNEAPOLIS/TNS In a year like no other, when indoor gatherings are suspect and family gatherings may be scrapped, who knows what the holidays will bring. Fortunately, people still pondering plans – and yet to buy airline tickets – may not be forced to pay fo…

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Outdoor corridor lodging getting second looks due to social distancing efforts. BY ROGER VINCENT LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS After many years of being looked down on, motels are getting new respect in the era of social distancing. Guests at open-corridor inns may come and go without passing throug…

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BY THERESA NORTON TRAVELPULSE/TNS The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is looking into how long it is taking for customers to get refunds for cruises canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Commissioner Louis E. Sola is suggesting that the FMC create a uniform standard and make clear how passeng…

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BY DONALD WOOD TRAVELPULSE/TNS As some airlines in the United States announced they would once again book their flights to capacity. Delta Air Lines revealed it would continue to block middle seats and limit passenger numbers in every cabin through Sept. 30. Delta is capping seating at 50% i…

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BY WELLS DUSENBURY SUN SENTINEL/TNS The Bahamas officially reopened to the public last week — with a handful of new coronavirus guidelines. When you pack your sunscreen and bathing suit, make sure you have your mask ready as well. Phase 2 allows for international travel. Earlier this month, …

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BY CATHARINE HAMM LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS The world is your oyster, but at the moment, there’s no lustrous pearl inside. Until travel returns, spend your time planning the best vacation ever. Here are 10 things you can do. Figure out who is going. Whether the family, you and your siblings or s…

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BY MIA TAYLORTRAVELPULSE/TNS With Veterans Day rapidly approaching, there’s no shortage of deals being announced by the travel industry to honor the nation’s military members. From Legoland Florida Resort to Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, some of the top travel brands have begun announcing di…

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There’s plenty of culture and history to soak up during a quick visit to the Mississippi city. BY ELEANOR HENDRICKS MCDANIEL SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER  Summertime calls for car travel. We’re on the road to visit friends and relatives, attend family reunions or just tour the country. You…

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BY STACY M. BROWNNNPA NEWSWIRE Nearly half of American drivers surveyed say that rising gas prices are stopping them from heading out on a road trip this summer, according to results of a motorist study released by CarInsurance.com, a one-stop destination for expert advice on car insurance. …

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BY DAVID J. NEALMIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI – More restrictions on travel from the United States to Cuba were revealed Tuesday in an announcement by the Department of Treasury. The two major changes, which will go into effect Wednesday (June 5), highlighted by Treasury were: Group people-to-peopl…

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BY MARJIE LAMBERTMIAMI HERALD/TNS Florida’s theme parks saw a big jump in attendance in 2018, a fact that will come as a surprise to no one who stood in line for a roller coaster, the train to Hogwarts or a character meet-and-greet. In Florida, which gets more theme park visitors than any co…

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BY ALEX TEMBLADORTRAVELPULSE/TNS Expedia Group asked consumers, what’s more important — price, guest ratings or brand value? The answer was not surprising. Price is by far the most important aspect in a customer’s hotel selection. In a survey of more than 900 people, Expedia Group found that…

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Florida Courier’s Penny Dickerson will be writing aboard the Africa Mercy, a hospital ship. PHOTO BY GREGORY MCKINNON Florida Courier writer Penny Dickerson “must pay to serve” aboard Mercy Ships, an established model followed by volunteer missions. ___________________________________ To sup…

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Cruise lines sink millions into private islands, innovative upgrades BY RICHARD TRIBOUORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS Florida will once again be the beneficiary of the cruise industry’s biggest and best offerings, but it’s not just ships that will be of interest to Sunshine State cruisers in 2019. The …

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That boxy new ship one sees while driving across the McArthur Causeway between Miami and Miami Beach? It’s the 5,119-passenger MSC Seaside, the newest vessel from the European Cruise line MSC. It joins 3,502-passenger Divina, which arrived in 2013, and a half-dozen others that MSC will bring…

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Royal Caribbean is putting an arsenal of pricey bells and whistles on its private Bahamas island, Coco-Cay. The $200 million upgrade is the first of what the line hopes to be many private destination upgrades that it’s calling the Perfect Day Island Collection. ‘Bold claim’ “When you name a …

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Change is on the way to a Walt Disney World art exhibit at Epcot American’s Adventure.“Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art” will be moving into the American Heritage Gallery sometime this summer, according to a post on the official Disney Parks Blog. It will be a…