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This Is the Safest City for Travelers
This Is the Safest
City for Travelers

This Is the Safest City for Travelers

Copenhagen is No. 1 in new ranking by the 'Economist'

(Newser) - The Economist is out with its annual ranking of "safe cities" in which to travel, and the top spot is occupied by Copenhagen for the first time. Typically, an Asian city has been No. 1, notes CNN . Crime obviously factors into the rankings, but the Safe Cities Index 2021...

Europe Poised to Close Doors to US Travelers
EU: Time to Close Doors
to US Travelers
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EU: Time to Close Doors to US Travelers

European Union recommends member nations ban non-essential travel

(Newser) - American tourists have been able to fly to Europe throughout the summer, but it will likely become more difficult to get those flights in the near future. The European Union on Monday recommended that its 27 member nations ban non-essential travel from the US, reports the Wall Street Journal . The...

Hawaii Is Just Not Up for Visitors Right Now

Governor stops short of banning travel, but says 'it's not a good time'

(Newser) - Summer is winding down. The weather is cooling. Students are getting ready to go back to school. Doesn’t it sound like a great time to squeeze in a little vacation, maybe a trip to Hawaii? Guess again. "It’s not a good time to travel to the islands,...

Woman in Tonga for Weekend Ends Up Trapped For 18 Months

She's not that upset about it

(Newser) - A British woman is telling her story of a weekend trip to the South Pacific that has now stretched on for some 18 months. It'll come as no surprise that COVID is to blame for what Zoe Stephens dubs "the longest weekend of my life," but the...

CDC's Thanksgiving Travel Advice Is Pretty Simple

Just don't do it, says health agency in new advisory

(Newser) - The CDC's new advice for Thanksgiving travelers can be summed up in two words: Stay home. The federal health agency "is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period," CDC coronavirus official Dr. Henry Walke said Thursday, per CNBC . He said the agency is alarmed by the "...

Travel Is Still the Answer, Rick Steves Figures
Staying 6 Feet Apart Is
No Way to Travel: Steves
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Staying 6 Feet Apart Is No Way to Travel: Steves

Host is off the road for the first summer in 30 years

(Newser) - For the first summer in 30 years, Rick Steves is home instead of savoring Europe. It's an adjustment. He doesn't know what's next for travel after the pandemic any more than the rest of us do, he told the Washington Post in an interview. But he knows...

When Traveling, Beware of This
When Traveling,
Beware of This

When Traveling, Beware of This

Experts warn against using public USB charging stations

(Newser) - Travel much? You may already know not to fire up your devices on free USB public charging stations, but if not, here's the warning: "Depending on the vulnerability they exploit, they would have access to everything you would have access to on your phone," cybersecurity pro Jim...

Huge Airlift Planned for 600K Travelers

Debt-laden Thomas Cook is teetering on the edge

(Newser) - More than 600,000 vacationers who booked through tour operator Thomas Cook were on edge Sunday, wondering if they will be able to get home, as one of the world's oldest and biggest travel companies teetered on the edge of collapse. The debt-laden company, which confirmed Friday it was...

US Woman Becomes Youngest Person Ever to Visit All 196 Countries

Lexie Alford is in the process of confirming Guinness World Record

(Newser) - Lexie Alford entered North Korea on Friday and achieved a "lifelong dream": visiting all 196 countries. And at just 21, she is slated to break the current Guinness World Record for youngest person to accomplish it; the current record-holder was 24 when he achieved the same feat. "...

These Amtrak Passengers Are Having a Really Bad Journey

Train in remote Oregon hit a tree Sunday, and they may be there until Tuesday

(Newser) - Nearly 200 people aboard an Amtrak train now have everyone else beat when it comes to tales about travel nightmares. Their train hit a downed tree in remote Oregon on Sunday evening, and all aboard—183 passengers, plus the crew—will likely be stuck there until Tuesday morning, reports the...

Marriott Reveals Massive Data Breach

Information on 500M Starwood customers is exposed

(Newser) - Bad news for anyone who has stayed at a Starwood brand hotel, which includes big names like Westin and Sheraton, in the last few years: Hackers may have your data, including credit card information. Marriott said Friday that up to 500 million customers under its Starwood Hotel umbrella have been...

Is This the Safest Place in the World? Residents Think So

The 2018 Global Law and Order Report asked people in 142 countries about local crime

(Newser) - Listen up, safety-conscious globetrotters. A new Gallup survey has ranked world-wide destinations based solely on what locals have to say about their own sense of safety, reports CNN . Researchers asked 148,000 residents aged 15 or older in 142 countries the following safety-related questions: Do you have confidence in the...

After Fight With Mom, Kid Gives Himself Bali Getaway

Australian 12-year-old steals credit card, flies to posh resort in Indonesia

(Newser) - A 12-year-old Australian boy has pulled off a bold feat that is drawing international headlines: He stole his mom's credit card and managed to fly to Bali, Indonesia, for a posh, four-day vacation before getting caught, reports 9 News . As recounted in the Australian program A Current Affair, the...

'Coolest Places' Travel List Includes a Southern US City

'Forbes' list has mostly foreign locales, but also Asheville, North Carolina

(Newser) - Forbes called around to travel experts to get a sense of the "coolest places" to visit in 2018 and came away with far-flung locales such as Bolivia and Cambodia. But also making the list is a specific US location—Asheville, North Carolina. The city has a thriving arts...

New Passport Rankings Have a Notable No. 1

For first time, an Asian nation (Singapore) gets the honors

(Newser) - A new ranking of the world's most powerful passports is out, and it contains a notable first, per US News & World Report . The Passport Index by financial advisory firm Arton Capital puts an Asian nation in the top spot for the first time. Singapore gets the honors, with...

Woman Finds Herself Only Passenger on Flight to Greece

'Surreal'

(Newser) - Karon Grieve had not just the seat next to her empty on her trip from Glasgow to the Greek island of Crete—and not even just both seats next to her. Every other seat on the Jet2 plane was empty, meaning there were 188 empty seats, the BBC reports. When...

10 Best Cities for a Weekend Getaway
10 Best Cities for
a Weekend Getaway

10 Best Cities for a Weekend Getaway

London or Vienna tops, depending on whether you're bringing the family

(Newser) - Those in need of a mini-vacation might check out new rankings from travel app weekenGO , which looked at 1,000 cities to figure out which were best for a weekend getaway. Note that these are ambitious getaways, with London at No. 1. The site crunched factors such as accommodations, traffic,...

They Were Once 'Cheap Seats' of Colosseum. Now, Priceless

Newly restored top levels are now open to tourists

(Newser) - Visitors to the Colosseum can now enjoy even more of the ancient amphitheater and the spectacular views it offers of Rome. Officials on Tuesday showed off the newly restored fourth and fifth levels of the Colosseum, which are opening to the public for guided tours starting Nov. 1. Included in...

Physicists Have Advice to Stop Your Suitcase From Wobbling

Speed up

(Newser) - What to do when a wheeled suitcase hits a bump in the road and starts to wobble? Walk a little faster. Yes, this is a question scientists have recently looked into, and they've got a couple pieces of advice for travelers. “If it’s not wobbling, it’s...

Tourist Sneaks Cat Into Iceland, and Iceland Kills the Cat
Tourist Sneaks Cat Into Iceland,
and Iceland Kills the Cat
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Tourist Sneaks Cat Into Iceland, and Iceland Kills the Cat

Swiss woman also gets billed for disinfecting her camper

(Newser) - Iceland's beauty attracts more than a million travelers from around the world every year, and a tourist just learned the hard way that the country doesn't mess around when it comes to protecting its turf. A Swiss woman in her 60s entered the country in her camper by...

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