Study: Booze Boosts Foreign Language Skills

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/24/2017, 9:30 PM

Alcohol improves your ability to speak a foreign language, according to a new study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.  Researchers from the University of Liverpool, Maastricht University, and King's College London devised an experiment in which 50 native German speakers who had recently learned Dutch were asked to down either booze or an alcohol-free control liquid. Participants were then inst...

The best food in Southern Italy

If You Miss These Southern Italian Dishes, You've Missed Southern Italy's Food

If you don't try these southern Italian foods, you’ll be missing the full Italy experience.

Norwegian Cruise Line Drinks Package Now the Priciest at Sea

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/05/2017, 10:00 PM

Norwegian Cruise Line has raised the price of its Ultimate Beverage package, covering all alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks that a passenger consumes while on board the ship (except drinks priced higher than $15, which have to be purchased separately).   Up from a previous fee of $79 per day—and, as recently as 2014, $54 per day—the package now costs $89 per passenger, per day.  But with a "serv...

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Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, is unfairly one of the country’s lesser-known regions

14 Reasons Calabria Needs to Be Your Next Italy Vacation

Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, is one of the country’s lesser-known regions among Americans, but that's not fair. We'll tell you why it makes for one of the best quiet beach and seaside vacations in Italy.

Waterfront Entertainment Complex in D.C. Set to Open Oct. 12

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/02/2017, 11:45 PM

A soon-to-open waterfront development in Washington, D.C. is set to offer visitors a bunch of new dining, entertainment, and outdoor recreation options just south of the National Mall. Scheduled to begin welcoming guests on October 12, The Wharf is an ambitious project combining more than 20 food and drink venues, three hotels, shops, a 6,000-seat concert hall, and a water taxi system along a mil...

The Shortest Flight in the U.S.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/29/2017, 12:30 AM

United Airlines has begun operating the shortest commercial flight in the United States.  Zipping between San Francisco and Santa Rosa in California's Sonoma County wine region three times a week, the route covers about 60 miles and stays in the air for just 16 minutes. (Factor in taxiing and such and the one-way trip takes a still-speedy 45 minutes.)  In addition to putting themselves through t...

Georgetown in Washington, D.C.

The Best Shopping in Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown and Dupont Circle

Soak up the cobblestoned charm of Washington, D.C.'s historic Georgetown and Dupont Cirlce neighborhoods as you peruse some of the best shops the nation’s capital has to offer.
Inside the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

An All-Guinness Tour of Dublin—Pubs, Breweries, and Beyond

Since its creation in 1759, Arthur Guinness’s foamy stout has shaped its hometown in ways large and small. Here's a look at Dublin through beer goggles.   

 

Two New, And Quite Appetizing, Culinary Travel Books

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/17/2017, 12:00 AM

The old cliché "I live to eat" has a new corollary: "I travel to eat." More vacationers are letting their taste buds decide where their feet (and wallets) will lead them. To aid with that decision, there's a new crop of travel books centered around cuisine. Super Sushi Ramen Express: A Culinary Adventure Through Japan is one of the most exuberant of the genre. Its writing began with a bet of sor...

A Major Battle is About to Erupt Over Marijuana Tourism

By Tonny Trust

Posted on 09/15/2017, 6:00 PM

Last year, California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts joined five other states in legalizing the recreational use and sale of marijuana.    The action taken by California is especially significant. With its huge population, greater than that of several other large states combined, California will create the foundation for a giant industry of marijuana tourism, causing millions of travelers...

Where to taste wine in Portugal

10 Top Portuguese Wine Experiences

For a small country, Portugal produces an astonishing variety of wine. Fortunately for travelers, the country also has plenty of gorgeous places to taste it.
How to go to a restaurant in Japan

10 Food Rules to Follow in Japan, Plus the Right Way to Eat Sushi

Owing to its rich and venerable food culture, Japan has accumulated a complex collection of dining customs. But don't worry—you just need somebody to tell you what not to do. 
A lane bedecked in autumn leaves in the Berkshires

The Top 10 Things to Do in the Berkshires

There's much to see and do in the Berkshires, so take advantage of the variety. Pair a museum visit with a mountain hike, followed by a concert. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it should give you a good starting point for a stay in this delightful corner of the globe.
Guitar close-up

What to See, Hear, and Eat in the Mississippi Delta—Birthplace of the Blues

The culture, history, food, and music in northwestern Mississippi is as rich as the soil is fertile. Here's how to explore the fascinating region where the blues were born.

A New Warning About Cocktails at Some Mexican All-Inclusive Resorts

By Pauline Frommer

Toxic alcohol is a rising problem at some unethical resorts in Mexico. Here's what you should know—and how to tell if you've had sub-par booze.

Lackawanna Terminal, Hoboken NJ

What to Do in Hoboken—Sinatra, Baseball, Hamilton, and New York's Best View

There's great food, culture, history, and views just across the Hudson River from New York City. Why you should add Hoboken, New Jersey to your next NYC itinerary.
A raised level street view captures the old-fashion intricacy of the New Orlean's French Quarter. Behind the old black lamp post and hanging restaurant sign, lies the towering steeple of an old white church.

What to Do in New Orleans If You Don't Have Much Time

A whirlwind itinerary for seeing the best of the Big Easy in a single day—from sites of Creole history and cuisine to the city's legendary, jazz-infused nightlife
The Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan

Visiting Chicago? You're Doing It Wrong

The best way to experience Chicago is like a local. Here's how to do that.
A view of the central town on Mackinack Island from Fort Mackinac

Mackinac Island: Lost in Time

The car never came to Mackinac Island—but famed researchers, Native Americans, fur traders, invading British troops, and vacationers galore did. Discover the big impact on history and travel made by this tiny speck in Lake Huron.
The rules of dining in Italy

9 Italian Food Rules to Follow—Plus 1 to Break

Dining in Italy may seem like a casual, carefree pursuit, but in reality it’s a complex game of manners. Eat correctly while you eat well.
Pike Place Market in Seattle

Best of Seattle: Our Favorite Moments

Quintessential Seattle experiences—including dining at the top of the Space Needle, dodging flying fish at Pike Place Market, revisiting '90s grunge, and overcaffeinating yourself at some of the world's most famous coffeehouses