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Two Major Resorts Are About to Reopen in the Bahamas

With the December reopening of both Baha Mar and Atlantis Paradise Island, here’s what the Bahamas is doing to keep travel as safe as possible.

Why it’s important to save historic hotels

Sure, they’re fun to visit. But these venerable resorts, motels, and inns also have a lot to teach us about community.

You won't believe these incredible places are on Earth

From pink lakes and green beaches to rockscapes that might be better placed on Mars, the Earth is full of surprises. Here, we've scoured the globe to find the natural wonders that could be from another planet.

Austin Mayor Is Latest Official To Not Practice The COVID-19 Precautions They Preach

The mayor of Austin, Texas, is the latest public official to break from their own COVID-19 recommendations, telling residents last month to stay home while he hosted a wedding and vacationed in Mexico. Democratic Mayor Steve Adler boarded a private jet with several others in early November to vacation for a week at a family timeshare in Cabo San Lucas, according to the Austin American-Statesman, which broke the story on Wednesday. The trip...

35 beautiful places the rich & famous like to vacation

Fun Fact: More Than 75 National Forests Will Let You Chop Down Your Own Christmas Tree

Not interested in an artificial tree? The U.S. Forest Service invites you to come with chainsaw in tow to take a real one off their hands.

Italian Government Bans Christmas Travel, Prompting Regional Leaders to Call the Order 'Crazy'

From December 21 to January 6, no Italian citizen will be able to travel among the country's 20 regions except for work, medical reasons or emergencies.

35 Helpful Gifts for Hikers, According to Seasoned Trekkers

From trekking poles to hydration packs.

Gear for Cool-Weather Car Camping

Gear for Cool-Weather Car Camping

10 Things Travelers Need to Know About Flying Right Now

Flying has changed in the time of COVID-19.

Caribbean Resorts Reopening for Winter Travel

'Tis the season for resorts to reopen their doors to guests. Here's a list of the Caribbean resorts reopening for winter travel.

Want to Travel to Chile? American’s New Digital Health Pass Can Help

A new mobile health app lets passengers upload their required COVID-19 test results—the first time the tech is being used for travel to Latin America.

Extremely rare white cougar highlights a quirk of the species

“Another white cougar may not appear in my lifetime,” scientist says of unusual young male spotted in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.

Why Williamsburg at Christmas is So Magical, Especially Now

2,500 wreaths, y’all.

A guide to the new Aeroplan’s award routing and stopover rules

Air Canada recently relaunched its loyalty program — Aeroplan — with a new award chart, earning structure and stopover rules. These changes have been largely positive too. The airline kept a standard award chart with very reasonable redemption rates, too, giving us a break from the many devaluations we’ve seen this year. That said, the …

Disney shared its Gingerbread Cream Cheese Muffin recipe — and it's a dream come true

These creamy, dreamy muffins are a hit at Disney's Animal Kingdom, but they taste even better fresh from the oven.

America's eerie abandoned theme parks

The USA is famed for its larger-than-life theme parks – but not all of them have had staying power and, like America's Gold Rush-era ghost towns, these abandoned attractions have an intrigue all of their own. From a forgotten Six Flags to a slew of fated water parks, we peek inside some of America's deserted adventure playgrounds.

Here’s Exactly When to Get Tested for COVID-19 If You’re Traveling for the Holidays

According to the CDC.

Delta is launching a new passengers contact-tracing initiative as new lockdowns ruin the airline's plans to stop burning through cash

Delta is the first US airline to introduce contact tracing with the initiative coming as the airline fails to slow losses as projected.

'Pose' Star Indya Moore on the Realities of Transgender Travel and How You Can Help LGBTQIA+ Travelers

The model and actor teamed up with Orbitz to help raise money for the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association.

Inside the Christmas Warner Bros Studio Tour Harry Potter film set

New pictures reveal the Christmas version of the Warner Bros Studio Tour London Harry Potter film set.

Southwest warns 6,800 employees they could lose their jobs

Southwest Airlines warned 6,800 employees Thursday they may be furloughed in the spring, the airline told CNN.

In California: Prisons report record high COVID-19 infections. And porpoises bounce back.

Plus: Oakland bans natural gas in new residential and commercial buildings. LeBron signs a contract extension with the Lakers. And porpoises bounce back.

Best Places to Travel in January

From sunny shores to snowy slopes, these are the best places to travel in January in the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Couple arrested for boarding United Airlines flight to Hawaii after testing positive for COVID-19

A couple that knowingly boarded a flight from California to Hawaii after testing positive for COVID-19 has been charged with reckless endangering.

U.S. sets record for Covid deaths, cases and hospitalizations as virus runs rampant

“We need to try to bend the curve, stop this exponential increase,” Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s Covid-19 incident manager, said.

Will COVID-19 vaccines be mandated for air travel? Delta CEO weighs in

Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines, joins TODAY to talk about how travel will change as the COVID-19 vaccine begins to be distributed across the U.S. He also discusses a potential second stimulus package for the airline industry and comments on the FAA’s approval to fly the Boeing 737 Max after it was grounded following two fatal crashes.

50 stunning lakes to visit

Sorry, Emotional Support Peacock! Airlines Can Now Ban Animals Other Than Dogs From Flights

If you've ever been annoyed to discover that your seatmate on a flight was an "emotional support" miniature horse, you'll be pleased to hear that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a new rule that allows airlines in the US to ban animals like pigs, snakes, and even peacocks from riding in the cabin alongside their owners.

8 Foldable, Lightweight Strollers for Travel

It's not always easy to find a stroller for on-the-go families—especially ones that fit in overhead compartments and work on public transportation. We tested the best of the best to find the top strollers.

How to Ensure Your Family Sits Together on a Plane

Even in basic economy.

How to Safely Staycation, According to the Professionals

The team from the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn gave us best practices for some much-needed fun away from home

15 Best Christmas Destinations That Look Straight Out of a Holiday Postcard

Let’s face it, we could all use a bit of fantasy this 2020 holiday season. Here, the 15 best Christmas destinations.

Trump's intelligence chief warns China is the greatest threat to US since WWII

The Trump administration's most senior intelligence official issued a stark warning Thursday that China is preparing for "an open-ended period of confrontation with the US," urging bipartisan action to address "the greatest threat to America today" and to "democracy around the world since World War II."

Quiz: Can you guess these famous skylines?

Stacker puts your city knowledge to the test with this quiz featuring 25 iconic skylines, sourcing images that hint at the destination’s skyline and clues toward the identity of these famous locations.

Elected officials slammed for hypocrisy for not following own COVID-19 advice

Leaders in New York, California, Texas and Colorado have recently come under fire for what critics have called hypocritical behavior during the pandemic.

20 photos of the most stunning camper van conversions of 2020

While in lockdown this year, some couples converted vans into tiny houses with full kitchens and stunning bathrooms.

California to impose regional stay-at-home orders amid virus surge

"We are pulling that emergency brake," California's governor said Thursday.

Ryanair boosts Boeing with new order for ‘gamechanger’ Boeing 737 MAX

Ryanair is bolstering its bet on Boeing’s beleaguered 737 MAX. The European budget giant placed a firm order for 75 more 737 MAXes that adds to the 135 already on the books. The order – announced Thursday – comes after nearly two years of trouble for the MAX, which was grounded by regulators worldwide in …

Wellness and Self-Care Gifts That Anyone Will Be Happy to Receive After the Year We've Had

Positive vibes only this holiday season.

The most beautiful college campus in every state

The United States boasts some truly stunning college campuses. These 50 beautiful universities earn top marks for architecture, green space, the surrounding landscape, or all three.

Do You Know the History of the Christmas Tree?

Brush up on the origins of the true hallmark of holiday decor.

The 15 Best Christmas Light Displays in the U.S.

Get in the holiday spirit at one of these dazzling Christmas light shows.

Southwest Airlines is preparing to furlough nearly 7,000 workers for the first time in its history

Southwest has promised to exempt any workgroup that accepts the temporary pay cuts from being furloughed.

U.S. Surpasses More Than 3,000 COVID-19 Deaths Reported in a Single Day for First Time

Hospitalizations for the new coronavirus have surpassed 100,000 nationwide as public health experts predict the situation will worsen in the coming weeks.

This Couple Went on a Mexico Vacation—and Wound Up in ICU

What was supposed to be a relaxing beach vacation to southern Mexico turned into a nightmare when an older couple came down with COVID-19 last month. Now, their daughter is begging other travelers to stay put. “Even if you’re taking precautions… you don’t know what’s going to happen,” the daughter, Jocelyn Arellano, said. “And if you’re far from your family, from people you know, it’s a horrible experience.” Jose and Gloria Arellano purchased...

I visited Las Vegas during the pandemic and was shocked how much it still felt like the Sin City I remember

Here's what the Strip, casinos, restaurants, resorts, and attractions and their safety guidelines are really like in Las Vegas during the pandemic.

Coronavirus: Mexican president says face mask use is 'not essential' t

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador shared the sentiment of his Deputy Health Minister Hugo López-Gatell by stating that using a face mask 'is not essential' to stopping COVID-19.

Tucker Carlson Springs His Dumbest Attack Yet On Anthony Fauci

The coronavirus pandemic rages as many Americans and their political leaders ignore the guidance of Dr. Anthony Fauci and other health officials. But Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Wednesday took an astounding cheap shot at the infectious disease expert anyway. (Watch the video below.) The prime time host said Fauci should never work in public policy again. Carlson arrived at his punchline after bloviating on a medical journal report...