by Paul Riegler

Virtually everyone frequent traveler has fairly strong opinions about the hotels he stays at and not every stay is picture perfect.
With the Hotels2017 survey, you now have an opportunity to rate the hotel chain you stay at the most as well as to provide direct feedback in the form of comments and suggestions for that specific hotelier.
Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online travel community, are collaborating with …

Lobby Bar – May 26: Scandalous Sisters, My Bloody Verizontine, and Getting the Boot

by Jeremy Del Nero

The Lobby Bar – A Euphoric Eulogy of Travel News and Reviews
We are your eyes. Safety is always uncertain, but we have a few tips on how your travel can be safer this summer. We suggest equipping a baseball cap topped with a 360° camera, then hiring FBT’s newest intern, Alex Dot, to watch your surroundings around the clock so you don’t have to.
The dark side. Join Jonathan Spira for …

What’s Doing in the New York of the Swingin’ 60s

by Jeremy Del Nero

New York is known as the City That Never Sleeps and was never more so than in the early 1960s, a time of great hope and promise with a young, handsome president whose presidency is still referred to as Camelot.
The city was about to host a second World’s Fair, and had just gotten a new baseball team, the New York Mets. Women wore mini skirts and leather boots while men …

EU Roaming Fees: The End is Nigh

by Jesse Sokolow

Travelers in the EU will soon be able to say “adieu” to roaming fees as the European Union moves towards a single digital market with their elimination.
Beginning June 15, travelers with service from an EU mobile operator will be able to use their mobile devices anywhere in the European Union and pay the same price they would at home, be it for voice or for data.
The European Commission first began …

2017 Spring Gift Guide: Diamond Edition

by Paul Riegler

Spring is finally in the air after several false starts and our thoughts turn to great products that could serve as gifts to family, friends, graduates, and most importantly, to ourselves.
Giving a gift is easy but finding one that will be appreciated may present a challenge, so we’ve done the heavy lifting for you by scouring the globe for the best gift ideas.
From delicious Lebanese chocolates to fruit-infusing water bottles …

Review: ‘The View UpStairs’ at Lynn Redgrave Theater

by Jonathan Spira

On June 24, 1973, fire gutted the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans, killing 32. It was the final day of the fourth Pride Weekend following the 1969 Stonewall Uprising.
Because the UpStairs Lounge was a gay bar in the French Quarter and it was the 1970s, the pogrom – which until the 2016 massacre at Pulse in Orlando remained the largest slaughter of gay people in history – wasn’t investigated. No …

4 Tips on How to Travel Safely Abroad This Summer

by Paul Riegler

While Europe beckons with favorably exchange rates, many travelers harbor lingering concerns about the safety of going abroad for their holidays.
Attacks in cities favored by tourists from Paris to Munich to Stockholm have indeed taken a toll on tourism, which remains down overall in Europe. Still, as we’ve found having visited these cities and others after the attacks, there’s lots to explore and the cities are just as safe as …

Lobby Bar – May 19: Sedating Passengers, Parachute Connections, and In-Flight Hammocks

by Jeremy Del Nero

The Lobby Bar – A Curious Concoction of Travel News and Reviews, Extra Salty
Fly to fly. Join Jonathan Spira in Delta One’s business class cabin from Los Angeles to New York. Mr. Spira’s connecting flight from Kona, Hawaii was delayed an hour, but he still made the flight to JFK thanks to the help of a Delta flight attendant, a quick parachute descent over LAX, and the strong arms of …