From Safer Pot to Straws, July 1 Brings New Laws

by Anna Breuer

There are hundreds of new laws that went into effect around the country on July 1. The list ranges from new drone laws to straw bans to mandatory safety testing for weed.
Here are a few we thought noteworthy.
Car seats.  In Virginia, child restraint devices need to be rear-facing until the child turns 2 years old or until he reaches the weight or height limit of the seat, whichever happens later.
Drones.  Also …

Great Moments in Travel History – July 2018

by Jesse Sokolow

July is the seventh month of the calendar and was named after Julius Caesar as it was the month of his birth.  July is typically the start of the “dog days” of summer, a period of hot, humid, and uncomfortable weather.  The ancient Romans blamed Sirius, the Dog Star, which became thought of as a precursor to the sultry weather.
Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the founder of the Zeppelin airship company, builder …

Review: ‘Songs for a New World’ – Encores Off Center at City Center

by Jonathan Spira

It’s hard to know what to do with “Songs for a New World,” Jason Brown’s brilliant 1995 revue. It is a piece of musical theater, isn’t it? Or is it a song cycle? What was the plot again and who is Murray?
None of this matters.
Indeed, “It’s about one moment / That moment you think you know where you stand / And in that one moment / The things that you’re …

5 Tips for Surviving The 4th of July Heat Wave

by Jeremy Del Nero

Forecasters expect temperatures to reach 100° F (38° C) in many parts of the United States in the coming days, with sunny and storm-free conditions expected.
While many enjoy the scorching weather, it would be imprudent not to take certain precautions, especially for those spending a significant amount of time outdoors.
Here are five tips for staying healthy in the hot summer sun.
1.) Drink lots of water.
Consuming copious amounts of water helps …

Lobby Bar – Trump’s Ocean, Fun on the Wing, and ‘I’ll Take Coke for $200, Alex’

by Anna Breuer

Lobby Bar – The Epitome of Planned Obsolescence
Who’s next? The former Trump Ocean Club hotel in Panama City is being reflagged as a JW Marriott after a nasty spat last year between the hotel’s owner and the Trump Organization, which was managing the property.  I don’t think we need to add anything else.
Everybody hold hands. Air Canada is making it easier for families to have fun flying together.  The Canadian flag …

Traveler Alert: Apple iOS 11.3 Deprioritizes WiFi Calling on T-Mobile iPhones

by Paul Riegler

The release of Apple’s iOS 11.3 mobile operating system has caused some difficulties for iPhone users on the T-Mobile network.
With iOS 11.3, the iPhone prioritizes the carrier’s LTE network over WiFi Calling when the signal is strong. It also turns on WiFi Calling by default (although it’s still advisable to ensure your E911 address in case you need to telephone for help in an emergency).
This means that the phone no …

Expert Tips on How to Take Better Travel Photos

by Paul Riegler

After a long journey to a far off (or perhaps not so far off) place, you’re left with the memories, a few souvenirs, and – for many – photographs that simply didn’t do justice to the trip.
Despite the proliferation of smartphones with increasingly powerful and intelligent built-in cameras, the photos most people take aren’t necessarily improving.
To understand what makes a good travel photo, I spoke with FBT Editorial Director Jonathan …