Review and Test Drive: 2020 Volvo XC90 T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid

by Jonathan Spira

While I’ve always admired Volvo from afar, it wasn’t until the launch of the new 90 Series, specifically the XC90 and the S90 that quickly followed it, that I actually lusted after one.
All 90 Series vehicles are built on the automaker’s global platform, SPA or Scalable Product Architecture. They all share numerous features and characteristics both inside and out, including a 9” tablet-like touch screen for infotainment and climate control …

It’s a Pandemic, But Can I Travel?

by Paul Riegler
It’s a Pandemic, But Can I Travel?

Frequent Business Traveler readers were always on the go, until of course they weren’t, a trait now shared with the rest of the world.
While most of the population might think such a question as the one posed in the headline is frivolous, given the place that travel has in so many of our readers’ minds, we take it seriously although we do rather emphatically suggest remaining home.
There are several reasons …

In Vienna, Horse-Drawn Carriages Deliver Food to Locked Down Residents

by Anna Breuer

Even though tourists are missing from the city center, the Fiaker – the city’s horse-drawn carriages that still connote fin-de-siècle Vienna – are out and about, delivering food prepared by the InterContinental Vienna’s kitchens to the city’s elderly.
The Fiaker have long been a fixture of the cityscape, drivers with bowler hats and formal dress offering tourists a unique glimpse of the city and the opportunity to – for the duration …

Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, and Norway Plan to Ease Coronavirus Restrictions ‘Little by Little’

by Kurt Stolz

Four European countries – Austria, Czech, Denmark, and Norway – are planning to take baby steps in loosening some restrictions that were put into place to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
While the number of new infections seems to be achieving a plateau, the changes don’t mean a return to normalcy, to borrow the term coined by President Warren G. Harding. Rather, it signifies the beginnings of a plan …

Miss Broadway? Here’s How to Stream Great Theater to Your Home

by Jonathan Spira

Socially distanced and sequestered.  New phrases entering the vocabulary reflect the reality of the Broadway world.  No doubt composers of musical theater are already thinking of songs featuring those very words.
What survived hurricanes, blizzards, and SARS, hadn’t met Covid-19:  The promiscuous way in which the virus spreads led to an almost worldwide closing of live theater and there is no end in sight.
Fortunately, the pandemic is occurring in an age …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro and Nightshade Edition

by Jonathan Spira

If you want a bit of fun, park your Army Green Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro somewhat adjacent to an off-road trail or gravel road.  For even more fun, wear a safety vest and hold a large walkie-talkie in your hand. For no good reason whatsoever, almost every car turning off will stop in your vicinity and the driver will ask if he may proceed.
For one week, I felt as if I …

April News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Past Month’s Headlines

by Paul Riegler

How up-to-date are you with travel and aviation news from the past month – and what a month it’s been!
Take our travel news quiz and you could win a piece of airline and travel history including items from Pan Am, Cunard, and TWA.
In last month’s quiz, the question asking on which European country the novel coronavirus has had the greatest impact (the answer was Italy) had the highest share of …