by Anna Breuer

Although they likely sit in a drawer, unused at the current time, passports are a key to unlocking the mysteries of the world, and not all passports are created equal.
The travel restrictions imposed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020 continue to remain in place as the world enters the third year where Covid is seemingly omnipresent and stubbornly refusing to go away.
Still, if you happen to …

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

by Paul Riegler

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday in the United States.  King, a Baptist minister and activist, was a leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. He is widely recognized for having advanced civil rights through non-violent actions and civil disobedience.  King’s father, Martin Luther King Sr., was an early civil rights leader who survived his son’s death and died in …

Happy Birthday! Apple iPhone Turns 15

by Paul Riegler

Fifteen years ago today, January 9, Steve Jobs stood on a stage at MacWorld 2007 and changed how people think about their phones.
At the launch event, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs told the audience: “Today, we’re introducing three revolutionary products… the first one is a wide-screen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone.  And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device.
“These are not three separate devices,” …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2022

by Jesse Sokolow

January is the first month of the year in most of the world’s calendars, and is also the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the warmest in the Southern.  The origin of its name is in dispute: Some scholars believe that January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and time, while others believe that January is named after janua, the Latin word for door, …

Here Are the New Laws That Go Into Effect in 2022 That Could Impact Travelers

by Kurt Stolz

While hundreds of new laws go into effect on January 1 this year, only a handful have the potential to affect travelers.
One thing that’s certain to change in the course of 2022 will be rules governing vaccine passports and what the requirements will be for adults as well as for children to enter restaurants, cafés, fitness centers, theaters, and cinemas, among other indoor establishments.
The rules range from the very strict …

Friday is New Year’s Eve, Saturday is New Year’s Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

by Jesse Sokolow

Tomorrow, Friday, is New Year’s Eve, or Silvester,  around the world and Saturday is New Year’s Day, the first day of the new year on both the Gregorian as well as the Julian calendars.
Since the holiday falls on a Saturday, many government agencies and private companies will observe it on the preceding Friday.
In ancient Rome, the first of the year was dedicated to Janus, the god of beginnings and time, …

The Strange Tradition of Writing About the Strange Tradition of Watching ‘Dinner for One’

by Kurt Stolz

The writers and editors of Frequent Business Traveler and The Travelist have celebrated the end of the year for well over a decade by writing about a strange tradition that started in Germany some 50 years ago, namely watching an 18-minute televised English-language skit that was recorded in a single take in 1963 by the Norddeutscher Rundfunk.
Just like the tradition of watching “Dinner for One” on Silvester or New Year’s …

Auf Wiedersehen BMW i3, Volvo Wagons, and Toyota Land Cruiser: Cars That Won’t Be Returning for 2022

by Anna Breuer

As the New Year approaches, we can look back at the many new cars that were introduced over the course of 2021, ranging from the BMW iX, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, and the Mercedes-Benz EQS, while making note of the many models that have been discontinued over the past year or so.
What follows is a list of vehicles whose demise has been officially announced by the manufacturer.  Indeed, the automotive …