The Riskiest and Safest Places to Be in the United States On New Year’s Day

by Gracie Connell

Across the globe, record numbers of new coronavirus cases are being reported, in some cases in waves far worse than what we saw in the spring.  Indeed the numbers are enough to make one want to go into hiding, preferably somewhere without any instances of the virus.
The options for this are few, and generally are Pacific Ocean islands where the inhabitants are experiencing the benefits of having a border consisting …

‘Dinner for One’: How an Obscure Short Film Became a New Year’s Eve Cult Classic

by Gracie Connell
‘Dinner for One’: How an Obscure Short Film Became a New Year’s Eve Cult Classic

Each year, Frequent Business Traveler celebrates the New Year with the same procedure as every year: a look at an 18-minute German television sketch entitled “Dinner for One” presented entirely in English.
This FBT tradition falls to the newest staffer as a rite of passage, welcoming them to the team. Having joined the magazine’s staff two weeks before this article was scheduled to run, I was called to duty.
Filmed in 1963 …

FBT 2020 Commercial of the Year: Apple’s ‘The Whole Working from Home Thing’

by Paul Riegler

The editorial staff at Frequent Business Traveler is more likely to focus its energy on naming the best hotels of the year as part of our Centurion Awards program but this year, of course, is different because of the pandemic.
The result is the 2020 FBT Commercial of the Year and the winner of this honor is Apple’s “The Whole Working from Home Thing.”
At seven minutes, it’s more of a short …

Friday is Christmas Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

by Jesse Sokolow

Friday is Christmas Day across the globe, a holiday that this year is marked by individual celebrations in order to keep friends and family safe from the coronavirus.  While people in English-speaking countries greet one another with Happy or Merry Christmas, the greeting in Austria and Germany is Frohe Weihnachten, and in France it is Joyeux Noël, the holiday is a religious and cultural celebration for billions of people.
In addition …

Photo Essay: Christmas Markets in Austria and Germany

by Anna Breuer

Since most Christmas markets across the globe are dark this year amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the staff at Frequent Business Traveler wanted to celebrate the holiday by sharing photos from markets we visited in past years.
Indeed, just last year, we went to over a dozen markets on the Continent, including the Münchner Christkindlmarkt at Marienplatz and the Christkindlmarkt at Sendlinger Tor, both in Munich Germany; the Weihnachtsmarkt at Mirabellplatz and …

The Lockerbie Bombing Took Place 32 Years Ago Today: Here is One Pan Am Employee’s Story

by Kurt Stolz

A Pan Am Boeing 747 en route from London to New York broke up in flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, some 32 years ago today as the result of a terrorist bombing.
Here is what happened and what a Pan Am flight servicesupervisor remembers of that fateful day.
Pan Am Flight 103 was a regularly scheduled transatlantic flight that operated from Frankfurt to Detroit via London and New York.  On December 21, 1988, …

Monday’s Winter Solstice Marks Shortest Day of the Year

by Anna Breuer

Today, Monday, December 21, marks the winter solstice, the day of the year with longest night and fewest hours of daylight. The solstice is an astronomical phenomenon where the northern portion of the Earth’s axis is tilted furthest away from the sun, and takes place at the same time everywhere on earth.
In 2020, the solstice will occur at 5:02 a.m. EST, hence 4:02 a.m. CST, 3:02 a.m. MST, and 2:02 …