How June Turned From a Month of Celebration at Southwest to a Month of Delays and Cancellations

by Paul Riegler

June was supposed to be a month of celebration for Southwest Airlines: The airline had long-planned promotions and festivities to mark the Dallas-based airline’s 50th anniversary on June 18.
The airline celebrated its 50th by giving its employees 50,000 Rapid Reward Points each as well as unveiling a special livery on one of its 737 aircraft.
“Southwest revolutionized the travel industry since our very first flight on June 18, 1971 – a …

Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed for This Year’s 4th of July Observance

by Kurt Stolz

Today is the Third of July, not the Fourth, but because Independence Day in the United States falls on a Sunday, the holiday is being observed on a Monday in terms of what is open for business. This year, many observances of the holiday will differ from past years due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, although there will be a marked return to some degree of normalcy when compared to …

EU Rolls Out Covid-19 Vaccine Passport System

by Kurt Stolz

The European Union began to roll out the first-ever digital coronavirus passport system that allows citizens of the bloc who are fully vaccinated to travel freely within its borders without a requirement to quarantine upon arrival or produce negative Covid-19 tests at their destination.
Member states are, however, allowed to close their borders to citizens from another EU state that they consider to be higher risk.
Already, close to half of the …

Great Moments in Travel History – July 2021

by Jesse Sokolow

July is the seventh month of the calendar and was named after the Roman general Julius Caesar as it was the month of his birth.  Prior to that time it was known as Quintillis, or the fifth month of the ten-month Roman calendar.
Falling between June and August, July is typically the start of the “dog days” of summer, a period of hot, humid, and uncomfortable weather.  The ancient Romans blamed …

The Insider’s Guide to Fourth of July Road Trips: The Best Times to Travel

by Paul Riegler
The Insider’s Guide to Fourth of July Road Trips: The Best Times to Travel

If you are planning a road trip on Independence Day weekend, you most certainly won’t be alone.
More than 47.7 million Americans will travel during the five-day July 4th holiday period according to the American Automobile Association, and 91% of them will be going by car.
If possible, leave before the extended weekend, i.e. on Tuesday or Wednesday, to miss the rush and by all means check weather forecasts as summer storms …

Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Vehicle Offers Fahrvergnügen for the EV Era

by Jonathan Spira

There will be a time when it will no longer be necessary to write the words “Electric Vehicle” after a model name in the headline of a car review, but that time has not yet arrived. However, if more cars such as Volkswagen’s entertaining ID.4 come to market, we may soon need to use a retronym in headlines for those cars powered by internal-combustion engines.
Many people don’t really know what to …

Sunday’s Summer Solstice to Mark Longest Day of the Year

by Anna Breuer
Sunday’s Summer Solstice to Mark Longest Day of the Year

This Sunday, June 20,marks the summer solstice, the day of the year with longest period of daylight and fewest hours of darkness.
The solstice is an astronomical phenomenon at which the Northern Hemisphere is tilted closest to the sun, and takes place at the same time everywhere on earth.
In 2021, the solstice will occur at 11:32 p.m. EDT, hence 10:32 p.m. CDT, 9:32 p.m. MST, and 8:32 p.m. PDT. At that …