Now you can sign up for alerts that will notify you by email of "possible CHAOS strikes" affecting your flight....read more»

Boston is in the middle of its sixth summer restaurant week, and some restaurants are extending the promotional prix fixe $20.06 lunches and $30.06 dinners through all or part of Labor Day weekend. In other news, there's a giant helium balloon ride on Boston Common....read more»

Southwest's vacation wing, Southwest Airlines Vacations, has introduced its first-ever packages to Hawaii through the airline's codeshare arrangement with ATA....read more»

SmarterTravel.com Contributing Editor Erica Silverstein is back in the U.S. with a report of her return journey from Ireland. "During check-in, I was asked a few extra questions about what I had in my bags," Silverstein says. "At security, the lines were fast and the process was the same; the only difference was that there were signs posted about the new liquid restrictions."...read more»

Sometimes there's nothing like a sweeping view to add a little inspiration to vacation planning. BlueHawaiian.com has photo and video tours of the Big Island, Kauai, Maui, and Molokai. These helicopter's eye view shots capture many of the beaches, hotels, golf courses, and attractions in Hawaii....read more»

Add Orlando to the list of cities that will host a restaurant month this year. September is Magical Dining Month, during which diners can find three-course prix fixe lunches for $17 or dinners for $29. The 24 participating restaurants include Emeril's Orlando at Universal CityWalk, Fulton's Crab House onboard a riverboat docked at Downtown Disney, and other restaurants at the theme parks and in and around Orlando....read more»

By now you've seen the trailer, read the blogs, and watched the music video. But are you ready for "Real Life Snakes on a Plane"?...read more»

I just finished up an article that details which hotels are currently offering toiletries that are banned under the new airplane carry-on restrictions. I focused on major U.S. hotel chains, since my guess is that it's people flying on short trips within the U.S. who are most adamant about not checking baggage. Having done the research, I can say that depending on how product-oriented you are and what hotel you're planning on staying at, it is possible to just forgo your toiletries bag and pick up the essential items for free at your hotel when you arrive....read more»

For those of us who live and breathe travel, it's always an event when a new travel-related tool makes its debut. Monday saw the arrival of one such tool....read more»

Meanwhile, the airline is telling its laid-off workers to become trash pickers to save money....read more»

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