Julia Thompson, USA TODAY

Julia Thompson


Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Past articles by Julia:

Can employers require a COVID vaccine? Federal agency says yes, and they can offer incentives, too

Businesses can require employees to get a COVID vaccine and can offer incentives for them to do so, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said. → Read More

COVID home tests now accepted for international flights to US, CDC says

The CDC said Friday home tests will now satisfy the COVID-19 test requirement for passengers boarding international flights to the U.S. → Read More

'Life changing': President Biden asked for favorite national park memories, and they were heartwarming

Travelers shared national park memorable moments on Twitter this week in honor of National Park Week. → Read More

Looking to get outdoors this weekend? National parks are free on Saturday

National park fees are waived April 17, the first day of National Park Week, at national park sites that charge an entry fee. → Read More

Delta plans to block middle seats through April to give passengers 'complete confidence'

Several U.S. airlines blocked seats for a while in the name of social distancing, but all but Delta have abandoned the practice. → Read More

Disney World, Disneyland to update Jungle Cruise's depictions of Indigenous people

The Jungle Cruise at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California had been criticized for its depictions of Indigenous people. → Read More

New DOT rule paves the way for airlines to ban emotional support animals on flights

The DOT will no longer consider an emotional support animal to be a service animal, paving the way for airlines to ban them. → Read More

'Keep the faith': Alex Trebek shares inspiring posthumous Thanksgiving message

"Jeopardy!" posted a clip from Thursday's show on Twitter with an inspiring message from Trebek, which had been pre-recorded. → Read More

When and how to watch: What to know about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 94th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will start at 9 a.m. ET Thursday, Nov. 26, in New York City. → Read More

Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival Corp. cancel cruises through the end of the year

Royal Caribbean Group, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. and Carnival Corp. announced they will cancel most sailings through the end of 2020. → Read More

These are the best (and worst) rental car companies, according to J.D. Power

Travelers have been largely satisfied with major rental car companies amid the pandemic, according to a new survey and company ranking by J.D. Power. → Read More

State Department lifts global advisory on avoiding international travel amid COVID-19 pandemic

The State Department lifted a March advisory warning Americans not to travel abroad, though the agency says travelers should still be cautious. → Read More

Royal Caribbean, MSC, Carnival Cruise Line extend sailing suspensions into fall

Royal Caribbean will extend its sailing suspension through Sept. 15. Carnival Cruise Line will extend its pause in North America through Sept. 30. → Read More

Viking Cruises announces 136-day world cruise to 56 ports, starting at $50,000

Viking has a new cruise offer, but prospective passengers might experience a bit of sticker shock. The 136-day cruise starts at $49,995 per person. → Read More

Is it safe to stay in a hotel amid the coronavirus pandemic?

Hotels have rolled out a slew of cleaning and safety programs, and the hotel industry's major trade group released a checklist for guests → Read More

European Union says it will bar Americans when bloc reopens to international visitors July 1

Americans will not be allowed to travel to EU countries when the bloc opens up to international visitors July 1, the European Council said Tuesday. → Read More

US extends border closure agreements with Canada, Mexico into July

The U.S.-Canada border closure affecting nonessential travel between the two countries has been extended to July 21. → Read More

Delta commits to blocking middle seats through the summer to stem spread of coronavirus

Middle seats will be shown as unavailable during the booking process. Delta will also cap seating between 50% and 75%, depending on the cabin. → Read More

Las Vegas Strip reopening scenes: Bellagio fountains return along with partitions, hand-washing stations

After being closed for nearly three months, Las Vegas Strip hotels and casinos were getting ready to open their doors. → Read More

If you're traveling between states, here's where you'll have to self-quarantine

In the absence of federal domestic travel restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19, these states have issued orders discouraging interstate travel. → Read More