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A True "Wow" in Airfares to Iceland

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Looks like the American takeover of Iceland is continuing apace. In 2016 alone 325,000 Americans have made their way to this land of geysers, massive waterfalls, fermented shark treats, and Northern Lights. Since the population of Iceland is just 332,000, American visitors are on pace to outnumber the locals quite soon. They're being helped by Iceland's upstart airline WOW. It already ...

A True "Wow" in Airfares to Iceland

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Looks like the American takeover of Iceland is continuing apace. In 2016 alone 325,000 Americans have made their way to this land of geysers, massive waterfalls, fermented shark treats, and Northern Lights. Since the population of Iceland is just 332,000, American visitors are on pace to outnumber the locals quite soon. They're being helped by Iceland's upstart airline WOW. It already ...

A New National Wildlife Refuge Is Declared

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/25/2016, 8:45 PM

Shrubland. OK, it's not as glam an eco-system as beach dunes or plunging, striated canyons. But in the case of this particular swatch—23.4 square non-contiguous miles across six Northeastern states—the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided that protection was so crucial to the 380 species of birds and other wildlife who called it home that they took the unusual step of creating a checkerb...

How You Book Rail Is About to Change

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/04/2016, 4:15 PM

Train travel is a $300 billion market. Globally, more than twice as much was invested in high speed rail as it was in air transportation last year. And that’s how it should be. The world’s roads can’t keep up with population swells that are swamping them with cars. Our climate, too, needs some TLC, and rail is an infinitely greener mode of transportation than any other (with the exception...

A New Hotel Booking Engine Emerges for the "Text Only" Crowd

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/29/2016, 4:00 PM

Today, more than ever, the medium is the message….as much as the message itself. If you have a friend (or child) who refuses to talk on the phone, but wants to have every interaction by text, you’ll know what I mean. We are a people who are being conditioned to strongly prefer some styles of communication over others. So it should come as no surprise that the booking process for hotels ha...

Priceline Ditches Its "Name Your Own Price" Program for Airfares. What's the Real Meaning of This Move for Consumers?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/08/2016, 1:30 PM

When Priceline launched its “Name Your Own Price” feature for airfare some 15 years ago, the effect was electric. A major company had pulled back the curtain, letting the public in on a dirty little secret no one in the travel industry wanted them to know: that prices were always negotiable. But this week Priceline announced that it would no longer be offering bidding for airfares. Which ...

The Fees Travelers Love....At Least for Now

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/01/2016, 7:15 PM

Discuss the mechanics of travel with most folks and the talk inevitably turns to fees. Sometimes you can actually feel the room heating up as travelers rail against having to pay extra to choose a seat, change a flight, carry on a bag (or check one) or pony up the dreaded “resort fee" at a hotel. And the higher those fees are, the more the temperature rises. But there are a different clas...

Haul My Stuff, Underwrite Your Vacation: A New App May Save Brawny Travelers Money

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/26/2016, 10:30 PM

There are many ways would-be vacationers try to make their trips more affordable. Some start special bank accounts for holiday savings, others scour the internet for hotel discounts, still others rent spare rooms in local homes and plan picnics instead of restaurant meals. And then there’s the gang that will haul stuff from your home to their vacation spot (or somewhere right near it) to ...

What Will Brexit Mean for Travelers? Some Counterpoints from Pauline Frommer

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/24/2016, 7:15 PM

A dream died on June 23, the dream of a unified, peaceful Europe. After centuries of wars, it seemed like the European Union was going to finally forge a partnership between peoples who had far more in common than they had differences. Unfortunately, slightly more than half the populace of the United Kingdom decided they’d rather go it alone. That choice has economic and political implica...

Today's Eurail Pass: A Conversation on What Travelers Need to Know

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/24/2016, 4:30 PM

The Eurail Pass is not new, but it’s still not as well known among first-time travelers to Europe as it should be. The pass, which has a number of different iterations, allows vacationers to hop on and hop off European trains within a set number of days each month, for one reasonable rate. It allows those who wish to see a number of different destinations on the continent to do so in a conveni...

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