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Las Vegas Just Got Pricier. MGM Resorts Eliminates Free Parking At Its Sin City Properties

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/02/2016, 5:30 PM

Gamblers know: in Las Vegas, the house always wins. Drivers now need to adopt the same mindset, because on June 1, one of Sin City’s most beloved traditions was trashed. Don’t worry, the dancing fountains are still sloshing away. But on June 1, nearly half of the hotels on the Strip instituted parking fees—a new normal after decades of free parking inside those cavernous resort garages. ...

A Free Trip to Paris? Fantastique! Including a Stay in a Purpose-Built Apartment in the Actual Eiffel Tower? Mind-Blowing

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/27/2016, 7:30 PM

They said it wouldn't last. The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World's Fair and was only supposed to stand for 20 years after that event. Truth is, many in Paris wanted it torn down sooner, including a group of famed artists and authors (including Guy du Maupassant and Alexander Dumas fils) who demanded its leveling. Novelist Joris-Karl Huysmans went even further, calling it a "hole-r...

Why Las Vegas is Now Gearhead Heaven

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/24/2016, 9:00 PM

Everyone knows Las Vegas as a place to gamble, hear a concert, writhe at a nightclub or get hitched in a quickie ceremony officiated by “Elvis”. But in the last decade or so, it’s also become a major destination for gearheads….and the friends and family who put up with them. Speed is the primary lure. Vegas is a city that celebrates the “vroom vroom” impulse at several different venues, th...

Two New Websites Are Poised to Become the Airbnbs of RV Rentals

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/10/2016, 1:30 AM

It was only a matter of time. Just as HomeAway.com and Airbnb.com dramatically changed the home rental industry, now two relatively new sites are transforming the ways people rent motorhomes. As with the vacation home sites mentioned above, they’re created for peer-to-peer interactions. And the increased competition between average Joes and traditional rental agencies (also found on these...

Exploring South Walton, Florida

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/22/2016, 4:00 PM

Drive for 26 miles in Florida and what will you see? If you’re by the shore, the vistas will likely be a daisy chain of beaches, hotels and strip malls. Especially strip malls. Sometimes it feels like Florida has more of those than any other U.S. state. But not in South Walton, a community on the Gulf of Mexico that comes to an end right before the state starts to dangle towards the Carib...

Beware! A New Airfare Gotcha Penalizes Travelers on Multi-Stop Itineraries

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/12/2016, 11:30 PM

TimDorr/Flickr The majority of travelers buy non-refundable airfares for a simple reason: They're vastly less expensive than refundable fares. But those who try to book itineraries with several stops have been finding, in the past month, that they no longer are given the option of purchasing that cheaper form of fare—at least on Delta, United, and American Airlines. Our thanks to ...

New Issues (And Fixes) for iPhone Data Usage

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/05/2016, 12:30 PM

It's not your imagination. Your iPhone is using more data lately. That's because in a recent update Apple quietly added a little feature that will use cellular signals rather than Wi-Fi if the Wi-Fi signal becomes weak. And it will do so even if the Wi-Fi signal is perfectly usable.  Most alarmingly: Your phone will indicate that it's pulling from Wi-Fi even when it's also drawing cell...

Cynical Eastern City Gal Goes To Nashville…and Converts to Country

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/31/2016, 1:30 PM

Go to Nashville, and you’re going to come home a fan of country music. I know—it happened to me. And I’m from New York City, for Pete’s sake. That’s not to say that all Nashville has are shrines to crooners in cowboy boots. Its robust music scene embraces many genres, from classical to blues (the latter scene, in particular, is hot, hot, hot). Multiple universities keep the populatio...

You Don’t Have to Leave North America To Have An Exotic Vacation: Meet Eeyou Istchee Baie James

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/24/2016, 12:15 PM

Eeyou Istchee Baie James—that’s not the name of the latest hip-hop star or a phrase in Norwegian. It’s an area right in North America that few have discovered…but those who have, can’t stop raving about. You see, Eeyou Istchee Baie James is a Canadian territory that’s the size of Germany, but with 0.04% the population. Boreal forest covers most of it, with its northern edges fading into t...

Starting Now, Solo Travel to Cuba Will Be Explicitly Legal for Americans

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/15/2016, 4:00 PM

The news out of Cuba is coming fast and furious. Not only are a number of airlines close to being able to offer direct service from various U.S. gateways to the Caribbean island, but Marriot and Starwood hotels will soon be housing guests there. In addition, AT&T will join Sprint and Verizon in offerring roaming service in Cuba. (For more on all these developments, take a look at this arti...

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