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Still Hoping to Get Away for Spring Break? There Are Some Deals Out There

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/11/2016, 8:00 PM

Good things probably came....to those who booked early this year for spring break. Alas, airfares are only down 4% from last, despite much lower fuel costs for the airlines. And those trying to score a last minute deal may come away empty handed, if it involves domestic airfare, as planes are already pretty full for March and April. It your plans don't include a flight within the U.S., however...

Rising Fees Ahoy! New Gotchas From the Cruise Industry

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/09/2016, 9:00 PM

It’s been a rough winter for the cruise industry. One of its most celebrated newer vessels was tossed around like a cork in a Jacuzzi by a major storm, and then had to return early on a cruise a month later due to threats of another serious gale. And in early March, a Texas man either fell or jumped from the deck of a Royal Caribbean vessel. With all of this happening, not many people not...

Santorini to Limit Cruise Visitors

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/03/2016, 3:00 AM

As any parent knows, kids hold grudges. And my kids still bring up the day I made them hike for 45 minutes up a steep cliff path, in 95 degree heat, from where the cruise ship tendered us in Santorini, up to the village of Thira. In my defense, our choices were limited: there was a 2 hour wait for the funiculur (which was having mechanical problems) and an hour long wait to ride a donkey u...

"Wild By Nature"—A Compelling New Travel Memoir—Upends Expectations

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/23/2016, 8:30 PM

As a professional travel writer, I periodically have to deal with one of the hazards of my profession. It has nothing to do with airport security, or brain eating larvae. No, because of my work, I’m often required to read the latest travel memoirs. That may not sound like a hazard, or even a chore, but so many fall into the same pattern that it certainly can be a big bore. You open u...

$99 Deal From Los Angeles to Stockholm

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/23/2016, 5:15 PM

Here's a blink-or-you'll-miss-it sale. Mighty SAS Airlines (which carries over 28 million passenger a year) is throwing a brief sale in celebration of its new LA to Stockhom route. The fare is just $99 each way, including all taxes and fees, and works for those traveling between March 14 and March 25. To get in on the deal, you must book by March 6 and seats are limited (though they were a...

Tickets to Be Required To Enter Cinque Terre, Italy's Most Overloved Region

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/18/2016, 12:30 AM

From a distance the sight is idyllic: five cliff-hanging fishing villages, their buildings painted colors usually reserved for blush and lemonade, the dazzling blue Mediterranean sparkling in the background, view-rich hiking trails leading visitors from one  burg to the next. But step on the cobblestoned streets of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, or Riomaggiore, and you'll e...

A Novel Device for Sharing Wi-Fi in the Sky

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/02/2016, 6:45 PM

You're at 1,600 feet and suddenly you feel the bile rising in your throat. It's not turbulence. It's the outrageously high cost of Wi-Fi in the sky. I wish I could tell you've we found a way to get around the exorbitant fees being charged by GoGo Worldwide, the internet provider that serves most of the major airlines. We haven't. But USA Today has found a nifty gadget that allows u...

A Major Study Is Out And What It Says About Trends In Airfares Could Save You Big Bucks

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/21/2016, 9:30 PM

For aviation geeks (like me), the day that the Airline Reporting Corporation releases its annual survey of airfares feels like a birthday—one on which you don’t get any older. And this year, I felt like I was getting miraculously younger because the ARC joined forces with the Expedia family of brands to put out one lollapalooza of a survey. Together, the computers of these two travel gian...

What Travelers Need to Know About the Zika Virus

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/19/2016, 10:15 PM

As frigid blasts of winter descend on much of North America, visions of blue sky, sandy beaches and swaying palm trees are being rudely interrupted by a buzzing sound. And it’s a very scary buzz, at that—the buzz of a mosquito that carries the Zika virus. Though the virus is not new, in the last year pregnant women who have been infected have given birth to children with microcephaly, a co...

Las Vegas Drives Away From Free Parking

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/16/2016, 5:30 PM

Time was when the casinos of Las Vegas were so eager to get customers in front of their one-armed bandits, they comped most everything, from drinks to parking. But as the city moves from "sin" to "singing" (it has become a huge concert and dance club destination, with revenues from those and the city's restaurants far out"stripping" the revenue from gambling), the powers-that-be have decided t...

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