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When Is a Home Rental Legal in New York City? Ask Arthur Frommer, a Former Lawyer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/31/2019, 1:00 AM

There is perhaps nowhere in America that more needs the services of Airbnb than New York City.  Its hotels are frequently sold out, and even when available are sky-high in price. So low-cost Airbnb is best for your next New York stay, right?  Not so fast.   Fearing the impact of Airbnb upon the housing needs of permanent residents, both the city and state of New York have passed rules gre...

Venice Has Adopted the Ultimate Means for Reducing Crowds: Admission Fees

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/29/2019, 12:00 AM

Just about everyone will agree that the worst current problem in travel is overtourism—the crowded conditions in the world’s most popular cities and destinations.  In places like Barcelona, Dubrovnik, and the Cinque Terre, there are just too many visitors in high season, harming the pleasure of both residents and visitors. But though everyone will agree that overtourism is growing, due to th...

After a Long Period Without New Attractions, New York City Gets a Giant One

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/10/2019, 2:00 AM

Ask the average American to compile a list of the major attractions in New York City and they will probably respond, a bit wearily, with the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, United Nations, Times Square, Greenwich Village, and Chinatown.   But starting in just a few short months, they will be able to cite a gigantic new one as large and impressive as any of those: Hudson Yards. Huds...

Explorers at Heart Ought to Consider a Hurtigruten cruise, Says Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/08/2019, 12:00 AM

Let’s say you’ve cruised the Caribbean on several forgettable occasions. You’ve also cruised the Mediterranean and made one memorable sailing in Asia.  You’re eager now for a completely different kind of seagoing experience. Hurtigruten is for you. On its ships, you won’t find casinos or water slides. You won’t be asked to abide by a dress code. Your fellow passengers will be unpretentious a...

Arthur Frommer: Carnival Cruises Adds a Whiff of Vulgarity to the Ocean

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/03/2019, 12:00 AM

In a triumphant press release, Carnival Cruise Line has announced that it will be adding an above-deck roller coaster to its new cruise ship, the Mardi Gras, largest ever built, when it makes its debut in about a year from now.  The roller coaster will hurl its riders, on occasion, to speeds of greater than 40 miles an hour as it swoops over the open sea or around the central funnel of the ship...

Arthur Frommer: Should Americans Boycott Nations Intent on One-Party Rule?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/18/2018, 12:00 AM

The governments of Hungary and Poland continue to destroy the democratic nature of their institutions.  So do Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (where an American teenager was recently imprisoned on trumped-up charges).   The sensitive American asks: Should I refuse to visit those nations as a tourist? Should I boycott them, touristically? In responding to that dilemma, ...

The Caribbean's Newest Resorts are Now North of Cancun, Reports Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/13/2018, 12:00 AM

We Americans tend to have widely divergent views about Mexico. Some regard that nation as a place of constant poverty and problems. Other more perceptive types are aware of Mexico’s skyrocketing rise in the world of tourism.   Mexico is currently enjoying a major increase in its yearly number of international visitors, and similar advances in many other industries. In particular, giant new hotels...

U.S. Tourism to Canada Again Embroiled in Controversy

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/10/2018, 12:00 AM

Through all the decades of travel from the U.S. to Canada, our northern neighbor has occasionally presented us with touristic issues and arguments. Some 60 years ago, Canadian travel agents were accused of attracting prolonged visits by young American men as a means of their avoiding service in Vietnam. But now the entire Canadian nation is attracting modern-day American tourists for another reas...

Arthur Frommer: Rejecting an Army Made Life in Costa Rica Better

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/06/2018, 12:00 AM

Of all the documentary films recently shown in America, one has a special relevance to the world of travel. It is called A Bold Peace, and it deals with the Central American nation of Costa Rica.   To the extent that it showcases that country’s superb beaches, its forested mountains, and its beautiful cities, it is a superb travelogue, encouraging Americans to vacation there. (You can purchase ou...

Arthur Frommer: On an African Safari, Budget is Better

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/04/2018, 12:00 AM

To a great many travelers, including myself, the African safari is one of the top travel experiences. There is something mystical, indeed mind-changing, about seeing the world inhabited by animals, as it was before the earth was populated by human beings. But not all African safaris are equal in bringing that vision to you. Upon looking for a safari to book, you are often inundated by marketi...

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