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That Rumor About the Easy Availability of Free-of-Charge Travel Insurance, is Only Partially (And Very Partially) True

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/03/2013, 4:30 PM

How it began, heaven knows. But a great many rumor-mongers are telling their neighbors that they can obtain free-of-charge travel insurance for their next trip by simply signing on for the right kind of credit card. I was a target for that kindly advice on our recent radio travel show. One listener after another phoned in to say that if you equipped yourself with a certain brand of ...

Cutting Travel Costs by Using "Shared" Accommodations, Car Rentals, and Meals, Has Suddenly Become a Major Goal of Many

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/26/2013, 10:30 AM

"Sharing" has become the latest big trend in travel. In the destination cities, residents "share" an asset they already own, with travelers passing through, and thus augment their incomes. So they "share" their apartments, their cars, and even their home-cooked meals. Everyone (other than hotels, car rental firms and restaurants) benefits. The owner of such assets earns money, and the traveler...

Guess What New Tropical Location is Being Touted for Tourism? El Salvador? Yes, El Salvador.

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/25/2013, 7:15 PM

When I recently heard that travel writer David Paul Appell was planning a journalistic trip to El Salvador (he's co-editor of the well-regarded Tripatini.com), I was startled, to put it mildly; El Salvador is not often regarded as suitable for tourism. But David has a high reputation for uncovering new destinations, and his talents and experience are awesome. So, holding my breath, I inv...

Here's One for the Books: A New Reason, Never Before Announced, for Making a Trip to New Zealand

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/19/2013, 11:15 PM

The following--so help me--is an actual e-mail received last week from a reader of this website: "Hello, I am currently in New Zealand on a 3 month stay. Your website is one of the most famous for travelers all around the world. I often look at it for good advice. I am sending this to suggest you add something to your travel guides: during my stay in Auckland, I stopped for an ic...

Two Remarkable New Websites are Bound to be Wildly Popular Among Travelers Looking for Hotel and Dinner Bargains of a Very Special Sort

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/10/2013, 12:00 AM

As you may or may not agree, most of the brand-new websites are copycat imitations of older “hits” (like a “hit movie” or a “hit show”). An entrepreneur invents a way to stay in a well-priced apartment (AirBnB) and 37 others rush to offer (they think) the very same thing. An innovator collects the walking tours available in major capital cities, and 10 others immediately attempt to of...

In late October and Throughout November, A Two-Week Cruise of the Mediterranean Aboard the Spectacular Queen Elizabeth Can Cost Only $999

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/01/2013, 10:30 PM

If you're like me, you receive a dozen repetitive e-mails a week from cruise brokers and cruiselines offering one week sailings of the Caribbean or Mediterranean for $499, two weekers for $799. Cruises are undoubtedly the top vacation bargains in travel today. But though the ships are fine, quality vessels, they are no different than what we've come to expect on an ocean cruise. ...

Safety is Currently the Major Issue Affecting Travel to Numerous Overseas Destinations. Here's How We Come Out on That Issue, for Several Countries

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/29/2013, 1:00 PM

Is it safe? That's the most frequent question put to travel advisers as they are asked to plan an international trip. Is it safe to travel to Israel or Jordan, to Turkey or India? Is it safe to travel to Mexico, to Nicaragua or Bali? And the answer can sometimes change in a day, as terrorists or drug lords create havoc in a particular part of the world. So the response to that ...

Though None of it Made the Headlines, There was News Last Week of Some Importance to Travel

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/26/2013, 2:30 PM

Last week was a fairly busy time in travel, though none of the developments was well covered in the press. Here's our attempt to bring you up-to-date. First, one of the largest of the airfare search engines, Expedia, acquired--for all intents and purposes--that other large search engine called Travelocity. Though Travelocity will technically remain a separate entity, it will permi...

At an Almost Unbelievable Rate of 64 Rupees to the U.S. Dollar, India Has Become the Bargain Destination of the Decade

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/21/2013, 12:15 PM

India--to begin with--was always an inexpensive place in which to travel, even when a U.S. Dollar bought you only 40 Rupees. When that currency then weakened to a level of 55 Rupees to the dollar about a year ago, its hotels, restaurants and tours became so cheap as to cause me to write a frenzied blog about the phenomenon, an excitable outpouring of words about the ultra-low cost of ...

Whether to Buy a "Chip-and-Pin" Credit Card for Your Next European Trip, Is an Increasingly-Hard Decision to Make

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/10/2013, 11:45 AM

A European credit card employing modern "chip and pin" technology, is clearly superior to the old-fashioned "magnetic stripe" credit cards issued to Americans. But is it worth the time and expense to equip yourself with a "chip and pin" card for your next trip to Europe? That's a hotly-disputed question. My own one-time experience in buying a "chip and pin" card was not a good...

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