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Here's a Fast Stab at Choosing the Five Best Bargain Vacations for the Immediate Months Ahead. Have We Missed Any?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/09/2013, 1:30 PM

Although their prices may vary from month to month, five packaged holidays remain so uniformly cheap in all months as to provide the basis for an impulse vacation--a sudden decision to take advantage of an eye-opening bargain. Here are our choice of five vacation opportunities that cause you to suddenly go on vacation: (1) Mediterranean cruises on Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises...

Americans traveling within Russia must now be aware of new laws that criminalize "pro-gay propaganda"--and threaten them with imprisonment or worse

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/02/2013, 1:45 PM

Although it has received only spotty mention in the press, the recent enactment by Russia of legislation limiting free speech, seems important to me--and of especial relevance to travel and tourism. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed both laws last month, and already a group of Dutch film-makers traveling within Russia (to make a film about sexual orientation in that country) have b...

A British Businessman Dreams Up a Fantastical Fake Restaurant, Submits it to a "User-Generated Website", and Watches His Invention Climb up a List of Popular Eateries

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/30/2013, 3:30 PM

Angered by what he regarded as a fake criticism of his friend's hotel, a British businessman has devised the practical joke of the year. It is described in the July 30 edition of London's Daily Telegraph, and left me howling with laughter. The restaurant he dreamed up was named "Oscar's", and supposedly occupied a "phantom class" sea vessel that moved with the tides from place to p...

Would You Believe a 10-Day Tour to Vietnam That Includes Round-Trip Air between San Francisco and Hanoi, and Yet Costs Only $1,699?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/23/2013, 11:45 AM

He startled the travel world a few months ago by selling a week in Beijing for only $888, including round-trip airfare between San Francisco and China. And now he's "doubling down" by operating air-and-land packages to Vietnam for only $1,699 per person, including round-trip air between San Francisco and Hanoi. "He" is Wilson Wu, the enfant terrible of international tour operators,...

The Search for Bargain Airfares is the Most Complex Task in Travel Today--So Here's Our Attempt to Clear Things Up

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/18/2013, 2:15 PM

Learning that a person in the next seat had paid $200 less than you for the flight that you are both taking--is a painful experience that many of us have had. "How did you do that?" you ask your seat mate. "Easy," he responds with just a slight touch of condescension, "I booked my seat through SuperSensationalBargains.Com" (I'm making up that name). Is it true that some airfar...

Starting This Coming October, We're Going to be Igniting a Second Revolution in the Publishing of Travel Guides

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/16/2013, 5:45 PM

As you may have read in a widely-published news item that broke on Monday, we've regained ownership of the Frommer travel guides--the leading series of guidebooks sold in America. And we're going to celebrate that event by creating a new price point for the sale of high-quality travel books. Each of our new "EasyGuides" will sell for only $10.95 a copy, and will be--please take our word...

The Short-Term Rental of Homes and Apartments is the Fastest-Growing Trend in All of Travel. Are Hotels a Dying Breed?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/12/2013, 12:00 PM

*You are two couples residing in the same neighborhood, close friends, and each couple has two teenage children. You have decided to vacation together in Orlando, Florida. At many hotels, you will be required to rent as many as four rooms for a stiff total price, but from a vacation-home-renting organization called Rentalo.com, you can rent a four-bedroom Orlando villa with swimming pool,...

Ten Questions Recently Posed by Readers, And Our Ten Answers to Them, May Illuminate Larger Issues in Travel. Did We Answer Them Right?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/06/2013, 12:15 PM

Here are recent travel questions actually posed by readers, and our attempt to answer them. Have we responded correctly? Or are different answers possible? Q. Is it safe to travel in Turkey? Safe to travel in Jordan? A. Despite the recent street demonstrations against the Turkish government of Prime Minister Erdogan, and the proximity of serious fighting in Syria to Jordan, both ...

Wanna Hear Recordings (Podcasts) of the Weekly Travel Show Presented by Arthur and Pauline Frommer? They're on the Main Menu Page of This Website!

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/30/2013, 9:15 PM

Click on the words "Deals and News". A list of items will emerge, of which the fifth is "Podcast". Click on "Podcast"--and up will appear a further list of recordings of both Hour 1 and Hour 2 of the three most recent broadcasts of "The Travel Show", as it was heard on radio stations across the country. Click on the hour you wish to hear, and the lively broadcast--in which travel trends...

Wanna Save That $25 Baggage Charge? Avoid the 3% Foreign Transaction Fee? Get Admission to a Comfy Lounge? Enjoy Priority Boarding? We Know How!

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/19/2013, 9:15 PM

At the risk of being accused of touting a particular credit card (in which I have no interest whatever), it's important to alert all cost-conscious travelers about the new (and rather innovative) Chase Card for United Airlines passengers. It costs $0 the first year, $95 the second year (thus $47.50 a year for the first two years), and primariy lets you and your travel companion each check...

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