An Aviation Reporter for the Associated Press Has Condensed All of Travel Wisdom Into Six Basic Rules for Approaching a Summer Vacation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/12/2013, 10:30 PM

       On the Travel Show this past Sunday (see for a "podcast" of it, start of the second hour), Scott Mayerowitz of the Associated Press gifted us with six all-important rules for approaching a summer vacation.  They are all so important that I'm repeating them here:      (1)  When should you buy your air tickets?  Answer:  Four to six weeks in advanc...

With the Japanese Yen Now Selling at an Astonishing Rate of 101 to the U.S. Dollar, Japan Has Once Again Become a Moderately-Priced Travel Destination

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/10/2013, 2:30 PM

       Yesterday was the Big Day, the time when the Japanese unit of currency--the Yen--crashed through a  longtime psychological barrier and begun trading at just a nano less than 101 to the U.S. Dollar.  It sold at 80 the Dollar (a 25% difference) just two years ago.  Following a course of deliberate inflation, a policy totally at odds with the one championed by various stodgy bankers in...

Four Vacation Packages and Cruises Lead the Travel Industry's Offerings for Departures in July of 2013

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/09/2013, 1:30 PM

     There was once a time when a bargain-hunter could point with excitement to packaged vacations costing less than a thousand dollars at the height of the summer season, like July.  That's pretty difficult now.  Though the U.S. rate of inflation is unusually low, the desire of overeas hoteliers to wallop the summer vacationer has never been stronger.  Today, an eight-to-ten-day packaged vaca...

Giant New Roller-Coasters Have Been Added to the Nation's Theme Parks, In Addition to a Spectacular Penguin Exhibit at Sea World in Orlando, Florida

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/06/2013, 2:15 PM

     On yesterday's broadcast of The Travel Show (, noon to 2, Eastern Time), the nation's foremost expert on U.S. theme parks--Robert Niles--was asked to name the most significant new theme park attractions for the coming summer--new facilities so important as to warrant a trip there.  He named three:        First, a remarkable new penguin pavilion in Orlando's Sea World--a ...

Americans Were Recently Made Aware of How Much We Spend on Air Transportation As Compared With How Little We Spend on Rail Transportation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/03/2013, 5:30 PM

     During the recent week when the dreaded Sequester caused flights to be delayed all over the nation, resuting in grave inconvenience to millions, we learned that the purpose of the hold-up was to save some 5% of the money the federal government spends each year on air traffic controllers--the people in the airport towers. That 5%, we were told, amounted to 637 million dollars, which means-...

Recordings of the Broadcast ("The Travel Show") that Pauline and I Present Every Sunday, Can be Heard at They're Without Commercials

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/01/2013, 5:45 PM

Because of problems too complex to discuss (and we're hoping to overcome them soon), podcasts (recordings) of "The Travel Show" with Arthur and Pauline Frommer (dad and daughter) aren't currently heard on iTunes. But you can listen to the same broadcasts (a) either live, on Sundays from noon to two, Eastern time, at, or (b) after the fact and for several months subsequently, via...

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