The Frommer's Travel Gift Guide for Every Budget

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/15/2019, 9:00 PM

Great gadgets, luggage, and gifts that make travel smarter, easier, and better....

China Expands Its Free Six-Day Visa to More Tourist Cities

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/30/2019, 12:00 AM

Usually, filling out the paperwork to obtain a visa for China is as elaborate as taking the bar exam, but less fun. Tourists have to answer a long list of sometimes invasive questions (be prepared to share what your mother does for a living), supply disappointing photos of their faces, fork over $140 per person, and wait four days to see if they made the cut. The rigmarole has discouraged many peo...

New Bill in U.S. Congress Would Squash Hidden Resort Fees. Here's How to Help

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/26/2019, 12:15 PM

A new bill introduced in Congress today will spell the end of hotel resort fees. Maybe. The Hotel Advertising Transparency Act of 2019 would classify the nondisclosure of resort fees (or "cleaning fees" or "urban fees" or any other mandatory fee) as "deceptive" advertising. Most of us would agree that's an accurate description—one that matters because the bill would allow the government to crac...

Free Parking in Las Vegas Returns As a Resort Breaks Ranks

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/19/2019, 3:00 AM

For many years, the ability to park for free at most Las Vegas casino-resorts was a beloved perk, and it was one that made visiting the spread-out desert city much more affordable, practical, and welcoming. But in 2017, starting with MGM-owned resorts, that privilege was snatched from guests. Just to visit a restaurant or a shop, with a few minor exceptions (Treasure Island, Venetian-Palazzo) gue...

12 Ways to Find Discounts for Disney

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/29/2019, 12:00 AM

Disney doesn't grant many discounts. But if you know some tricks, you can nibble away at the overall price of a Disney vacation.


Eat Like a Local: The Best Cheap Food in Honolulu, Oahu

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/23/2019, 12:00 AM

If you know where to go, you can eat like the locals do—fresh ahi tuna, decadent one-of-a-kind pastries, and heaping portions of the famous Hawaiian "plate lunch" are all within easy reach of the beach.


Yelp Listings Are Replacing Restaurants' Real Phone Numbers with Fee-Charging Numbers

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/14/2019, 11:15 AM

Businesses' real phone numbers are being swapped with ones run by the app's partners, so be careful if you use Yelp to research dining options and call for reservations....

Why Universal Orlando's Just-Announced Theme Park Is a Game Changer

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/01/2019, 10:30 AM

It's official. Universal Orlando is building a third Florida theme park. Universal's Epic Universe, officially confirmed Thursday morning, is being built on 750 acres about four miles south of UO's existing complex. An opening date has not been announced, but the land is clearly being prepared—a lone palm tree stands in the spot that Attractions magazine believes marks the center of the new park. ...

Frank Lloyd Wright's Glorious Hollyhock House, LA's First World Heritage Site

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/26/2019, 3:00 PM

Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House in Hollywood, California, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After years of neglect and decay, much of it has been restored, and it has reopened to tourists. Take a look around with us....

How to Figure Out the Name of That Anonymous Hotwire Hotel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/25/2019, 12:00 AM

No need to agonize over clues like Sherlock Holmes to deduce the name of a mystery hotel in Hotwire's Hot Rates. These elementary tricks are all you need.


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