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9 Ways You Can Save Money on Summer Travel in 2022

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/09/2022, 2:15 PM

Hard truth: Even if you follow every money-saving tip I'm about to give you in this article, you're still likely to spend more on your 2022 summer vacation than you did in 2021—and possibly in 2019. The sharp uptick in travel costs in just the last few months has been stunning. But that shouldn't keep you at home. If there's a lesson to be had from the pandemic, it's that life can change on a dime...

Pauline Frommer: I'm Often Asked How to Become a Travel Writer, And I Suggest This Event

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/03/2022, 9:00 AM

(Note: This post was updated June 2, 2022)Every year, I give about a dozen speeches on travel across North America. When I sign books afterwards, a familiar scenario inevitably will play out. I’ll hand back the book that I've just autographed and notice that the individual standing in front of me looks very, very nervous… and doesn’t want to move away from the table. She or he will chit-chat for a ...

Instagram-Based Booking Account @hotel Debuts—And Its Prices Are Pretty Great

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/02/2022, 5:30 AM

Help has arrived for travelers hoping to book affordable hotel rooms. But people won’t be turning to a website for that aid. Surprisingly, they'll use Instagram. The trip-planning app Tripscout just launched what has potential to be a game-changing new social media business called @hotel. It’s rough around the edges—very—but for the most part, it seems to be able to deliver on its promise to signi...

How to Skip Long TSA Lines for Free—Without TSA PreCheck

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/31/2022, 4:00 PM

Last Sunday, more than 1,000 passengers missed flights at Ireland's Dublin Airport because of epic security lines caused by staffing shortages. Anyone who has waited in one of the seemingly endless TSA queues that have emerged on this side of the pond lately can easily imagine the same type of scenario happening in the U.S. Fortunately, there's a way around the lines. And I don't mean TSA PreChe...

What Are Viking's New Expedition Ships Like? A Tour of the Viking Octantis

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/25/2022, 4:00 PM

Viking is getting into expedition cruises, and the company's new ships have some striking innovations....

Why Alaska’s Epic—and Affordable—Ferry System Will Be Harder to Use This Summer

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/18/2022, 5:00 PM

Though many travelers think of Alaska as a destination best seen by cruise ship, there are many other ways to visit the so-called Last Frontier. There are even other ways to see the state by ship. An especially adventurous option is the Alaska Marine Highway System, one of the world's most expansive ferry systems, covering some 3,500 miles. Created to transport Alaskans and freight around the st...

How Airbnb's Revamp Could End Up Doubling Your Vacation Costs

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/12/2022, 9:00 AM

This week Airbnb announced what the vacation rental giant is calling its “biggest changes in a decade.” That’s not hyperbole. Alas, the changes don't involve reining in fees (we wish!). But the company will be adding a layer of filtering that will utterly transform its search functionality. Airbnb has also created a promising new type of insurance that will be included with stays. Search by Home ...

Just How Much Have Travel Costs Risen? Shocking Stats on Summer Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/03/2022, 2:00 PM

Prices for travel have been climbing at a breakneck pace in 2022—and they're about to get even worse, according to the travel booking and cost-tracking site Hopper. The company's analysts expect prices to rise 6% to 12% on average in the coming weeks, on top of already inflated rates, before peaking in late June. That doesn't mean you should put travel plans on hold for another year. But if you...

New Zealand Finally Reopening to Vaccinated Travelers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/16/2022, 12:00 PM

Destinations around the world are lifting mask mandates and even vaccine requirements. And now a major milestone on the way to a full reopening of travel has been reached Down Under. The government of New Zealand, which has maintained some of the world's tightest border restrictions since the start of the pandemic two years ago, announced today that vaccinated visitors from most countries, includ...

What's Better for Alaska Cruises: Round-Trips or One-Way Voyages?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/11/2022, 2:30 PM

Cruise lines permit passengers on Alaska journeys to end their voyages in the state to continue touring. Should you—or should you get off where you began?...

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