Trump's Global Entry Ban for New Yorkers Doesn't Add Up, and It's an Outrage

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/05/2020, 1:00 AM

“New York hates you,” a heckler shouted, part of the crowd that gathered in Manhattan when Donald Trump went to his polling place in 2016 to vote for himself (according to It looks like Trump is now returning the raspberry. And then some. Last night, on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News TV show, Chad Wolf (the acting Secretary of Homeland Security) announced that residents of New York State wil...

"Basic Business Class"? Emirates Quietly Shakes Up Airfare Structures

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/29/2020, 3:00 AM

Last summer, with no fanfare whatsoever, Emirates changed the rules of business travel. It took what was a signature product—its well-rated business class service—and decoupled it from some of its perks, in effect creating a version of Basic Economy for the “lie flat” jet set. When online bookers click on Emirates' “Saver” or “Flex” business class fares, they can nab a roomy, horizontal-at-will...

The Rules for Planning an Affordable, Fun Spring Break in 2020

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/17/2020, 12:00 PM

The breaking travel news right now? That would be spring break, which is just around the corner. And then around the corner again. And again. That’s because this popular holiday period is based on school vacations, which vary from region to region, and so it has an unusually large footprint. In 2020, it runs from the end of February through April 12 (Easter Sunday). That generously long seaso...

How to Pack for an African Safari

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/07/2020, 6:45 PM

You'll need strategy, not a big pre-vacation shopping trip. Here's what to bring with you for this once-in-a-lifetime experience....

The Top Travel Trends for 2020

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/18/2019, 4:00 PM

What does the new year have in store for travelers? We've consulted some of the top names in the industry to find out....

Pauline Frommer: I Was Just in the Dominican Republic and There's Never Been a Better Time to Go

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/01/2019, 12:00 AM

This post is being written from a plane, and I have plenty of elbow room. None of the middle seats are occupied, and a few passengers even have a row to themselves to stretch out. A miracle, right? Not quite. You see, I’m flying home from a short trip to the Dominican Republic, a country that became the focus of a media frenzy last spring that torpedoed its tourism industry. It has yet to recov...

Just How Do "Free Tours" Work? An Interview With Sandemans New Europe

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/23/2019, 5:00 PM

Free tours: You’ll find them in every major tourist destination on the planet nowadays, and plenty of minor ones, too. Because they’re not technically free—tips are expected (though not forced)—these types of outings have actually become a big business, and they have spawned a few large companies competing alongside the lone operators.    To find out how one of the biggest of these operation...

Thomas Cook Shuts Down: What to Do and How to Protect Yourself Now

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/23/2019, 11:00 AM

In 1841, Thomas Cook founded the travel business that has carried his name to charter a train for travel to a temperance rally. Since then, the company has arranged the travel of millions of people through its travel agents and its airline. But today’s customers may well want to pour themselves a stiff drink: After 178 years in business, Thomas Cook suddenly ceased operations last week, disruptin...

Take Your Next Beach Vacation in the Bahamas: It's the Right Thing to Do

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/10/2019, 8:15 PM

The pictures are devastating: mile after mile of rubble, overturned cars, and marooned boats where once homes, streets, and marinas stood. Hurricane Dorian, the slow-moving, hugely powerful storm that hit part of the Bahamas, was arguably the most destructive hurricane in modern history. Many are now asking how to help. The clear, if unexpected answer is: Go to the Bahamas on your next vacation....

Will Fall Foliage Be Worth Seeing This Year in New England? Here's An Expert's Forecast

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/03/2019, 8:15 PM

New England’s fall foliage show is right around the corner. Leaf peepers are polishing their binoculars, planning their routes, and booking their B&Bs. In preparation for this popular season, I spoke with Mel Allen, the Editor of Yankee Magazine, to get his take on what road trippers can expect in the coming months. Pauline Frommer: I need to start this interview by saying that the website of ...

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