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The 50 Best Bars In The World Revealed—But Where's the USA?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/06/2020, 9:00 PM

Being a barfly is part of my job. Every year, for roughly a month, I become a nocturnal creature, staying out until 3am most nights, researching my city’s nightlife for the next edition of Frommer’s EasyGuide to New York City. I’m not complaining. OK, I’m about to. Because last year, that task included waiting on a cold Greenwich Village sidewalk for a good 70 minutes for the right to sta...

Merriam-Webster Creates a Fun Online Word Game for Travelers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/05/2020, 11:00 AM

Every time we speak, we travel. English is a polyglot language derived from many tongues and made of an ever-expanding lexicon of borrowed words picked up like souvenirs from all corners of the globe.   As Merriam-Webster, the venerable dictionary publisher, puts it: "English is, by any reckoning, a very large language. No one is entirely certain how many words it contains (since it is very dif...

Free Entry to the U.S. National Parks For Students, Veterans—and Everyone Else

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/02/2020, 3:00 PM

The U.S. National Parks had big plans for little people this year. But like so many things, they went awry. Long story short: 2020 was supposed to have been another year when all of the country's fourth graders (and their families) got free entry to the parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands, a program administered for half a decade by the federal government. But because so many of us...

A Delightful New Book About Countries That Have "Fallen Off the Map"

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/30/2020, 9:00 PM

In this time of not being able to travel almost anywhere, one of the most intriguing new travel books is a volume that takes readers to places that no longer exist. I’m talking about Gideon Defoe’s droll new tome, An Atlas of Extinct Countries: The Remarkable (and occasionally ridiculous) Stories of 48 Nations That Fell Off the Map—a whirlwind tour through the pleasingly oddball tales of histor...

New Rules Transform New York City Into a Wonderful, Open-Air Bazaar

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/28/2020, 7:00 PM

What's the top reason people visit New York City? If you guessed Broadway shows, museums, or even restaurants, you'd be wrong, wrong, and wrong. Year after year, shopping is cited as the main reason people plan a trip to the Big Apple— something I know well, as the author of Frommer's EasyGuide to New York City. As in the rest of the United States, the city's retail sector has been wallop...

Pauline Frommer: A Worthy Vacation Rental Search Aggregator Has Arrived

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/27/2020, 4:00 PM

Fewer travelers may be hitting the road right now, but among those still traveling, the top accommodation choices have shifted dramatically from a year ago. As I wrote last week, more people are choosing vacation rentals over hotels. The change has made Airbnbs more expensive than hotels in most North American markets. We’ve also seen a huge uptick in the percentage of travelers choosing RVs...

Dingle, Ireland's Beloved Dolphin, Fungie, Has Disappeared

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/23/2020, 9:00 PM

Ireland may be the land of leprechauns, banshees, and merrows, but its most magical being was real, and it swam in the waters off County Kerry. In 1984, a lone, bottleneck dolphin was spotted in the bay of the town of Dingle, on Ireland's west coast, by a lighthouse keeper who was escorting fishing boats out to sea. The dolphin was still there when the keeper brought the boats back into the har...

In a Trial to Rescue Travel, Canada to Test International Arrivals at One Airport

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/23/2020, 5:00 PM

The multibillion-dollar problem for the travel industry right now is how travel will get back to normal. For many, the solution could be summed up in three words: easily accessible testing. Since most scientists are expecting it to take a good eight months to a year before a vaccine can be approved and widely distributed, testing is a stopgap measure that allows governments to curb the sprea...

Pauline Frommer: Thanks to 2020, Airbnb Isn't Always the Cheapest Option Anymore

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/21/2020, 7:00 PM

The conventional wisdom used to be you’d save money by renting an Airbnb rather than booking a hotel room. That now needs to be revised in yet another reversal brought by the pandemic. A new study from Wanderu, a website usually devoted to comparing bus and train ticket prices, found that in most of North America, average Airbnb nightly rates are now higher than average hotel prices. Some...

Panama Is Reopening for Quarantine-Free Visits, So Is This the Winter to Finally Go?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/10/2020, 11:00 AM

As Frommer's Panama author Nicholas Gill writes, "Panama is home to a staggering array of natural landscapes, each beautiful in its own way." That includes lovely beaches, perfect spots for snorkeling and scuba diving, mile after mile of pristine rainforest, rugged mountains laced with top whitewater rivers, state-of-the-art golf courses, mangrove swamps, coffee plantations, dozing volcanoes, c...

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