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Free and Dirt-Cheap Things to Do in New York City

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/08/2019, 12:00 AM

Some free—or nearly free—ways to savor the Big Apple.

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/02/2019, 12:00 PM

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 few minutes before taking a deep breath ...

Best Places to Propose in New York City

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/01/2019, 12:00 AM

You've got the ring. Now it's time to pick the perfect spot to pop the question in the Big Apple.

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In Wake of Cuba Ban, Norwegian Cruise Line Slashing Prices to Bahamas

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/10/2019, 12:00 AM

On the day that the Trump Administration abruptly banned all sailings to Cuba last week, some 800,000 travelers were left holding cruise reservations to the island nation for the coming months, according to the Cruise Lines International Association, an industry trade group.  The cruise lines quickly issued cancellation and change policies, followed as rapidly by pretty remarkable deals to fill...

This Year is A Great Year for Memphis. Our Frommer's Guide Writer Explains

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/07/2019, 1:00 PM

When we come out with a new guidebook at Frommer’s, we tap the best local journalists to write it. One such pro is Ashley Brantley, a native of Nashville who grew up in Memphis (and still has family there), making her the ideal person to write the newly released Frommer’s EasyGuide to Nashville and Memphis. I interviewed her on our national radio show about why 2019 is the ideal year to visit Memph...

Trump Administration Announces Bans on Cruises and Tours to Cuba

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/04/2019, 3:00 PM

The other zapato has dropped. In April, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the Treasury Department would soon implement new regulations to restrict non-family travel to Cuba. But I don't think anyone expected the roll-out of those new regulations to be as abrupt, messy, or sweeping as the ones announced today turned out to be.   On Tuesday afternoon, the Treasury De...

An App That (Almost) Guarantees the Lowest Hotel Rates

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/31/2019, 7:00 AM

It’s said there are no guarantees in life. But does that apply to travel? For hotels, a relatively new app may offer the closest thing to a guaranteed low price that I’ve seen. It’s called Pruvo, and it promises that if you tell it your hotel price, you won’t be undercut.   Here’s how it works. The consumer goes hotel shopping, using any online travel agency they like—Booking.com, Expedi...

Do Travelers Lose Their Moral Compasses on the Road? A Surprising Study

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/29/2019, 7:00 AM

My friend Deborah "borrowed" her favorite wool blanket from a hotel when she went on a business trip. Shannon, another pal, put her able-bodied daughter in an airport wheelchair to jump to the front of a Southwest Airlines boarding line so they could snag seats together. And Dave, a charming guy I know from college, owns a cane for the sole purpose of limping into airports so he can plausibly c...

Talking with Frances Mayes About Her Latest Book, 'See You in the Piazza'

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/01/2019, 2:00 PM

Frances Mayes, author of the memoir Under the Tuscan Sun, is to Tuscan travel what ketchup is to Russian dressing.  For tens of thousands of vacationers, her tale—both the book that sat on the New York Times bestseller list for two years, and the Diane Lane film that fictionalized it—was the reason they chose to go this bucolic and beautiful corner of "The Boot." Now Mayes has a new book called...

When Should You Book Airfare and Hotels? A Huge Study Reveals the Current Answers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/03/2019, 1:00 PM

The Airlines Reporting Corporation’s annual Travel Pricing Outlook study (conducted in partnership with Expedia) arrived with very little fanfare this year. Which is odd—and not so odd. Odd because it is, by a factor of a gazillion, the largest study of the year, for the size of the numbers being crunched. And not so odd because this 2019 study, the fifth annual one, doesn’t really break much n...

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