Frommer's Publishes New Series of Affordable E-Books For Travel in the United States

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/20/2020, 2:15 PM

The cheap new guide books are concise, but full of info—where to go, what to do, where to eat, where to stay—for trips close to home...

Amtrak Cuts Deep: Over 460 Stations Across the USA Will Lose Daily Service

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/17/2020, 8:00 AM

Reuters has obtained an internal Amtrak memo that says that as of October 1, the national railway is planning to cut roughly a third of its weekly service. It will do that by reducing all of its daily long-haul routes except for one (the Auto Train) to thrice-weekly service. In addition, daily departures along the Northeast Corridor, the busiest part of the railway’s network, will be significantly...

Maine Announces New Ways Tourists Can Get Around Its 14-Day Quarantine

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/10/2020, 5:00 AM

Maine, more than most destinations, has been between a rock and a hard place. And I'm not describing the famously jagged coastline. Not only is Maine unusually reliant on tourism—it's the top industry—but because of the state's northerly location, it has a woefully short vacation season it needs to make the most of. In this pandemic era, Maine has the bad luck of getting the lion's share of visi...

Pauline Frommer: You Can Help Restore Our National Parks and Create Thousands of Jobs

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/09/2020, 5:00 AM

At the height of the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration. It accomplished two life-changing goals: Over the course of eight years, it created some 8.5 million desperately needed jobs, and it did it while shoring up America’s framework. Today, we still benefit from the bridges, schools, hospitals, roads, hiking trails, sewer lines, air...

Sri Lanka's Reopening Plan for Tourism Is the World's Strictest So Far

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/08/2020, 10:00 AM

As of this writing, Sri Lanka, a country of 21.5 million people, has confirmed only 11 deaths from Covid-19. Due to a rigorous testing, tracking, and quarantine program, the South Asian nation was ranked as having the ninth most effective response to the virus by the Global Response to Infectious Diseases (GRID) index. Sri Lanka tied with Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, and Taiwan. The...

Cancún Is the Latest Place to Defray Vacation Costs...We Think

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/05/2020, 9:00 AM

Updated June 10This is becoming a strange trend. The Italian island of Sicily announced its intention to help pay for vacations once we're traveling again. So did Japan—but only sort of, since the country won't promise the deal will still be valid by the time the border fully reopens. Now fun-in-the-sun giant Cancún is following in their footsteps: The city's private sector is making overtures to ...

[Updated 2021] Find a Hookup or Site for Your RV in Four Easy Steps

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/04/2020, 6:45 PM

Availability is far harder to come by this summer, but here are some resources for finding empty campsites for a road trip.


Plan U.S. Travel With This New Interactive Map of Each State's Covid-19 Rules

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/02/2020, 9:00 AM

We need to give a big thank you to the National Governors Association. It just created an interactive map, the Covid-19 State and Territory Actions Tracker (pictured above in a screenshot). The free new tool makes summer road trips much easier. It shows, at a glance, the policies in any state you might be visiting. For example, those who might be driving into Maine, Rhode Island, Kansas, or Utah ...

Will Hawaii Secede from the United States? Touristically, We Mean

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/01/2020, 8:00 AM

Imagine if Gov. Andrew Cuomo were to meet with the New York State Legislature to propose a special relationship that only applied to New York State and France. "Because the Empire State and the great country of France have a shared level of sophistication, a shared love of good food and wine, and similar political leanings, we are going to make it easier for French citizens to visit New York," the...

Will Airline Service Cuts Turn Parts of USA Into No-Go Zones?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/01/2020, 6:00 AM

Like our nation's highway system, airlines play a vital role in knitting together the country, allowing for commerce as well as travel between the states. That's why the federal government's airline bailout was contingent on the carriers promising to maintain service to American airports big and small. But there was a loophole: Airlines were given the right to petition the government to drop serv...

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