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Gambling for Freebies: What You Need to Know If Your Vacation Will Include Time at a Casino

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/02/2013, 1:30 AM

Gamblers are a superstitious lot. They know that only a rube counts his money at the table, walks in the main door of a casino or whistles as he cranks the one-armed bandit. But even the most hardened cardsharp will tell you it takes little luck to finagle freebies from casinos. Having a plan can help, though. “What people don’t understand is that they’re going to have to do more than go i...

The Wonders of Alaska (In One Relatively Compact Area): Meet the Kenai Peninsula

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/30/2013, 1:45 PM

Alaska is massive. Intimidatingly so. Transpose its outline on a map of the lower 48 United States and its north-south boundaries would stretch from Mexico to Canada, poking up around Winnipeg and dropping down to Tijuana. For many visitors, trying to forge their own path in this vast, and often road-less, land is simply too scary. And so a good 60% of the state’s tourists opt for a cruise...

The How To's of Choosing the Right Broadway Show to See

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/25/2013, 2:30 PM

During the 2012-2013 theatrical season, some 11.6 million people attended Broadway shows in New York City, more than the attendance at the games of all of the city’s major league teams combined. That statistic comes via the Broadway League, which also notes that Broadway shows netted $1.14 billion in grosses. Which leads to an admittedly rude question on my part. It’s no secret that going ...

Scrimp vs. Splurge: When Does Spending More Actually Improve a Vacation?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/15/2013, 2:15 PM

Several years ago, an author I’d hired to do a chapter in a guidebook returned it to me with a major tourist sight missing from the text. He explained that he’d left this particular historic site out because he’d been angered by the entrance fee. I got another author for the next edition of the book (and input the material based on my own research). I did this despite the fact that the...

Legal Troubles on the Road? An Expert Weighs in on What Travelers Should Know and Do

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/11/2013, 8:15 PM

Nobody wants to talk to a lawyer when on vacation, not even other lawyers. But there are times when travelers need legal help, so we spoke with Larry Bodine, the Editor in Chief of Lawyers.com (a consumer website that explains legal issues to regular people) about some common legal problems that can pop up on trips and their solutions. Frommer: While I love staying in them, from a legal st...

The Ever-Growing Popularity of Multi-Generational Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/10/2013, 5:30 PM

Few organizations are as savvy as Disney when it comes to anticipating travel trends. So when its tour arm, Adventures By Disney, announced that it would be offering its first tours geared specifically to multiple generations, many in the travel industry realized that traveling with the grandparents had finally, well, come of age. Multi-generational travel is nothing new, it’s true, but Di...

Pauline Frommer To Host a Tour of Taiwan This October

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/09/2013, 1:15 PM

I usually travel alone or just with my family. But once a year, on behalf of the radio network my father and I work with, I host  a tour somewhere in the world. Last year it was Paris and the French Riviera, the year before that we went to Sicily and before that I took a group to China. And you know what? It's usually one of my favorite trips of the year. That's because the listeners t...

Solo Travel: New Resources and a Few Tips

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/04/2013, 5:30 PM

I’m a big fan of solo travel, but that may be because I don’t have to travel alone all the time. I have a husband and kids, so they come along when they can. But as a travel writer, I’m often on the road by myself, and I find I relish the experience. Instead of having to worry about whether my companions are enjoying the experience, I can simply immerse myself in the culture. That being sa...

Introducing "Fatpacking" A New Type of Vacation Combining Weight Loss with Serious Hiking

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/02/2013, 12:45 AM

Who doesn’t want to lose weight and be more fit? It’s the most common New Year’s resolution, and though many of us will have abandoned those champagne-fueled vows by now, that doesn’t mean that they’re not worth making. Or keeping. But sometimes one needs a bit of a kick start to actually adopt a healthy lifestyle. Enter the “Fatpacking” trip, known also by its more polite name “Fitpacking...

The Dog Ate My Vacation: Why Pets and Travel May Not Mix

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/27/2013, 11:30 PM

Pets may enhance our daily lives but they ruin our vacations. That’s the surprising conclusion reached by a recent poll conducted for obvious reasons (see below) by the website DogVacay.com with the help of Harris Interactive. The polling company talked to some 2341 adults and came up with some very telling findings. Firstly: we’re insanely neurotic about our pets. Apparently, 72% of p...

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