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Open a New Window: See Video Views from Homes Around the World

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/18/2020, 10:00 AM

It may not be the most dramatic part of a trip, but there is one moment when it really hits me that I’ve left my normal life behind. After the whirlwind of flying or driving to my destination, I get settled in my hotel or vacation home, take a breath, and look out the window. And with that glance, I feel it: My reality has shifted. That intake of breath, that realization, that first look, ha...

Holiday Travel in 2020: Safer Places to Go, Places to Stay, Road Trips

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/13/2020, 7:00 PM

It sometimes feels like Covid-19 stripped us of the most precious parts of our humanity. Thanks to the virus, theater, dance, and music performances are too dangerous to attend, as are dinner parties in homes. Even the act of a grandparent cradling a new grandchild carries risks right now. For this reason, scientists and government officials have been begging the public not to visit extended fa...

Iconic Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore in Paris Fights for Survival

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/12/2020, 10:00 AM

The bookstore beloved by the Lost Generation is now in danger of being lost itself. Shakespeare and Company was founded in Paris by Sylvia Beach just after World War I. Specializing in literature in English, the shop and lending library became a gathering place for American literary superstars living in Paris between the two world wars. Poets such as T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound as well as nove...

Holiday Air Travel in 2020: Safety, Finding Cheap Fares, and More

By Pauline Frommer

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

If you plan to fly over the holiday season, let’s start with the good news: Your airplane ride may be the safest part of your trip. To be frank, I'm not convinced that holiday travel is an altogether good idea in 2020; click here to read my article that gathers the current warnings against leaving home this year.   Still, if you're going to be in the air, studies have shown that—because of HEPA...

Is Holiday Travel Safe in 2020?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/10/2020, 9:00 PM

Our headline is the question thousands of families are asking themselves in the run-up to the end of the year. Depending on where you live in the United States, you may have already heard a direct answer. The governors of Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin have all issued statements advising residents to forego holiday travel and large, indoor family...

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...

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