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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...

How to Find the Best Rates for Last-Minute Car Rentals

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/07/2020, 11:00 AM

Save money when you rent a car—every time—using our time-tested, expert-approved tips

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The Department of Transportation Says It's Not There to Ensure Passenger Safety

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/07/2020, 10:00 AM

In late July, members of 33 transportation unions—flight attendants, pilots, TSA inspectors, ferry workers, bus drivers, and others—filed an official petition with the Department of Transportation begging for a federal mask mandate on all commercial transportation. Such a move clearly would have made sense. Trains, planes, and buses cross state lines, so the only way to have consistent measures...

Rare Good News: Venice's Long-Awaited Flood Protection System Works!

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/05/2020, 10:00 AM

Venice's answer to Watergate had involved actual water and actual gates. The city's MOSE Project (the name is an acronym of the Italian initials for "Experimental Electromechanical Module") is a system of mobile gates designed to protect the Venetian Lagoon from flooding. But the project had devolved into a major political scandal. Nine years late, €4 billion over budget, and with countless ...

Luxury Rock Star Tour Buses Become A Travel Option in This Pandemic

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/03/2020, 12:00 AM

There’s a certain flavor of fear that comes from trying to do something potentially dangerous that you are in no way competent to do. I experienced that intense mix of panic and embarrassment while trying to park a Class A motor home for the first time. Eventually, my husband had to slide into the sweat-soaked driver’s seat and finish the job. Piloting the mammoth vehicle was just one of many o...

Teenager Creates Fun New Video Travel Guessing Game

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/01/2020, 2:00 PM

Earlier this week, we introduced you to some of our favorite YouTube channels for wonderfully zen, long-play videos that walk viewers through neighborhoods around the world. Today, we bring you a free travel video site that's even more interactive. Created by teen web developer Paul McBurney Jr., City Guesser screens clips of strolls in world cities, but without identifying them. The object of ...

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