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Theft of Mobile Devices Is On the Rise At Airports and In Airplanes. Here are Some Strategies to Keep Your Possessions Safe

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/07/2013, 10:30 AM

Some 50% of the thefts in North America today involve mobile devices. That’s right: there are few more coveted prizes for criminals today than the laptop, phone or tablet you’re likely reading this article on. And we’re seeing a marked increase in the pilfering of these gadgets at airports and even on planes. That’s the conclusion that the folks at Absolute Software have come to. This 20-year...

The How-To's of "Couch Surfing" From a True Expert

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/05/2013, 5:30 PM

Last September, I got a call from a dear friend who’d just gotten a job playing harp in the orchestra of a Broadway touring production. Erin was hoping to save money on the road by staying with friends or friends of friends, but was having trouble finding the right connections. I suggested she try the website Couchsurfing.org, which introduces travelers to friendly people all over the world who...

A Nightmarish Incident on a Recent Cruise May Cause Vacationers to Rethink Buying Insurance Directly from the Cruise Line

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/31/2013, 4:45 PM

By now, you likely have heard the story of elderly couple who were put off an Azamara Cruise ship in a small town in Turkey, when the 89-year-old husband fell and broke his hip. Complaining that they’d been abandoned by both the cruise and the insurance company, the couple was finally helped by their U.S. Senator, and transferred to a more adequate hospital in Istanbul. Here's a link for furthe...

Brooklyn's New, Ultra-Gourmet Dining Scene: Pauline Frommer Reviews Three Hot Spots

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/27/2013, 8:45 AM

The dish felt like a dare. “Fried pigs blood with [unpronounceable Scandinavian] berry,” the waiter said placing a small slab of wood with a fried ball in front of me. And then he gave me a second look and a grin, as if to say, “So, are you really going to eat that?” Welcome to the extreme foodie Brooklyn restaurant scene, one that many diners think is currently eclipsing Manhattan’s. In just...

What’s the Best Vacation For Your “Stage of Life”? How Age Can—and Should—Affect Your Travel Plans

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/25/2013, 10:15 AM

“Man is by nature a social animal”, wrote Aristotle. And though he wasn’t commenting on vacations, his observation certainly applies: who one travels with can be as important to the success of a trip as where one goes. Certain types of travel, as well as certain destinations, attract wildly different demographics, after all. Head to spring break-central, Panama City, Florida in March or Apri...

3 Sneaky Ways To Save Money on Lodgings When You Hit the Road

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/21/2013, 10:00 AM

Sometimes you have to get creative, and perhaps even bend the rules, when looking to save money on travel. That’s particularly the case for lodgings, as hotel rates have increased a good 5% this year over last (and they were creeping upwards already in 2012). Here are some devious strategies you might try. Look for a Newbie: It takes a while for a new hotel to get the word out that it’s open ...

Spots Have Just Opened Up on Pauline Frommer's October Tour to Taiwan

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/12/2013, 5:00 PM

I haven't written much about the tour I'm leading to Taiwan here at Frommers.com because we wanted to travel with a small group (a maximum of 15) and the tour filled up quite quickly, several months ago. But you know what they say about the best laid plans.... I just learned 15 minutes ago that a member of the tour has fallen ill. So he, and the three family members he was supposed to travel ...

Way To Stay Classy, Ryanair! Wait Until You Hear What's In The Airline's Training Manuals

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/11/2013, 12:15 AM

The same airline that once declared it would install pay toilets (that didn't happen), has been instructing its flight attendants to avoid making change for passengers when they buy a snack from the onboard trolley (that did happen). According to the UK's Daily Mail newspaper, Ryanair flight attendants were given a manual on how to boost revenues during flights. In a copy obtained by the new...

Looking Ahead to Fall Travel: Places To Head and Strategies for Saving Money

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/08/2013, 2:00 PM

Forget what your kindergarten teacher taught you, at least where travel is concerned. There aren’t four seasons, there are three: high season, low season and the period we’re about to enter, shoulder season, which combines reasonable costs with sunny skies. Actually, scratch that. There are even fewer seasons now, according to search engine Hipmunk.com’s CEO Adam Goldstein. “The airlines thin...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/01/2013, 9:30 PM

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 in a...

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