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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/15/2013, 10:15 AM

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 guid...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/11/2013, 4:15 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 (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 stand...

The Ever-Growing Popularity of Multi-Generational Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/10/2013, 1:30 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 Disne...

Pauline Frommer To Host a Tour of Taiwan This October

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/09/2013, 9:15 AM

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 to The...

Solo Travel: New Resources and a Few Tips

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/04/2013, 1:30 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 said,...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/01/2013, 8:45 PM

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, 7:30 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 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 pet ow...

The How-To's Of Getting Better Rest on the Road

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/24/2013, 10:15 PM

Is it a vacation if you can’t sleep? That’s the question many travelers confront when they head off for much needed rest and relaxation, only to find themselves becoming more exhausted from lack of sleep. Jetlag is sometimes the culprit, but many find that simply being in a strange place disrupts their zz’s, even when they haven’t shifted time zones. What can one do? Here’s the advice of two no...

Keep That Kindle On! The FAA Likely Will Relax Rules for On-Board Electronics

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/21/2013, 10:45 AM

It's not a done deal. But both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times are reporting that a group working for the FAA on a study of airline safety issues is currently drafting a document that will allow the use of most electronics during take off and landing. I say "most" because that most controversial of devices, the ubiquitous cellphone, was not part of the study, so rules wont change...

Miles and Money Now Needed to Reach "Elite" Status on United Airlines

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/21/2013, 8:45 AM

Delta did it first, back in January, when it sent a note to its loyalty program members stating that now it would not just award "Silver" status based on the amount of miles flown, travelers would also have to reach a minimum spending level (of $2,500 during the calendar year) to achieve that status. Take a read of Delta's announcement. Well, guess what? As is wont to happen in this copy-cat ...

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