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McEmbassy? Every Austrian McDonald’s Now Offering Travel Help for Americans

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/17/2019, 3:00 PM

Thanks to a unique and, for those concerned about commerce meddling in government, somewhat unsettling partnership between McDonald's Austria and the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, all 194 of the fast food chain's outposts across Austria are now offering travel help for visiting Americans who need it.  According to the embassy's announcement on Facebook, U.S. citizens who "find themselves in distress" wh...

Famous Thai Beach to Remain Closed Two More Years—at Least

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/13/2019, 4:00 PM

Thailand's Maya Bay, which played the titular locale in the 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach, is currently closed to tourists and will remain that way until at least 2021.  Officials first banned visitors from the scenic scoop of sand on the island of Koh Phi Phi Leh during the summer of 2018. The idea was to give the natural environment, particularly fragile underwater corals, a chance to ...

Norwegian Joy Ride: A Tour of the Go-Kart-Topped Cruise Ship

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/10/2019, 12:00 AM

Originally used for Asian itineraries, the Norwegian Joy has been reassigned to North America's West Coast, following a $50 million makeover. Here's what's onboard.  

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Learn About NYC's LGBTQ History—and Drink Beer!—on This New Walking Tour

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/09/2019, 8:00 AM

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion of June 1969, when gay and transgender bargoers resisted a police raid on the Stonewall Inn of New York City's Greenwich Village. Rioting lasted for days and launched the modern movement for LGBTQ rights.  Just in time for the big milestone, New York City Urban Adventures—part of a network of locally operated tour agencies under In...

Travel Podcasts: Food Worth Traveling For

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/07/2019, 9:00 AM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC-770AM in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program.  To start things off, hosts Pauline Frommer and Jason Cochran invite listeners to share special experiences—concerts, festivals, transporting restaurant meals—worth traveling f...

A Movie Studio’s Former Headquarters Is the Coolest New Hotel in Town

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/06/2019, 6:45 PM

A historic, copper-topped building that once housed the Australian headquarters of Paramount Pictures has been turned into a boutique hotel in one of the hippest parts of Sydney. The 29-room Paramount House Hotel, which opened this spring, occupies space that was used for the studio's offices and film storage. Incorporating the building's original features with new touches, the interior has expos...

Stroll Above the Smokies on the USA’s Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/03/2019, 1:00 PM

Eastern Tennessee is now home to the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the United States. Opening May 17, Gatlinburg SkyBridge, located in the resort town that serves as a gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, stretches 680 feet across a deep valley, offering views of downtown Gatlinburg and the surrounding mountains for those who venture across.  At its highest point, the bridge...

Muslim History Tour Tells Untold Chapter of New York City's Past—and Present

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/25/2019, 12:00 PM

The gym where I work out (when I’m feeling up to it and can’t find anything good on Netflix) is housed in a building that stands where there used to be a mosque founded by Yemeni immigrants and frequented by jazz musicians. The Apollo Theater is just about a block east on 125th St. in Harlem, where I live. Back in the 1940s and ‘50s, performers at that legendary Upper Manhattan venue are said t...

Thanks a Lot, Instagram. Horseshoe Bend Now Has an Entry Fee

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/22/2019, 7:00 PM

Many of the world's most beautiful places have become victims of their own Instagrammability, with hordes of selfie snappers causing congestion, safety concerns, and strains on infrastructure.  As a result, officials at photogenic locales across the globe have introduced measures aimed at thinning crowds—or at least shifting some of the financial burden for upkeep onto tourists. The latest examp...

Travel Podcasts: Treasured Landmarks from Notre-Dame to the Taj Mahal

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/22/2019, 12:00 AM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC-770AM in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program.  First up this week: The devastating fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris prompts hosts Pauline Frommer and Jason Cochran to consider other iconic edifices in need of preserva...

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