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Summer River Cruises in Europe May Now Present Problems, Says Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/15/2018, 12:00 AM

Should you book a European river cruise that takes place in summer? Maybe not.   Next summer’s cruise passengers are expected to encounter problems because of an unusually hot season in Europe.   The result of that torrid weather has been low water levels in isolated parts of European rivers, requiring that cruise companies alter or even cancel itineraries. They cannot operate their ships wher...

Despite Heavy Financial Losses, Low-Cost Carriers to Europe Will Survive

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/13/2018, 12:00 AM

Will low-cost transatlantic airlines continue to survive in the months ahead? That’s a big question currently asked by travel professionals. On its answer rest the hopes of many travelers that they may be able to enjoy a European vacation.   The pessimistic response to this question has been stoked by recent airline failures. WOW Air of Iceland has recently canceled several of its cheap flights...

Arthur Frommer: Charging $300 Round-Trip to Europe, Level is the World’s Budget Champion

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/08/2018, 12:00 AM

If you were to ask even a well-informed travel professional to name the cheapest airline flying the Atlantic, they would undoubtedly answer: Norwegian Air. And they’d be dead wrong. The cheapest such airline is the oddly named Level, a joint enterprise of British Airways and Iberia Airlines. It flies mainly from Paris and Barcelona to Newark, Boston and San Francisco, for a basic fare—hold your b...

Arthur Frommer: Canada Legalized Marijuana, But Visitors Should Know the Rules

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/05/2018, 12:00 AM

The recent decision by all of Canada to legalize the sale or use of marijuana was hailed by U.S. users and advocates of that drug. On careful study of Canada’s action, those cheerleaders may be less enthusiastic about what has happened. Although Canada acted as a single nation in legalizing the substance, it has permitted individual provinces of Canada to enact specific rules governing its sale a...

How Much of What You Spend Stays in Your Destination? G Adventures Knows

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/19/2018, 11:15 PM

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Bruce Poon Tip (pictured) for our radio show. Bruce is the founder of G Adventures, one of the most important small-group adventure operators in the world. Currently the company has 10 distinct brands of tours as well as both expedition and river cruising branches. It’s considered by many to be one of the travel industry's most innovative tour companies....

I’m Now One of Those People: A Traveler with an Airbnb Horror Story

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/18/2018, 3:00 PM

It didn’t happen because I’m a careless idiot, or a very picky, persnickity traveler. It happened because I’m a (bit) lazy. I was heading to Chicago for work and an unrelated convention had sent hotel prices through the roof. To save a great deal of money, I decided to book a room in the apartment of a friendly-looking lady who has cats. (OK, the real reason was the cats—yes, I’m that kind of mid...

Boost Your Overseas Vacation with a Free Stopover in Switzerland or Belgium

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/21/2018, 8:00 AM

If you've ever longed to take a vacation from your vacation, maybe you should opt for an airline stopover. That's when a plane makes a days-long pit stop on the way to its final destination, giving passengers a chance to squeeze in an extra mini vacation in the connecting city.  Best of all, some airlines don't charge customers additional fees for the interlude—instead, they treat the journey as ...

Looking for a Classic Caribbean Vacation? Arthur Frommer Suggests Belize

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/20/2018, 12:00 PM

Although nearly a million American cruise passengers enjoy momentary contact with Belize each year, the number of its actual tourists is only 250,000 persons, and the country is therefore uncrowded and somewhat innocent of commercial development (except in Belize City, to which no tourist goes).  A stay here is like a trip to Costa Rica many years ago, before tourism enveloped and changed that ...

Arthur Frommer: Prosecution of Fake TripAdvisor Reviewer Raises Questions

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/18/2018, 1:00 PM

The defendant, in a recent criminal prosecution brought in Italy, was a man who operated a company manufacturing fake hotel reviews. Presumably hiring excellent writers, he apparently sent hundreds of fake recommendations to TripAdvisor.com, claiming that particular hotels (at which the writers had never stayed) were outstanding in their service and facilities. For this work, the defendant was app...

A New Women's Travel Magazine Hits the Newsstands (and the Internet)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/14/2018, 9:15 AM

A new travel magazine debuted this month, called Unearth Women. I spoke with Nikki Vargas, its Editor-In-Chief and co-founder, about what the first issue holds, and what this new publication promises to female travelers down the line.   Pauline Frommer: Why do women need their own magazine? Why can’t they just read Afar, or Condé Nast Traveler, or one of the other travel magazines out there?...

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