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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, 2:30 PM

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-y...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/05/2013, 9:30 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 wh...

Car Rentals Through Firefly, a New Brand, are Dramatically Cheaper than Others, So What's the Catch?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/03/2013, 4:00 PM

Firefly, a discount car rental brand, begins arriving at American airports this month. You might think it's a new competitor. As it turns out, everything about it is older than you think. Hertz created Firefly, a lower-priced offshoot, in Europe last spring, in part to fill the price gap that was left when it sold off the Advantage car rental brand. Now there are 40-odd locations there, in...

In late October and Throughout November, A Two-Week Cruise of the Mediterranean Aboard the Spectacular Queen Elizabeth Can Cost Only $999

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/02/2013, 2:30 AM

     If you're like me, you receive a dozen repetitive e-mails a week from cruise brokers and cruiselines offering one week sailings of the Caribbean or Mediterranean for $499, two weekers for $799.  Cruises are undoubtedly the top vacation bargains in travel today.      But though the ships are fine, quality vessels, they are no different than what we've come to expect  on an ocean cruise...

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, 8:45 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 furth...

Safety is Currently the Major Issue Affecting Travel to Numerous Overseas Destinations. Here's How We Come Out on That Issue, for Several Countries

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/29/2013, 5:00 PM

      Is it safe?  That's the most frequent question put to travel advisers as they are asked to plan an international trip.  Is it safe to travel to Israel or Jordan, to Turkey or India?  Is it safe to travel to Mexico, to Nicaragua or Bali?  And the answer can sometimes change in a day, as terrorists or drug lords create havoc in a particular part of the world.  So the response t...

Offended by Political TV in Your Hotel Lobby? Your Hotel Manager Chose The Channel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/29/2013, 5:00 PM

Hotel companies spend millions of dollars creating warm-and-fuzzy feelings about their brands and crafting the sensation that a stay there will make customers feel welcome and comfortable. Good hospitality is all about making someone feel at home. Yet the instant you walk into many hotels, the jagged tones of discord are thrust in your face. Given the fevered level of partisan rhetoric pol...

Offended by Political TV in Your Hotel Lobby? Your Hotel Manager Chose The Channel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/29/2013, 5:00 PM

Hotel companies spend millions of dollars creating warm-and-fuzzy feelings about their brands and crafting the sensation that a stay there will make customers feel welcome and comfortable. Good hospitality is all about making someone feel at home. Yet the instant you walk into many hotels, the jagged tones of discord are thrust in your face. Given the fevered level of partisan rhetoric pol...

New Kiosks Cut Border Control Waits By a Third, But Your Airport Must Ask for Them

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/28/2013, 8:30 PM

In June, Chicago's O'Hare installed 32 kiosks that scan documents for incoming passengers. Right away, despite the fact summer travel was at its peak, wait times were chopped by 33%. The technology is called Automated Passport Control, or APC, and it's the latest effort of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to use technology to cut paperwork and frustration. O'Hare is the first American ai...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/27/2013, 12:45 PM

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 j...

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