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Americans traveling within Russia must now be aware of new laws that criminalize "pro-gay propaganda"--and threaten them with imprisonment or worse

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/02/2013, 5:45 PM

     Although it has received only spotty mention in the press, the recent enactment by Russia of legislation limiting free speech, seems important to me--and of  especial relevance to travel and tourism.  Russian President Vladimir Putin signed both laws last month, and already a group of Dutch film-makers traveling within Russia (to make a film about sexual orientation in that country) have ...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/02/2013, 1:30 AM

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 i...

A British Businessman Dreams Up a Fantastical Fake Restaurant, Submits it to a "User-Generated Website", and Watches His Invention Climb up a List of Popular Eateries

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/30/2013, 7:30 PM

     Angered by what he regarded as a fake criticism of his friend's hotel, a British businessman has devised the practical joke of the year.  It is described in the July 30 edition of London's Daily Telegraph, and left me howling with laughter.      The restaurant he dreamed up was named "Oscar's", and supposedly occupied a "phantom class" sea vessel that moved with the tides from place t...

The Wonders of Alaska (In One Relatively Compact Area): Meet the Kenai Peninsula

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/30/2013, 1:45 PM

Alaska is massive. Intimidatingly so. Transpose its outline on a map of the lower 48 United States and its north-south boundaries would stretch from Mexico to Canada, poking up around Winnipeg and dropping down to Tijuana. For many visitors, trying to forge their own path in this vast, and often road-less, land is simply too scary. And so a good 60% of the state’s tourists opt for a cruise...

The How To's of Choosing the Right Broadway Show to See

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/25/2013, 2:30 PM

During the 2012-2013 theatrical season, some 11.6 million people attended Broadway shows in New York City, more than the attendance at the games of all of the city’s major league teams combined. That statistic comes via the Broadway League, which also notes that Broadway shows netted $1.14 billion in grosses. Which leads to an admittedly rude question on my part. It’s no secret that going ...

Would You Believe a 10-Day Tour to Vietnam That Includes Round-Trip Air between San Francisco and Hanoi, and Yet Costs Only $1,699?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/23/2013, 3:45 PM

     He startled the travel world a few months ago by selling a week in Beijing for only $888, including round-trip airfare between San Francisco and China.  And now he's "doubling down" by operating air-and-land packages to Vietnam for only $1,699 per person, including round-trip air between San Francisco and Hanoi.      "He" is Wilson Wu, the enfant terrible of international tour operato...

The Search for Bargain Airfares is the Most Complex Task in Travel Today--So Here's Our Attempt to Clear Things Up

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/18/2013, 6:15 PM

       Learning that a person in the next seat had paid $200 less than you for the flight that you are both taking--is a painful experience that many of us have had.  "How did you do that?" you ask your seat mate.  "Easy," he responds with just a slight touch of condescension, "I booked my seat through SuperSensationalBargains.Com" (I'm making up that name).      Is it true that some a...

JFK to LAX for $83? It's Happening This Week as JetBlue Sells Unsold Seats for Dirt Cheap

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/18/2013, 10:00 AM

Clever JetBlue! It's using this week's oppressive heat dome to move some of its unsold inventory — and we love it! The airline says that as long as the heat wave lasts and temperatutes spike above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, it will offer strictly limited, last-minute "HotSeats" deals for up to 90% off. For the past few days, the heavlily discounte fares have been appearing on the airline's web...

JFK to LAX for $83? It's Happening This Week as JetBlue Sells Unsold Seats for Dirt Cheap

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/18/2013, 10:00 AM

Clever JetBlue! It's using this week's oppressive heat dome to move some of its unsold inventory — and we love it! The airline says that as long as the heat wave lasts and temperatutes spike above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, it will offer strictly limited, last-minute "HotSeats" deals for up to 90% off. For the past few days, the heavlily discounte fares have been appearing on the airline's web...

What is a Transatlantic Crossing on the Queen Mary 2 Like? Our Readers' Questions Answered

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/17/2013, 11:00 AM

Last week, I took what many consider the voyage of a lifetime: a transatlantic crossing on an ocean liner. There's only one ship left on the seas that was specifically designed to slice through ocean waves the way a French waiter slices through foie gras, and that's Cunard's Queen Mary 2. She's no longer the largest ship in the world (it's currently eighth), but she's plenty big, and she's...

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