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In Memoriam: Walking Guide Writer William Helmreich

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/31/2020, 12:00 PM

In my 20-plus years as a radio talk show host, I've interviewed thousands of people. I'll be honest: I don't remember most of those conversations. But although I interviewed William Helmreich almost exactly three years ago, it feels like it was yesterday. I met him in the lobby of 77 WABC, my radio home, and walked him back to the studio. Along the way, we passed the booth where the station'...

I Just Flew from the U.K. to the U.S.—Here's What That's Like Now

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/18/2020, 12:00 AM

World systems are shutting down and entire countries are banning or expelling foreigners so that governments can take care of their own. I had planned on spending a few months in the United Kingdom researching upcoming Frommer's guides to London and Europe, but given the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, my plans had to change. I decided to fly back to the United States from Lond...

Health Care Abroad is not Free for Americans, Warns Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/04/2020, 9:00 AM

A relative of mine who periodically visits friends living in England had a recent premonition about a Christmas trip there.    For a reason that she is still unable to fully know, she bought an insurance plan in advance, protecting herself for up to $50,000 worth of medical treatment in England.    And would you believe? Within two days after arriving in London, she came down with a se...

Arthur Frommer: Americans Remain Unaware of the Looming Real ID Requirement

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/02/2020, 10:00 AM

Update, March 17: The October deadline for Real ID has been postponed to an as-yet-unspecified date. The requirement will still go into force on some date in the future. October 1, 2020.     That date, only seven months away, is when the new Real ID requirement for United States residents will go into effect at the nation’s airports, resulting—it’s feared—in mass confusion and hardship.   ...

Spring Break in the Time of COVID-19: What's the Responsible Course of Action?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/28/2020, 12:00 AM

The headline of this post is the question that Inside Edition put to me today. And the question is an important one. Below are a few answers, based on how the situation with the novel coronavirus outbreak currently stands. My guess is that this is a post I'll revisit, as it seems like every day travelers are being confronted with different issues surrounding the virus. But here's what I'd advise a...

Arthur Frommer: The New Direction of Richard Branson’s Unusual Cruise Ship

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/26/2020, 3:00 PM

Sir Richard Branson’s new and unusual cruise ship, the Scarlet Lady, is presently heading across the Atlantic to Miami, where it will commence actual sailings with passengers in late March.     After that, Branson’s second of four eventual new ships, to be named the Valiant Lady, will be launched in 2021.     Journalists have now been permitted aboard the Scarlet Lady to witness the wa...

Trump is Battling the Residents of New York State. Arthur Frommer Asks: Will Your State Be Next?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/24/2020, 12:00 PM

The nation has become quite familiar with conflicts between the Trump White House and various state officials. But somehow, nothing has reached the awesome level of the current war between Trump and New York.     In an edict of a month ago, Trump has declared that residents of New York State will no longer be permitted to enroll in the Global Entry program that permits Americans to speed the...

We're Asking If It's Wrong to Recline When We Should Be Furious with the Airlines

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/17/2020, 3:00 AM

Once again, Americans are going after each other. And once again, the infighting is misplaced. Today's battle, like so many other battles these days, confuses the real source of the friction: We're being squeezed for cash from above. You might have heard this week about the video circulating on social media in which an airline passenger fights back against a reclining seat by raining blows again...

Trump's Global Entry Ban for New Yorkers Doesn't Add Up, and It's an Outrage

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/05/2020, 1:00 AM

“New York hates you,” a heckler shouted, part of the crowd that gathered in Manhattan when Donald Trump went to his polling place in 2016 to vote for himself (according to BBC.com). It looks like Trump is now returning the raspberry. And then some. Last night, on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News TV show, Chad Wolf (the acting Secretary of Homeland Security) announced that residents of New York State wil...

"Basic Business Class"? Emirates Quietly Shakes Up Airfare Structures

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/29/2020, 3:00 AM

Last summer, with no fanfare whatsoever, Emirates changed the rules of business travel. It took what was a signature product—its well-rated business class service—and decoupled it from some of its perks, in effect creating a version of Basic Economy for the “lie flat” jet set. When online bookers click on Emirates' “Saver” or “Flex” business class fares, they can nab a roomy, horizontal-at-will...

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