The Frommer's Book Tour Heads South: New Orleans Is the Spot: Tuesday February 11 at 6 PM

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/10/2014, 12:15 PM

Sometimes life is good. And it certainly is when you get to spend anytime in New Orleans. But my guess is that even the lucky residents of that beautiful city need a change of landscape every once in a while. So I'm hoping they'll come out to talk travel on Tuesday, February 11 at Garden District Books (2727 Prytania St.). It should be a fun event, at which you'll learn tricks for saving m...

Some Varied Comments About Recent Travel Issues and Developments May Have a Bearing On Your Next Vacation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/05/2014, 5:15 PM

The stern of Royal Caribbean's megaship Allure of the Seas   Probably the most disturbing recent news in travel was the announcement by Royal Caribbean Cruises that their newest ship would have a bumper car rink on its top deck.  Yes, bumper cars.  Though these were the most startling addition to the elegant vessel, other “improvements” included a basketball court, a roller skat...

In Turkey, India, Indonesia (Bali), Argentina and Japan, A Shift in Currency Rates Has Made Travel Conditions far More Favorable for Tourists

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/05/2014, 4:00 AM

The domed ceiling at Suleymaniye Camii in Istanbul, Turkey       Sad but true, the tourist often benefits from the economic misfortunes of their destination.  And although that contradiction may raise moral issues, it remains an undeniable fact that influences the choice of holiday destinations.       In Turkey, India, Indonesia (Bali), Argentina  and Japan, economic probl...

Miami, Jammed with Winter Tourists, Has Grown in Culture and Cuisine, Becoming Far More Attractive Than Ever Before

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/04/2014, 6:15 PM

     Miami, Florida, a capital of cuisine?  A name to rank with Hong Kong, San Francisco, and New Orleans?      So help me, it's true.  I have just returned from a short stay in Florida's largest resort city, where I had some of the best meals of my life.      And why has this occurred?  It's because of an obvious influx of restauranteurs, visitors, and new residents, from Latin Americ...

The Travel Ins and Outs Of Long Distance Relationships: A Conversation with Romance Expert Andrea Syrtash

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/04/2014, 2:30 PM

According to the Center for the Study of Long Distance Relationships (yes, that’s a real organization), some 14 million Americans are involved with people who live a long way from them. Even more astonishing, some 4 million of those couples are married. Obviously, keeping these types of relationships alive requires a good deal of travel. So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided to interv...

The Frommer's Book Tour Returns to California: San Diego on February 5 and Los Angeles on February 8

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/02/2014, 2:00 AM

It has been so wonderful meeting readers across the United States on this book tour. For the next two stops, it's a return to the great state of California. On February 5 at 7:30pm, I'mhonored to be speaking at Warwick's Books in La Jolla, an institution that has been around since 1896, making it the USA's oldest family-owned and operated bookstore. The address is 7812 Gerard Avenue in La ...

Gracious Charlotte, NC Here We Come! Arthur & Pauline Frommer to Speak on January 31 at 7pm at Park Road Books

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/30/2014, 4:45 PM

After a brief but wonderfully sunny spell in Miami, we're off to Charlotte to talk with the good folks here about balmy vacations (and other travel matters). We hope you'll join us, and our sponsor Allianz Travel Insurance, at what will undoubtedly be a very fun evening of travel talk. Our topic will be the top trends in travel, how to save money whether you're a backpacker or a (frugal) billi...

Trends and Tips on Traveling with a Disability From Candy Harrington, The Top Expert in this Field

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/28/2014, 1:30 PM

Between 14% and 21% of North Americans have some sort of disability.  In the bad old days, that would have meant a stay-at-home life. Not so anymore. I sat down and spoke with Candy Harrington, author of “101 Accessible Vacations: Travel Ideas for Wheelers and Slow Walkers”, and a blogger at, to learn more about the issues that confront travelers with disabilities. Fr...

Next Up On The Frommer's Book Tour: Coral Gables, FL on January 27

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/27/2014, 3:15 PM

Not to gloat, but there are perks to dashing around the country on a book tour, especially if it takes you to gorgeous Miami. I'm typing this in front of a swimming pool, as I check over my notes on a speech that tells folks how to get to places this lovely. And for Miami, that will likely include ski destinations (we're constantly changing the speech we give). So if you live in this w...

Taking My Own Advice, I Have Now Substituted an Apartment for a Hotel Room—And Greatly Enjoyed the Experience

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/23/2014, 6:00 AM

      Some two years after I first began writing about ultra-successful service for finding short-term apartment rentals--I actually became an AirBnB user last month.  In fact, I became such a user twice.  I stayed with my daughter in a two-bedroom apartment in Portland, Oregon, for two nights ($130 a night for the two of us); and then did the same--again using AirBnB--for...

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