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Pauline Frommer: I Was Just in the Dominican Republic and There's Never Been a Better Time to Go

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/01/2019, 12:00 AM

This post is being written from a plane, and I have plenty of elbow room. None of the middle seats are occupied, and a few passengers even have a row to themselves to stretch out. A miracle, right? Not quite. You see, I’m flying home from a short trip to the Dominican Republic, a country that became the focus of a media frenzy last spring that torpedoed its tourism industry. It has yet to recov...

Arthur Frommer: Let’s Hope the American Queen Paddlewheeler is Past Racist Messages

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/14/2019, 10:00 AM

The travel press is currently full of happy articles about the popularity of river cruises within the United States.     Apparently, such paddlewheelers as the famous American Queen are full of eager passengers, especially for cruises leaving New Orleans and proceeding northward along the Mississippi River through states of the former Confederacy.   Though I hate to throw cold water on...

Arthur Frommer: Collective Retreats are the Latest in Glamping

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/11/2019, 12:00 AM

Instead of erecting expensive, multi-story hotels on equally expensive land, why not simply pitch large tents capable of containing twin beds or queen-sized beds?     Why not service those tents with nearby personnel (chefs) capable of delivering meals?   Those are apparently the questions answered by the persons who have recently inaugurated the "glamorous camping" vacation housing ca...

Arthur Frommer: If Thomas Cook Can Go Belly-Up, Consumers Must Protect Themselves

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/06/2019, 12:00 PM

The recent shutdown of service by the venerable Thomas Cook company in Great Britain, stranding tens of thousands of tour passengers, is a wake-up call for all of us.     It means that we cannot rely on the sterling reputations of airlines/tour companies, no matter how long they have been in business (Thomas Cook was more than 150 years old).   The other object lesson? It has become ne...

Arthur: For Gay Americans, Some International Travel Is Exceedingly Dangerous

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/04/2019, 12:00 PM

Like many standard Americans, my business relations include dealings with gay men, and I know a pair that recently had a same-sex wedding. They have asked me to recommend a post-nuptial trip, and I have responded by telling them nearly all the Middle East and Africa is too dangerous for their plans.     In that giant area of the world, homosexuality is often regarded as a crime to be punishe...

Another Foolish Effort by Trump to Ban Travel to Cuba, Says Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/01/2019, 7:45 PM

  As if their previous efforts had not been sufficiently foolish, the Trump administration has just announced a further effort to reduce travel to Cuba.     Effective in just a few days, it will no longer be legal for American airlines to operate flights from the United States to any Cuban city other than Havana.     Because the average American tourist to Cuba is eager to visit Hav...

Just How Do "Free Tours" Work? An Interview With Sandemans New Europe

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/23/2019, 5:00 PM

Free tours: You’ll find them in every major tourist destination on the planet nowadays, and plenty of minor ones, too. Because they’re not technically free—tips are expected (though not forced)—these types of outings have actually become a big business, and they have spawned a few large companies competing alongside the lone operators.    To find out how one of the biggest of these operation...

New Bill in U.S. Congress Would Squash Hidden Resort Fees. Here's How to Help

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/26/2019, 12:15 PM

A new bill introduced in Congress today will spell the end of hotel resort fees. Maybe. The Hotel Advertising Transparency Act of 2019 would classify the nondisclosure of resort fees (or "cleaning fees" or "urban fees" or any other mandatory fee) as "deceptive" advertising. Most of us would agree that's an accurate description—one that matters because the bill would allow the government to crac...

Thomas Cook Shuts Down: What to Do and How to Protect Yourself Now

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/23/2019, 11:00 AM

In 1841, Thomas Cook founded the travel business that has carried his name to charter a train for travel to a temperance rally. Since then, the company has arranged the travel of millions of people through its travel agents and its airline. But today’s customers may well want to pour themselves a stiff drink: After 178 years in business, Thomas Cook suddenly ceased operations last week, disruptin...

Take Your Next Beach Vacation in the Bahamas: It's the Right Thing to Do

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/10/2019, 8:15 PM

The pictures are devastating: mile after mile of rubble, overturned cars, and marooned boats where once homes, streets, and marinas stood. Hurricane Dorian, the slow-moving, hugely powerful storm that hit part of the Bahamas, was arguably the most destructive hurricane in modern history. Many are now asking how to help. The clear, if unexpected answer is: Go to the Bahamas on your next vacation....

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