The Queen Mary 2 Makes Her 200th Crossing, and Frommer's is Aboard: Post Your Questions and Requests

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/05/2013, 12:00 PM

Over the next week, the world's only ocean liner, Cunard's Queen Mary 2, will be making her 200th transatlantic crossing. And will be aboard, fact-finding for our readers. A voyage on the QM2 is considered by many to be one of those unattainable trips of a lifetime. Yet the lowest fare on a sailing is not prohibitively high: Fares for the 200th crossing, which lasts a week, start...

Solo Travel: New Resources and a Few Tips

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/04/2013, 1:30 PM

I’m a big fan of solo travel, but that may be because I don’t have to travel alone all the time. I have a husband and kids, so they come along when they can. But as a travel writer, I’m often on the road by myself, and I find I relish the experience. Instead of having to worry about whether my companions are enjoying the experience, I can simply immerse myself in the culture. That being said,...

Introducing "Fatpacking" A New Type of Vacation Combining Weight Loss with Serious Hiking

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/01/2013, 8:45 PM

Who doesn’t want to lose weight and be more fit? It’s the most common New Year’s resolution, and though many of us will have abandoned those champagne-fueled vows by now, that doesn’t mean that they’re not worth making. Or keeping. But sometimes one needs a bit of a kick start to actually adopt a healthy lifestyle. Enter the “Fatpacking” trip, known also by its more polite name “Fitpacking”. ...

London Attractions Are Tricking Tourists into Paying More for Tickets Than They Have To

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/01/2013, 11:00 AM

Some of the biggest attractions in London have adopted a new trick. They post high admission prices, and beside the price, they now put a little asterisk. Most people don't pay attention to the asterisk, but if they did, they'l see the notice, in smaller type way down at the bottom of the sign that the high price includes a "voluntary donation." The real price is not the one automatically charg...

Wanna Hear Recordings (Podcasts) of the Weekly Travel Show Presented by Arthur and Pauline Frommer? They're on the Main Menu Page of This Website!

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/30/2013, 9:15 PM

Click on the words "Deals and News". A list of items will emerge, of which the fifth is "Podcast". Click on "Podcast"--and up will appear a further list of recordings of both Hour 1 and Hour 2 of the three most recent broadcasts of "The Travel Show", as it was heard on radio stations across the country. Click on the hour you wish to hear, and the lively broadcast--in which travel trends...

The Dog Ate My Vacation: Why Pets and Travel May Not Mix

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/27/2013, 7:30 PM

Pets may enhance our daily lives but they ruin our vacations. That’s the surprising conclusion reached by a recent poll conducted for obvious reasons (see below) by the website with the help of Harris Interactive. The polling company talked to some 2341 adults and came up with some very telling findings. Firstly: we’re insanely neurotic about our pets. Apparently, 72% of pet ow...

Fly to London for $787, Including Taxes, Thanks to British Airways' Astounding Fare Sale

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/27/2013, 12:45 PM

If you were hoping to go to London, now's the time to leap and make the booking. Prices just don't get this good. To promote the introduction of its new 787 Dreamliner aircraft, British Airways is hosting a fare sale for $787 good for round-trip airfare to London from either Toronto or New York City, the two routes the aircraft serves. That's good for travel for dates from October to March f...

Some Airlines Let You Bring Your Belongings But Not Take Them Back Home: Carry-On Rules are Erratically Enforced

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/26/2013, 8:30 AM

I have just returned from an international trip. As you can probably imagine of a travel journalist, I have my packing down to a science. I take my standard amount every time. On my flight going to Europe, I had no issues. My checked luggage was underweight (I also hate fees) and my carry-on baggage fit perfectly under the seat in front of me, just how I like it. But on the way back, the airl...

The How-To's Of Getting Better Rest on the Road

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/24/2013, 10:15 PM

Is it a vacation if you can’t sleep? That’s the question many travelers confront when they head off for much needed rest and relaxation, only to find themselves becoming more exhausted from lack of sleep. Jetlag is sometimes the culprit, but many find that simply being in a strange place disrupts their zz’s, even when they haven’t shifted time zones. What can one do? Here’s the advice of two no...

Royal Caribbean Now Offers 110 Percent Price Guarantee if You Find Cheaper Airfare Elsewhere

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/24/2013, 4:00 AM

Buying your airline tickets to meet the start of a cruise has always been a bit of a losing proposition. Booking through the cruise line is often the only way to ensure that if your flight is late and you miss the sailing, you won't have to bear the cost of meeting the ship en route. Plus, it's just easier to ask the cruise line to take care of your whole vacation package. The problem is that...

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