Travelers Buying a SIM Card Abroad Faced with Web Censorship They Cannot Reverse

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/01/2014, 4:30 PM

Travelers who purchase SIM cards for lower-cost mobile phone rates in the United Kingdom are finding their ability to surf the Web freely has been curtailed. All the big mobile phone providers now use the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to judge which websites are "adult" themed and which are deemed pure for all eyes. By default, anything with an adult classification is blocked...

Four Summer Learning Vacations in the United States and Great Britain are Almost Guaranteed to Provide a Memorable and Decently Priced Experience

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/23/2014, 1:15 PM

Because they usually sell out down to the last classroom seat, late April is regarded as the last time for deciding whether to attend one of four major learning vacations in America and Great Britain. With travel having recovered from its recession-based slump of 2008 to 2011, each of Cornell, Omega, St. John's and Oxford is full-up by that time. Oxford is perhaps the first to turn ...

Jogging While on Vacation Just Got Easier Thanks To Two Helpful Websites

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/23/2014, 12:00 PM

The spring before last, I headed to France and to a series of hotels that didn't have usable gyms. So though I have a love hate relationship with running---sometimes I love it, more often it gives me hives, quite literally, on my darn legs (Why IS that?)--I hit the pavement. All went fine in Nice, a city I know well, but on my second outing in Aix en Provence, I came back to one of the round...

Our Lack of Adequate Rail Transportation in America is Condemning Us Not Simply to Discomfort and Inconvenient Travel, But to Slow Economic Growth

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/22/2014, 11:15 AM

This is how they do it in Europe. In America, passenger trains are one step above freight. We are facing a grave transportation crisis in America. All across the nation, one small town after another has lost its air service, abandoned by carriers that find no profit in their traffic. On huge swaths of the country, people are confined to the automobile as their sole means of rea...

Some Miscellany of Travel: From Student Discounts to Mountain Resorts to Mexican Towns Attracting American Retirees

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/21/2014, 1:00 PM

Although the change hasn't yet been officially announced, we have definite word that the well-known STA (Student Travel Association) will be raising the age limit for their services from 26 to 30. Starting immediately, young people who are no longer students, but are less than 30 years of age, will be permitted to take advantage of STA's "student discounts" on airfares, tours, hotel stays, pac...

Service Vacations Can Be an Educational and Character-Building Experience for Teens and Tweens

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/17/2014, 9:15 AM

Add “community service” to reading, writing and arithmetic. It’s one of the requirements that many high schoolers must fulfill in order to get their diploma. But even those young people who don’t have to prove they’ve done good to graduate are finding that they want to have more meaningful vacations. And this has led to an explosion in the number of “service vacations” that are being offered to...

To La Dolce Vita! Airfares from the US to Italy Just $438 in April and May

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/11/2014, 7:15 AM

Thanks to the Points Guy for spotting this excellent bargain. It seems that, on a number of dates this spring, airfares from New York's JFK to Milan are being prices at as little as $438 round-trip. There are some catches: You'll have to fly Emirates or Alitalia. And you'll have to bring your significant other along, as this is a deal for doubles not solo travelers. For complete details ...

You Only Live Once, But You Get to Serve Twice: The Low Down on Tennis Vacations from An Expert

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/10/2014, 7:45 PM

Billie Jean King once said “Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.” And for many it’s that dichotomy, grace vs. sweaty exertion, that makes tennis the ideal vacation activity. With spring and summer just around the corner, I thought it was the right time to grill an expert on tennis vacations. Roger Cox is a long-time sports ...

Though It Sometimes Seems that Europe is Inundated with Tourists, That Isn't the Case with Six Locations that I Enthusiastically Recommend

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/08/2014, 12:15 PM

In Europe, where do you go where the tourists aren't? Mind you, I'm not looking for places with no tourism at all, but those whose tourist numbers are moderate and harmless. And why is the search for low-scale tourism so important? It's because the great cities of western Europe have grown so popular that some are often difficult to visit. Pick the wrong time of year for your stay...

Here are Profiles of Three Iconoclasts in Travel, Each of Whom has Followed Their Heart to Produce Unusual Travel Discussions

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/07/2014, 2:15 PM

Travel-writing attracts strong-willed people. To cut yourself off from familiar surroundings, to spend months on end in foreign settings, to encounter lifestyles, ideologies, and theologies that constantly challenge your most cherished beliefs, is not the kind of life that most people choose. Recently, I've met (or interviewed over the phone) travel writers and bloggers who inhabit a wor...

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