The Paper Fastpass Program is Ending at Disney World While Your Pre-Planning Burden Grows Worse

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/20/2014, 10:00 AM

Ride ticket booth from Disneyland, date unknown One of the most thoughtful features of a visit to Disney World has become much less thoughtful. For years, anyone who visited the four theme parks in Orlando, Florida, could pop their ticket into kiosks placed near the most popular attractions and receive a reserved time to ride later in the day that would allow them to bypass the regular l...

Off to the Great State of Oregon Next! Please Come to See Arthur & Pauline Frommer at Powell's Books in Portland on Jan 20 at 7pm

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/19/2014, 12:45 PM

The whirlwind tour continues! On May 20th, my father and I are honored to be speaking at the legendary Powell's in Portland, Oregon (largets bookstore in the world!). What will we discuss? My father will be laying out all of the sneaky and strategic ways travelers can save money on their next trip, while I'll be doing a slide presentation about destinations that many travelers skip over (but ...

Here are Six Ways to Reduce the Cost of Airfares for Your Next Vacation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/17/2014, 2:30 PM

The greatest threat to your next vacation is the rising cost of airfares. They have risen so sharply, so remorselessly, that they throw your entire travel budget out of whack. And the recent merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways threatens further increases in the months ahead. But is there a way to reduce these costs? In my view, there are six: (1) Devote u...

Sky Dining: A New Study Looks At the Most—And Least—Healthy Airline Foods

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/17/2014, 1:30 AM

It’s that time of year again! And if you’re like most of us, you’re likely going to make the resolution to shed a few pounds. But like the rest of the gang, that resolution could go flying out the window on your next plane ride (and vacation). But it doesn’t have to…this year. And that’s partially because the food onboard planes has gotten healthier, according to a yearly study created by ...

A Joint Appearance! Both Arthur & Pauline Frommer Will Be Speaking in the San Francisco Area on January 19

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/17/2014, 1:15 AM

I write this from the proverbial cloud, having experienced the most extraordinarily warm welcome in Sacramento. Thank you to Time Tested Books for hosting one of the best talks I've ever attended, let alone got to headline. And thanks to Allianz Travel Insurance for supporting this book tour. It's now off to Northern California, where my father and I will take turns at the podium at the wonde...

Southern (and Central) California Here We Come! The Frommers to Speak in Sacramento (January 16) and Los Angeles (January 18)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/13/2014, 11:00 AM

Yes, our jaunt around the United States continues on thanks to Allianz Travel Insurance, our sponsor on this books tour! This week both Frommers will be hitting the road, to get out the word about the new Frommer guidebooks. On January 16, I will be appearing at Time Tested Books (1114 21st Street) in Sacramento at 7pm. My talk will be on the sneakiest strategies to save money on travel at w...

A Week on an Unusual Coastal Island of Florida is Not to be Compared with Paris or Bali, But Still Has Its Merits

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/12/2014, 10:15 PM

Slightly more than a year ago, I published a blog in which I listed my own ten favorite vacation destinations. I named them in no particular order, and took pains to avoid saying that the first to be named was my single favorite vacation place. That first-named happened, by sheer accident, to be Sanibel Island, Florida, while appearing later in the list were such minor, inconsequen...

Evidence is Accumulating that It is Not Presently Safe to Travel Independently—On Your Own or with a Single Companion—in Egypt

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/11/2014, 9:30 AM

On a number of occasions this past year, I have been asked my opinion on whether it was now safe to visit Egypt. And each time, I have answered: no, based on numerous reports, it isn't. And I added my heartfelt regret over that conclusion, because of my own several memorable and rewarding visits to Egypt in the past. These cautions were immediately challenged by several users ...

Pay $56 a Night to Cruise from L.A. to Japan via Hawaii! Plus 5 More Cruise Deals That Won't Last Long

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/07/2014, 2:00 PM

Princess Cruises' Sapphire Princess Once again, we asked the folks at to fill us in on the best bargains in cruises at the moment. Here's what they suggested, where to book them and what, in the opinion of the sellers, makes each one a steal. Unless specified, all prices are the lowest possible for an inside cabin, and are based on double occupancy. These specials ma...

A Quick Round of Tips for Travelers Stranded by the Polar Vortex (Or In Any Weather-Related Delay)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/07/2014, 10:45 AM

Its ugly at the airports of America this week with tens of thousands of travelers stranded. If you're one of them, or are scheduled to travel later today or tomorrow, here are some tips: -Keep checking your airline's website; it will be near impossible to get through be phone in many cases. And many airlines are now allowing passengers to check where the plane is coming from, so click tha...

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