Days 4 & 5 In The Australian Outback: Adventures in Alice Springs

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/21/2014, 8:30 PM

(Wallabies gather in a parking lot in Alice Springs; yes, that is a baby wallaby peeking out of the pouch!) Had I visited the Northern Territory a decade-or-so ago, I likely would have come to Alice Springs before Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Back then, very few flights came into the Ayers Rock Airport, and so most visitors spent two days in Alice be...

Two More Airlines Start Charging for the First Checked Bag: Will Free Bags Go Extinct?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/20/2014, 1:30 PM

Sorry, Canada. Your Westjet just decided to start charging standard passengers for the first checked bag. One would think that would give rival Air Canada in an advantageous position with consumers. But no. Almost as if the airlines were not in competition but in league, Air Canada immediately sprang its own $25 fee on customers. Both airlines will start charging feeds to you lowly economy-fare...

Day 3 In the Australian Outback: Experiencing the Traditional Aboriginal Way of Life

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/19/2014, 8:00 AM

Uluru and Kata Tjuta, the massive (and quite beautiful) rock formations that are at the heart of the famed National Park with their names, have been sacred sites for Australia's Aboriginal peoples for thousands of years. Because of this, and because the remoteness of the area, the Anangu people who live at the base of Uluru are able to lead more fully traditional lives than do Aboriginal tribes...

The Growing Strength of the U.S. Dollar Has Lowered the Cost of Trips to a Number of Popular Foreign Destinations--Here's a Rundown

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/17/2014, 11:30 PM

Although political conditions may have reduced travel by us American tourists to a number of foreign countries (like in the Middle East and North Africa), the picture is entirely reversed when it comes to the strength of the U.S. dollar. To major countries popular among U.S. tourists, the dollar has never been stronger--making travel there cheaper than ever. I think, ...

The Practice of Causing Giant Orca Whales to Entertain the Public at Theme Parks Across America, May Soon be the Subject of a Courtroom Trial

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/17/2014, 11:15 PM

The changing attitudes towards the use of captive animals in travel-related theme parks is, to me, a fascinating subject, and one for which I have a deep sense of shame. Some years ago, I attended the show at Sea World in Orlando, Florida, that featured the antics of a giant orca whale called Shamu. I was mightily entertained and affected by that animal's performance, and actuall...

Posts from the Australian Outback: Day 2 in the Northern Territory Means Camels in the Bush

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/17/2014, 5:30 PM

One of my goals in visiting the Uluru area was to explore this eye-poppingly beautiful area in as many ways as possible. But I couldn't, in my wildest imagination, have guessed that that would include seeing the landscape (and the sun set on Uluru) from the back of a camel. After all, camels aren't supposed to BE in Australia. They aren't native to the land, and last I heard, they can't sw...

Posts from the Outback: Day 1 of My Northern Territory Adventure in Uluru National Park

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/16/2014, 12:45 AM

You don't know until you go. That could be (and should be) my mantra. Because even destinations I've seen hundreds of times in photos and videos always surprise in person. That certainly has been the case on this latest trip to the Northern Territory of Australia. Sure, I knew the sands were red here, but as the plane was about to land at Ayers Rock Airport, I looked down, and my first, ...

Some Major Lawsuits Brought Against Them May Very Well Spell Doom for a Number of Phony Travel Clubs

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/14/2014, 10:15 AM

In recent weeks, a slew of phony travel clubs may have met their doom. And I'm writing about those many deceptive, despicable and contemptible clubs that are out to bilk you. Until just recently, they seemed to be thriving. And then they were served with two major lawsuits brought by airlines and one brought by the Attorney General of Illionis. Suddenly it seems as if...

A Two-Step Procedure, Ending With a Direct Phone Call to the Hotel, Is Probably Your Best Way to Obtain the Lowest-Priced Accommodations for Your Next Trip

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/14/2014, 8:45 AM

The evidence seems stronger every day that the best way to get a well-priced, low-cost hotel room is to place a direct phone call to the hotel itself. But you should do so, say all the travel pundits, only after you have first used an internet search engine--like,,,,, and the like--to learn which hotels are already offe...

From Fights About Reclining Seats on Passenger Airlines, to Deceptive Advertising of Airline Fares, There's No Dearth of Recent Travel Developments

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/05/2014, 12:30 PM

On three different occasions in the last several weeks, planes flying in the U.S. have made emergency landings because of arguments between passengers over whether one of them is entitled to recline his or her seat. Newspapers, and radio/television newscasts, have erupted in an orgy of comment about the ethics of reclining or not reclining. Less noticed has been the fact that a mail orde...

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