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...

Polar Vortex Grounds 18,000 Flights! Here's Why That's a Good Thing

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/06/2014, 9:45 PM

It's very cold in America right now. The average temperature in the Lower 48 is lower than 48—it's just north of 23 degrees. As weather reports of the Polar Vortex came out, many airlines announced contingency plans. Many of them cancelled flights to make sure their equipment ended up where it needed to be to resume normal operations later in the week. But only one of them, JetBlue, poin...

Just Two Days Ago, We Learned What It Is Like to Live in a Country Without a Decent Rail Network

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/04/2014, 12:15 PM

Birmingham train depot: First world infrastructure? As I write this, we have gone two days beyond the realization of what it means to have no decent system of rail transportation within the United States. Just two days ago, hundreds of thousands of Americans were stranded in their vacation locales by an extraordinary weather event of blizzards, high winds, and unprecedented low ...

Blowing Into the Windy City: Pauline Frommer to Speak in the Chicagoland Area on January 9 and 11

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/03/2014, 4:15 PM

I'm excited--make that thrilled--to announce that the second leg of our book tour, celebrating the launch of the NEW Frommer guidebooks, will kick off in the Chicago area on January 9 and 11. I'm hoping that lots of Frommer's readers will brave the chill to come out and talk travel. I'll be discussing: *Sneaky strategies for saving money on all sorts of travel (from airfares to luxury safa...

A Book-Length Treatment of Touristic Excess is Required Reading for Anyone Interested in the Future of Travel

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/03/2014, 4:15 PM

It isn’t likely that your local bookstore will be selling a copy of Elizabeth Becker’s “Overbooked”, a devastating critique of the impact that travel has on certain major destinations. Although it garnered excellent reviews, it is not the page-turner that results in best-sellers. But it is a unique discussion of issues that most travel writers and commentators carefully avoid. So if you...

Some Changes, Large and Small, That Will Confront Travelers in 2014

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/31/2013, 4:30 PM

As the recession continues to fade (and that’s a “finger’s crossed” statement), travel companies of all stripes are coming out with new offerings. And more folks are hitting the road—but doing it in slightly different ways. As I stare into my cloudy crystal ball, here's what I see for the near future: 1) More—and often flashier—cruise ships: The coming months will see the debut of six new...

In this Holiday Season, Shouldn't We at Least Begin to Think of Measures that Will Ensure Proper Vacations for Low-Income Americans?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/29/2013, 7:45 PM

Although there isn't the slightest chance that the current Congress will pass such legislation, I continue to yearn for the day when we as a nation will assist the poor to travel. In the spirit of the holiday season, let me set forth the reasons for my dream, repeating much of the same language I composed some 25 years ago. That background is as follows: While most of us ...

Some Reflections on the Lessons That a Life in Travel Has Taught

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/25/2013, 7:45 PM

The end of the year is a time for reflection, and I've been thinking of the travel lessons that countless journeys have taught me. Here are a few of the tactics that I regard as essential for a rewarding trip: (1) The need to engage in advance reading: I prepare for my trips by reading about the culture, history and current policies of the places I am about to visit...

Pauline Frommer: Lessons I Learned From My 2013 Travels

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/23/2013, 6:00 PM

The more I travel the more I learn. And sometimes the lessons that hit home are about the travel process itself. So without further ado, here are my top head-smacking realizations of the past year. 1) Wacky weather is here to stay. As a frequent traveler, I know in a visceral way that climate change is here now and boy, does it ever affect travel. Weather delays at the airport are just the s...

And Now, For a Change of Pace, Let's Look at All the Good Things That Are Happening in the World of Travel.

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/19/2013, 10:45 PM

The holidays are here, and for many, that means counting blessings. So instead of devoting a column to the problems of travel—and there certainly are many—I’d like to celebrate what’s right and fervently hope these trends continue into 2014. 1) Its getting easier and easier to meet locals when you hit the road, thanks to the Internet No, not if you spend all your time away from home texting...

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