Savor Arizona’s Natural and Culinary Wonders with Our New Guidebook

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/11/2022, 7:15 AM

Arizona's embarrassment of riches in the natural wonders department exerts a pull on any traveler hoping to trek through, raft amid, or simply gawk at landscapes of astonishing, otherworldly beauty. It's the Grand Canyon State, after all. Not to mention the home of red-rock buttes, iconic cactus forests, candy-striped deserts, and many other marvels. But it's not just the scenery that elicits oo...

Just How Much Have Travel Costs Risen? Shocking Stats on Summer Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/03/2022, 2:00 PM

Prices for travel have been climbing at a breakneck pace in 2022—and they're about to get even worse, according to the travel booking and cost-tracking site Hopper. The company's analysts expect prices to rise 6% to 12% on average in the coming weeks, on top of already inflated rates, before peaking in late June. That doesn't mean you should put travel plans on hold for another year. But if you...

Amtrak Offers Summer Service from NYC to the Berkshires. Will It Be Worth It?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/29/2022, 10:00 AM

The picturesque mountains, charming villages, and top-notch performing arts venues of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts are only about 150 miles from New York City. But the scenic region—seemingly tailor-made for weekend getaways—isn't easy to access for carless New Yorkers, who, after all, make up more than half of the city's residents. This summer, though, the situation is set to improve...

What’s New in New Orleans? Appetizing Picks from the Authors of Our New Guide

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/26/2022, 8:00 AM

Have you ever seen those video clips of cows leaving their barns in spring? Encountering green pastures again after months of winter, the animals jump and play, looking as happy as puppies. "That's how I feel right now," says Frommer's author Diana K. Schwam, summing up the mood of many newly sprung travelers who have had to stand around chewing their own cud for two years due to the coronavirus ...

Where You Can Still Book Short-Term Rentals Under Honolulu's Strict New Law

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/19/2022, 5:45 PM

Honolulu is changing the rules for what qualifies as a short-term vacation rental on the Hawaiian island of Oahu—and the term isn't very short. By a vote of 8–1, the Honolulu City Council passed a controversial bill last week that would extend the minimum booking period for a short-term rental from 30 days to 90 days in residential areas. That's effectively a ban on short-term rentals on most of...

Say Aloha Again to Hawaii with These Expert Picks from the Latest Frommer's Guidebook

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 04/14/2022, 8:15 AM

After finally lifting some of the pandemic's strictest domestic travel restrictions, Hawaii is undergoing what Frommer's author Jeanne Cooper calls a "semi-return to normal." And just in time to help visitors navigate the new (semi)normal comes the release this week of Frommer's Hawaii, the latest edition of our comprehensive guide to the land of leis and luaus. Coauthors Cooper and Natalie Schac...

Airlines Might Lose Your Seat Fees When You Change Flights—How to Get Refunds

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/12/2022, 8:00 AM

Covid brought the world a lot of conflict and consternation, but it also brought one change that made travel much easier: the end of airline change fees. But don't be fooled. The airlines have found ways to make money when you alter travel plans, even if carriers no longer collect penalties of $200 and up for changes. I almost learned that the hard way last week when I changed an upcoming United...

Car Renters Force Customers to Bring Fuel Receipts—but It's Not Always in the Contract

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/08/2022, 5:00 PM

American rental car companies have been doing it for more than a decade now. When customers rent vehicles, clerks frequently say that if the car is returned with a full tank of gas, then the renter will be required to produce a receipt for the gas purchase. More specifically, the receipt must be from a gas station within a certain distance from the rental agency. It first happened to me in 2011 ...

Which U.S. Airports Have the Longest Security Wait Times?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/08/2022, 8:00 AM

If you need to fly out of South Florida at any point this summer, you might want to leave for the airport now. Miami International Airport (MIA) and Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL) were found to have the longest wait times for security checks and passport clearance among the busiest airports in the U.S., according to an analysis of recent data provided by the Transportation ...

Why Now Is a Great Time to Visit Italy's Most Popular Cities

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 03/29/2022, 9:00 AM

Rome, Florence, and Venice have signaled that they're ready to welcome visitors again after the pandemic lull—though residents understandably prefer the sort of measured tourism that boosts local economies without resulting in unaffordable housing or drunk people in fountains. It remains to be seen whether those ills of overtourism will return or local government leaders can find a better balance...

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