Government Official Blames 'Cheaper Tourists' For Their Own Deaths in Terrible Avalanche: Is That Fair?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/20/2014, 12:30 PM

"Summit Day" on the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal Last week in Nepal, avalanches hit Annapurna Circuit of the Himalayas. So far, more than 40 have been confirmed dead, with hundreds more still unaccounted for. In a statement that will no doubt rouse many budget travelers, Mohan Krishna Sapkota, spokesman of Nepal's Tourism Ministry, claimed those to blame for the death count were “cheaper...

These Three Newly Announced High-Design, Lower-Priced Hotel Brands Are the Future of Budget Travel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/15/2014, 1:15 PM

Prototype room of the new Hub by Premier Inn Almost as if they knew their core product is losing appeal with a significant sector of the hotel-going public, three major hotel giants have announced new higher-concept offshoots that promise to be markedly cheaper and include more useful free extras than their parent brands. • Hilton has announced something called Canopy by Hilton...

Though Domestic Tourism Remains Placid at Home, Several Foreign Locations—Morocco, Thailand, The Philippines, Hong Kong Among Them—Are Presenting Real Problems

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/11/2014, 3:00 PM

This past week has been a rather slow time for travel within the U.S. We've had no really major events, no new fees and charges from greedy airlines and hotels, no unusual new policies, no giant price increases. But overseas, in all sorts of exotic places, this has been a rather troubled time, presenting special problems for adventurous travelers. The big news continues...

Rooms in New York City and Los Angeles Reduced to $100 to $200! Here's How and When to Book

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/10/2014, 11:30 AM

A well-known travel industry public relations firm has once again announced the deals in its annual Hotel Week promotion, which drums up business for its clients during low season weeks that are normally quiet. Compared to last year's promotion, more hotels are charging $200 instead of $100, but if you know anyone about New York City, you know that $200 is still a very agreeable rate com...

Munching Your Way Through Melbourne History: The Queen Victoria Market

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/08/2014, 10:15 PM

Sydney, The Reef and the Rock: those are the three “constellations” that shine most brightly in Australia’s tourism firmament. But there’s a good argument to be made that Australia’s second city, Melbourne—which at one time, due to an 1850’s gold rush, was the continent’s most celebrated metropolis—shouldn’t be overlooked. Built far later than Sydney (the mid-1800’s rather than the 1700’s), ...

A 5-Night Vacation Next Month for $159! Plus a Bunch of Other Cruise Deals for National Cruise Vacation Week

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/08/2014, 10:30 AM

Coral Princess at night. Photo credit: Princess Cruises We periodically ask our friends at to tell us about 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. Most of these vacations are for after the turn of the new year, but there's one for a 5-night trip n...

Marriott Urges Guests to Tip Housekeepers to Overcome the Shortfall of Inadequate Wages—Say What?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/07/2014, 11:00 AM

Marriott is placing pre-printed envelopes in 160,000 rooms to encourage guests to express "gratitude" to its workers in the form of cash. The initiative, called The Envelope Please, purports to be about making hotel workers feel "seen and validated" and less "overlooked." In its press releases touting the initiative, Marriott did not exactly say that we ought to tip because its workers are un...

Doing the Famed Sydney Bridge Climb The Speedy Way

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/06/2014, 1:15 PM

Some 16 years ago, a clever entrepreneur named Paul Cave came up with the idea of allowing tourists to scale the arch of Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge (largest single span steel bridge on the planet). The activity has been an initiation rite, of sorts, ever since. In the lobby is a gallery with “Who’s Who” of contemporary celebrities giving a thumbs up to the camera at the peak of the span ...

The World of Travel is Erupting with Totally Unexpected Developments, Both Mechanical and Policy-Oriented

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/04/2014, 6:45 PM

Who would have thought we would someday find robots doing the work of hotel bellmen? Or wristwatches supplying us with travel directions? At Starwood Hotels, a successful experiment has just been completed that sends a human-like robot to make deliveries to guest rooms. Call the front desk to report that you neglected to bring a toothbrush, and the front desk clerk will prog...

Though It May No Longer Be the "City of the Century," As Once It Was Called, London is a Reliable, Rewarding Destination for a Vacation Trip

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/03/2014, 2:30 PM

In the late 1900s, various travel companies ran contests to name "the city of the century"—and London always won. Today, other capitals have acquired many of the same cultural offerings and attractions, and London is no longer unique. But it is always a superb choice for a vacation week or two. My own stays in London have never failed to impress and excite me. Stumbling off the plane after ...

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