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Use It Or Lose It: Will "Dead" Electronics Be Confiscated At Airport Security?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/15/2014, 10:15 AM

That's the question many travelers were asking themselves after the TSA posted a notice, on Sunday night, that those entering the United States would be asked to turn on cellphones, computers and other electronics when they went through security. This is apparently in response to new intelligence about a possible threat to inbound airplanes. The T.S.A. notice states that those devices that d...

Use It Or Lose It: Will "Dead" Electronics Be Confiscated At Airport Security?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/15/2014, 10:15 AM

That's the question many travelers were asking themselves after the TSA posted a notice, on Sunday night, that those entering the United States would be asked to turn on cellphones, computers and other electronics when they went through security. This is apparently in response to new intelligence about a possible threat to inbound airplanes. The T.S.A. notice states that those devices that d...

Those New Car Services With Funny Names, Performing In-City Transportation, Are a Mystery to Many Americans. We'll Clear Matters Up

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/13/2014, 9:45 PM

Because their policies are constantly changing, with new approaches, new methods of pricing and new prices introduced on a frequent basis, the in-city transportation companies called Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and Summon are ill-understood by most members of the public. I've spoken with numerous, highly intelligent people who aren't able to venture the simplest explanation of what Uber, Lyft, Sideca...

Those New Car Services With Funny Names, Performing In-City Transportation, Are a Mystery to Many Americans. We'll Try to Clear Matters Up

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/13/2014, 5:45 PM

Because their policies are constantly changing, with new approaches, new methods of pricing and new prices introduced on a frequent basis, the in-city transportation companies called Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and Summon are ill-understood by most members of the public. I've spoken with numerous, highly intelligent people who aren't able to venture the simplest explanation of what Uber, Lyft, Si...

Are You Under the Age of 30? Are You Over the Age of 60? If So, There's a Cheap Way to Vacation in Some of the World's Costliest Cities

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/13/2014, 2:45 PM

The very young and the very old enjoy special privileges in travel. I'm not suggesting that the in-betweens are denied the same privileges, but I am referring to organizations that were deliberately designed to permit "youngsters" and seniors to pay radically-reduced rates for their overnight accommodations when they travel. Take the case of the world's increasing supply of "ho...

It's Deal Season! These Cruises Are Less than $100 a night—Plus Some Summer Booking Promotions

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/10/2014, 2:00 PM

The Grand Princess. Credit: Princess Cruises Every month, we ask our friends at AllThingsCruise.com 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. We're heading into one of cruising's big bargain seasons in the Caribbean. Even though hurricanes only come alo...

Vacation Savings That Will Float Your Boat: How to Find a Boat Rental Anywhere

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/10/2014, 1:00 PM

The internet is all wet. And that’s a good thing. In the last 2 years, or so, a number of companies have brought digital order to the fractured world of boat rentals, allowing would-be sailors to rent all sorts of vessels easily, and more important, more cheaply than before. One of the forums where seafarers are finding savings is GetMyBoat.com, a platform that connects vacationers with those r...

Its Hotels Already Full to Bursting, New York May be Unable to Further Increase its Tourism Unless Residents are Able to Rent Out Their Apartments to Transient Visitors

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/09/2014, 11:45 PM

"Manhattan skyline from the roof of my Airbnb rental" by Flickr user Adriel Hampton Fifty-five million guests in 2014. That's the current end-of-year projection for tourism to the Big Apple, a figure that is five million more than was predicted for 2017 by its former mayor three years ago. New York is now the world's touristic capital, a city whose hotels enjoy an a...

Its Hotels Already Full to Bursting, New York May be Unable to Further Increase Its Tourism Unless Residents are Able to Rent Out Their Apartments to Transient Visitors

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/09/2014, 10:30 PM

Fifty-five million guests in 2014. That's the current end-of-year projection for tourism to the Big Apple, a figure that is five million more than was predicted for 2017 by its former mayor three years ago. New York is now the world's touristic capital, a city whose hotels enjoy an average occupancy of 85% and an average room rate--highest in the nation--of $266 per night . Ma...

Don't Look Now, But I'm Again Venting My Spleen About the Harry Potter Theme Parks in Orlando

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/04/2014, 4:45 AM

On a recent visit to Orlando, Florida, I finally went to the much-publicized, much-acclaimed Harry Potter exhibit at Universal Studios' "Islands of Adventure", and was much-dismayed by what I saw. To me, this mini-themepark of its own was 90% shops and stores, and only 10% exhibits and rides using the Harry Potter theme. And the main exhibit, a violent ride (almost like a horizontal roller...

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