A Recent "Symbolic" Vote by the U.S. Senate, Selling Off Our Public Lands to Private Interests, Should Raise the Ire of Every American

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/17/2015, 1:00 PM

If you are a normal, sensitive individual in love with your country's natural wonders and determined to preserve them for generations to come, then you will be devastated by the subject matter of this blog. The awesome news to which I refer is a budgetary amendment adopted last month by the U.S. Senate, by a close vote of 51 to 49, that would transfer ownership of ...

Linger Longer in Madurai, India: This Often-Overlooked (By Americans, At Least) Tamil Nadu City Has Much to Offer

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/09/2015, 3:30 PM

Visitors often complain that India is too chaotic. But is it chaos they’re experiencing or simply a far more complex way of life than they’re used to at home? India is, after all, about a third the size of the United States yet it has five times as many people. The flow of every day life therefore has to have far more layers, because there are exponentially more interactions between human be...

How Exactly Do You Make a Trip to Cuba? Here's An Attempt to Explain a Several-Step Process

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/09/2015, 12:45 PM

The recent loosening of restrictions on the right to travel to Cuba has permitted almost any American to go there. You no longer have to apply to the Treasury Department--or to anyone else, for that matter--for a "license" to do so. If you honestly and validly feel that you are going there for any of 12 non-touristic reasons--religious, educational, professional, humanitarian, an...

Now That the Cost of Travel Within Europe Has Been Lowered Through the Decline In the Value of the Euro, Why Not Consider a Longer Trip There?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/08/2015, 3:30 PM

The sharp, recent decline in the value of the European currency, the Euro, has convinced a large number of Americans that they can now consider not simply a short, inexpensive, one-city trip to a single European city, but a longer trip of three or more weeks to a number of European nations. I couldn’t be happier over that realization, so highly do I value the benefits of widesprea...

Hey Yank, Want to Go to Cuba? You Can Now Get Travel Insurance and a Bed More Easily If You Go

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/02/2015, 3:00 PM

And another piece—no, make that two—has fallen into place for Americans with a yen to visit the long-forbidden Cuba. Today, massive online lodging company AirBnB (it serves as a marketplace for apartment and room rentals around the globe) announced that it would be repping more than 1000 beds in Cuba, just as online insurance marketplace sent out a press release that the number...

Fee Hikes May Be Coming to a National Park Near You

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/02/2015, 1:15 PM

(Photo by NPCA Photos/Flickr) It's no secret that America's greatest treasures, its National Parks, are woefully underfunded. So it should come as no surprise that after a moratorium of nine years, fees will be going up at some of the most popular parks and recreation areas. These include entra...

Portrait of a Family Volunteer Vacation in Chennai, India

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/02/2015, 6:30 AM

When Vani (not her real name) was five years old, her mother dropped her off to live at the SEAM Children’s Home in Chennai, India. Vani’s mother had remarried, and her new husband didn’t like the little girl. He had beaten her severely a few times. SEAM, a home for orphaned and semi-orphaned children, offered safety and the promise that the child would be educated. Vani barely spoke when sh...

Is An Exotic Trip In Your Future? Here Are Some Important Health Precautions to Take in Advance of Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/31/2015, 1:30 PM

Heading to Quebec City? You can likely just hop on a plane or train without a second thought. But for other destinations—many parts of Asia, Africa, South and Central America and now the Caribbean (thanks to the Chikungunya virus)—you risk your health by traveling without advance precautions. For my own recent trip to India, I learned the following tips from travel physicians and other cautious...

After Germanwings: Are the Budget Airlines Less Safe than the Others?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/26/2015, 2:30 PM

On Thursday morning on ABC's The View, Michelle Collins, one of the show's revolving co-hosts, suggested that because the European cut-price airlines are tough on customers with fees and optional pricing, then it's possible that attitude contributed to the pilot-initiated crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps. "I have to say this airline, Germanwings, they're a budget air...

Don't Buy the Hype! $10 Flights to Europe Will Never Be a Reality, And Here's Why

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/18/2015, 5:30 PM

Anyone who has ever been on Facebook knows what click bait is. That's when some website—it used to be one you'd never heard of, but now everyone's doing it—writes a sensational headline that you just can't resist clicking. This week, the hot-button click bait goes like this, from The Huffington Post (a common click-bait culprit): Transatlantic Flights for as Low as $10 Could Become a Real...

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