We've Told You Where to Go in 2014, But Which Destinations Were Most Searched in 2013? The Answers May Surprise You

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/09/2013, 6:45 PM

Let me start this blog by stating that there's no evidence that the number of searches for a destination will translate into more visits for said destination. But it is a fascinating exercise to see which countries and cities drew the most attention on the internet, at least in 2013. And the answer is: there is no definitive answer. In an article today by the International Business Times they...

Puzzled by Our New “Search Flights--Powered by Momondo” Button? Here’s the Explanation of a Powerful New Service That Brings You Big Advantages!

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/08/2013, 7:15 PM

It appears at the bottom, left-hand corner of that splashy photograph that spreads across the entire top of our main menu page, a cut-out reading: “Search Flights--Powered by Momondo” Simply click on the words “Search Flights” and you’ll be instantly taken to one of travel’s best sources of discounted, low cost airfares for both domestic and international trips. The provider of those excell...

In an Exhaustive Analysis, A Colleague of Ours Has Concluded That is by Far the Best Website for Finding Hotel Rooms

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/07/2013, 9:15 PM

Now, mind you, we're not expressing our own opinion. We have yet to do a thorough comparison of all the hotel booking sites. But when someone of the stature and famed objectivity of Reid Bramblett weighs in on the subject, you have to pay attention. Reid is the author of numerous travel guidebooks (including some for Frommer's), a speaker chosen to deliver travel lectures at t...

In Just a Few More Months, Americans Wanting to Avoid the Discomfort of a Standard, T.S.A. Security Check, will be Able to Do So

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/06/2013, 3:45 PM

At a time marked by all sorts of confusing promises from both government and private enterprise, an announcement several weeks ago by the Transportation Security Administration was particuarly distressing. With a great deal of fanfare, a T.S.A. official announced that help was on hand for American travelers who disliked having virtually to disrobe (shoes and belt off, for starters) in ord...

Property Gets Around Bad TripAdvisor Reviews By Creating a Second Listing, and TripAdvisor Shrugs

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/04/2013, 11:15 AM

Frommer's reader Dave Wyner ran into a troubling problem on the website A place he stayed had posted two listings to double its exposure. Wyner told us: "Several months ago, in anticipation of a trip to Spain, I began looking for vacation rentals - using TripAdvisor. I found an ad for an apartment in Madrid—it had a couple of "very good" reviews. We rented the place. It w...

Can You be Sued for Writing a Negative Review of a Vacation Home or Apartment at Which You've Stayed? Amazingly, That's Possible

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/02/2013, 5:45 PM

<span style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);line-height:20px;font-family:" font-size:14px;"=""> A video report on CNN (click here to watch it) has aroused all sorts of questions about the safety of writing an honest review about a merchant whose products you've used. It told of a family that made an online purchase of a gift for their son which never arrived. They posted, on another website, a sc...

The Only Rules You Need to Know for Driving a Car in the United Kingdom and Europe

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/02/2013, 12:15 PM

Over on our busy message boards, the Forums, an interesting conversation has popped up in which Frommer's readers are compiling a list of all the rules a foreign driver would possibly need to know before they get behind a wheel in the United Kingdom. Is there right on red? Can I use a mobile phone while I drive? Will my rental car be an automatic? So far, the list , which was started by...

Here are the 10 Most Frequently-Posed Questions About Travel, And Our (Often-Painfully-Obvious) Answers to Them

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/30/2013, 11:00 AM

The travel questions most frequently posed to so-called travel experts are not the sole concern of the person voicing those questions; they usually reflect a widespread desire for answers among large numbers of would-be American travelers. Here are the questions I most frequently hear, and here are the answers with which I respond. (1) Is it safe? (And here my questioners ...

"Frommers Easy Guides" and "Frommers Day by Day Guides" Are the Magic Words at Online Retailers and Bookstores for Our Latest (And Sensationally Priced) Guidebooks

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/29/2013, 6:15 PM

Though you can access their cover photos, descriptions, and purchase information, in a number of ways, using different words, titles or "filters", the quickest and most efficient method for viewing them all is by simply inputting the words "Frommers Easy Guides" or "Frommers Day by Day Guides" into the appropriate spaces when you search for books. Our brand new travel books have...

Unless We Make Immediate Investments in our Airport Infrastructure, We Are Bound to Face Horrendous Conditions in 5 to 10 Years

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/28/2013, 1:30 PM

If you were at your local airport on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, you probably recall the visit as one of discomfort and dread. Crowds pushing and shoving, lines endlessly forming, mobs awaiting service, waits of more than an hour, T.S.A. personnel pushed to exhaustion, angry confrontations, people begging to skip the lines to catch their flights, elderly persons passing ou...

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