Heading to the Beach? Park Yourself Under a Shady Palm Tree with One of These Three Engrossing, New Travel Memoirs and Histories

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/01/2014, 5:30 PM

Sometimes the only thing more delightful than lying on a beach and reading a book is, well, lying on a beach and reading a book about travel. This summer, happily, a slew of enlightening, moving and just plain funny travel memoirs have been released to accompany vacationers on their trips. Here are a few of the most notable: The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle by Francisco Goldman ...

When Traveling by Air, You Can Do Yourself a World of Good by Performing Certain Exercises Either in Your Seat or at the Back of the Plane

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/27/2014, 4:30 PM

One of the joys of my life is an exercise class I take twice a week, at which people my age engage in rhythmic stretching, light weight-lifting, balancing, leg strengthening, and aerobics. And though each movement proceeds at a moderate pace, they leave you stimulated and healthy at the end of 45 minutes doing them continuously. But what does this have to do with travel? Our in...

"Road Scholar" is Operating the Same Praiseworthy Trips That its Predecessor, "Elderhostel", Had Offered for Nearly 40 Years

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/27/2014, 11:00 AM

Although it widely publicized and explained its change of name several years ago, when it went from "Elderhostel" to "Road Scholar", the resulting organization is not always fully understood by the people it serves. So I'm attempting to describe what it does in today's blog "Elderhostel" was a more easily-interpreted name: it referred to a travel organization and program designed f...

When Travel Vendors Demand Your Home Address, Do You Have to Give it?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/26/2014, 5:00 PM

How much do they have the right to know about you? Because I travel so much, I use a post office box. It's a simple security trick that I recommend to everyone who travels. First, it'll hold your mail for you. But just as important, if you use a P.O. box for your primary address then it's much harder for crooks you meet on the road to realize you're not home and burgle you. It'...

Foreign River Cruises Are the Big Travel Hit of 2014, But Whether They're For You is an Open Question

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/20/2014, 6:45 PM

River cruises are the big success of the current travel season: as amazing as it may seem, no fewer than 53 new river cruiseships will be joining an already-large number this year and in early 2015. One company--Viking--will alone be adding some 24 spectacular and luxurious "longboats" to its fleet. And so heavy are advance bookings for these 130-passenger vessels that rarely will you find...

More Visitors to New York City Are Spending a Considerable Amount of Time in Brooklyn, Not Only for Their Lodgings But For Their Cultural Entertainment

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/20/2014, 12:15 PM

Would-be visitors to New York City face a dreadful paradox. On the one hand, they yearn to experience The Big Apple. But when they call for a hotel reservation, they encounter the highest hotel rates in all of America--often as much as $400 a night for a standard double room. The solution to this travel-blocking conundrum? Brooklyn, the borough of Brooklyn. An immense city o...

Tourism to Machu Picchu Has Virtually Exploded in Recent Years, Despite the Refutation of Its Most Popular Explanation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/17/2014, 12:30 PM

In the world of travel, Machu PIcchu, the famed "Lost City of the Andes", occupies an increasingly-high position. Currently, more than 1,000,000 tourists a year are visiting this enchanting city of the 15th century Incas. To place that figure in perspective, consider that many other popular nations (whole countries) receive less than 800,000 tourists a year. How many other archaeologica...

A Website Called Wanderu is Now Able to Advise You About Nearly All the Low-Cost Bus Services for Travel in the U.S.A

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/17/2014, 11:45 AM

With the recent expansion of a major internet site for booking bus transportation, the bus has come into its own as a major method for travel within the United States. None other than the mighty Greyhound has now added its thousands of daily departures to the choices offered on And why is that important? It's because Greyhound is no longer the most expensive of our dom...

Nickel and Diming at Sea: Extra Charges for On-Board Entertainment

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/17/2014, 11:45 AM

There have been times I've felt that someone should be paying me for sitting through the shows that pass for entertainment onboard some cruise lines. That being said, cruise ship entertainment has been getting better in recent years (hurray for Blue Man Group!). But with this improvement, it seems, will come a price tag. Carnival Cruise Lines is already charging between $20 to $150 (for VI...

The Questions Put to our Weekly Radio Program Reveal Broadly-Held Travel Concerns--As Witness the Following

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/17/2014, 9:00 AM

Although some of the questions put to us on our weekly radio program may seem rather ordinary at first, they nevertheless reflect widespread concerns about problems in travel. Here are a number of those recent questions and our responses to them: Q. The popular, recent Disney film, "Frozen", was supposed to have taken place in Norway, and portrays that nation as unusually attractiv...

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