What is a Transatlantic Crossing on the Queen Mary 2 Like? Our Readers' Questions Answered

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/17/2013, 7:00 AM

Last week, I took what many consider the voyage of a lifetime: a transatlantic crossing on an ocean liner. There's only one ship left on the seas that was specifically designed to slice through ocean waves the way a French waiter slices through foie gras, and that's Cunard's Queen Mary 2. She's no longer the largest ship in the world (it's currently eighth), but she's plenty big, and she's th...

Starting This Coming October, We're Going to be Igniting a Second Revolution in the Publishing of Travel Guides

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/16/2013, 5:45 PM

As you may have read in a widely-published news item that broke on Monday, we've regained ownership of the Frommer travel guides--the leading series of guidebooks sold in America. And we're going to celebrate that event by creating a new price point for the sale of high-quality travel books. Each of our new "EasyGuides" will sell for only $10.95 a copy, and will be--please take our word...

Scrimp vs. Splurge: When Does Spending More Actually Improve a Vacation?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/15/2013, 10:15 AM

Several years ago, an author I’d hired to do a chapter in a guidebook returned it to me with a major tourist sight missing from the text. He explained that he’d left this particular historic site out because he’d been angered by the entrance fee. I got another author for the next edition of the book (and input the material based on my own research). I did this despite the fact that the guid...

The Short-Term Rental of Homes and Apartments is the Fastest-Growing Trend in All of Travel. Are Hotels a Dying Breed?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/12/2013, 12:00 PM

*You are two couples residing in the same neighborhood, close friends, and each couple has two teenage children. You have decided to vacation together in Orlando, Florida. At many hotels, you will be required to rent as many as four rooms for a stiff total price, but from a vacation-home-renting organization called, you can rent a four-bedroom Orlando villa with swimming pool,...

Legal Troubles on the Road? An Expert Weighs in on What Travelers Should Know and Do

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/11/2013, 4:15 PM

Nobody wants to talk to a lawyer when on vacation, not even other lawyers. But there are times when travelers need legal help, so we spoke with Larry Bodine, the Editor in Chief of (a consumer website that explains legal issues to regular people) about some common legal problems that can pop up on trips and their solutions. Frommer: While I love staying in them, from a legal stand...

The Ever-Growing Popularity of Multi-Generational Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/10/2013, 1:30 PM

Few organizations are as savvy as Disney when it comes to anticipating travel trends. So when its tour arm, Adventures By Disney, announced that it would be offering its first tours geared specifically to multiple generations, many in the travel industry realized that traveling with the grandparents had finally, well, come of age. Multi-generational travel is nothing new, it’s true, but Disne...

Pauline Frommer To Host a Tour of Taiwan This October

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/09/2013, 9:15 AM

I usually travel alone or just with my family. But once a year, on behalf of the radio network my father and I work with, I host a tour somewhere in the world. Last year it was Paris and the French Riviera, the year before that we went to Sicily and before that I took a group to China. And you know what? It's usually one of my favorite trips of the year. That's because the listeners to The...

Ten Questions Recently Posed by Readers, And Our Ten Answers to Them, May Illuminate Larger Issues in Travel. Did We Answer Them Right?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/06/2013, 12:15 PM

Here are recent travel questions actually posed by readers, and our attempt to answer them. Have we responded correctly? Or are different answers possible? Q. Is it safe to travel in Turkey? Safe to travel in Jordan? A. Despite the recent street demonstrations against the Turkish government of Prime Minister Erdogan, and the proximity of serious fighting in Syria to Jordan, both ...

The Queen Mary 2 Makes Her 200th Crossing, and Frommer's is Aboard: Post Your Questions and Requests

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/05/2013, 12:00 PM

Over the next week, the world's only ocean liner, Cunard's Queen Mary 2, will be making her 200th transatlantic crossing. And will be aboard, fact-finding for our readers. A voyage on the QM2 is considered by many to be one of those unattainable trips of a lifetime. Yet the lowest fare on a sailing is not prohibitively high: Fares for the 200th crossing, which lasts a week, start...

Solo Travel: New Resources and a Few Tips

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/04/2013, 1:30 PM

I’m a big fan of solo travel, but that may be because I don’t have to travel alone all the time. I have a husband and kids, so they come along when they can. But as a travel writer, I’m often on the road by myself, and I find I relish the experience. Instead of having to worry about whether my companions are enjoying the experience, I can simply immerse myself in the culture. That being said,...

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