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Cheaper Vacation Rentals and New Tours Are Being Offered in Europe as the Ongoing Recession There Forces Locals To Get Creative to Earn a Living

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/16/2013, 6:45 PM

Would you be interested in a guided tour that focussed on the excesses of Spain's construction bubble? Apparently the idea is not as nutty as it sounds. According to NBC News, the relatively new "Ruta del Despilfarro" or "route of wastefulness" tour in Valencia, offered by 5 out-of-work college professors and journalists in Valencia, has been a bona fide hit, with over 1000 visitors paying...

Lessons to Take Away From The Recent Pickpocket-Inspired Shutdown of the Louvre

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/11/2013, 1:15 PM

Last May, I hosted a tour of France for the listeners to my radio show. We had days of touring together, and days when we set off on our own. On one of the free days, a group within our group headed to Versailles. Though they came back raving about the grounds, and the hall of mirrors, they also had some serious negatives to report about the experience, on two topics: pickpockets and crowds. ...

Lessons to Take Away From The Recent Pickpocket-Inspired Shutdown of the Louvre

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/11/2013, 1:15 PM

Last May, I hosted a tour of France for the listeners to my radio show. We had days of touring together, and days when we set off on our own. On one of the free days, a group within our group headed to Versailles. Though they came back raving about the grounds, and the hall of mirrors, they also had some serious negatives to report about the experience, on two topics: pickpockets and crowds. ...

Lessons to Take Away From The Recent Pickpocket-Inspired Shutdown of the Louvre

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/11/2013, 1:15 PM

Last May, I hosted a tour of France for the listeners to my radio show. We had days of touring together, and days when we set off on our own. On one of the free days, a group within our group headed to Versailles. Though they came back raving about the grounds, and the hall of mirrors, they also had some serious negatives to report about the experience, on two topics: pickpockets and crowds. ...

Spirit Airlines Quietly Ditches Its 800 Number, Domestic Airfares Are Down to Many Popular Destinations, and More Airline News

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/11/2013, 1:15 PM

What's the difference between 800 and 801? The first is a toll-free call, and the second is an area code in Utah. Which does Spirit Airlines use for its reservations number? The one that has customers footing the bill, of course. I have to give thanks for that bit of intel to a Florida reader who alerted me the change. (I don't know when it happened). And you have to give chutzpah points t...

Spirit Airlines Quietly Ditches Its 800 Number, Domestic Airfares Are Down to Many Popular Destinations, and More Airline News

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/11/2013, 1:15 PM

What's the difference between 800 and 801? The first is a toll-free call, and the second is an area code in Utah. Which does Spirit Airlines use for its reservations number? The one that has customers footing the bill, of course. I have to give thanks for that bit of intel to a Florida reader who alerted me the change. (I don't know when it happened). And you have to give chutzpah points t...

Don't Get Taken for a Ride in Las Vegas

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/09/2013, 11:15 AM

15 to 20 minutes. That's about how long it should take a passenger to get from the Las Vegas Airport to their Strip hotel in Las Vegas, most times of the day. Heck, you can see the Strip right under you as you land in the plane (it's one of the great sights in aviation). The two are not far apart. And yet, according to industry news publication Travel Weekly, some 22.5% of passengers a...

What's SUP? Perhaps the Hottest Vacation Activity on Water

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/08/2013, 8:00 PM

  Is stand-up paddle boarding, also known by the surfer-dude friendly acronym SUP (as in “wassup”), the fastest growing watersport in the world? Search engines lists everything from kite surfing to dragon boat racing as having that distinction. But proponents of this relatively new pastime—based on the ancient Polynesian boating method hoe he’e nalu, which involves a sailor standing on a f...

Haven't Booked a Summer Cruise Yet? That May Work In Your Favor This Year

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/08/2013, 7:30 PM

During “Wave Season” this year, a tsunami hit. Let me translate. “Wave Season” is the period from January from March during which  the cruise lines try to pin down the majority of their yearly bookings. They do so by ramping up advertising campaigns and offering incentives to passengers and travel agents.  But not even the sassiest TV ad could distract would-be travelers from the unfol...

Holiday Inn Pays Guests to Stay at its Properties..Sort Of

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/04/2013, 1:00 AM

Holiday Inn will be giving a minimum of $25 in gift cards for either gasoline, train discounts or air discounts to those who stay for two-nights between now and June 30th. Stay 3 nights, and the chain will reward you with a $50 gift card, 4 nights nets $75 and if you can bed down for 5 nights, you'll be eligible for a $100 card. Does that make this a great deal? Not necessarily. Before you...

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