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Eat on Florence's Streets and You Could Be Fined $580

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/06/2018, 4:00 PM

Lots of people choose to visit Italy because they respect the cuisine, but now, eating it with dignity is the law. On September 4, Florence instituted a new penalty for tourists who are caught loitering as they eat. On the narrow lanes of central Florence, local shopkeepers are fed up with visitors who linger in doorways and on stairwells to have a snack.  The biggest complaint, it seems,...

Arthur Frommer: The Ban on Muslim Travel to the US is Counterproductive

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/05/2018, 3:00 AM

Undoubtedly, the most significant recent development in travel was the Supreme Court’s approval, by a slender 5-to-4 margin, of Donald Trump’s ban against Muslim travel to the United States.  All Americans should examine the validity of that ruling from the standpoint of economics, constitutionality, and national security. From an economic standpoint: The world’s population of Muslims amount...

Dubai Detains Tourist for Being Transgender

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/15/2016, 8:00 AM

Canadian transgender YouTube personality Gigi Gorgeous says she was detained in Dubai's airport, interrogated for five hours, and summarily denied entry to the United Arab Emirates. An airport security agent in Dubai told her that he was informed that she was transgender, she says, and in a strong reminder that full North American freedoms cannot yet be exported to other parts of the world...

In this Holiday Season, Shouldn't We at Least Begin to Think of Measures that Will Ensure Proper Vacations for Low-Income Americans?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/30/2013, 12:45 AM

     Although there isn't the slightest chance that the current Congress will pass such legislation, I continue to yearn for the day when we as a nation will assist the poor to travel.  In the spirit of the holiday season, let me set forth the reasons for my dream, repeating much of the same language I composed some 25 years ago.  That background is as follows:      While m...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/11/2013, 8:15 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 Lawyers.com (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 st...

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