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This Year is A Great Year for Memphis. Our Frommer's Guide Writer Explains

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/07/2019, 1:00 PM

When we come out with a new guidebook at Frommer’s, we tap the best local journalists to write it. One such pro is Ashley Brantley, a native of Nashville who grew up in Memphis (and still has family there), making her the ideal person to write the newly released Frommer’s EasyGuide to Nashville and Memphis. I interviewed her on our national radio show about why 2019 is the ideal year to visit Memph...

Trump Administration Announces Bans on Cruises and Tours to Cuba

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/04/2019, 3:00 PM

The other zapato has dropped. In April, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the Treasury Department would soon implement new regulations to restrict non-family travel to Cuba. But I don't think anyone expected the roll-out of those new regulations to be as abrupt, messy, or sweeping as the ones announced today turned out to be.   On Tuesday afternoon, the Treasury De...

An App That (Almost) Guarantees the Lowest Hotel Rates

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/31/2019, 7:00 AM

It’s said there are no guarantees in life. But does that apply to travel? For hotels, a relatively new app may offer the closest thing to a guaranteed low price that I’ve seen. It’s called Pruvo, and it promises that if you tell it your hotel price, you won’t be undercut.   Here’s how it works. The consumer goes hotel shopping, using any online travel agency they like—Booking.com, Expedi...

Do Travelers Lose Their Moral Compasses on the Road? A Surprising Study

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/29/2019, 7:00 AM

My friend Deborah "borrowed" her favorite wool blanket from a hotel when she went on a business trip. Shannon, another pal, put her able-bodied daughter in an airport wheelchair to jump to the front of a Southwest Airlines boarding line so they could snag seats together. And Dave, a charming guy I know from college, owns a cane for the sole purpose of limping into airports so he can plausibly c...

Talking with Frances Mayes About Her Latest Book, 'See You in the Piazza'

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/01/2019, 2:00 PM

Frances Mayes, author of the memoir Under the Tuscan Sun, is to Tuscan travel what ketchup is to Russian dressing.  For tens of thousands of vacationers, her tale—both the book that sat on the New York Times bestseller list for two years, and the Diane Lane film that fictionalized it—was the reason they chose to go this bucolic and beautiful corner of "The Boot." Now Mayes has a new book called...

Travel Podcasts: Visas, Vietnam, and Tiger Travelers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/11/2019, 5:00 PM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC and our nationally syndicated radio program. First up this week, Frommer's editorial director Pauline Frommer describes her recent trip to Vietnam with World Spree—"by far, the best tour I've ever taken," she says. Cohost and Frommers.com ...

Pauline Frommer: Come Travel with Me in Vietnam this February

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/11/2018, 12:00 AM

Every other year, I host a trip for listeners of the Frommer's radio shows and the readers of our guides. And these tours are, I must say, very special experiences. There's nothing like hitting the road with Frommer's fans. They're an intelligent, gregarious, open-hearted bunch, people who are deeply enamored with travel, and who have been broadened by their own wanderings. I'm also quite caref...

How Much of What You Spend Stays in Your Destination? G Adventures Knows

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/19/2018, 11:15 PM

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Bruce Poon Tip (pictured) for our radio show. Bruce is the founder of G Adventures, one of the most important small-group adventure operators in the world. Currently the company has 10 distinct brands of tours as well as both expedition and river cruising branches. It’s considered by many to be one of the travel industry's most innovative tour companies....

Holiday Flights: Tips for Saving Money—and Actually Getting to Your Destination

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/06/2018, 4:45 PM

There are few bigger problems, budget-wise, than having to buy a ticket to fly over the Thanksgiving or the Christmas/New Year's holidays. Prices are always at their peak, and discounts are nil. But tell that to your grandmother. Or to the other eager family members who insist you fly home for the holidays. So even though the fares are a killer then and the crowds at the airport will demolish w...

A Life-Changing Conference for Would-Be Travel Writers and Photographers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/20/2018, 11:15 AM

Over the course of the year, I give about a dozen speeches on travel across North America. Inevitably, when I sign books afterwards, a familiar scenario will play out. I’ll hand back the book on which I’ve just scrawled my name and notice that the individual standing in front of me looks very, very nervous… and doesn’t want to move away from the table. He or she will chitchat for a few minutes be...

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