The Arctic's Most Remote Cruise Destination Gets Less Remote

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/08/2018, 12:45 AM

Polar expedition cruises—the industry term for active voyages in remote, icy waters—are a big trend at sea right now. They appeal to contemporary travelers' taste for unique adventures, while climate change has made routes in the Arctic and Antarctica passable for longer stretches of the year (a development it's impossible not to feel ambivalent about to say the least). Even the famously faraway N...

Though the Timid Tourist is Frightened by a Number of Adverse Travel Conditions, the Value of the U.S. Dollar is Not One of Them. The Dollar is Today Unusually Strong

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/30/2016, 10:00 PM

Perhaps the biggest travel news of the current season is that the U.S. currency remains unusually strong against virtually every other currency. When you travel abroad in the coming months, you will enjoy lower costs at your destination for everything you buy, thanks to a mighty dollar. While the dollar's strength may have adverse consequences for American companies that manufacture goods for ...

Russia's Harassment of American Visitors

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/27/2016, 12:30 PM

Russia's recent treatment of Americans should make anyone considering visiting that country give the idea a second thought. Shortly before Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Moscow to discuss Syria, Russia expelled visiting NBCUniversal executive Jeff Shell, saying he was on a blacklist assembled in retaliation against U.S. sanctions targeting those responsible for Russia's illegal an...

Aeroflot: It's Not Just for Crashes Anymore

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/22/2016, 6:30 PM

Aeroflot, the flag carrier of the Russian Federation, has a dreadful reputation for being unsafe. And it deserves it: The Aircraft Crashes Record Office, a non-government organization based in Switzerland, says that as of May 2010, 8,231 passengers have died in Aeroflot crashes.  That's a lot. Air France comes a distant second, with 1,783 fatalities, followed by the defunct Pan Am (1,...

Asked to Recommend a Batch of "New Destinations" for 2016, I Like to List Locations that Aren't Really "New" but Simply Under-Visited

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/07/2016, 11:30 PM

       Travel writers are often asked to name a few "new destinations" for vacationers who like to travel differently.  And dutifully, they respond by naming places of which you've never heard.        I don't like that approach.  In my experience, "new destinations" are often that for a reason--they deserve their lack of notoriety.  North Korea is a "new destination", but you would...

India Eases Its Visa Rules, While Russia May Be Closing Its Doors to Many Visitors

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/01/2014, 7:15 PM

As per usual the news out of Russia is puzzling. Instead of easing restrictions on travelers and thus helping their sanction-damaged economy, the Russian government may be making the world's hardest–to–get visa even more difficult to obtain. Bloomberg News is reporting that a bill was submitted to the Russian parliament yesterday which would establish "reciprocity" with those countries wh...

Though Many May Disagree, I Have Strong Opinions as to Where It is Currently Safe to Travel

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/04/2014, 7:45 PM

Istanbul        Is it safe?  That's the question posed to their travel counsellors by countless Americans, as they ponder the choice of a destination.  And there's no simple answer to any such question.  Terrorists can pop up in the most placid places, violent demonstrations can occur in stable countries, natural disasters may injure or kill the most careful tourist. So I can't ...

Sochi Hate: Olympics Attendees' Mockery of Russia's Infrastructure Reveals A Lack of Travel Compassion

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/12/2014, 3:00 AM

People have asked me what surprised me the most here in Sochi. It's this. Without question ... it's ... THIS.  — Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski)   You might have seen a flood of social media and TV coverage about how messy many of the Sochi preparations have been. You've seen images: open manhole covers on the street, brown water out of hotel taps, public toilets withou...

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