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Price Hike and Dress Code Announced at Angkor Wat

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/08/2016, 12:00 PM

If you plan to visit Angkor Wat soon, be prepared for higher ticket prices and a stricter dress code. The price of admission to the Cambodian temple complex will be increasing by almost double in February, when single-day passes will go from $20 to $37. As of last week, visitors are also being asked to cover their shoulders and knees at all times while onsite out of respect for Angkor's sa...

Death By Selfie: The Dangers of Taking Too Many Selfies While Traveling

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/24/2015, 3:45 PM

With every technological advance, there’s also a step backward…and sometimes that step can be a fatal one, in the case of selfies. The modern smartphone, with its ability to not only act as a communication device but also as a camera (and one with a lens on both sides) is changing the way we experience travel, and it's leaving some travelers hurt, and even dead. That isn’t hyperbole....

Snapchat Becomes More Traveler-Friendly

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/13/2015, 8:45 PM

"You and your selfies!" I kidded to my teenage daughter as she struck a pose for what seemed like the tenth time in an hour and then clicked away on her smartphone. "Mom I'm not taking selfies," was the exasperated response. "These are Snapchats which are totally different. You make yourself sound really old not knowing the difference." Ouch. Not that any of Frommer's readers are "real...

Say "American Cheese": The White House Lifts Its Ban on Selfies

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/02/2015, 5:45 PM

This past December, I had the priviledge of visiting the White House as part of a convocation of travel writers, brought together by the Obama Administration to get out the word that a new State Department office had been created to encourage students to study abroad. Our morning started with a tour of the White House and though we were given strict instructions not to take photos, being journ...

Taiwan Impressions, Day 3: Head Hunters, Selfie Sticks, Women on Top, Flying Lanterns

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/07/2014, 2:30 AM

                                                                          Aboriginal headdresses (photo by Pauline Frommer) Today in Taiwan.... 1) I discovered that selfies are evolving in Taiwan (and perhaps in Asia in general). Instead of posing doing the double "peace sign", I saw a couple of people posing "thumbs up". This is so their friends will "like" their photos on FB. (...

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