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In New York City, Rapidly Shifting Hotel Prices, Shorter Dining Hours, and More

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/12/2018, 5:30 PM

Every year at this time, I update the book Frommer’s EasyGuide to New York City. This involves spreadsheets of pricing, hours, and more, meaning that I’m easily able to graph the trends that shape visits to Gotham. Here’s what I’m seeing for 2018 and into 2019: Good news/bad news on hotel rates: To track hotel pricing, I use several hotel booking engines, and I test dates for the slowest travel da...

The Travel Press is Reporting the 'Trump Slump,' a Devastating Drop in Tourism to the United States

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/21/2017, 2:00 AM

Experts across the travel industry are warning that masses of tourists are being scared away from visiting the United States, and the loss of tourism jobs could be devastating....

Why You Should Stay Away from Cleveland and Philly This Month

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/05/2016, 11:00 PM

Cleveland and Philadelphia are both historic and inviting all-American cities—and you should avoid them like the plague this month. Unless, of course, you plan on attending, reporting on, or protesting the Republican National Convention in Cleveland from July 18 to 21, or the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia from July 25 to 28. Both cities are expecting an influx of about 50,000 ...

What Travelers Need to Know About the Zika Virus

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/19/2016, 10:15 PM

As frigid blasts of winter descend on much of North America, visions of blue sky, sandy beaches and swaying palm trees are being rudely interrupted by a buzzing sound. And it’s a very scary buzz, at that—the buzz of a mosquito that carries the Zika virus. Though the virus is not new, in the last year pregnant women who have been infected have given birth to children with microcephaly, a co...

London's Black Taxis Will All Soon Accept Credit Cards

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/01/2015, 4:30 AM

London's licensed cab drivers famously have a larger hippocampus (the part of the brain that's responsible for memory) than average folks. That's the result of two years of studying (on average) for the grueling test all must take, proving they have memorized the location and name of every street in the spaghetti-tangled landscape of London. But it seems they haven't been smart enough to c...

There is Increasing Evidence that the River Cruise Industry has been Over-Built, and that Discounts are Now Widely Available from all the Usual Sources

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/29/2015, 10:30 PM

Two years ago, the sudden popularity of European river cruises seemed to catch the entire travel industry by surprise.  River boats, and their itineraries, became totally sold out.  A travel activity booked almost wholly by elderly people, suddenly became a trip-of-choice for middle-aged people, and even for a few younger than that.  Families remained  unwanted by the operators of riv...

New York City’s Latest Culinary Trend Is One That Your Mother—And Your Cardiologist—Will Approve Of

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/08/2015, 10:30 PM

About five years ago came the parade of pork, in every form under the sun, the fattier the better. That trend was followed by the “Cronut” phenomenon: normally sane people getting up at 4 am or earlier to wait online in front of a tiny bakery to taste an unholy marriage of croissant and donut. But since New York City taste buds often set the agenda for what’s eaten across North America—don’t b...

Which Frequent Flyer Program Is the Best for Actually Redeeming Miles? A Massive New Study Provides Some Answers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/01/2015, 2:30 PM

We have to give thanks to Consumer Reports, which has done the heavy lifting on this one, completing a study of some 70 million passenger in the last year has yielded important data on which frequent flyer program actually is allowing flyers to bag free flights. The study looked at the 25 most popular "award routes" and also came up with a value for seats on those flights, airline by airline. ...

Special Globe, A Superb New Website for Families with Children With Disabilities, Debuts

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/09/2015, 2:15 PM

Travel was an important, and much beloved, part of Meghan Harris’ life growing up. Her father was a professor, and he used his sabbaticals to show his family the world.  Harris hoped to do the same when she started a family. But her first child, daughter Eliza, was born with Rett’s Syndrome, a chromosomal abnormality that is fatal to boys and causes development delays and mobility impairments ...

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and All Those Travel Deals: Which Are Worthwhile (and Which Can Be Skipped)? We Have a Little List

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/24/2014, 10:45 PM

According to the shopping experts who gab away on morning TV, TODAY will be the best day to shop if you're in the market for the usual gifts (sweaters, gadgets, toys, jewelry, what have you). But those shopping for travel will likely do better to wait until Friday or Monday. That's when the deals are popping, along with the marketing ploys masquerading as deals. We've sorted the wheat fro...

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