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Some How-To's for Visiting the Increasingly Popular Indian State of Kerala

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/27/2015, 3:30 PM

Open the pages of any glossy travel magazine, and, if it mentions India at all, it will likely be gushing over the state of Kerala. Few places on the subcontinent (or the planet for that matter) offer visitors the variety of adventures and sights as does this southern Indian state, with its emerald green tea plantations, groovy surf towns, temples, nature preserves and scenic backwaters. And b...

Airfares to Asia Dropping Below Those to Europe In Many Cases, and From the East Coast, No Less

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/14/2015, 2:30 PM

When is a sale not a sale? When it actually just reflects the going rates, but in a, well, louder fashion. That's seems to be the case with Emirate Airlines current "deal" to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Singapore. It is promising fares of $1599 per couple, for travel in May through November. That rate includes all taxes and fees, is from New York City, and must be booked by midnight ET April...

Portrait of a Family Volunteer Vacation in Chennai, India

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/02/2015, 10:30 AM

When Vani (not her real name) was five years old, her mother dropped her off to live at the SEAM Children’s Home in Chennai, India. Vani’s mother had remarried, and her new husband didn’t like the little girl. He had beaten her severely a few times. SEAM, a home for orphaned and semi-orphaned children, offered safety and the promise that the child would be educated. Vani barely spoke when...

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...

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. (...

Taiwan Impressions, Day 2: Java, Burial Rights, Vice

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/05/2014, 5:15 PM

(This is part 2 of a series of, well, snippets. They're random, but I hope interesting, impressions of what I experienced recently in Taiwan).                                                                           (Longshan Temple, Taipei; photo by Pauline Frommer) What I learned today in Taiwan: 1) If you want a latte you can go to Cursive Coffee or Let's Cafe! But you'll...

When's the Best Time to Book Airfares? A Major Search Engine Comes Out With Some Very Specific, And Helpful, Advice

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/20/2014, 2:45 PM

It's one of the most asked questions in travel: When should I book my airline ticket? According to the mega-airline search site Kayak there's no one simple answer. Or perhaps I should say, there are dozens of simple answers. Kayak looked back at a year's worth of transactions, and found that the following booking windows yielded to lowest airfares: Travel from the US to Europe: 8-10 we...

Spots Have Just Opened Up on Pauline Frommer's October Tour to Taiwan

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/12/2013, 9:00 PM

I haven't written much about the tour I'm leading to Taiwan here at Frommers.com because we wanted to travel with a small group (a maximum of 15) and the tour filled up quite quickly, several months ago. But you know what they say about the best laid plans.... I just learned 15 minutes ago that a member of the tour has fallen ill. So he, and the three family members he was supposed to trav...

Pauline Frommer To Host a Tour of Taiwan This October

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/09/2013, 1:15 PM

I usually travel alone or just with my family. But once a year, on behalf of the radio network my father and I work with, I host  a tour somewhere in the world. Last year it was Paris and the French Riviera, the year before that we went to Sicily and before that I took a group to China. And you know what? It's usually one of my favorite trips of the year. That's because the listeners t...

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