App for Speeding Up Customs Process Now Live at 14 Airports

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/12/2016, 9:45 PM

A mobile app designed to move you through customs quickly and efficiently is now available at 14 of the country's international airports. The latest addition, Washington Dulles in the nation's capital, joins Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle; Raleigh Durham and Tampa are up next. Available ...

Obamas Pick Architects for Presidential Library

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/30/2016, 9:45 PM

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have selected the architects who will design the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. Choosing from among 144 architects from across the globe (the list was narrowed to seven last fall), the Obamas picked husband-and-wife team Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, whose past works include the Barnes Foundation art museum in Philadelphia. No pr...

Busiest Airports During July 4th Weekend

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/30/2016, 9:15 PM

It's going to be crowded at the airports during July Fourth weekend. An estimated 11 million air travelers are expected to pass through the nation's various terminals on the way to wherever they're going to celebrate America's independence. The busiest airport will be Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; the terminals in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, and Dallas should be aw...

River Cruises, An Improved Chicago, Memorials to Terrorism, Airbnb Besieged, and Passport Renewals: The Stuff and Substance of Travel

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/29/2016, 7:30 PM

      The commercials for Viking River Cruises, which appear on Downton Abbey and Homeland, are certainly the most beautiful and successful of all such advertising. But their scenes of tourists hobnobbing backstage with cooks and enjoying other singular opportunities are certainly non-representative of the kind of sightseeing experience that passengers will enjoy. I'm willing to bet that p...

Pauline Frommer Is Hitting the Road With Travel Show Appearances Across the United States

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/11/2016, 6:30 PM

Hello Fellow Wanderers! I just wanted to invite you all to come out and talk travel. I'll be appearing under the auspices of the Travel and Adventure Show in the following cities, on the following dates: San Diego: January 16 Chicago: January 24 Dallas: January 30 Long Beach: February 27 & 28 Santa Clara: March 6 I'll be discussing the top travel trend...

Divergent’s Wrecked Version of the Windy City Lures “Set-Jetters” To Chicago

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 04/03/2014, 6:45 PM

  Chicago has always been an iconic city in American movies.  From ‘30s gangster films to John Hughes’ feel good teen flicks like Home Alone and Risky Business in the 1980s, Chicago has loomed large in our collective movie-going consciousness since films began.  The newest movie to frame Chicago’s status as the quintessential American town is Divergent--the new future imperfect film o...

Blowing Into the Windy City: Pauline Frommer to Speak in the Chicagoland Area on January 9 and 11

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/03/2014, 9:15 PM

I'm excited--make that thrilled--to announce that the second leg of our book tour, celebrating the launch of the NEW Frommer guidebooks, will kick off in the Chicago area  on January 9 and 11. I'm hoping that lots of Frommer's readers will brave the chill to come out and talk travel. I'll be discussing: *Sneaky strategies for saving money on all sorts of travel (from airfares to luxury...

Car Rentals Through Firefly, a New Brand, are Dramatically Cheaper than Others, So What's the Catch?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/03/2013, 4:00 PM

Firefly, a discount car rental brand, begins arriving at American airports this month. You might think it's a new competitor. As it turns out, everything about it is older than you think. Hertz created Firefly, a lower-priced offshoot, in Europe last spring, in part to fill the price gap that was left when it sold off the Advantage car rental brand. Now there are 40-odd locations there, in...

New Kiosks Cut Border Control Waits By a Third, But Your Airport Must Ask for Them

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/28/2013, 8:30 PM

In June, Chicago's O'Hare installed 32 kiosks that scan documents for incoming passengers. Right away, despite the fact summer travel was at its peak, wait times were chopped by 33%. The technology is called Automated Passport Control, or APC, and it's the latest effort of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to use technology to cut paperwork and frustration. O'Hare is the first American ai...

Another Opening, Another Summer Stock Show: The Best Theater This Coming Season in North America

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/13/2013, 2:45 PM

Sure there’s sun and sand. But one of the unsung delights of summer---or should I say one of the most loudly crooned pleasures of the season---is summer stock. There’s something magical about heading out on a warm evening, entering a theater filled with other tanned and relaxed folks, and giving yourself up to a classical musical or play. And nowadays, summers have become a time not just for r...

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