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"Wild By Nature"—A Compelling New Travel Memoir—Upends Expectations

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/23/2016, 8:30 PM

As a professional travel writer, I periodically have to deal with one of the hazards of my profession. It has nothing to do with airport security, or brain eating larvae. No, because of my work, I’m often required to read the latest travel memoirs. That may not sound like a hazard, or even a chore, but so many fall into the same pattern that it certainly can be a big bore. You open u...

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...

International Airfare Wars Make It Much Cheaper to Vacation Abroad This Fall and Winter

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/31/2015, 8:15 PM

I reported roughly a week ago that airfares for the summer took a sharp dip; and that experts were predicting that fall fares would also be low. Sometimes it's sweet to be right. My Facebook page has been lighting up with posts from friends who have just gotten steals (one recently got a round-trip Chicago-Miami itinerary for $106 TOTAL) and we're now seeing a lot of fare sales to all ...

In the Wake of China's Recent Devaluation of its Currency, Get Ready for Cheaper Prices than Ever for an Air-Included Trip

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/21/2015, 8:45 PM

       Having attempted unsuccessfully to contact the top executives at America's several leading tour operators to China, I've concluded that they are all on the way to China to learn how they can reduce the prices of a trip there even below their current low levels.  A spokeswoman for one such company indicated that this was, in fact, the case.  China's recent devaluation of its cur...

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. (...

This Winter's Air-and-Land Packages to Chilly Locations are So Low in Price as to Seem Almost Unbelievable

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/09/2014, 6:15 PM

    Now's the time to start thinking about a travel "bargain".  At the start of autumn in just a few weeks, airlines and tour operators roll out extraordinary discounts for international travel in November through February.  Provided only that you're willing to go on a short, one-week vacation to a non-tropical location in that chilly time, you will enjoy the best prices of the year.   ...

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...

The Re-Appearance of China Spree's $888 One-Weeker to Beijing (Including Round-Trip Airfare!) May Indicate that China Air and China Irself Have Plenty of Unsold Capacity for Autumn and Winter. China, Anyone?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/05/2013, 2:15 PM

     To my utter amazement, China Spree has today replaced its former China specials with an entirely new list of spectacular fall/winter bargains (such as $888 for a week in Beijing, including airfare), all of which are wide open for booking for the coming fall/winter months (they used to be shown as largely sold-out).  If you haven't yet chosen a fall/winter vacation, you might very well rus...

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