Where's Everybody Going? The United Nations Provides Some Answers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/20/2017, 10:15 AM

If you've been feeling more crowded than usual on vacation this year, it's not your imagination. The United Nations World Tourism Organization just released its tourism barometer report for the first four months of 2017, and it found that the number of overnight stays in destinations across the globe reached 396 million. That's some 22 million more than the same period for 2016. That growth reach...

Travel Without Hesitation to Foreign Democracies, but Steer Clear of Authoritarian Nations

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/22/2017, 12:00 AM

The risks outweigh the benefits of visiting countries with oppressive governments, says Arthur Frommer...

Of the Many Popular Tourist Destinations, Only a Tiny Handful Deserve to be Regarded as So Possibly Unsafe as to Warrant Your Avoiding Them

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/14/2016, 6:15 PM

One of the oddities in financial matters is that a large number of successful Wall Street types make their money by betting on those stocks whose prospects are bad.  After all, the stock market can go down as well as up, and by successfully "shorting" the disappointing stocks, you can frequently do as well as those people who always look for the stocks that go up in value.   A similar ...

Recent Events in Egypt and Turkey Have Created Two Totally Different Conditions for Visiting These Countries

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/14/2015, 2:45 AM

        The safety of international travel is a continuing concern, and some travelers are avid readers of the vacation warnings from our State Department and the foreign offices of Great Britain and Australia.         But the headlines in our newspapers may provide advice that is just as valid.  In fact, recent publicized events in the Middle East and Turkey provide guidance that ...

Two Travel Destinations—Egypt and Myanmar—To Which I Will Not Be Going in the Weeks Ahead

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/21/2015, 4:30 PM

         To boycott a travel destination for political reasons is always a difficult decision to make, with arguments that can cited both pro and con.  But to boycott a country because you fear for your safety there, is an easier step to take. That latter reason is why I’m no longer considering a trip to Egypt, and I have somewhat different and more arguable reasons for passing up a tr...

On the Eve of What Will Undoubtedly be a Record-Breaking Summer Travel Season, Here Are Some Europe-Related Observations

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/18/2015, 3:30 PM

         We are on the brink of the summer travel season, best known as the Summer of the Strong Dollar.  For the first time in many years, American vacationers are enjoying an edge--a definite edge--in the costs they encounter in locations ranging from Europe to Japan to South America.  To Europe especially, and despite sporadic reports that the European economy is improving, the Euro...

Heading to the Beach? Park Yourself Under a Shady Palm Tree with One of These Three Engrossing, New Travel Memoirs and Histories

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/01/2014, 9:30 PM

Sometimes the only thing more delightful than lying on a beach and reading a book is, well, lying on a beach and reading a book about travel. This summer, happily, a slew of enlightening, moving and just plain funny travel memoirs have been released to accompany vacationers on their trips. Here are a few of the most notable: The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle by Francisco Goldma...

Though Many May Disagree, I Have Strong Opinions as to Where It is Currently Safe to Travel

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/04/2014, 7:45 PM

Istanbul        Is it safe?  That's the question posed to their travel counsellors by countless Americans, as they ponder the choice of a destination.  And there's no simple answer to any such question.  Terrorists can pop up in the most placid places, violent demonstrations can occur in stable countries, natural disasters may injure or kill the most careful tourist. So I can't ...

Evidence is Accumulating that It is Not Presently Safe to Travel Independently—On Your Own or with a Single Companion—in Egypt

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/11/2014, 2:30 PM

     On a number of occasions this past year, I have been asked my opinion on whether it was now safe to visit Egypt.  And each time, I have answered:  no, based on numerous reports, it isn't.  And I added my heartfelt regret over that conclusion, because of my own several memorable and rewarding visits to Egypt in the past.      These cautions were immediately challenged by several u...

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