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Japan's Ultra-Cheap “Bed-in-a-Box” Hotels Have Resurfaced—in London

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/16/2018, 2:30 PM

Many years ago, when Japan was the world’s leading economy and Japanese businessmen were hard-striving cheapskates anxious to squeeze out any savings, several properties in Tokyo created so-called “capsule hotels” charging awesomely low rates.     Instead of placing their clients in normal rooms, they lodged them in coffin-like boxes, three feet wide, four feet tall, and seven feet long, all...

One Key to a Successful European Vacation Is Planning Several Months Ahead

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/10/2017, 12:15 AM

When is it best to begin planning your trip to Europe? Though some of the experts disagree, the majority of them say just after the start of the new year, when airline tickets tend to be priced at their lowest level. The optimum advance period is 120 days (four months), which means that a smart traveler purchases those tickets in January or February for a vacation in May or June. What about a t...

Do Travelers Lose Something by Using Airbnb's Premium Services?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/11/2017, 2:15 AM

Airbnb wants to snag business travelers with listings that have the latest in luxury fittings and are regularly inspected. Why I (might) object...

New Hostel in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/14/2017, 4:00 AM

You can now stay at a hostel in one of the most radioactive places on earth.  Backed by the Ukrainian government and housed in a former Soviet dormitory, the 50-bed accommodation is located in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, a 1,000-square-mile area contaminated in the 1986 nuclear power-plant disaster.  Access to the region remains restricted to this day—visitors have to be on organized...

After a Quiet Winter, the World of Travel Has Suddenly Erupted with Distinctive Developments

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/10/2017, 12:00 AM

Arthur Frommer assesses how Trump's policies, European terror attacks, budget cuts, and a new kind of hostel could affect U.S. travelers....

"Poshtels" Come to the USA

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/27/2016, 12:45 PM

A new breed of posh hostels—or "poshtels"—have begun appearing in the United States after gaining popularity in Europe. Far from the old image of hostels as rundown, cramped, and uncomfortable, poshtels from brands such as Freehand and Generator feel more like boutique hotels at super-cheap prices. Rates for shared rooms can be as low as $25 a night, with many properties offering private rooms ...

What’s the Best Vacation For Your “Stage of Life”? How Age Can—and Should—Affect Your Travel Plans

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/25/2013, 2:15 PM

“Man is by nature a social animal”, wrote Aristotle. And though he wasn’t commenting on vacations, his observation certainly applies:  who one travels with can be as important to the success of a trip as where one goes. Certain types of travel, as well as certain destinations, attract wildly different demographics, after all. Head to spring break-central, Panama City, Florida in March or A...

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