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Canada, Iceland, and Japan are Standouts in a Mostly Sluggish Year for Travel

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/09/2016, 4:45 PM

       They call it the "election year curse." For reasons no one can really explain, travel declines slightly during years when the presidency is at stake. Statisticians cite the figures from the last 50 years, and whenever the nationwide election comes about, travel slows down.        Why? Are Americans so obsessed with the polls that they put off vacation travel? Depending ...

Floating Hotels Drift into France and Japan

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/25/2016, 12:15 PM

Looks like floating hotels could become the latest trend in travel. The hip Hôtel Off Paris Seine is already bobbing in that river near the Pont Charles de Gaulle. And now an amusement park in Japan's Nagasaki Prefecture has announced plans for a floating hotel that can be towed by boat. Located in an up-and-coming industrial neighborhood of Paris, the two-story Hôtel Off features a stylis...

Japanese Airline to Make Jet Look Like "Star Wars" Droid

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/21/2016, 12:30 PM

Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) is going to paint one of its Boeing 777 jets to look like the Star Wars character C-3PO. That will make it the fourth Star Wars-themed plane in the company's fleet. The others are painted to look like C-3PO's fellow droids R2-D2 and BB-8. Those two characters each have their own planes and a third has both of their likenessess—all before ANA got around to C...

Asked to Recommend a Batch of "New Destinations" for 2016, I Like to List Locations that Aren't Really "New" but Simply Under-Visited

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/07/2016, 11:30 PM

       Travel writers are often asked to name a few "new destinations" for vacationers who like to travel differently.  And dutifully, they respond by naming places of which you've never heard.        I don't like that approach.  In my experience, "new destinations" are often that for a reason--they deserve their lack of notoriety.  North Korea is a "new destination", but you would...

The Way of Wanderlust: A Delightful New Book of Travel Essays

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/13/2015, 6:45 PM

By their very definition, travel memoirs introduce readers to corners of the planet they may never get to themselves. But The Way of Wanderlust, a collection of travel essays by accomplished travel writer Don George, not only allows the audience to “mind-travel” to Pakistan, Paris and Peru (among many, many other places), it takes them on a poignant journey through the long and eventful life o...

#1 in #2: Japan Opens First Toilet Museum

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/02/2015, 4:00 AM

I don't know if you've ever sat on one of those futuristic Japanese toilets, but they will change your life. In North America and Europe, toilets plug into the plumbing, but in Asia, most of them are also plugged into the electric supply. The things have more buttons than the remote control than your television, and boy do they make you feel happier—between the seat warmers, odor neut...

A Strong U.S. Dollar Means Transformation (For the Better) of the American Travel Experience in Many Countries

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/22/2015, 5:15 PM

Contrary to the predictions of numerous conservative politicians who felt that the Administration's policies would weaken the dollar, the exact opposite has occurred: The U.S. dollar is today stronger than in any recent times. The result is a travel bonanza for Americans vacationing in the following countries:      CANADA: Surprisingly, and for reasons no one can explain, the Canadian...

Such Widely Contrasting Destinations as Japan and Puerto Rico are Today Offering Attractive Vacation Opportunities to Adventuresome Tourists

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/31/2015, 3:45 PM

     With its currency currently selling at a breathtaking 125 to the U.S. dollar, Japan has become a moderately priced nation for American travelers. Instead of paying $450 for a double room at a top-quality first class Japanese hotel, as was once the case two years ago, we now pay as little as $300 for a luxurious accommodation, and far less (even below $100 a night) at so-called "busin...

A Severe Drop in the Value of the Japanese Currency Has Made That Country a Highly Desirable Low-Cost Destination for American Travelers

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/22/2014, 5:00 PM

         Several weeks ago, when the value of the Japanese Yen plummeted to a rate of 100 to the U.S. dollar, people in the travel industry awoke to the emergence of a new destination for cost-conscious Americans.  Most of us had last visited Japan when we received far less than 90 Yen to the dollar, and the experience was a searing one:  Japan was a costly place to visit.  At a higher...

Against All the Warnings of Radioactive Dangers, Americans Are Traveling to Japan in Unprecedented Numbers

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/01/2014, 1:45 PM

   American tourism to Japan is again booming.  In the month of June just past, nearly 90,000 Americans visited the great cities of Japan (especially Tokyo and Kyoto), more than ever went there during any other monthly period in past years.  In the six months from January through June of 2014, nearly 500,000 Americans visited Japan, increasing the chance that more than 1,000,000 Americans will...

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