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...

Legal Marijuana in Jamaica and Free Wi-Fi in Japan

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/10/2014, 10:15 PM

Getting wifi in Japan and legal marijuana in Jamaica: most would assume these would be slam dunks for tourists. But despite reputations to the contrary, it's near impossible for tourists to get online in the "Land of the Rising Sun" (mostly because most locals use broadband). And ganja? That's illegal mon, no matter that everyone's smoking it. But both situations seem poised to ch...

In Turkey, India, Indonesia (Bali), Argentina and Japan, A Shift in Currency Rates Has Made Travel Conditions far More Favorable for Tourists

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/05/2014, 4:00 AM

The domed ceiling at Suleymaniye Camii in Istanbul, Turkey       Sad but true, the tourist often benefits from the economic misfortunes of their destination.  And although that contradiction may raise moral issues, it remains an undeniable fact that influences the choice of holiday destinations.       In Turkey, India, Indonesia (Bali), Argentina  and Japan, economic probl...

It's Only by a Yen or Two, But the Trend Seems Clear: Japan's Currency and Costs are Getting Cheaper by the Day

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/17/2013, 1:30 PM

       No sooner did the Yen decline to a rate of 100 to the U.S. dollar, than within a short while it fell to 101.  And yesterday it dropped to 102 plus a fraction.  With a rate of 103 and 104 to the dollar appearing inevitable, the fall in value of the Japanese currency seems destined not only to aid Japan's export of electronics and cars, but to give a dramatic boost to its incoming tou...

With the Japanese Yen Now Selling at an Astonishing Rate of 101 to the U.S. Dollar, Japan Has Once Again Become a Moderately-Priced Travel Destination

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/10/2013, 2:30 PM

       Yesterday was the Big Day, the time when the Japanese unit of currency--the Yen--crashed through a  longtime psychological barrier and begun trading at just a nano less than 101 to the U.S. Dollar.  It sold at 80 the Dollar (a 25% difference) just two years ago.  Following a course of deliberate inflation, a policy totally at odds with the one championed by various stodgy bankers in...

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