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In Ways Large and Small, International Travel Has Become Easier/Harder in Recent Weeks

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/20/2016, 11:15 PM

      Here are several of the often-contradictory developments in recent travel news:   In Paris       A dramatic decline in tourism to Paris, currently down by more than 11%, means that the City of Light has become even more appealing than ever to the American traveler; hotels in Paris are reported as willing, on many dates, to bargain for a reduction in room rates. What'...

Interest in Travel Insurance Surges Following Terror Attacks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2016, 12:00 PM

Experts in the travel insurance industry say that consumer interest in terrorism coverage and trip cancelation policies has surged following recent attacks in Brussels, Paris, Nice, and elsewhere. Despite the increased interest, however, you shouldn't be seeing rate hikes or policy changes; those things are heavily regulated. But although terrorism coverage has become standard since 9/11, make ...

A Free Trip to Paris? Fantastique! Including a Stay in a Purpose-Built Apartment in the Actual Eiffel Tower? Mind-Blowing

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/27/2016, 7:30 PM

They said it wouldn't last. The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World's Fair and was only supposed to stand for 20 years after that event. Truth is, many in Paris wanted it torn down sooner, including a group of famed artists and authors (including Guy du Maupassant and Alexander Dumas fils) who demanded its leveling. Novelist Joris-Karl Huysmans went even further, calling it a "hole-r...

Pauline Frommer's Top (Travel) Resolutions for the Coming Year

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/17/2015, 4:45 PM

It’s that time of year and let’s be real, those three inches padding my waistline aren’t coming off anytime soon. Instead of doing the usual “lose 10 pounds” resolution, my top 7 promises to myself are going to revolve around travel. 1. To travel somewhere at the last minute. As a working parent, too much of my life is scheduled long in advance. This year, I hope to scoop up the kids...

Counting Down the Top 6 Travel Stories of 2015—And Looking Ahead to 2016

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/15/2015, 1:30 PM

(Photo by Zach Dischner/Flickr) Unusually dramatic events and trends shaped the way we traveled in 2015 and should continue to impact our wanderings in 2016. Counting them down, these stories included: A dramatic drop in the cost of oil: Just this week the Automobile Club of America announced that North America was seeing the lowest cost in gasoline since 2009. A year ago, a gall...

Why I, Personally, Will Continue to Travel Abroad, Despite the Latest Global Travel Alert

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/24/2015, 3:45 PM

This morning I told my daughter I was going to write about the worldwide travel alert and she gave me a worried glance. "Mom if you tell people to travel and then something happens, they'll blame you," she said. But it's not quite that simple because, realistically, something will ALWAYS happen, whether you're traveling or not. And as an American, I know it will more likely happen to me he...

There's No Better Time for a Quick Trip to Paris than the Autumn

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/30/2015, 8:15 PM

To those Americans lucky enough to enjoy an autumn vacation (or the ability to take off a week at that time), a trip to Paris is a perfect choice.  When Parisians return from their summer time off, they plunge into an impressive round of worthwhile cultural activities, that make for a scintillating stay in the City of Light.  Although the traditional sights. attractions and events of Paris are...

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...

Paris Extends Shopping Hours in 12 Major Neighborhoods

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/25/2015, 3:15 PM

Thanks to a recently passed bill, Parisian stores in such popular neighborhoods as the Marais, the Champs Elysees, and Montmartre will have the option to stay open on Sundays and up until midnight, a radical policy shift. And a controversial one: the Mayor of Paris has spoken out against the new rules, which overturn a 1906 law keeping Sunday a "day of rest" for the majority of workers; an...

As Travel Destinations Jockey for Position, It Becomes Necessary Periodically to Revise Our List of 10 Favorites

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/11/2015, 1:45 AM

      Which, currently, are the ten-or-so most-promising  destinations for your own next vacation?  Though any such list is unusually subjective (to put it mildly), I'm willing to give the selection a try.  Here they are, in no particular order:        (1)  Colonial Williamsburg, in Williamsburg, Virginia:  This re-created state capital of the 1700s is like an historical Disne...

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