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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...

International Airfare Wars Make It Much Cheaper to Vacation Abroad This Fall and Winter

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/31/2015, 8:15 PM

I reported roughly a week ago that airfares for the summer took a sharp dip; and that experts were predicting that fall fares would also be low. Sometimes it's sweet to be right. My Facebook page has been lighting up with posts from friends who have just gotten steals (one recently got a round-trip Chicago-Miami itinerary for $106 TOTAL) and we're now seeing a lot of fare sales to all ...

Navigating "Sale Season" in Paris

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/12/2015, 5:30 PM

Thanks to the strenght of the dollar against the Euro this may be the first time in years that Americans will be able to go to Paris and actually buy something. For the real shoppers out there, those who plan their trips around their potential purchases, timing travels to sales times is key. But Frommer's EasyGuide to Paris 2015 author Margie Rynn is warning that the strategies that have alway...

When Your Vacation Escape Involves Literally Escaping: The New Tourist Attraction That’s Sweeping the Globe

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/11/2015, 10:30 PM

The theater was shabby, with a disheveled group of marionettes hanging in a little stage at the front and wooden tiered seats so old and flimsy they looked like they’d fall apart if an audience member guffawed too hard. Dust coated many surfaces and the only contemporary items in the room—a massive digital wall clock and a mysterious, multi-colored wall panel of flashing lights—just added to th...

Savvy New Page-Turners On The Cultural Histories of Both Italy and France Are Must-Buys for Travelers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/03/2015, 12:30 AM

France and Italy: two countries that are consistently at the top of the most touristed countries list, year after year. But I would bet that a good 80% of those visiting know little about the culture and history of the places they’re visiting, beyond such basics as the fact that crepes come from Brittany and the Colosseum was built by the ancient Romans.  Happily, two new—and pretty darn fasci...

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