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Turkey Is Insanely Cheap for Travelers Right Now

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/20/2018, 12:00 AM

Turkey's ongoing currency crisis, during which the Turkish lira has lost more than 40% of its value, is making a vacation in that country extremely affordable at the moment for travelers from places with stronger economies. As of this writing, one U.S. dollar equals 6.04 lira. According to USA Today, $1 got you 3.54 lira just one year ago. That means that American travelers can get a lot of bang...

Turkey Fully Resumes Issuing Visas to Americans

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/29/2017, 12:00 AM

For nearly three months, Turkish authorities and the U.S. government have been in a diplomatic spat, resulting in the suspension of visas for American tourists. The quick and painless electronic application procedure was abruptly closed to U.S. citizens. A month later, they were offered the arduous option of going in person to a Turkish embassy or consulate to submit to interviews, a luxury nearly ...

Two New Countries Get Dedicated Eurail Passes

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/08/2017, 12:00 AM

As of January 1, 2018, two more nations will have one-country Eurail passes available for sale to tourists. Starting then, if you're visiting Turkey or Serbia you can purchase a pass that covers all rail travel in those countries during your vacation. Prices have not been announced. The new passes will not yet be available as part of multicountry passes—so far, they're strictly for unlimited...

Turkey Suspends Visas for Americans

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/10/2017, 4:00 PM

A diplomatic spat between the United States and Turkey has spun out of control and resulted in the suspension of tourist visas in both directions.  Tensions have been growing between the two countries for the past several years. Among other issues, Turkey has accused the United States of harboring a cleric that it claims helped orchestrate a failed coup, and the United States is angry that Turk...

Travel Without Hesitation to Foreign Democracies, but Steer Clear of Authoritarian Nations

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/22/2017, 12:00 AM

The risks outweigh the benefits of visiting countries with oppressive governments, says Arthur Frommer...

Turkey Issues U.S. Travel Warning Following Anti-Trump Protests

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/14/2016, 12:30 PM

Turkey—a frequent subject of travel advisories issued by the U.S. government—has released a warning of its own, alerting Turkish citizens to the dangers of visiting the United States.  In a statement, the Foreign Ministry cited a wave of anti-Donald Trump demonstrations following the presidential election last week as a reason for the warning. The agency noted that the protests "occasional...

Here are Four Important Travel Questions and the Answers to Them Supplied by Noted Travel Writers

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/20/2016, 6:00 PM

In Iceland, the rush is on      Why is Iceland booming? (Booming, that is, in incoming tourism.) Though the figures aren't official, estimates of the growth in its visitors this year are well over 100%. Why?          According to a commentator in an important travel trade magazine, it's partly because new Icelandair flights there have been added from Chicago, and Chicagoans ar...

Of the Many Popular Tourist Destinations, Only a Tiny Handful Deserve to be Regarded as So Possibly Unsafe as to Warrant Your Avoiding Them

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/14/2016, 6:15 PM

One of the oddities in financial matters is that a large number of successful Wall Street types make their money by betting on those stocks whose prospects are bad.  After all, the stock market can go down as well as up, and by successfully "shorting" the disappointing stocks, you can frequently do as well as those people who always look for the stocks that go up in value.   A similar ...

Cruise Lines Continue to Cancel Stops in Turkey

By Zac Thompson

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

Cruise lines—including Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, and Celebrity Cruises—continue to cancel stops in Istanbul and other Turkish cities, substituting days at sea or calls at Mediterranean spots in Greece and Italy. The latest moves come in response to a failed military coup intended to overthrow Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Previous cancelations have been prompted by terror...

21 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites Announced

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/19/2016, 11:45 AM

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee added 21 sites to its World Heritage List during the group's annual meeting in Istanbul last week (a meeting that had to be cut short because of the failed coup attempt in Turkey). Among the new natural and cultural spots deemed worth preserving: 17 buildings across seven countries designed by 20th-century Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, the fossil-rich...

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