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Travel Podcasts: Food Worth Traveling For

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/07/2019, 9:00 AM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC-770AM in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program.  To start things off, hosts Pauline Frommer and Jason Cochran invite listeners to share special experiences—concerts, festivals, transporting restaurant meals—worth traveling f...

British Vacations Are Increasingly Affordable for the American Traveler

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/19/2016, 11:30 PM

The big travel news of the current fall/winter season is the drop in the value of the British pound. As we go to press, the pound is selling for only $1.21.  It used to sell at $1.60, and the new value is claimed by some analysts to be the lowest in 30 years. For most American tourists, the cost of hotels, meals, theater tickets, and the like has been decreased by close to 30%. The result,...

How You Book Rail Is About to Change

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/04/2016, 4:15 PM

Train travel is a $300 billion market. Globally, more than twice as much was invested in high speed rail as it was in air transportation last year. And that’s how it should be. The world’s roads can’t keep up with population swells that are swamping them with cars. Our climate, too, needs some TLC, and rail is an infinitely greener mode of transportation than any other (with the exception...

The International Summer Program at Cambridge University is Apparently the Largest of the Learning Vacations, But Requires Early Applications

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/14/2016, 6:30 PM

It's obviously too late to sign up for a summer vacation stay at one of the great English-language universities that open their classrooms and residence halls each July and August to adults of all ages.  But because these stays are so popular, and are often sold out by early spring, it's important to examine them now and to submit your application long in advance for the courses that most intr...

What Will Brexit Mean for Travelers? Some Counterpoints from Pauline Frommer

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/24/2016, 7:15 PM

A dream died on June 23, the dream of a unified, peaceful Europe. After centuries of wars, it seemed like the European Union was going to finally forge a partnership between peoples who had far more in common than they had differences. Unfortunately, slightly more than half the populace of the United Kingdom decided they’d rather go it alone. That choice has economic and political implica...

London's Black Taxis Will All Soon Accept Credit Cards

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/01/2015, 4:30 AM

London's licensed cab drivers famously have a larger hippocampus (the part of the brain that's responsible for memory) than average folks. That's the result of two years of studying (on average) for the grueling test all must take, proving they have memorized the location and name of every street in the spaghetti-tangled landscape of London. But it seems they haven't been smart enough to c...

Foreign SIM Cards Come with Censorship

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/05/2015, 1:00 PM

Bringing an unlocked, out-of-contract smartphone on vacation and buying a temporary local phone number remains far and away the cheapest way to use a mobile phone in Europe. Just be warned: If you use social networking apps, though, you may have to waste time jumping through hoops to circumvent child protection measures. That's because travelers who purchase SIM cards for lower-cost mobile...

Foreign SIM Cards Come with Censorship

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/05/2015, 1:00 PM

Bringing an unlocked, out-of-contract smartphone on vacation and buying a temporary local phone number remains far and away the cheapest way to use a mobile phone in Europe. Just be warned: If you use social networking apps, though, you may have to waste time jumping through hoops to circumvent child protection measures. That's because travelers who purchase SIM cards for lower-cost mobile...

Travelers Buying a SIM Card Abroad Faced with Web Censorship They Cannot Reverse

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/01/2014, 8:30 PM

Travelers who purchase SIM cards for lower-cost mobile phone rates in the United Kingdom are finding their ability to surf the Web freely has been curtailed. All the big mobile phone providers now use the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to judge which websites are "adult" themed and which are deemed pure for all eyes. By default, anything with an adult classification is bl...

The Only Rules You Need to Know for Driving a Car in the United Kingdom and Europe

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/02/2013, 5:15 PM

Over on our busy message boards, the Forums, an interesting conversation has popped up in which Frommer's readers are compiling a list of all the rules a foreign driver would possibly need to know before they get behind a wheel in the United Kingdom.  Is there right on red? Can I use a mobile phone while I drive? Will my rental car be an automatic? So far, the list , which was sta...

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