Our Top Tips for Surviving Holiday Air Travel this Year

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/13/2017, 2:45 PM

The airlines are expecting 51 million passengers to fly in United States in the final two weeks of December, a figure that’s up 3% from last year’s record number. Break it down and that means some 80,000 more passengers a day than fly during an average day during the rest of the year. If you will be among the masses, you'll want to carefully strategize. Here are our suggestions:   Check in 2...

Paid Reservations Now Required to Visit California's Muir Woods

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/30/2017, 12:00 AM

From Dubrovnik to Machu Picchu, popular tourist destinations around the world are devising new sign-up strategies to combat overcrowding caused by hordes of temporary visitors. The latest spot to add to the list, as Frommer's reported would happen back in 2015: Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, California, north of San Francisco.  Starting on January 16, 2018, each visitor who arrives...

One Key to a Successful European Vacation Is Planning Several Months Ahead

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/10/2017, 12:15 AM

When is it best to begin planning your trip to Europe? Though some of the experts disagree, the majority of them say just after the start of the new year, when airline tickets tend to be priced at their lowest level. The optimum advance period is 120 days (four months), which means that a smart traveler purchases those tickets in January or February for a vacation in May or June. What about a t...

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Date Set for Last Virgin America Flights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/09/2017, 7:15 PM

Your last chance to fly with Virgin America is April 24, 2018.  The award-winning and much-loved carrier was acquired by Alaska Airlines for $2.6 billion in late 2016. Alaska later announced that it would axe the Virgin America brand, albeit while adopting many of its most popular features, including distinctive mood lighting (pictured above), above-average meal options, and excellent in-flight e...

Up-to-the-Minute Online Tool Finds Wisconsin's Best Fall Foliage

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/11/2017, 10:45 PM

New England states get all the attention when it comes to fall foliage, but there are other leafy places worth peeping during Pumpkin Spice Latte season. One of the best in the Midwest is Wisconsin, where vivid displays in spots like the Kettle Moraine State Forest (pictured above) provide beautiful backdrops for scenic drives, waterfall hikes, and stops at orchards in small farm towns. Travel ...

Wildflowers Now in Bloom at Chile's Atacama Desert, the Driest Place on Earth

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/01/2017, 12:00 AM

The driest place on earth is currently blanketed in purple wildflowers. Northern Chile's Atacama Desert typically gets a measly 0.6 inches of rain in an entire year. Nevertheless, every five to seven years—usually along with El Niño weather patterns—multitudes of beautiful mallow flowers fill the arid landscape with a surreal expanse of color. It's like finding a botanical garden on Mars (it so h...

Things you simply have to book in advance for a Disney World trip

Things You Must Book in Advance for a Walt Disney World Vacation

The days are long gone when you could just buy a ticket as you entered the front gate and expect the full Disney experience. If you're planning a Disney World vacation nowadays, you'll need to make these reservations ahead of time.

Hurricane Season Could Be Worse Than Initially Predicted

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/15/2017, 12:00 AM

Weather watchers were already expecting the 2017 hurricane season to be unusually active in the western Atlantic, including the Caribbean region.  But now researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) think the season could be even worse than initially projected.  The NOAA is predicting 14 to 19 named storms, 5 to 9 of which could become hurricanes. That's up from the ...

For Seniors, August 28 Is the Deadline for Enjoying One of the Great Travel Bargains

By Arthur Frommer

The price of a lifetime national parks pass for U.S. seniors is about to go WAY up.

Optimism and Drive Will Help Tardy Travelers Find Late-Summer Vacation Vacancies

By Arthur Frommer

Think it's too late to book a summer trip to one of the top destinations in the U.S.? Think again, says Arthur Frommer.

A lifeguard stand on a beach in California

America's Best Beaches, Coast to Coast

Celebrate America's considerable coastal beauty with this roundup of the nation's best beaches—where you'll find the softest sand, clearest water, and best swimming.

Vacation in One of the Less Popular Destinations This Summer for a Fine Travel Experience

By Arthur Frommer

Where should you travel this summer? Off the beaten path, says Arthur Frommer.

Interstate 40 East, near the Arizona-New Mexico border

The Great American Summer Road Trip: Unforgettable Scenic Drives in the United States

Buckle up! We're hitting the road from sea to shining sea to find the most scenic drives in the United States, passing rugged coasts, majestic mountains, red deserts, lush forests, and classic Americana along the way.
A destination wedding requires travel planning of the highest order.

Destination Weddings Made Easy (Or At Least Easier)

A destination wedding requires travel planning of the highest order. We’ve pulled together some dos and don'ts for saying "I do" out of town.
Black Mountain Wine House in Brooklyn

New York City: Best Bars with Fireplaces

After a day of winter sightseeing, warm up at one of these quintessential New York City neighborhood bars with fireplaces and great drinks.
A view of the Empire State Building and the New York City skyline

Visiting New York City? The Top Pitfalls to Avoid

The Big Apple: there are few travel destinations as rewarding....or as maddening. The city can be expensive, confusing and tiring if you don't plan your vacation carefully. We're counting down the common mistakes tourists make here.
Monorail at Epcot. Disney rarely discounts.

12 Ways to Find Discounts for Disney

Disney doesn't grant many discounts. It doesn't need to—it's packed year-round. But if you know some tricks, you can still nibble away at the overall price of a Disney vacation and make a Walt Disney World or Disneyland resort vacation more affordable.
Historic Caribbean hurricane season track map

When is Hurricane Season? A Worldwide Guide

When is hurricane season in the Caribbean, the Pacific, the Indian Ocean? Save your beach vacation with our month-by-month guide to the typhoons and cyclones of the world.
A group of passengers debark from a cruise ship in Mexico.

The Biggest Summer Travel Mistakes....And How To Fix Them

It's the vacation many of us look forward to all year. But there are ways to mess summer vacation up, and they're quite common. Here are the most typical mistakes and some ways to avoid them.
Glittering view of Lower Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City

What to Do in New York City If You Don't Have Much Time

A whirlwind itinerary for seeing the Big Apple's iconic sights in one, two, or three days