In Japan You Can Build Your Own Kit Kat Now

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/13/2018, 12:00 AM

Like compact cars and the band Cheap Trick, Kit Kat candy bars weren't born in Japan, but they sure went big there.  The chocolate-covered wafers (a U.K. creation currently owned worldwide by Nestlé) are among Japan's best-selling sweets and they have appeared in hundreds of flavors, including strawberry cheesecake, green tea, purple sweet potato, wasabi, and sake.  The country's latest innovati...

Two New Non-Travel Books May Change The Way You See the USA

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/09/2018, 8:30 PM

You drive into a new town. It is not a famous place and it certainly isn’t a tourist magnet. But it has a certain vibe, a personality. You start to explore, stopping by a local store, walking through a park, trying the coffee joint where townspeople are congregating. It’s an interesting exercise, but the takeaways are vague: seems like a nice place, you think. But you don’t think more than that, ...

Drive to Florida in a Rental Car for Only $7.99 a Day

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/06/2018, 12:00 AM

Winter is coming, and in Florida, so are the tourists. Each year, the major car rental companies shift their inventory to where the business is, and now that summer is ending, Hertz needs to shift its cars to Florida for the winter season. That's where you come in. Hertz wants you to do the driving. The company will let you have a car for just $7.99 a day if you agree to drive it one-way from t...

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Maple leaves in autumn

American Autumn: Best Places to Go in September, October, and November

By Zac Thompson

Autumn is a great time for travel in the U.S., whether you’re on the hunt for fall foliage or popular attractions that are far less crowded than in summer. 

Exploring Alps near Lucerne: Pilatus, Rigi, and Titlis

3 Swiss Peaks for Every Fitness Level—And How to Do Them

By Molly Harris

Lucerne is one of Switzerland's most popular destinations, and day trips and overnight excursions from the city highlight the best of the Alps' picturesque countrysides, thick forests, and tall summits

Do I Need Car Insurance When I Rent a Vehicle? Maybe Not

By Jason Cochran

Should you buy CDW coverage when you rent a car? You may be surprised to learn that you can save the money—because you're already covered.

 

This Fall, See Rome, Venice, and Florence by Rail for Less Than $25

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2018, 12:00 AM

Traveling by train among Italy's three most popular tourist destinations can be extremely affordable this fall, provided you buy your tickets right now.  European travel booking site GoEuro has joined forces with Italo Treno, an Italian rail service operator, to offer a fare from Rome to Venice to Florence or vice versa for just €19.80 (US$23) one way.  That's an incredible bargain for seeing Ro...

Epic New Zealand Rail Line to Reopen After Quake

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/15/2018, 12:00 PM

New Zealand's gorgeous Coastal Pacific rail service, which runs between Picton and Christchurch on the South Island's east coast, announced it will return on December 1. KiwiRail's popular five-hour, 335-km (208-mile) trip was halted in November 2016 after a major earthquake devastated the Christchurch area. For much of the journey, the route hugs the coast, with the sea on one side and the ...

Walking on a beach

Best Vacation Ideas and Destinations for Seniors

By Zac Thompson

Travel tops the to-do lists of most people of retirement age and older—but where to go? We've got 10 ideas for senior travelers of every budget and level of physical ability.

Dim sum is like tapas

What to Do in Hong Kong: 10 Favorite Things

By Alex Ortolani

From Buddhist temples to goldfish markets and western culture to Chinese tradition, Hong Kong is the ultimate cosmopolitan destination.

California's Scenic Highway 1 Soon to Reopen in Full

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/06/2018, 12:45 AM

For the first time in more than a year, all of California's spectacular Highway 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles will soon reopen to drivers.  Parts of the 650-mile route, famous around the world for its coastal views (particularly in Big Sur), have been closed to travelers for months due to damage caused by heavy rains and a huge landslide in 2017. Caltrans, the state's transportation depart...

Route 66 and Puerto Rico Among USA's Most Endangered Historic Sites

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/28/2018, 3:30 AM

Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Route 66 all appear on 2018's "Most Endangered Places" list, the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual roundup of important architectural and cultural sites in peril. The purpose of the list, the group says, is to raise awareness and spur action to protect landmarks—and in some cases landmasses—"facing a range of challenges and threats, from d...

Tips on Getting the Most Out of Your 2018 Summer Vacation

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/30/2018, 4:00 PM

Remember when summer really meant vacation? I’m talking, of course, of the time before you were able to vote, when summer meant freedom from school and adventures at camp, a fun summer job, or long lazy days doing very little. However you did it, summer was a break from the daily routine—and a welcome one. But for most of us, summer now means the same commute, the same job, the same responsibiliti...

Why Your Phone's GPS May Be Useless on a Foreign Road Trip

By Jason Cochran

You cannot rely on your smartphone for driving directions when you rent a car on a road trip in another country. You should rent a GPS unit. Here's why.

New Ferry Links Spain with Ireland, Thanks to Brexit

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/22/2018, 5:00 PM

Something brand-new happened this month: A new ferry service between Ireland and Spain was inaugurated. Why? Because as the United Kingdom proceeds with Brexit, its half-baked plan to secede from the European Union, the border between the UK and the Republic of Ireland, which remains in the EU, will become much harder to cross. The new ferry service allows Irish and Spanish people to pass easily b...

Hello Kitty Bullet Train to Make Japan Even More Adorable

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/22/2018, 12:00 AM

We're just going to leave this right here. On June 30, 2018, a brand-new bullet shinkansen service will make its debut in Japan: a Hello Kitty train.  The Hello Kitty Express, as we're calling it, will link Osaka and Fukuoka, two cities that are about 400km (250 miles) apart, but as of today, are at the center of our hearts. Everything will be pinker than a debutante, washed in the blush tones o...

40 Tips for a Cheaper Vacation in London

By Jason Cochran

See London on a budget with these priceless tips for saving money. The British pound may be expensive, but don't let that keep you from having a fun and affordable vacation.

The Berkshires in Massachusetts

Escapes from New York: The Best Road Trips from NYC

By Pauline Frommer

Sometimes you just need to get out of town. And if that town is New York City, you have many great options. Here are some of our favorites.

Arthur Frommer: Recent Tax Cuts Will Force Reductions in Travel Services

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/23/2018, 5:15 PM

Some commentators have rejoiced over the recent reduction in federal taxes enjoyed by American corporations and the wealthy. Fewer of those pundits have pointed out that those reductions have been achieved in part by reducing our government’s expenditures for programs that improve our quality of life.   The U.S. travel world—and especially our trains and passenger aviation—has suffered in parti...

Why Don't More People Think of Renting an RV from a Private RV Owner?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/02/2018, 9:00 PM

Probably the most misunderstood, most underused travel facility is the recreational vehicle capable of both housing and driving a family.    All over America, persons own such RVs, but a good percentage of them make only a sporadic use of the vehicles they own. For much of the year, their RV remains parked in their garage or outside their home.   This is such an underuse of valuable fa...

Introducing Evaneos, a New Tool Connecting You with Local Planning Help

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/01/2018, 3:30 PM

Planning for vacation is generally done in two ways today. There’s the O.C.D. version, in which the traveler spends weeks poring over the internet, reading guidebooks, putting down deposits, and prepping. And there’s the laissez-faire way, in which the vacationer picks a tour company—and then leaves the rest for others to plan. With the first option, the traveler gets a customized vacation, but ...

High-Speed Trains Soon to Zip Between London and Amsterdam

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/13/2018, 8:45 PM

Starting April 4, travelers will have a new, fast, and affordable way to get from the United Kingdom to the Netherlands.  High-speed Eurostar trains will begin whisking passengers from London to Amsterdam in three hours using the underwater Channel Tunnel that already speeds passengers to Paris in a little over two hours.  The twice-daily service will depart London's St. Pancras station at 8:31a...

Arthur Frommer: My Choices for the 10 Most Memorable Destinations

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/05/2018, 3:30 PM

As a professional travel writer, I was required to travel to far more destinations than the average American does. In my youthful years, I literally lived on an airplane, in constant motion, often traveling to several countries each week. And I loved every bit of that life—especially these 10 particular destinations.   Here, based on that experience, are my choices of the world’s 10 most mem...

Sacramento Skyline

Sacramento, Discovered: California's Capital Shines Bright

By Faith Lewis

California’s capital city, Sacramento, has come into its own as a center for California vacations.

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...