If You Crave a Caribbean Vacation, Many Areas Escaped Storm Damage: A List

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/10/2017, 4:45 PM

This coming winter, many thousands of Americans will agonize over whether they can enjoy tropical vacations in the Caribbean of the sort they once knew. Should they even bother to apply for reservations in an area broadly damaged by hurricanes?   Fortunately, a majority of these famed islands was either unaffected by storms or else so moderately damaged that they can be restored and repaired...

A Tragic Backpacker Death Teaches an Important Travel Lesson

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/20/2017, 11:00 PM

What happened to Kit Mallinson was the nightmare every parent has when they send their child away on a trip. Last December, the 18-year-old backpacker from Dorset, England, boarded a night bus in Cambodia to visit Angkor Wat. He had just completed a seven-week engagement as a volunteer building clean water pipes in Borneo, and he wasn't feeling very well, so he hoped the overnight trip would give ...

Not All of the Caribbean was Devastated by Irma: Don't Neglect the Rest

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/15/2017, 6:00 PM

Our hearts go out to those island nations that suffered so badly from recent storms—St. Martin, the Virgin Islands, Barbuda, among them. But by assuming that all such islands were equally affected, and by then canceling our general plans to vacation in the Caribbean, we increase the suffering of that area.     It’s important to realize that some Caribbean islands were totally or primarily by...

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A Major Battle is About to Erupt Over Marijuana Tourism

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/15/2017, 6:00 PM

Last year, California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts joined five other states in legalizing the recreational use and sale of marijuana.    The action taken by California is especially significant. With its huge population, greater than that of several other large states combined, California will create the foundation for a giant industry of marijuana tourism, causing millions of travelers...

Rental Car Rates Could Zoom Sky-High Thanks to Lobbyists

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/13/2017, 3:15 AM

Today, the American Car Rental Association (ACRA), a lobbying group for the car rental industry, is wrapping up its annual Washington, D.C. "Legislative Conference," during which it plots its political agenda and schmoozes lawmakers to help make it happen. But some of its battles against consumer protections have already been won on the state level. AutoSlash, the discount car rental aggregator, r...

After the Storms: What You Need to Know If You Have Booked Travel to Impacted Regions

By Frommer's Staff

Harvey's and Irma's effects will be felt for months to come. What the airlines, cruise lines, hotel companies, and other travel industry entities are—and aren't—doing to help those who have travel plans.

A New Warning About Cocktails at Some Mexican All-Inclusive Resorts

By Pauline Frommer

Toxic alcohol is a rising problem at some unethical resorts in Mexico. Here's what you should know—and how to tell if you've had sub-par booze.

Travel Health: 7 Ways to Avoid Germs on an Airplane

Wipe down sticky tray tables, watch out for dirty seatback pockets, and follow these other tips for staying healthy en route to your vacation.
First of all, the good news: Norovirus is very rarely deadly. It's more like a rotten hangover marked by a few days of nausea and, in some people, vomiting.  The biggest risk, mostly to the eldery and infants, is dehydration. Norovirus can break out wherever people gather and mingle—schools, dorms, nursing homes—and ships with spotless cleanliness ratings can still fall victim to an outbreak.<br><br>It's also extremely common—only the cold is more prevalent. The <em>Explorer of the Seas</em> (above) set a record for the number of cases, but keep in mind that it's one of the larger ships afloat—when it was launched in 2000, it was in <em>the</em> largest class of cruise ship afloat—so there are more people cooped up and more to make queasy.

How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Cruise Ship

By Jason Cochran

What can you do to avoid the norovirus? How can you tell if a ship is dirty? And should you cancel your trip if your ship had an outbreak?

Frommers.com's Top 8 Travel Insurance Providers

By Sascha Segan

The travel insurance industry is full of unclear language and companies hiding behind various names. To help you pick the best policy, we've selected eight companies we're confident are at the top of the heap.

Travel Insurance at a Glance

By The Frommer's Staff

We tell you what you need to know about policy options and recommended companies before you buy insurance.

Chilean Ash Cloud Update: Volcanic Ash Threatens Patagonian Ski Season

By Christie Pashby

Travelers with plans to visit Bariloche, Argentina, may have to reschedule their upcoming ski trips -- a blanket of volcanic ash has covered the resort town.

Video Report: Straight Talk on Airlines and Travel Insurance

By Pauline Frommer

This week on CNN, Pauline Frommer spills the beans about new developments with the airlines and with travel insurance.

Video Report: Making Sense of the Flu and Your Vacation

By Pauline Frommer

Pauline Frommer visits CNN to answer viewers' questions and to talk about whether travelers should consider shelving their plans because of the swine flu outbreak.

Pauline Frommer's Spend Less, See More Tips for Healthy Travel

By Pauline Frommer

In this series of tips, you'll find some terrific ideas to help you get the most out of every trip. This time around, I share some insight about taking care of yourself while on the road.

Video: Tips on Safe World Travel

By Pauline Frommer

In the wake of the Mumbai, India attacks, Pauline Frommer visits CNN.com to discuss best practices for avoiding danger when you're traveling.

Pauline Frommer's Spend Less, See More Tips for Traveling Green

By Pauline Frommer

In this series of monthly tips, you'll find some terrific ideas to help you get the most out of every trip. This time around, I share with you seven ways you can make your next journey better for the environment.

Why You Should Buy Insurance Before Your Next Cruise

By Heidi Sarna

It's not difficult to imagine all of the things that could go wrong on a cruise: hurricanes, political upheaval and a sudden illness are just some of the snafus. On the other hand, how many times to things actually go wrong? Hardly ever.

All Hands Off Deck! A Hands-On Guide to Fighting a Shipboard Norovirus

By Heidi Sarna

On board viruses start like this: One infected passenger comes aboard, leaves his germs on a handrail and all of a sudden everyone's sick -- just like kindergarten. Though major outbreaks are rare, cruise lines have stepped up their sanitation routines to reduce the chance of transmission.

Responsible Travel: Dealing with Hazards when Visiting National Parks

By Don & Barbara Laine

Here are some tips on avoiding and dealing with some common outdoors hazards.

Load n' Lock: The Return of Luggage Security

By Sascha Segan

Finally, the TSA and luggage manufacturers have gotten around to coming up with locks they agree on.