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Travel Bargain Hunting? Where the Dollar Is Strong Now

By Zac Thompson

There are still places across the globe where American travelers can get plenty of bang for their bucks. Here's where the dollar will stretch the furthest.

Unruly Drinking on This Spanish Island Could Cost You Thousands

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/22/2019, 1:00 AM

Tourists who break public drinking laws on the Spanish island of Majorca—long known for its beaches and raucous party scene—will face fines of up to €3,000 (US$3,400) this summer, as part of a crackdown on boozy misbehavior. Under the new restrictions, law enforcement can fine alcohol-fueled revelers for fighting, breaking stuff, and otherwise “causing a public nuisance," according to The Indepen...

Tipping in Portugal: A Gratuities Guide for Hotels, Restaurants, and Taxis

By Zac Thompson

What to tip waiters, taxi drivers, tour guides, and hotel staff in Lisbon, Porto, and other locations in Portugal

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This Airbnb Scam Is Costing People Thousands: How to Protect Yourself

By Jason Cochran

Avoid this vacation rental scam that uses the secure reputation of Airbnb against you. Here's how to make sure you're never a victim.

Tipping in China: When You Can—and When You Shouldn't

By Zac Thompson

Gratuities aren't standard in China. Here's when to tip waiters, hotel staff, and tour guides—and when to keep the change. 

Economy Classic vs. Economy Delight: What Virgin Atlantic's Cryptic Seat Categories Mean

By Jason Cochran

What do Virgin Atlantic's economy seat categories mean? Economy Classic or Economy Light or Economy Delight (Delight?!). The booking process is confusing about what you get, but we can sort it out for you.

Flying With Wine: Packing and Legal Tips You Need to Know

By Zac Thompson

Packing wine to fly? We asked an expert about customs laws, airline policies, and avoiding luggage disasters.

Hotel Booking Sites Are Using These Shady Tactics to Trick You into Booking

By Jason Cochran

An investigation of the major hotel reservation websites has exposed some of the mind games they play to deceive you about rates and urgency.

Basic Economy Fares: What You Get and What You Lose, Airline by Airline

By Ramsey Qubein

United vs. American vs. Delta vs. Alaska: How to know when you'll save money using "basic economy" fares on the U.S. airlines—and when you're better off spending more for a higher fare class.

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Cheap Flights at the Last Minute: How to Find Them (And There Aren't Many)

By Jason Cochran

If you want to search for extremely cheap last-minute airfares, you should know they're not as common as they once were.

Venice Has Adopted the Ultimate Means for Reducing Crowds: Admission Fees

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/29/2019, 12:00 AM

Just about everyone will agree that the worst current problem in travel is overtourism—the crowded conditions in the world’s most popular cities and destinations.  In places like Barcelona, Dubrovnik, and the Cinque Terre, there are just too many visitors in high season, harming the pleasure of both residents and visitors. But though everyone will agree that overtourism is growing, due to th...

Can the Taj Mahal Be Saved? New Measures To Preserve India's Wonder

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/25/2019, 2:00 PM

The Taj Mahal remains the most convincing argument that Agra, the northern Indian city where the marble mausoleum stands, was once something like a paradise. Gazing at Shah Jahan's show-stopping tribute to his deceased wife, you can believe—even amid the hordes of tourists—that Agra was renowned for its elegance and beauty during the city's Mughal Empire heyday, when longboats floated down the Yam...

Tipping in the U.K.: A Gratuities Guide for Taxis, Hotels, and Restaurants

By Zac Thompson

Some pointers on tipping waiters, taxi drivers, and hotel staff in England, Scotland, and Wales—without overdoing it

Tipping in Japan? Not So Much a Thing

By Zac Thompson

Why Japan doesn't go for gratuities—but why you still might have to pay extra fees for meals and accommodations

Tipping in Germany: A Gratuities Guide for Restaurants, Hotels, and Taxis

By Zac Thompson

How to tip restaurant servers, cab drivers, and hotel staff in Germany—without overdoing it

Tipping in Mexico: A Gratuities Guide for Restaurants, Hotels, and All-Inclusive Resorts

By Zac Thompson

Tips on tipping wait staff, hotel workers, bartenders, and tour guides in Mexico

What to Tip Waiters, Hotel Staff, and Taxi Drivers in France

By Zac Thompson

Some pointers on how to pay gratuities—without overdoing it—in hotels, restaurants, and taxis in France

The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2019 by Pauline Frommer

The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2019

By Pauline Frommer

What will travel hold in the coming year? We asked a wide variety of travel experts to share their thoughts.

Smoke on a Carnival Cruise and You Could Get Kicked Off the Ship

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/27/2018, 12:00 AM

Carnival Cruise Line is getting stricter with passengers who light up at sea.  The company has updated its tobacco and marijuana smoking policy to include the possibility of removal from the ship for guests caught smoking in staterooms, suites, or on cabin balconies.  Any other passengers staying in the offender's room will have to leave, too, and nobody will get refunds for unused cruise fare. ...

Resort Fees Have Spread to City Hotels Now: How to Get Them Off Your Bill

By Juliana Shallcross

Resort fees aren't just for resorts anymore. Even city hotels are getting in on the scam. Why hotels annoy you with them—and what to do about them.

Arthur Frommer: Charging $300 Round-Trip to Europe, Level is the World’s Budget Champion

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/08/2018, 12:00 AM

If you were to ask even a well-informed travel professional to name the cheapest airline flying the Atlantic, they would undoubtedly answer: Norwegian Air. And they’d be dead wrong. The cheapest such airline is the oddly named Level, a joint enterprise of British Airways and Iberia Airlines. It flies mainly from Paris and Barcelona to Newark, Boston and San Francisco, for a basic fare—hold your b...

Boost Your Overseas Vacation with a Free Stopover in Switzerland or Belgium

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/21/2018, 8:00 AM

If you've ever longed to take a vacation from your vacation, maybe you should opt for an airline stopover. That's when a plane makes a days-long pit stop on the way to its final destination, giving passengers a chance to squeeze in an extra mini vacation in the connecting city.  Best of all, some airlines don't charge customers additional fees for the interlude—instead, they treat the journey as ...

Is This the King of Airfare Search Sites? The Aggregator of Aggregators

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/13/2018, 1:30 PM

For years, we've been telling you that the best places to find cheap airfare are often the "aggregators," which are search engines that scan prices from dozens of different airfare-selling websites to pick out the lowest prices and tell you which site to visit to find them.  But even though these aggregators do their best to level the shopping playing field, or at least to make the shopping game l...

Your African Dream Trip Is Now Cheaper Than Ever

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/10/2018, 8:15 PM

In the past six months, the value of the South African rand has tumbled some 40% against the U.S. dollar. In March, one greenback would get you a bit more than 11 rand. Today, you get over 15. South Africa has been a terrific bargain for years. As long as you can swing the airfare there, which regularly costs around $1,000, you'll find it incredible how cheap things are on the ground.  With ...

Eat on Florence's Streets and You Could Be Fined $580

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/06/2018, 4:00 PM

Lots of people choose to visit Italy because they respect the cuisine, but now, eating it with dignity is the law. On September 4, Florence instituted a new penalty for tourists who are caught loitering as they eat. On the narrow lanes of central Florence, local shopkeepers are fed up with visitors who linger in doorways and on stairwells to have a snack.  The biggest complaint, it seems,...