Travel gift guide, August 2018

Travel in Style with These Great Gifts and Gadgets for Every Budget

By Frommer's Staff

The latest and greatest travel gadgets and inventions improve the way we go places. The globe-trotter in your life will love these gifts no matter your budget. 

The Arctic's Most Remote Cruise Destination Gets Less Remote

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/08/2018, 12:45 AM

Polar expedition cruises—the industry term for active voyages in remote, icy waters—are a big trend at sea right now. They appeal to contemporary travelers' taste for unique adventures, while climate change has made routes in the Arctic and Antarctica passable for longer stretches of the year (a development it's impossible not to feel ambivalent about to say the least). Even the famously faraway N...

The 'Mamma Mia!' Sequel is a Lie: That's Not Greece!

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/02/2018, 8:30 PM

You may remember—or perhaps you studied it in your Great Achievements of World Cinema class—that the first Mamma Mia! movie was set in Greece. Based on the hit Broadway musical, the film was famously, dazzlingly Greek, so Greek it made Zorba look shy. Meryl Streep's American character has decamped there to run a preposterously picturesque cliffside inn, where old flames hover and neighborhood teens...

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Partially Underwater Artwork Welcomes Snorkelers in the Maldives

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/02/2018, 3:30 AM

The world's first semi-submerged sculpture park is now open for snorkel-equipped art lovers off the coast of the Maldives in the southern Indian Ocean. Dubbed Coralarium, the over-/underwater project was dreamed up by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor, who, according to Smithsonian magazine, has worked on similar installations off coasts in Grenada, Mexico, and the Canary Islands.  Those were ...

Georgia in Hawaii: O'Keeffe's Forgotten Island Travels

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/01/2018, 2:15 PM

Georgia O'Keeffe had a strong sense of place, and that place was usually New Mexico. But having a powerful affinity for one locale didn't leave the painter immune to the allure of others, as she discovered, seemingly to her own surprise, during a 1939 stay in Hawaii.  "My idea of the world," she wrote in a letter sent from the islands to her husband, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz, " . . . h...

Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland road trip

Ireland’s Greatest Road Trip: The Wild Atlantic Way

By Helen Ochyra

Few drives anywhere are more rewarding than Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, a twisting 1,550-mile (2,500-km) route along the edge of Europe.
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.

Vacation along France's Canal du Midi

Cruising Down the Canal du Midi, France’s Rediscovered Wonder

By Lily Heise

Built in the late 17th century, the 150-mile-long canal is now an idyllic haven for boating, biking, and walking, and for making the most of authentic France.

WWOOFing: Explaining a Different Way to Travel, Farm by Farm

By Julia Levine

Travelers are going around the world by WWOOFing—working part-time on organic farms in exchange for room and board. Here's how to find a farm and what to expect.

You Can Now Go Glamping on NYC's Governors Island

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/18/2018, 4:45 AM

A secluded campground has opened in New York City.  There are no typos in the preceding sentence.  A grouping of 37 tents can now be found on Governors Island, a 172-acre piece of land floating between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Once an Army and Coast Guard outpost, the redeveloped isle is partly a national monument and partly a setting for concerts, art exhibits, and other events open to the...

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.

A Deadly End for the Yellowstone Daredevils

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/09/2018, 12:00 AM

Two years ago, in the spring of 2016, a few young Canadians created an international scandal by treading into forbidden, protected areas of Yellowstone National Park and recording it for their social media followers in the name of living life to the fullest. The men were famous for shooting videos of themselves doing extremely dangerous things in beautiful places. We wrote at the time: "Hundreds...

What to do in the Mount Rushmore area

Around Mount Rushmore: 8 Great Things to Do (And 2 to Skip)

By Blake Snow

Experience the best (and avoid the worst) of what southwestern South Dakota has to offer: Devils Tower, Custer State Park, Bear Country, and more.
Visit Malaysia's Cameron Highlands for tea, hiking, steamboat, and more

Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands: Sipping Tea and Eating Steamboats

By Anita Isalska

North of Kuala Lumpur, there’s an enduring tradition of afternoon cream teas, jungle hikes, and berry harvests.

Arthur Frommer: This Is Surely the Year's Greatest Travel Bargain!

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/28/2018, 12:00 AM

About a dozen years ago, a tour operator called China Spree, headed by a Chinese-American expert, astonished the travel world by charging only $999 for a one-week stay in Beijing including air fare from America (or $100 more for one week in Beijing and Shanghai) and quality accommodations. Then, the founder of China Spree was able to accomplish those travel wonders by negotiating rock-bottom pr...

Current Volcanic Eruptions Bring Memories of Vesuvius, Says Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/27/2018, 12:00 AM

I have found it odd that in all the media coverage of the eruption of Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii, no journalist has drawn a comparison to the eruption of Vesuvius outside Naples in 79 A.D. That may be because Kilauea is a “baby” by comparison with Vesuvius, the latter (pictured above) having become one of the greatest tourist attractions in all of Italy. The cataclysmic eruption of ...

James Bond Museum Opening in Austrian Alps

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/26/2018, 11:45 AM

You'll have to wait until the fall of 2019 for the next James Bond movie, which is being directed by Danny Boyle and stars Daniel Craig in what is reportedly his last outing as 007. Starting on July 12, though, the debonair British spy's fans (Live-and-Let-Diehards?) can visit a new Bond-themed museum set at one of the shooting locations for the previous installment, 2015's Spectre.  The 007 Ele...

Arthur Frommer: Quintana Roo, Mexico, is Gaining as a Tourist Destination

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/26/2018, 12:00 AM

While numerous destinations in Mexico are suffering from what some describe as an overly sensitive spate of tourist warnings from our U.S. State Department, one area is obviously resisting that trend.   In 2017, some 22 million tourists visited the state of Quintana Roo, in sharp contrast to some declines in Mexican tourism elsewhere. Quintana Roo is the location for super-popular Cancun, Pl...

Arthur Frommer: National Parks Devotees Can Utter a (Brief) Sigh of Relief

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/25/2018, 12:00 AM

In the early months of the Trump administration, it was widely rumored that the new head of the Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, would propose a doubling of the entrance fees to some 100 national parks that charge admission.   The reaction to that drastic proposal was so negative, and from both sides of the aisle in Congress, that it was since assumed that a far milder increase would be ...

Aerial view of Iguaçu Falls in Brazil

Brazil’s National Parks: How to Pick Which Ones to See

By Sarah Brown

From prehistoric rock paintings and underground lagoons to landscapes of rolling sand dunes and dense rainforest, Brazil's diverse national parks have something for every explorer. 
 

Historic Luxury Resort Reborn in Arizona

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/13/2018, 9:30 PM

For several decades starting in 1896, a remote Arizona resort located about 50 miles north of Phoenix played host to a steady stream of well-to-do vacationers, including Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Roosevelts, and other Gilded Age muckety-mucks.  They were drawn to Castle Hot Springs for the seclusion, sunny weather, Southwestern pursuits like horseback riding, and the supposed restorative propert...

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado

10 Things to See and Do in Colorado's Most Underrated National Park

By Jorie Larsen

At Great Sand Dunes National Park, you can sled down gigantic dunes, make a splash at a natural beach, go tubing along a river, and camp out under the stars in sandy seclusion.

This French Château's Magical Festival of Secret Gardens Happens Every Year

By Margie Rynn

For decades, a magnificent castle overlooking the Loire River has been the annual setting for one of Europe's most fantastic feasts for the senses.

A New Book Makes a Compelling Case for Traveling Alone

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/05/2018, 11:15 PM

Are you traveling with your spouse, your girlfriend, boyfriend, or best friend soon? What a shame. If you’d read Stephanie Rosenbloom’s new book Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude, you might have thought twice about inviting anyone along on your adventure. Rosenbloom, a travel columnist for The New York Times, makes a compelling case for vacationing alone. She...

U.S. National Park Fees Leap Higher Overnight

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/01/2018, 1:00 PM

When Americans woke up this morning (June 1), they discovered it would cost them a lot more to enter their national parks. Nearly all the major parks hiked their entry rates by a hefty $5. Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands (pictured), Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Mount Rainier, Olympic, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion—all of them, and many more, saw their prices jump $5, regardless of whether it's for a vehicl...