What Will Be New at America's Theme Parks This Year?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/01/2018, 3:30 PM

Amusement park season is around the bend—and that bend could be a loop-de-loop of a high tech ride. For our weekly Frommer's Travel Show on WABC Radio, Jason Cochran and I interviewed Susie Storey, the Director of Communications for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions to learn what new thrills, chills, and services would be available to theme park visitors in 2018.   Pa...

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.

In New York City, Rapidly Shifting Hotel Prices, Shorter Dining Hours, and More

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/12/2018, 5:30 PM

Every year at this time, I update the book Frommer’s EasyGuide to New York City. This involves spreadsheets of pricing, hours, and more, meaning that I’m easily able to graph the trends that shape visits to Gotham. Here’s what I’m seeing for 2018 and into 2019: Good news/bad news on hotel rates: To track hotel pricing, I use several hotel booking engines, and I test dates for the slowest travel da...

advertisement
How to visit Peru in just seven days

What to Do in Peru If You Only Have a Week

By Nicholas Gill

While no one could ever see all of Peru’s attractions in one week, this itinerary will help you hit some of the major highlights.

New Club Med Openings: Sicily, the Great Wall, and More

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/13/2018, 2:30 PM

Club Med has embarked on an ambitious expansion project. The pioneer in all-inclusive resorts plans to add 15 new properties to its worldwide roster by the end of 2020, opening five resorts per year between now and then. Though you might associate Club Med with sunny spots in the Caribbean, major focuses of the company's latest efforts are Asia and the mountains of Europe. Openings scheduled fo...

A bird in spring

Best Places in the U.S. for a Spring Vacation

By Zac Thompson

Our roundup of the best places in America to vacation in March, April, and May.

The Ever-Expanding Footprint of Airbnb and What It Means

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/05/2018, 6:00 AM

With speed more head-spinning than Linda Blair's in The Exorcist, Airbnb has been growing and changing and growing once again. In just the past 18 months or so, it has added online guidebook-style material, a section for luxury rentals, another that filters for “unusual” digs, and, most surprisingly, actual hotels. In the latter category, Airbnb will be growing exponentially in the coming months: I...

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 ...

How Not to Do Yosemite in Winter

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/20/2018, 9:00 AM

I sometimes think my real job as a travel writer is to be an idiot. It's my job to make mistakes and then report on them so that my readers can have fun, safe, and error-free vacations. This week, I really succeeded: I almost died twice. I just left Yosemite National Park in California. I had thought this column would be about the wonders of Yosemite in winter. And while it is wondrous, the famo...

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...

People walk through the Old City of Montreal

Hidden Montreal: Seeing More, Beyond its Famous Sights

By Pauline Frommer

Some cities one can revisit without ever tiring of them. Montreal is one of them. Pauline Frommer returns to the fascinating Quebecois town.

Airbnb Just Made Planning Group Trips a Lot Easier

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/04/2017, 12:00 AM

Humans have always traveled in packs. But booking this style of travel online has always been difficult—few sites allow users to divvy up payments among several travelers.    Airbnb to the rescue. The short-term rental marketplace announced last week that it is modifying its website and app to allow groups to reserve accommodations so that no one member will be left holding the bag. Here's...

Mapping a trip

The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2018

By Pauline Frommer and Zac Thompson

Bots and biometrics, cannabis travel, and more: We talked with experts from across the travel industry to learn what will affect your wanderings in 2018.
Panna Meena Ka Kund, Rajasthan

Experience the Subterranean Beauty of India's Lost Stepwells

By Victoria Lautman

India’s unique, subterranean stepwells are an endangered architectural species, all but unknown even to locals and rarely appearing on tourist itineraries. See what few visitors get to see.
A surfer wipes out

Travel Experiences That Aren't What They're Cracked Up to Be

By Frommer's Staff

Let’s face it: Not every travel experience is as rewarding as advertised. Frommer’s staffers share activities that we expected to be enjoyable and enriching—but weren’t.
Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, is unfairly one of the country’s lesser-known regions

14 Reasons Calabria Needs to Be Your Next Italy Vacation

By Michelle Fabio

Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, is one of the country’s lesser-known regions among Americans, but that's not fair. We'll tell you why it makes for one of the best quiet beach and seaside vacations in Italy.
Georgetown in Washington, D.C.

The Best Shopping in Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown and Dupont Circle

By Meredith Pratt

Soak up the cobblestoned charm of Washington, D.C.'s historic Georgetown and Dupont Cirlce neighborhoods as you peruse some of the best shops the nation’s capital has to offer.

Hot Tips on Hotel Stays from Top Travel CEOs

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/28/2017, 12:00 AM

So what do the masters of the travel universe have in store for us vacationers? I attended the Skift Global Forum, an industry conference, and in between the speeches on marketing and client acquisition by CEOs of many major travel brands, I gleaned a few tidbits that will be helpful for hotel-goers. Real loyalty: After listening to a lot of talk about points programs, it was clear to me tha...

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.

Snowy ski trail in New Zealand mountains

Where to Go Skiing and Snowboarding in the Southern Hemisphere

By Andrew Fleming

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere means ski season south of the equator. Keep the hunt for powder going at these 10 spots in South America, Australia, and New Zealand where you can combine an international adventure with a classic ski trip. 
 
Finding the right tour company shouldn&rsquo;t be as difficult as it is. But multi-day tours are complex. Their success depends on a number of factors: the talents of the guide(s), the logic of the itinerary, the quality of the hotels and included meals, the choice of transportation, the various types of activities, and the mix of people in the group. This may be why the Expedias and Pricelines of the world have yet to sell this type of vacation: They have too many moving parts to fit easily into a booking widget. <br /><br />We're here to help. Drawing on our decades of expertise, we can introduce you to brand new resources for finding tours and help you know the questions you should be asking tour companies&mdash;and yourself&mdash;before you book.

How to Pick the Right Tour Company For You

By Pauline Frommer

There are hundreds of tour operators offering up thousands of vacations to every corner of the globe. So how do you pick the perfect one for you? 
Sledding on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Why Washington, D.C. Is America's Best City for a Vacation with Kids

By Meredith Pratt

Kid-friendly adventure is easy in the city that lets you step into the lives of astronauts, spies, and architects. Between D.C.'s vast interactive museums, exciting outdoor destinations, and quality restaurants, it's not hard to see why this is one of America's top destinations for families.

Where's Everybody Going? The United Nations Provides Some Answers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/20/2017, 10:15 AM

If you've been feeling more crowded than usual on vacation this year, it's not your imagination. The United Nations World Tourism Organization just released its tourism barometer report for the first four months of 2017, and it found that the number of overnight stays in destinations across the globe reached 396 million. That's some 22 million more than the same period for 2016. That growth reach...

The Case of the Missing Gift Certificate: Flying in the Age of Monopolies

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/15/2017, 1:15 AM

An airplane aisle separated the haves from the have nots. I’m not writing about the aisle separating business class and economy. No, in this case, the left-side of the plane, on a six hour flight from San Francisco to New York City, was in a 21st century crisis: our seatback monitors were on the fritz. The right hand side passengers were lulled into a stupor by visions of Americans who supposedly h...

A lane bedecked in autumn leaves in the Berkshires

The Top 10 Things to Do in the Berkshires

By Pauline Frommer

There's much to see and do in the Berkshires, so take advantage of the variety. Pair a museum visit with a mountain hike, followed by a concert. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it should give you a good starting point for a stay in this delightful corner of the globe.