40 Tips for a Cheaper Vacation to London

By Jason Cochran

See London on a budget with these priceless savings tips. While the British pound may be expensive, it won't keep you from having an affordable vacation in London.

Arthur Frommer: Some Little-Known Institutions Bring You a Better London

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/18/2018, 9:00 PM

  Why is it that we turn off our minds when we visit London as tourists? A city of profound intellectual pursuits, the British capital offers exciting mental rewards if we simply take the time to find them.   Far removed from Changing the Guard and Piccadilly Circus are at least the following:   Free public lectures: Next time you visit any major London museum, ask the attendants fo...

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Escapes from New York: The Best Road Trips from NYC

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.
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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...

D.C.’s African American Museum Tests a Change to Its Admissions Policy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/04/2018, 4:00 AM

The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. is trying out a new admissions practice this month. Each Wednesday in April, visitors can simply walk up to to the building on Constitution Avenue, get in line, and gain entry to the museum on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at 10am, when it opens.  That might sound like standard museum-going procedure, bu...

Thinking of Taking a Shopping Tour with a Stylist? Tips and Observations

By Pauline Frommer

In Paris, I tested out Airbnb's new Experiences section by engaging two personal shoppers to put some oh la la into my fashion sense. It was a tale of two stylists.

What is the best neighborhood in Paris to stay in?

Which Paris Arrondissement is Best to Stay In?

Use our overview of the best neighborhoods in Paris to choose the area that fits your vacation style and will enhance your stay.

National Comedy Museum Opening This Summer in New York State

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/28/2018, 12:15 AM

Baseball players have Cooperstown. Rock stars have their own hall of fame in Cleveland. Even androids, when they're not dreaming of electric sheep, can visualize themselves getting inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame in Pittsburgh. But what about the age-old, joy-bringing art of comedy? Why isn't there a national museum celebrating history's most important producers of yuks?  Come August, you w...

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Travel Bargain Hunting? Go Where the Dollar Is Strong

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.
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What to Do in Peru If You Only Have a Week

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.

Play the Casanova at New Museum in Venice

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/19/2018, 11:30 PM

Giacomo Casanova belongs to the rare class of historical figures whose names became common nouns. Traitorous World War II-era Norwegian leader Vidkun Quisling and France's lecherous Marquis de Sade (lop off the "e" and add an -ism or an -istic) are in the same crew. It's a curious kind of superstardom where the legend outstrips the life to such an extent that the world often forgets there was ev...

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

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

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Popular Place Names You've Probably Been Pronouncing Wrong

Edinburgh, Nevada, Caribbean . . . you've been saying them all wrong. Here's how to pronounce those and other tricky place names.

São Tomé: How to Visit the Island at the Center of the World

By Paul Ames

Empty beaches, a vibrant Euro-African culture, and the best chocolate in the world—what's not to like? Not much, but if you want to see the island of São Tomé, you'll have to find it first.

The World’s Most Rewarding Source of Free Homestays Is, and Remains, Servas

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/02/2018, 8:45 PM

Organizations come and go that arrange for you to stay free-of-charge in someone else’s home or apartment in the course of your travels. The latest leaders in this effort are Couchsurfing.com and Globalfreeloaders.com, which are sometimes criticized as having grown too large to be effective.   But another such organization—USServas.org—is older by far and careful to hand-pick both hosts and ...

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 to See the Drawings of France's Niaux Cave for Yourself

By Alex V. Cipolle

France is rich in prehistoric cave drawings, from the legendary Lascaux tableaus in Dordogne to the rock art of the Pech Merle Cave in Lot, but most are kept closed for preservation. There's one that welcomes tourists year-round.

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The Notorious B 'n' B: Infamous Historic Buildings That Are Now Hotels

Check in somewhere with a checkered past. Each of these homes, jails, courthouses, and other sites where notorious events took place is now a hotel.

New Looks for Two of London's Most Important Art Museums

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/22/2018, 11:15 PM

Fans of art and architecture already have a lot to keep them busy during stays in London—and with free admission at most of the top cultural institutions, the city's treasures are easy to access, too. But museum- and gallery-goers will have even longer to-do lists in the coming months, thanks to the reopening of two high-profile spaces—one a 250-year-old mainstay, the other an oft-reviled Brutali...

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Where Spain and Portugal Mix: A Galicia Vacation of Wine, Seafood, and Festivals

Vineyards, verdant valleys, and gourmet seafood: In Galicia, travelers can have a two-country vacation on the western edge of Europe.

Paris' Grand Palais Getting a Grand Makeover

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/20/2018, 9:30 PM

The Grand Palais in Paris is getting its largest refurbishment since opening for the Exposition Universelle in 1900, when the mammoth hall on the Champs-Élysées was used to show off sculptures and horse races under the biggest glass roof in Europe.   Today, the Grand Palais is used for blockbuster art exhibits, sporting events, and fashion shows. As a matter of fact, one of France's most famed fas...

The South of France Is Getting a New Picasso Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/10/2018, 12:00 AM

A former convent in the southern French city of Aix-en-Provence is being transformed into a museum to house a trove of works by Pablo Picasso.  The driving force behind the project is the artist's stepdaughter, Catherine Hutin-Blay, whose mother, Jacqueline Roque, was the artist's second wife. (As it happens, both Roque and Picasso are buried just outside Aix-en-Provence, at the Château of Vauven...

A Walking Tour Into Los Angeles' Abandoned Speakeasy Tunnels

By Jason Cochran

A walking tour company in Downtown Los Angeles brings visitors into long-forgotten tunnels once used for bootlegging under city streets.

Shanghai Disneyland

Look at How Different Shanghai Disneyland Is from Other Disney Parks

In Shanghai Disneyland, Disney Imagineers made a version of the classic theme park that's distinctly Chinese.

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...