40 Tips for a Cheaper Vacation in London

By Jason Cochran

See London on a budget with these priceless tips for saving money. The British pound may be expensive, but don't let that keep you from having a fun and affordable vacation.

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...

Coming in May: UFO Fests in Oregon and New York State

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/17/2018, 12:00 AM

The search for signs of intelligent life in the universe hasn't turned up much so far. Even here on earth intelligent life can seem awfully hard to come by.  But judging from the many UFO festivals held across the country each year, there are evidently still plenty of those who believe the truth is out there.  Among this spring's crop of events dedicated to alien abductions, government cover-ups...

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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...

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?

By Margie Rynn

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

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Travel Bargain Hunting? Go Where the Dollar Is Strong

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.
Best outdoor experiences in Peru

11 Great Outdoor Experiences in Peru

By Nicholas Gill

From hiking Incan trails in the Andes to surfing some of the Pacific’s longest waves, there's no shortage of outdoor adventure in Peru.
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.
What to do on Catalina Island

Exploring Catalina Island: New Experiences on L.A.'s Island Getaway

By Jason Cochran

A new look at Catalina Island: Things to do, memorable bars, good hotels, and a rich history that has kept vacationers coming for decades

"Millennial" River Cruise Brand No Longer Restricted to Millennials

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/12/2018, 5:45 PM

U by Uniworld, a new river cruise brand originally restricted to passengers aged 18 to 40—then 21 to 45—has now dropped upper age limits altogether. When the brand's pair of sleek, all-black ships, dubbed simply the A and the B, launch in April, adults of any age can be on board, even if they have memories of watching Nixon's resignation or the last episode of M*A*S*H.  In announcing the change,...

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.

How to say tricky place names right

Popular Place Names You've Probably Been Pronouncing Wrong

By Jason Cochran

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.

Booking.com Introduces New Program for Unusual Stays

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/08/2018, 12:30 AM

Unconventional accommodations like treehouses, yurts, and barns have proven popular on vacation rental sites such as Airbnb and HomeAway. For the increasing number of travelers seeking unique, Instagrammable experiences, a night in a castle or on a houseboat has obvious advantages over a run-of-the-mill chain hotel. Now Booking.com, which has an enormous online database of accommodations around t...

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...

Why Don't More People Think of Renting an RV from a Private RV Owner?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/02/2018, 9:00 PM

Probably the most misunderstood, most underused travel facility is the recreational vehicle capable of both housing and driving a family.    All over America, persons own such RVs, but a good percentage of them make only a sporadic use of the vehicles they own. For much of the year, their RV remains parked in their garage or outside their home.   This is such an underuse of valuable fa...

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 ...

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

By Alex 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.

Carnival Announces New Cruises to Cuba

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/28/2018, 10:30 PM

Carnival Cruise Line is significantly increasing its sailings to Cuba.  In 2019, the company will schedule 17 new cruises to the island aboard the recently renovated Carnival Sensation.  The five-day voyages will be the line's first round-trip cruises to Cuba from Miami. They'll feature a day-long call in Havana as well as stops in Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, Nassau, and the private destinations o...

Crime scene

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

By Zac Thompson

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.

Buellton, CA vineyards

The California Wine Region near Los Angeles: Buellton and Solvang

By Latifah Al-Hazzá

The towns of Buellton and Solvang, just four miles apart, make for a great food-and-wine trip near Los Angeles.
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Where Spain and Portugal Mix: A Galicia Vacation of Wine, Seafood, and Festivals

By Paul Ames

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

The Best Paris Cafes: Where to Go, What to Know

By Margie Rynn

Paris cafes are an integral part of Parisian life. We name where to eat with great views and long history, plus tips on how to order at any cafe in Paris.