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...

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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 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.

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.
Galicia, explored

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.

After 50 Years, Jesus' Baptism Site May Fully Reopen to Tourists

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/16/2018, 11:00 PM

The section of the Jordan River traditionally designated as Jesus Christ's baptism site, where the Man from Galilee kicked off his mission to bring peace to the world, is currently surrounded by nearly 4,000 land mines. In other words, the peace-on-earth project still has a ways to go. But at least some moves are being made in the right direction. Following many delays and ongoing negotiations, ...

What to Expect When You Stay Overnight at the Quebec Ice Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Every winter, North America's only ice hotel is rebuilt in Quebec. Here's what you need to know before checking in. 

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.

Snow tubing in Quebec

Quebec Winter Activities That Make It Hard to Hate the Cold

By Zac Thompson

Quebec's cold-weather joie de vivre is contagious. Spend a few days snow tubing, ice fishing, and winter carnival-going in the French Canadian province and your seasonal affective disorder will be cleared up in no time.

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...

Courtney Yarhollar sings with his drum group at Red Earth Festival, Oklahoma City

10 Places for Native American Vacation Experiences with Your Family

By Candyce H. Stapen

Listening to Native legends around a campfire, taking a Jeep ride through the high mountain desert—find vacation experiences with Native American cultures in the USA.

Auch, France

Auch: Foie Gras and Brandy in the Corner of France the French Love

By Alex V. Cipolle

When the French feel nostalgia for the France of a bygone era, they dream of Gascony, a hilly architectural gem of duck dishes, brandy, and a bustling circus culture.

"Three Billboards" Locations Way Outside Missouri

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/26/2018, 12:15 AM

The titular small town in Martin McDonagh's Oscar-nominated dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri does not exist in real life. And we're not sure we'd want to visit if it did, considering the corrupt police force, vengeful townsfolk, and flying Molotov cocktails depicted in the movie. The scenery sure is nice, though. Much of it was filmed not in Missouri but 600 miles or so to th...

Bread on a rack in a bakery

8 Views of Modern Egypt

Egypt may very well sit on the continent of Africa, but its identity is part African and part Middle Eastern, and the people are as diverse as the land.
How to get tickets for the Rose Parade and the best way to see it

How to Rose Parade: Getting Tickets, Where to Sit, What to Bring to Pasadena

By Sandi Hemmerlein

Seeing the Tournament of Roses parade on New Year's Day in Pasadena is a bucket-list event. Here's how to get in and plan a trip.
Malta is full of evidence of the past

Hidden Malta: Exploring the Island's Great Sights, Beyond the Beaches

By Tricia A. Mitchell

Archeology, architecture, evidence of the Phoenicians—dig a bit deeper in Malta and discover the secrets of this Mediterranean island.

U.S. Civil Rights Trail Links Dozens of Historic Sites in 14 States

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/16/2018, 11:00 PM

Fourteen states, covering a chunk of the U.S. from Delaware to Kansas, are joining together to promote tourism to more than 100 landmarks crucial to the struggle for civil rights. The U.S. Civil Rights Trail is a first-of-its-kind effort by tourism officials to expand smaller state programs, such as the Mississippi Freedom Trail, to cover a multi-state region predominantly in the South, the setti...

New York City's Airport Dentist Looks Back on 30 Years in the "Smile High Club"

By Zac Thompson

Did you know there are dental offices at New York City's LaGuardia and JFK Airports? Dr. Robert Trager has been tending to the smiles of airport personnel and passengers for three decades. 

Want a Cannabis Vacation? Now There's a Whole Town for That

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/03/2018, 12:00 AM

One day after California, America's most populous state, made recreational cannabis consumption legal, the Los Angeles Times reported on an entire town where getting stoned is the whole point of the joint.  It's called Nipton—as in Nipton in the bud. The village was purchased last September by American Green, a publicly traded, Arizona-based cannabis company. Nipton is a speck of a century-old mi...

The Bund, Shanghai

Do These Things Before Going to China—Your Trip Will Go Better

By Jason Cochran

Before leaving on a China vacation, Westerners should take these steps to navigate the country's currency, mobile phones, and Internet systems.