Posted on 04/18/2019, 10:45 PM
A new museum in Japan shines a light on the shadowy history of ninjas, and, via kid-friendly interactive exhibits, gives visitors a chance to hone their own ninja skills. Opening April 20, the museum is located on the grounds of Odawara Castle, a 15th-century landmark about 80km (50 miles) southwest of Tokyo. The site is easily reached from that city by a short train ride, along the same route th...
Some tips on tipping to follow while checking out Costa Rica's cities, beaches, and jungles
Prepare your children for upcoming vacations by harnessing their innate curiosity and instilling a spirit of exploration that will last a lifetime.
Posted on 03/28/2019, 10:30 AM
Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC-770AM in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program. Hosts Pauline Frommer and Jason Cochran cover a lot of ground this week—but they start out on the water, chatting with cruising expert and Frommer's guidebook author Fran Gold...
Posted on 03/25/2019, 9:00 AM
A new restaurant with what's being billed as Europe's first underwater dining room will soon open on the southern tip of Norway. The semi-submerged, aptly named Under is housed in a 112-foot (34m)-long rectangular building, one end of which sits on the seabed, 18 feet (5.5m) below the surface of the North Atlantic. The other, aboveground end looks kind of like an intermediate species dragging i...
Posted on 03/22/2019, 1:00 AM
Tourists who break public drinking laws on the Spanish island of Majorca—long known for its beaches and raucous party scene—will face fines of up to €3,000 (US$3,400) this summer, as part of a crackdown on boozy misbehavior. Under the new restrictions, law enforcement can fine alcohol-fueled revelers for fighting, breaking stuff, and otherwise “causing a public nuisance," according to The Indepen...
Each spring, Amish and other residents of rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, gather for festive fundraisers with farm auctions, baked goods, and a chance to meet the locals. Here's what to know before you go.
What to tip waiters, taxi drivers, tour guides, and hotel staff in Lisbon, Porto, and other locations in Portugal
Gratuities aren't standard in China. Here's when to tip waiters, hotel staff, and tour guides—and when to keep the change.
Packing wine to fly? We asked an expert about customs laws, airline policies, and avoiding luggage disasters.
Posted on 02/05/2019, 9:30 PM
Chef Kenneth Toft-Hansen of Svinkløv Badehotel, a hotel on Denmark's northern coast, just beat out a Swede and a Norwegian to win the prestigious Bocuse d'Or prize for gastronomic excellence in Lyon, France. Imagine Beat Bobby Flay, a cooking contest in which chefs go head-to-head with the same core ingredients, but where a win can actually change your life. Scandinavian chefs have repeat...
Why Japan doesn't go for gratuities—but why you still might have to pay extra fees for meals and accommodations
How to tip restaurant servers, cab drivers, and hotel staff in Germany—without overdoing it
Posted on 12/18/2018, 9:30 PM
Detroit-based Shinola, maker of watches, fancy bicycles, and other luxury goods, is expanding into the hotel business. The 129-room Shinola Hotel is set to open in the company's hometown on January 2. Developed in collaboration with local real estate firm Bedrock, the property encompasses three new buildings as well as two historic ones—the former homes of the T.B. Rayl Co. department store an...
Some pointers on how to pay gratuities—without overdoing it—in hotels, restaurants, and taxis in France