A Return to Northern Michigan With No Repeat Experiences

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/14/2018, 12:30 PM

I’ve always taken the stance that when you return again and again to the same place for vacation, you’re only setting yourself up for ennui. I figured there were a few exceptions to this rule—namely, cities like Paris and Tokyo that are so huge and varied that you'll never exhaust the possibilities. But for the most part, I believed that vacations should be about the stimulating, the new, the un...

Buy tickets ahead for these major Europe attractions or you may wait hours

For These European Sights, You Should Reserve Tickets Ahead

Before you board your plane to Europe, make sure you have your tickets in hand for these attractions—or they may be sold out when you get there.

A New Book Makes a Compelling Case for Traveling Alone

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/05/2018, 11:15 PM

Are you traveling with your spouse, your girlfriend, boyfriend, or best friend soon? What a shame. If you’d read Stephanie Rosenbloom’s new book Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude, you might have thought twice about inviting anyone along on your adventure. Rosenbloom, a travel columnist for The New York Times, makes a compelling case for vacationing alone. She...

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Arthur Frommer: Experiential Travel Has Been Eclipsed by "Transformative Travel”

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/01/2018, 2:00 PM

For several years now, conversations between travel professionals have been full of references to "experiential travel," a new variety of travel requested by more and more travelers. Unlike the standard, sightseeing-based programs, experiential travel stresses a more authentic contact with the life in various foreign locations, and it also immerses the travel passenger into those authentic experie...

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.

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...

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 ...

A Luxury Island Retreat Where Only Women Are Welcome

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/02/2018, 3:15 PM

We told you women-only travel was going to be a big deal in 2018. To wit: In September, a private island off the coast of Finland will begin welcoming guests—and dudes need not apply. Christened SuperShe after a networking group designed to empower women, the luxury isle will specialize in wellness offerings such as fitness classes, healthy eating, and artsy activities.  Founder Kristina Roth t...

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Women-Only Taxi Service Debuts in Paris

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/29/2017, 10:00 PM

Women have a new option for getting around Paris. A taxi service called Women Drive has debuted in the French capital. The business is staffed with female drivers and geared toward female passengers. The hope is that customers won't have to worry about "prying eyes or indelicate questions," as the Women Drive website puts it. The company also wants to provide job opportunities for women cabbies ...

VIDEO: The Natural Beauty of Northern Michigan

By Frommer's Editors

Pauline Frommer celebrates the natural beauty of Northern Michigan, land of cherry trees, towering sand dunes, and Great Lakes.

Kefalonia Island, the picture of a Greek island.

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VIDEO: The Sophisticated Pleasures of Northern Michigan

By Frommer's Staff

In the heart of the heartland, a vacation destination awaits that will surprise and delight.

Musical guest Paul Weller on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Photo by: Adam Larkey/ABC

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Potala Palace, seat of the Dalai Lamas.

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Yoga poses on the limestone rocks overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, at Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre

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Partying at the Paris Theater on Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.

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Tides Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photo courtesy Viceroy Hotel Group

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<strong>By Hillary Richard McNamara</strong><br><br>When it comes to romance and adventure, <a href="http://www.frommers.com/destinations/hawaii/" target="_blank">Hawaii</a> has it all: secluded beaches, colorful sunsets, tropical rainforests, volcanic craters, coral reefs, canyons, and even an active volcano. With stable temperatures year-round and an abundance of outdoor activities, <a href="http://www.frommers.com/destinations/hawaii/0781020156.html" target="_blank">renting a vehicle</a> might not be the first thing that comes to mind while imagining a romantic Hawaii vacation -- but one of the best (and most convenient) ways to explore the main Hawaiian Islands is by car. Each island offers visitors its own unique natural wonders, many of which can be visited in the same day with the right itinerary.<br><br>These romantic, scenic drives showcase some of the best sights Hawaii has to offer. Regardless of whether you're a convertible type of couple or a four-wheel drive pair, remember to take as much time as you need to soak in the surroundings. The "spirit of aloha" is in the journey, after all.

Driving Hawaii: 5 Romantic Roads

These five romantic, scenic drives showcase some of the best sights Hawaii has to offer.
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View of Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo.

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The iconic Flatiron Building in New York City.

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