WWOOFing: Explaining a Different Way to Travel, Farm by Farm

By Julia Levine

Travelers are going around the world by WWOOFing—working part-time on organic farms in exchange for room and board. Here's how to find a farm and what to expect.

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

How to Get TV Show Tickets in Los Angeles

Headed to L.A.? Find out how you can step off the street and into your favorite show.

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...

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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...

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...

Hello Kitty Bullet Train to Make Japan Even More Adorable

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/22/2018, 12:00 AM

We're just going to leave this right here. On June 30, 2018, a brand-new bullet shinkansen service will make its debut in Japan: a Hello Kitty train.  The Hello Kitty Express, as we're calling it, will link Osaka and Fukuoka, two cities that are about 400km (250 miles) apart, but as of today, are at the center of our hearts. Everything will be pinker than a debutante, washed in the blush tones o...

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.

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 Not to Do Yosemite in Winter

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/20/2018, 9:00 AM

I sometimes think my real job as a travel writer is to be an idiot. It's my job to make mistakes and then report on them so that my readers can have fun, safe, and error-free vacations. This week, I really succeeded: I almost died twice. I just left Yosemite National Park in California. I had thought this column would be about the wonders of Yosemite in winter. And while it is wondrous, the famo...

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...

Days When You Can Visit U.S. National Parks for Free in 2018

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/04/2018, 9:00 AM

Each year, the National Park system throws open its gates for a few days and spreads the good word by admitting everyone without charging entry fees. It's a great way for low-income families, students, and seniors to experience the parks, and hundreds of thousands of Americans take advantage of the invitation annually. The Department of the Interior has announced the free days for 2018—and they'v...

People walk through the Old City of Montreal

Hidden Montreal: Seeing More, Beyond its Famous Sights

Some cities one can revisit without ever tiring of them. Montreal is one of them. Pauline Frommer returns to the fascinating Quebecois town.
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The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2018

Bots and biometrics, cannabis travel, and more: We talked with experts from across the travel industry to learn what will affect your wanderings in 2018.

The Changing Situation of Married vs. Unmarried Folk Is Affecting Tours

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/06/2017, 6:00 PM

In a surprising announcement, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that fully 50 percent of America’s adult population now consists of unmarried single people. And because another smaller percentage of the population is married people who nonetheless prefer to travel alone, the result is that more than half of our adult population are persons who travel without a spouse. That interesting f...

Toronto’s Remarkable 'Classical Pursuits': Apply Early for A Memorable Vacation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/15/2017, 5:30 PM

The "learning vacation:, a summer week or two of serious reading and discussions, is usually organized by a great, English-language university. Oxford, Cambridge, Cornell, and St. John’s are the names that normally come to mind. At each of these famous centers of learning, many hundreds of Americans now travel in July and August to live in a vacated student residence, attend classes presented by e...

Do Travelers Lose Something by Using Airbnb's Premium Services?

By Pauline Frommer

Airbnb wants to snag business travelers with listings that have the latest in luxury fittings and are regularly inspected. Why I (might) object

Kefalonia Island, the picture of a Greek island.

Most Beautiful Beaches: 8 Sands-sational Destinations

Really, really get away from it all at these eight beaches in Greece, Thailand, Brazil, and five other slices of paradise.
A glass-enclosed rooftop bar and the East Terrace at Salon de Ning provide year-round views from the 23rd floor of The Peninsula New York.

New York City's Best Year-Round Rooftop Bars and Terraces

A little winter chill can't stop the party at these New York City rooftop bars and terraces.
Sundance instructor assists a guest in creating their first piece of pottery. Photo: Adam Brown/Sundance Resorts

One-of-a-Kind Resorts: Best Places to Do What You Love

Whether you enjoy cooking, golfing, or swimming, each of these resorts combines your favorite hobby with your love of travel.
The Spa at Buccament Bay Resort, St. Vincent. Photo courtesy Buccament Bay Resort

5 Best New Spas in the Caribbean

Several spas have opened in the Caribbean within the last two years. Here are 6 spots to try a little pampering alongside your sun-bathing.

Best Cruises for Beer Lovers

Each of these cruise lines is raising the bar with craft brews, beers on tap, and local choices that reflect the destinations on your cruise itinerary.
Outside the pet-friendly Hotel Allegro Chicago. Photo: John Dziekan

Hotel Perks That Hit the Spot

From complimentary bike rentals to free minibar snacks, a dozen of our favorite amenities are available at boutique hotels, luxury hotels, and hotel chains around the world.
Portland's favorite slogan.

The Weird and Wonderful in Portland, OR

Is Portland still the quirky, offbeat city it claims to be? We take a guided tour on the wild side.

Party Cruises: 10 Weekend Getaways at Sea

Make happy hour last all weekend by booking one of these 2- or 3-night party cruises from Miami, New York City, Los Angeles, and other U.S. ports.
Yoga poses on the limestone rocks overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, at Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre

Yoga Vacations Around the World

Skip the sights on your next trip and focus inward with a rejuvenating escape at one of these seven yoga retreats.