I’m Now One of Those People: A Traveler with an Airbnb Horror Story

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/18/2018, 2:00 PM

It didn’t happen because I’m a careless idiot. It happened because I’m a (bit) lazy. I was heading to Chicago for work and an unrelated convention had sent hotel prices through the roof. To save a great deal of money, I decided to book a room in the apartment of a friendly-looking lady who has cats. (OK, the real reason was the cats—yes, I’m that kind of middle-aged woman.) I should have scanned ...

The Game Is Afoot at London's New Sherlock Escape Room

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/11/2018, 4:45 PM

Would you want to be stuck with Sherlock Holmes in an escape room—one of those games where players are locked in a confined space and have a limited amount of time to find clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes in order to get out? On the one hand, the super-sleuth of Baker Street would have every mystery on the premises cleared up faster than you could say "Hound of the Baskervilles." On the oth...

Best food and drink in Cornwall

10 Things You Must Eat and Drink in Cornwall

By Amy Sherman

The best food and drink around Cornwall, England, from high-quality local seafood and produce to top dairy products and traditional baked goods both sweet and savory.
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Waterbury, Vermont: a tour of its local industry of gourmet goods

Is this Vermont Town What Happy Tastes Like? Four Miles of Foodie Bliss in Waterbury

By Anastasia Mills Healy

Waterbury, Vermont, is an unlikely center for world-famous beer, ice cream, and dairy. Here's where to go there.

Looking for a Classic Caribbean Vacation? Arthur Frommer Suggests Belize

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/20/2018, 12:00 PM

Although nearly a million American cruise passengers enjoy momentary contact with Belize each year, the number of its actual tourists is only 250,000 persons, and the country is therefore uncrowded and somewhat innocent of commercial development (except in Belize City, to which no tourist goes).  A stay here is like a trip to Costa Rica many years ago, before tourism enveloped and changed that ...

New Foodie Arcade Opens on Paris’s Left Bank

By Lily Heise

Posted on 09/20/2018, 12:00 AM

Visitors to Paris have a new one-stop destination for gourmet delicacies from the city’s top chefs and food purveyors. Beaupassage, a refurbished historic passageway in the heart of the stylish Saint-Germain district, has opened on the Left Bank. Unveiled on August 25th, the vast 10,000-sq.-m (32,800 sq-ft.) space flows through three connecting pedestrian lanes built in 1703. By the mid-1850s...

New Long-Distance Cycling Trail Links the Western Balkans

By Molly Harris

Posted on 09/18/2018, 8:15 PM

The first regional cycling trail to cross borders in the Western Balkans, the new TransDinarica route (www.transdinarica.com), has opened its first segment. Travelers can now cycle over gravel and mountains from Slovenia through Croatia and on to Bosnia and Herzegovina on challenging, remote track through areas of the Balkans that haven’t seen many tourists. The project, which aims to economica...

A Brand New V&A Design Museum Opens This Week

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/11/2018, 6:00 PM

The world-famous V&A museum, founded as an offshoot of the Great Exhibition of 1851, is one of London's most popular attractions, bringing in about 4.4 million visits a year. This weekend, the Victoria and Albert, the more formal name for the powerhouse of decorative arts, will have a presence in Scotland, too. V&A Dundee, billed as Scotland's first design museum, opens on the revitalized...

Two New Non-Travel Books May Change The Way You See the USA

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/09/2018, 8:30 PM

You drive into a new town. It is not a famous place and it certainly isn’t a tourist magnet. But it has a certain vibe, a personality. You start to explore, stopping by a local store, walking through a park, trying the coffee joint where townspeople are congregating. It’s an interesting exercise, but the takeaways are vague: seems like a nice place, you think. But you don’t think more than that, ...

Steel engraving of Walt Whitman used for the frontispiece of the first edition of "Leaves of Grass"

Walt Whitman's Brooklyn: In the Footsteps of the Borough's Bard

By Zac Thompson

Walt Whitman was Brooklyn’s original bearded bohemian. Follow us to the places that shaped the poet in the years before he published Leaves of Grass.

Great autumn leaf-peeping trip ideas

Best Fall Foliage Family Trip Ideas in the United States

By Candyce H. Stapen

These favorite autumn getaways, many of which are suprisingly affordable, offer dazzling leaf-peeping and Instagram-worthy moments for you and your children.
Houston Street subway tiles in New York City

America's Most Mispronounced Place Names

By Zac Thompson

For travelers, nothing will separate you from the locals quite as fast as saying the name of their city, region, state, or street the wrong way. Impress them instead by learning the correct pronunciations of these 10 U.S. locales you might be mangling. 

Arthur Frommer: The Biggest News is the Dominance of Tourism by the Chinese

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/05/2018, 12:00 AM

Suddenly, the press that deals with travel is full of articles about the sudden rise of Chinese tourism.   All over the world, Chinese citizens have become the largest source of tourism, edging out the American, German, British and French. This doesn’t happen by accident.  In recent years, the Chinese government has encouraged the movement towards international travel as a means of accomp...

Road trip on the best section of the Natchez Trace Parkway

Road Trip from Nashville on the Natchez Trace Parkway: Americana, History, and a Whole Lot of Music

By Caroline Eubanks

History, Native American heritage, the blues, country music, Helen Keller, and Elvis Presley—there's a lot to see, hear, eat, and do on this 200-mile segment of the Natchez Trace Parkway.
What to see in Iwate Prefecture, Japan

Japan's Iwate Prefecture: Wild, White, and Wonderful

By Beth Reiber

A lot has happened to Iwate Prefecture, in the Tokohu region, since the 2011 tsunami: Since then, it has added Japan’s newest national park, the country’s longest hiking trail, two World Heritage Sites, and a stadium that will play host to the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Here's how to see it.
Maple leaves in autumn

American Autumn: Best Places to Go in September, October, and November

By Zac Thompson

Autumn is a great time for travel in the U.S., whether you’re on the hunt for fall foliage or popular attractions that are far less crowded than in summer. 

Exploring Alps near Lucerne: Pilatus, Rigi, and Titlis

3 Swiss Peaks for Every Fitness Level—And How to Do Them

By Molly Harris

Lucerne is one of Switzerland's most popular destinations, and day trips and overnight excursions from the city highlight the best of the Alps' picturesque countrysides, thick forests, and tall summits

$999 for a Week in Vietnam, Including Air! Outstanding, Writes Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/24/2018, 9:00 AM

To enjoy a travel miracle—a memorable tour to an exotic nation, for less than the cost of airfare alone—is to lend excitement to life. Several months ago, we described an awesome Chinese-American named Wilson Wu who operates two-week tours of Vietnam for as little as $1,599 per person, including round-trip air from the U.S. West Coast.   Now, the same Mr. Wu, through his company called World Sp...

“Crazy Rich Asians” May Feel a Lot Like Going to Singapore, Says Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/22/2018, 3:00 AM

Let me be entirely frank. I greatly disliked the movie Crazy Rich Asians, which I recently saw.   I was so horrified by its fawning depiction of irresponsible wealth that I almost walked out of the theatre during the first half hour of the show, and only stayed because things improved a bit in the remaining hour and a half.   Crazy Rich Asians is a two-hour romantic comedy about an ultra-rich ...

Yreina Cervantez's "La Ofrenda" mural in Los Angeles

Explore Latino L.A.'s Food and Culture, from Olvera Street to Boyle Heights

By Zac Thompson

Murals, markets, thoroughfares, and other public spaces throughout Los Angeles bear the imprint of Latinos, starting with the oldest parts of the city. Follow us to the highlights of Latino L.A.

National Comedy Museum Opens in New York State

By Julia Levine

Posted on 08/13/2018, 12:00 PM

Think of the word museum and you’ll probably think of old paintings. You might expect the sound of footsteps crossing a quiet gallery or guards standing watch over masterpieces.    The National Comedy Center, which just opened in Jamestown, New York, shatters that lofty picture in favor of something more fun. If this museum is doing its job, attendees will be laughing their way through more ...

Try these off-the-beaten-path experiences in Madrid to see the city like a local.

Madrid Like a Local: 10 Can't-Miss Experiences

By Samantha Zúñiga-Levy

Find the best insider's secrets in Madrid with these 10 off-the-beaten-path experiences involving markets, nightlife, museums, and more.

The 'Mamma Mia!' Sequel is a Lie: That's Not Greece!

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/02/2018, 8:30 PM

You may remember—or perhaps you studied it in your Great Achievements of World Cinema class—that the first Mamma Mia! movie was set in Greece. Based on the hit Broadway musical, the film was famously, dazzlingly Greek, so Greek it made Zorba look shy. Meryl Streep's American character has decamped there to run a preposterously picturesque cliffside inn, where old flames hover and neighborhood teens...

Incredible libraries around the world

10 Storied Libraries Worth Checking Out

By Talia Cohen

10 libraries whose buildings, histories, artwork, and, of course, books, earn them a place at the top of any travel itinerary. Each of these spots welcomes visitors and offers guided tours of the most precious holdings.
Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland road trip

Ireland’s Greatest Road Trip: The Wild Atlantic Way

By Helen Ochyra

Few drives anywhere are more rewarding than Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, a twisting 1,550-mile (2,500-km) route along the edge of Europe.