Turkey Suspends Visas for Americans

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/10/2017, 4:00 PM

A diplomatic spat between the United States and Turkey has spun out of control and resulted in the suspension of tourist visas in both directions.  Tensions have been growing between the two countries for the past several years. Among other issues, Turkey has accused the United States of harboring a cleric that it claims helped orchestrate a failed coup, and the United States is angry that Turk...

Now Is the Best Time to Apply for or Renew a U.S. Passport, Says State Department

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/26/2017, 9:00 PM

If you need to apply for or renew a U.S. passport, the best time to do so is right now, according to the U.S. State Department. Processing times are shortest between September and December, the agency says, and longest (up to six weeks) from January to the high season of summer travel. Even if your passport isn't set to expire before the end of the year, you might still need to renew—many countri...

2018 Inca Trail Permits Will Sell Out Early Because of New Rules

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/19/2017, 9:30 PM

If you were thinking of making 2018 the year you finally realize your dream trip of hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you'll need to start planning right now. Normally, Peru's limited allotment of permits for the trail goes on sale early in the calendar year—and they usually sell out quickly—but for 2018 trips, they will go on sale October 1, 2017. That means you'll need to start planning fo...

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The Undeniable Drop in Incoming Foreign Tourists Will Gravely Affect Our Economy

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/15/2017, 6:00 PM

Disturbing reports from a number of reliable sources have shown, beyond doubt, that the number of incoming foreign tourists to the United States has fallen dramatically in the past several months.   Those reports are not simply from private sources, but also from federal government agencies that would be the last to challenge the Administration’s claims of a healthy economy. The fall-off in forei...

Bringing Plastic Bags to Kenya Could Land You in Prison

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/04/2017, 12:00 AM

While some world cities have been dabbling in the reduction of plastic bags by charging customers if they want one or switching to paper, Kenya has just instituted the harshest plastic bag ban in the world. Now, importing plastic bags to Kenya could result in fines of up to $31,000 or even prison time. Plastic bags, which take as long as 1,000 years to break down, make their way into oceans, wher...

In Spite of the President's Confusing Cuba Policy, Three Major Cruise Lines Persevere in Offering Brief and Superficial Visits

By Arthur Frommer

Despite the President’s murky efforts to limit the right of Americans to travel to Cuba, the cruise industry's brightest leaders lay future plans to bring even more vacationers there.

Americans May Soon Need Visas to Travel to Europe

By Pauline Frommer

A tit-for-tat spat could have significant consequences for travelers.

The Travel Press is Reporting the 'Trump Slump,' a Devastating Drop in Tourism to the United States

By Arthur Frommer

Experts across the travel industry are warning that masses of tourists are being scared away from visiting the United States, and the loss of tourism jobs could be devastating.

Will He or Won't He? Trump Has Not Withdrawn His Threat to Forbid Travel to Cuba

By Arthur Frommer

American cruise lines are preparing to enter the Cuban market with force, but will politics quash the budding potential for new jobs, new revenue, and new explorations?

A Corps of English-Speaking Volunteers Called "Wardens" Comes to the Aid of Beleaguered Tourists in Emergency Situations Overseas

By Arthur Frommer

When a U.S. embassy or consulate is not permitted to help travelers—a common predicament—it may enlist the assistance of a friendly expat. Meet the "warden," the volunteer who could save your next trip.

Salvador, Brazil

Hard Tourist Visas For Awesome Destinations

Some countries don't want many visitors and limit them with difficult or expensive visa processes. But vacationing in them is still worth the challenge.
 

Can I Use a Driver License to Drive into Mexico or Canada?

By Jason Cochran

What documents to American citizens require if they want to cross by land into Mexico or Canada? Can they use a driver's license with a birth certificate, or do they need a passport?

How to Apply for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry

By Ashley DuBois

Whether you’re battling the lines or worrying about accidentally leaving something metal in your pocket, airport security can be the most boring and stressful part of traveling. For low-risk travelers, however, applying to certain programs can save time and effort at the airport.

Arthur Frommer's Reaction to the President's Announcement Regarding the Travel Embargo Against Cuba

By Arthur Frommer

"Although it will make headlines, the announcement of these embargo modifications is of far less substance than meets the eye."

Do I need a passport to cruise?

By Thomas Faddegon

In light of heightened border security and thorough Transportation Security Administration (TSA) searches, it seems like a given that you need a passport to go on a cruise. Surprisingly enough, the cruise industry has a loophole that lets American passengers soak in the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean and other destinations without a passport on “closed-loop” sailings out of U.S. ports.

6 Ways to Learn a Foreign Language Fast

By Isabel Eva Bohrer

Here's a series of both online and offline tools that you can use to learn a foreign language and make your next trip abroad better.

Travel Safety Tips: I Lost My Wallet, Now What?

By Zach Honig

Losing your wallet can happen to even the most seasoned traveler. Either you forgot it on a counter or left it in a cab, or worse, a pickpocket makes off with it. So how can you board the plane without ID? Read on.