Avoid Extra Bag Fees with This Fiendishly Clever Packing Hack

By Jason Cochran

You don't have to check a second bag. Here's a smart tip for when you've bought more souvenirs than you can fit in your luggage.

New Booking Site for Clothing-Optional Stays

By Zac Thompson

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

We're strong believers in packing light—all that luggage will only slow you down—but the champions in that department have got to be those who are fond of vacationing in the nude. After all, once they reach their destinations, they don't need much more than towels and sunscreen (take that, airline baggage fees!). Those carefree and, we assume, frequently chilly travelers now have a new online res...

United’s Updated Pet Policy: Ban Certain Breeds

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/02/2018, 9:30 PM

United Airlines has updated its pet-carrying policy following a comprehensive internal review in the wake of a disastrous couple of weeks in March.  First a French bulldog died on a plane after a flight attendant instructed the owners to put its pet carrier—with the dog still inside—in the overhead compartment. Then the airline sent two separate dogs toward the wrong destinations; one wound up in...

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TSA to Make You Remove Snacks from Your Carry-On—Except When It Won't

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/29/2018, 3:00 PM

The next time you go through airport security, you could be asked to remove all food from your carry-on luggage, along with all the other stuff that gets removed—your shoes, your laptop, and, should you be selected for an invasive pat-down, your dignity.  Then again, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) might let you keep that Snickers bar or bag of Cheetos in your bag as it slides al...

American Airlines Adding Basic Economy Fares to Transatlantic Flights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/02/2018, 12:00 AM

Starting in April, American Airlines is selling bare-bones "basic economy" tickets on some flights to Europe.  The move seems an obvious effort to compete with low-cost transatlantic carriers such as Norwegian Air Shuttle, Iceland-based WOW air, and Level, a recently launched Spanish entrant in the cheap-flights-to-Europe race.  Closer to home, Delta Air Lines has also begun selling no-frills ba...

Airlines Limit Smart Bags Allowed on Flights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/06/2017, 3:30 PM

The supposed next big thing in luggage just hit a snag.  Several U.S. airlines have announced bans on technologically sophisticated "smart" suitcases with lithium-ion batteries that can't be removed. The high-powered batteries help make possible such wonders as suitcases with the capacity to charge cell phones, make their locations known via GPS, and even follow their owners around airports.  B...

Travel gifts, many under $100

Frommer's Gift Guide: Great Stuff for Travel

Don't know what to buy your favorite traveler? Frommer's has the best gift ideas for you.

One More Airline Adopts Basic Economy Pricing

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/31/2017, 9:45 PM

Monkey see, monkey do. The biggest airlines have now instituted new, bare-bones "basic economy" fares that strip passengers of the automatic right to checked bags or seat assignments unless they pay extra charges. Now Sun Country Airlines, a long-running Minneapolis-based airline that covers the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean, has jumped on board. Its pricing structure is even more com...

U.S. Airlines Are Making a Fortune from Checked Bag Fees

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/21/2017, 8:30 PM

Two recent government reports have underscored the huge revenue-generating power of checked bag fees at the airport. First, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study found that while unbundling airfares from services such as checking bags and priority boarding has indeed resulted in lower base fares, the new fees often more than make up the difference that customers think they're saving. ...

A Tragic Backpacker Death Teaches an Important Travel Lesson

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/20/2017, 11:00 PM

What happened to Kit Mallinson was the nightmare every parent has when they send their child away on a trip. Last December, the 18-year-old backpacker from Dorset, England, boarded a night bus in Cambodia to visit Angkor Wat. He had just completed a seven-week engagement as a volunteer building clean water pipes in Borneo, and he wasn't feeling very well, so he hoped the overnight trip would give ...

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...

Things you simply have to book in advance for a Disney World trip

Things You Must Book in Advance for a Walt Disney World Vacation

The days are long gone when you could just buy a ticket as you entered the front gate and expect the full Disney experience. If you're planning a Disney World vacation nowadays, you'll need to make these reservations ahead of time.
A moment of silence, please, for what we lost to progress.

Travel Joys and Miseries Millennials Will Never Know

The act of travel has changed radically in the decades that Frommer's has been publishing. Here's a look back on all the things that used to be commonplace that are now just anthropology of travels past.

Online Streaming Services Have a Big Travel Problem

By Jason Cochran

If you thought you could watch your favorite Hulu and Netflix shows while you're on vacation, you thought wrong. Geo-blocking remains a major glitch in the "cut the cord" movement.

Three Important Recommendations for Smart Travel That Are Served By Three Smart Websites

By Arthur Frommer

Choosing an ethical destination, preparing your cellphone for cost-conscious travel, and improving your trips through yoga—Arthur Frommer shows you where to start your research.

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Awesome New Travel Gadgets We're Watching

See what's making travel easier, more fun, smoother, and more relaxing these days. Could one of these product change your travel life?
2016 Gift Guide

The Annual Frommer's Travel Gift Guide

We combed this year’s best offerings to find travel gadgets and inventions that actually improve the way we go places—for every budget.
A skier catches up to the rest of the family on a ski trip.

Packing Tips for Ski Vacations and Winter Getaways

Lighten your load by knowing what weatherproof gear to take, what to leave behind, and what equipment you can rent at the ski resort.
Frommer's' Travel Gift Guide 2016

Frommer's Travel Gift Guide: Presents Mostly Under $100

No matter your budget, we've got the travel gift for you—everything will make your trips smarter, cheaper, easier, or more fun.
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Clever Tricks that Fix Common Packing Problems

Useful travel hacks and tips for when you forget things at home, want to keep your stuff safe and organized, and just feel like keeping traveling easy—without spending a small fortune on random gadgets and duplicate purchases.
First of all, the good news: Norovirus is very rarely deadly. It's more like a rotten hangover marked by a few days of nausea and, in some people, vomiting.  The biggest risk, mostly to the eldery and infants, is dehydration. Norovirus can break out wherever people gather and mingle—schools, dorms, nursing homes—and ships with spotless cleanliness ratings can still fall victim to an outbreak.<br><br>It's also extremely common—only the cold is more prevalent. The <em>Explorer of the Seas</em> (above) set a record for the number of cases, but keep in mind that it's one of the larger ships afloat—when it was launched in 2000, it was in <em>the</em> largest class of cruise ship afloat—so there are more people cooped up and more to make queasy.

How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Cruise Ship

What can you do to avoid the norovirus? How can you tell if a ship is dirty? And should you cancel your trip if your ship had an outbreak?
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Luggage with Lifetime Guarantees

Lots of luggage manufacturers promise lifetime guarantees—but does it cover everything? Turns it out doesn't. Here are the major baggage brands that do offer true lifetime warranties and will fix or replace your damaged bag for years to come.
Kurgo Auto Zip Line

Defend Against Travel Mishaps with These Safety Products

For the paranoid traveler on your gift list, there's a new batch of gadgets and ideas to ward off travel disaster in its many forms. Do you think these products will protect them? Safety first!

Frommer's Ultimate Travel Packing List

By Jason Cochran

Bookmark it, download it, print it—use our free comprehensive packing list and you'll never forget anything on vacation again. Just click it for a downloadable version. Bon voyage!