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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.

In Curaçao, a Wondrous Cathedral Constructed Out of Thorns

By Alexis Flippin

On this Southern Caribbean island, an artist is transforming a ferocious local plant into a thing of beauty and grace that you can visit on your next vacation.

Great towns in Mexico

10 Mexican "Magic Towns" for 10 Charming Village Vacations

Mexico is more than big cities and beach resorts. It's also a country of magical towns that offer an unexpected splash of color, unique attractions, and fine foods. Here are 10 charming places to inspire your own visit to one of these pueblos magicos.
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Great coffee table books published by the world's greatest museums

Gorgeous Coffee Table Books from Great Museums

Revisit—or preview—the collections of the world's best museums through these handsome publications.
Inside the old library at Trinity College Dublin

A Tour of Literary Dublin: Where to Appreciate Ireland's Many Famous Writers

Justifiably proud of its wordsmiths, Dublin offers a number of must-see sights for lit-inclined travelers—and you can hit the highlights in one gloriously word-drunk day. 

U.S. Government Makes It Harder for Americans to Visit Cuba

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/08/2017, 9:30 PM

Travel to Cuba gets tougher for Americans this week. New rules released by the Trump Administration ban most independent travel to the island, requiring visitors from the U.S. to rely on authorized "people-to-people" tour companies instead. That's a return to the way things were before President Barack Obama restored diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2015. In June of this year, his successor an...

Kohler, Wisconsin Is Flush with Tourism Appeal—And It's Not Just the Plumbing

By Kate Silver

Welcome to Kohler, Wisconsin—the plumbing mecca flush with history, nature, luxury, and adventure.

Frommer's' Best Places to Go 2018

Frommer's' Best Places to Go in 2018

The 18 best places around the world to see something new, soak up culture, marvel at nature, and eat great food in 2018.

Study: Booze Boosts Foreign Language Skills

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/24/2017, 9:30 PM

Alcohol improves your ability to speak a foreign language, according to a new study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.  Researchers from the University of Liverpool, Maastricht University, and King's College London devised an experiment in which 50 native German speakers who had recently learned Dutch were asked to down either booze or an alcohol-free control liquid. Participants were then inst...

The best food in Southern Italy

If You Miss These Southern Italian Dishes, You've Missed Southern Italy's Food

If you don't try these southern Italian foods, you’ll be missing the full Italy experience.

How to Research Your Irish Family History During a Trip to Dublin

By Zac Thompson

Fleeing famine at home, 19th-century Irish immigrants flourished in North America—and boomed in population. Here's how Dublin pays tribute to those who left, and how you can research your own roots while visiting Ireland.

Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, is unfairly one of the country’s lesser-known regions

14 Reasons Calabria Needs to Be Your Next Italy Vacation

Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, is one of the country’s lesser-known regions among Americans, but that's not fair. We'll tell you why it makes for one of the best quiet beach and seaside vacations in Italy.
Some of America's most important historical sites are actually re-creations.

American Historical Sites People Think Are Real—But Are Actually Fake

Tourists and schoolchildren travel to them by the busload, but these major American tourist sites are all fabrications, reconstructions, or bald-faced lies.

We Attended a Sitcom Taping in Hollywood: Here's What to Expect and How to Get Tickets

By Jason Cochran

We attended a TV sitcom taping—and we actually had fun! Here's what the experience is like, and here's how to get tickets for your next vacation.

Two New, And Quite Appetizing, Culinary Travel Books

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/17/2017, 12:00 AM

The old cliché "I live to eat" has a new corollary: "I travel to eat." More vacationers are letting their taste buds decide where their feet (and wallets) will lead them. To aid with that decision, there's a new crop of travel books centered around cuisine. Super Sushi Ramen Express: A Culinary Adventure Through Japan is one of the most exuberant of the genre. Its writing began with a bet of sor...

A Major Battle is About to Erupt Over Marijuana Tourism

By Arthur Frommer

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

Last year, California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts joined five other states in legalizing the recreational use and sale of marijuana.    The action taken by California is especially significant. With its huge population, greater than that of several other large states combined, California will create the foundation for a giant industry of marijuana tourism, causing millions of travelers...

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...

Finding the right tour company shouldn&rsquo;t be as difficult as it is. But multi-day tours are complex. Their success depends on a number of factors: the talents of the guide(s), the logic of the itinerary, the quality of the hotels and included meals, the choice of transportation, the various types of activities, and the mix of people in the group. This may be why the Expedias and Pricelines of the world have yet to sell this type of vacation: They have too many moving parts to fit easily into a booking widget. <br /><br />We're here to help. Drawing on our decades of expertise, we can introduce you to brand new resources for finding tours and help you know the questions you should be asking tour companies&mdash;and yourself&mdash;before you book.

How to Pick the Right Tour Company For You

There are hundreds of tour operators vying for your business, offering up thousands upon thousands of tours of all stripes and to every corner of the globe. So how do you pick the perfect one for you? Read on.
How to go to a restaurant in Japan

10 Food Rules to Follow in Japan, Plus the Right Way to Eat Sushi

Owing to its rich and venerable food culture, Japan has accumulated a complex collection of dining customs. But don't worry—you just need somebody to tell you what not to do. 
Sledding on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Why Washington, D.C. Is America's Best City for a Vacation with Kids

Kid-friendly adventure is easy in the city that lets you step into the lives of astronauts, spies, and architects. Between D.C.'s vast interactive museums, exciting outdoor destinations, and quality restaurants, it's not hard to see why this is one of America's top destinations for families.

New Program Matches Travelers with Locals for Tours and Activities in Sweden

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/11/2017, 12:00 AM

We've said it a million times: One of the most rewarding ways to experience a new place is by getting to know somebody who lives there. The West Sweden Tourist Board is making that a lot easier for travelers to do with a new program called Meet the Locals. It matches visitors with residents willing to lead a variety of cultural, natural, and culinary activities in western Sweden, a region that enc...

A lane bedecked in autumn leaves in the Berkshires

The Top 10 Things to Do in the Berkshires

There's much to see and do in the Berkshires, so take advantage of the variety. Pair a museum visit with a mountain hike, followed by a concert. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it should give you a good starting point for a stay in this delightful corner of the globe.

Tourist Jailed for Wearing Sandals in Asian Temple

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/07/2017, 4:00 AM

Taiwan's The China Post reports that a Russian tourist has been imprisoned in Myanmar for the crime of wearing sandals in the world-famous tourist site of Bagan. Wearing shoes in pagodas and other holy places is considered highly insulting to the Burmese, and multiple signs sternly warn visitors against it. It's not known whether the Russian tourist couldn't read the signs or if she simply didn't ...

Sunnylands, the Rancho Mirage home built by a billionaire to entertain the world's most powerful people.

See Sunnylands, Palm Springs's Historic Resort for Presidents and Royalty

They call it the Camp David of the West: Sunnylands, the Rancho Mirage golf retreat built by a billionaire to entertain the world's most powerful people. And you can take a tour.
untouched time capsule historic sites of American history

Time Capsules: Perfectly Preserved Sites from American History

These tourist sites were left untouched once history happened—they're time capsules you can actually visit. Pencils on the desks, curtains in the windows—all enshrined just as they were.