Travel gift guide, August 2018

Travel in Style with These Great Gifts and Gadgets for Every Budget

The latest and greatest travel gadgets and inventions improve the way we go places. The globe-trotter in your life will love these gifts no matter your budget. 
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Best Vacation Ideas and Destinations for Seniors

Travel tops the to-do lists of most people of retirement age and older—but where to go? We've got 10 ideas for senior travelers of every budget and level of physical ability.

Vacation along France's Canal du Midi

Cruising Down the Canal du Midi, France’s Rediscovered Wonder

Built in the late 17th century, the 150-mile-long canal is now an idyllic haven for boating, biking, and walking, and for making the most of authentic France.
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Arthur Frommer: This Is Surely the Year's Greatest Travel Bargain!

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/28/2018, 12:00 AM

About a dozen years ago, a tour operator called China Spree, headed by a Chinese-American expert, astonished the travel world by charging only $999 for a one-week stay in Beijing including air fare from America (or $100 more for one week in Beijing and Shanghai) and quality accommodations. Then, the founder of China Spree was able to accomplish those travel wonders by negotiating rock-bottom pr...

Buy tickets ahead for these major Europe attractions or you may wait hours

For These European Sights, You Should Reserve Tickets Ahead

Before you board your plane to Europe, make sure you have your tickets in hand for these attractions—or they may be sold out when you get there.

As the Average Age of Europe River Cruise Guests Declines, Boats Adapt to Youth

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/30/2018, 4:45 PM

In the early days of European river cruises, the average age of passengers caused your grandparents to seem young.  Without exaggeration, most cruisers were in their seventies, and they gloried in escorted group motorcoach tours and in multi-seat dining tables where they could socialize with a number of other elderly cruisers. That’s no longer the case. With European river cruises appealing ...

Thanks (and No Thanks) for the Memories, Bob Hope

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/21/2018, 12:00 AM

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans—truly one of the best, most thorough, and well-funded historic museums in the United States, and deeply underrated—is adding a special new exhibition through the end of 2018 and into early 2019. It's all about Bob Hope, the comic megastar whose association with the USO was a defining feature of both that war and his career. The exhibition, So Ready f...

Arthur Frommer: Some Little-Known Institutions Bring You a Better London

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/18/2018, 9:00 PM

  Why is it that we turn off our minds when we visit London as tourists? A city of profound intellectual pursuits, the British capital offers exciting mental rewards if we simply take the time to find them.   Far removed from Changing the Guard and Piccadilly Circus are at least the following:   Free public lectures: Next time you visit any major London museum, ask the attendants fo...

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.

"Millennial" River Cruise Brand No Longer Restricted to Millennials

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/12/2018, 5:45 PM

U by Uniworld, a new river cruise brand originally restricted to passengers aged 18 to 40—then 21 to 45—has now dropped upper age limits altogether. When the brand's pair of sleek, all-black ships, dubbed simply the A and the B, launch in April, adults of any age can be on board, even if they have memories of watching Nixon's resignation or the last episode of M*A*S*H.  In announcing the change,...

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 ...

Arthur Frommer: My Choices for the 10 Most Memorable Destinations

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/05/2018, 3:30 PM

As a professional travel writer, I was required to travel to far more destinations than the average American does. In my youthful years, I literally lived on an airplane, in constant motion, often traveling to several countries each week. And I loved every bit of that life—especially these 10 particular destinations.   Here, based on that experience, are my choices of the world’s 10 most mem...

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...

Want a Cannabis Vacation? Now There's a Whole Town for That

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/03/2018, 12:00 AM

One day after California, America's most populous state, made recreational cannabis consumption legal, the Los Angeles Times reported on an entire town where getting stoned is the whole point of the joint.  It's called Nipton—as in Nipton in the bud. The village was purchased last September by American Green, a publicly traded, Arizona-based cannabis company. Nipton is a speck of a century-old mi...

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.
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 Key to a Successful European Vacation Is Planning Several Months Ahead

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/10/2017, 12:15 AM

When is it best to begin planning your trip to Europe? Though some of the experts disagree, the majority of them say just after the start of the new year, when airline tickets tend to be priced at their lowest level. The optimum advance period is 120 days (four months), which means that a smart traveler purchases those tickets in January or February for a vacation in May or June. What about a t...

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.

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...

This self-guided walking tour of Rome includes stops at the best things to see and do.

Introducing the Perfect One-Day Walking Tour of Rome

This one-day walking tour of Rome includes stops at the best things to see and do. If you don't have much time in Rome, here's a touring plan.
10 Bucket List Railway Journeys Around the World

10 Great Scenic Railway Journeys to Take Before You Die

Seasoned travelers covet tickets on these 10 great rail journeys across the world—memorable scenic rides ranging from one-hour jaunts to multi-day odysseys.

For Seniors, August 28 Is the Deadline for Enjoying One of the Great Travel Bargains

By Arthur Frommer

The price of a lifetime national parks pass for U.S. seniors is about to go WAY up.

VIDEO: The Natural Beauty of Northern Michigan

By Frommer's Editors

Pauline Frommer celebrates the natural beauty of Northern Michigan, land of cherry trees, towering sand dunes, and Great Lakes.

VIDEO: The Sophisticated Pleasures of Northern Michigan

By Frommer's Staff

In the heart of the heartland, a vacation destination awaits that will surprise and delight.