Arthur Frommer

10 lightly visited destinations for your next vacation

This is the season for travel lists – the “10 best” of this and the “10 best” of that. Travel journalists disclose their “10 best” travel destinations for the year ahead, or their “10 best” unknown travel gems, usually places of which few Americans have ever heard, or places so expensive that few Americans would choose them. One well-known travel firm has named Botswana in Africa as its No. 1 favorite for the year ahead, without disclosing that Botswana probably is the single most expensive safari destination in all of Africa.

Arthur Frommer

There are more alternatives for low-cost vacation apartments

Airbnb has become a household name in travel. Most Americans are aware that the bearer of that name is valued at billions of dollars, and that its inventory of low-cost apartments for short-term rental is, perhaps, larger than the world’s total number of hotel rooms. Multitudes use Airbnb for their accommodations when they travel, and large numbers of people owning apartments now earn a sizable yearly income from renting them out to transient visitors.

Arthur Frommer

Reasons for traveling in October, aided by a strong dollar and lower airfares

Now is precisely the time for a road trip through New England, which will be immersed in the magnificence of fall foliage. The definitive summary of sights and attractions at that time is found in the current issue of Yankee Magazine, now celebrating its 80th anniversary. That remarkable travel publication is found wherever magazines are sold, or you can visit its website to subscribe.

Arthur Frommer

Americans can learn about better living by making a European journey

The overwhelming number of tourists to Western Europe go there with cultural visits in mind. For Europe itself is like a vast, open-air museum – a treasure house, first, of art, music, drama, dance, literature, science, philosophy and architecture – whose many museums, theaters, historic homes, structures and schools are alone a reason to visit.

Arthur Frommer

Get ready for cheaper prices than ever on air-included trips to China

Having unsuccessfully attempted to contact the top executives at America’s several leading tour operators to China, I’ve concluded that they are all on the way to China to learn how they can reduce the prices of a trip there even below current levels. A representative for one such company indicated that this was, in fact, the case. China’s recent devaluation of its currency, the yuan, has led to predictions that a tour to China, which already is one of the world’s least-expensive travel destinations for Americans, soon will become cheaper. All this is in line with the obvious effort by the Chinese government to increase its export industries (with incoming travel being the same as an export).

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