The Trump Slump Claims Another Victim: Students Coming to Study at U.S. Colleges

By Tonny Trust

Posted on 11/17/2017, 9:00 PM

In earlier blogs, I discussed the recent sharp decline in foreign tourism coming to vacation in the United States—far more than a few million fewer visitors compared to previous periods. To those figures, in statistics released just days ago, we now need to figure in a drop of several hundreds of thousands of fewer foreign students coming to the United States to study in our places of learning. ...

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. 

The Changing Situation of Married vs. Unmarried Folk Is Affecting Tours

By Tonny Trust

Posted on 11/06/2017, 6:00 PM

In a surprising announcement, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that fully 50 percent of America’s adult population now consists of unmarried single people. And because another smaller percentage of the population is married people who nonetheless prefer to travel alone, the result is that more than half of our adult population are persons who travel without a spouse. That interesting f...

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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...

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

By Tonny Trust

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.

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 ...

Do Travelers Lose Something by Using Airbnb's Premium Services?

By Pauline Frommer

Airbnb wants to snag business travelers with listings that have the latest in luxury fittings and are regularly inspected. Why I (might) object

National Air and Space Museum

The Best Museums in Washington, D.C.

Our picks for the best museums in Washington, D.C., where you can see everything from top-notch artwork to treasures stored in the "nation's attic," aka the Smithsonian Institution
Kefalonia Island, the picture of a Greek island.

Most Beautiful Beaches: 8 Sands-sational Destinations

Really, really get away from it all at these eight beaches in Greece, Thailand, Brazil, and five other slices of paradise.
The best and worst hotel booking sites

Best and Worst Hotel Booking Sites

Dozens of hotel-only booking sites promise rock-bottom deals. We test-drove a few sites in search of the best.

After a Quiet Winter, the World of Travel Has Suddenly Erupted with Distinctive Developments

By Tonny Trust

Tonny Trust assesses how Trump's policies, European terror attacks, budget cuts, and a new kind of hostel could affect U.S. travelers.

Foreign Students Are Now Among the Groups Reducing Plans to Visit the U.S. in Reaction to Trump's Hostility

By Tonny Trust

Because of Pres. Trump's policies, are foreign students becoming wary of U.S. universities? Tonny Trust considers how that could damage the travel industry and the U.S. economy overall.

Devaluation of the British Pound Has Made Attendance at the Oxford and Cambridge Summer Schools Much Cheaper Than Before

By Tonny Trust

The smart way to take advantage of the U.K.'s slumping pound? Enroll in the summer programs at Oxford or Cambridge.

My Flight Is Canceled, Now What?

Follow these practical tips to ride out a flight cancellation with a minimum amount of turbulence.
Outside the pet-friendly Hotel Allegro Chicago. Photo: John Dziekan

Hotel Perks That Hit the Spot

From complimentary bike rentals to free minibar snacks, a dozen of our favorite amenities are available at boutique hotels, luxury hotels, and hotel chains around the world.
Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View. Photo courtesy DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.

10 Ways to See Yosemite Without the Crowds

You already know you want to see Half Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls. Here are 10 more ways to experience Yosemite National Park.
Horse Guards.

Best of Royal London for Free

There cannot be a city in the world with more free things to do than London. Here are eight of our favorite free picks for your royal fix.

Party Cruises: 10 Weekend Getaways at Sea

Make happy hour last all weekend by booking one of these 2- or 3-night party cruises from Miami, New York City, Los Angeles, and other U.S. ports.
A statue of Queen Boadicea near Big Ben.

11 Exceptional London Experiences

When you get sick of chasing the royal wedding carriage, step into one of these top London sights.
Yoga poses on the limestone rocks overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, at Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre

Yoga Vacations Around the World

Skip the sights on your next trip and focus inward with a rejuvenating escape at one of these seven yoga retreats.
Dock and crystal clear waters in Cancun, Mexico

The Very Best of the Yucatan Peninsula

The best places to visit, the best hotels and restaurants, plus must-see, one-of-a-kind experiences on the Yucatan Peninsula and Tabasco and Chiapas.
Partying at the Paris Theater on Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.

5 Great Party Destinations

Whether you're planning a girlfriend getaway or a bachelor party, save your energy for nightlife in Vegas, New Orleans, Miami, New York, or Montego Bay.
The Paris Opera, designed by Charles Garnier as a "monument to art, to luxury, to pleasure."

Affordable Opera Options in Paris

You can find affordable ways to listen to arias by visiting one of these Paris bars and restaurants.
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10 Top Travel Twitterers for News and Tips

Get the scoop on the latest travel news and tips by following these 10 Twitter handles.