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January 25, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Arthur Frommer has much to choose from when compiling a list of favorite travel destinations. The man who has been on the road and guiding travelers to bargains and hot spots since the 1950s (and will speak Saturday at the L.A. Times Travel Show ) offered up a list of his 10 favorite travel destinations for 2012. Why? To inspire us to make travel plans, of course. Here are some of his recommendations. Paris: "I can never get enough of this glorious capital, whose beauty has been so well captured in Woody Allen's recent 'Midnight in Paris',"  Frommer writes.
April 17, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
Question: My son and I are going to London in June, and we were wondering whether you have any great ideas for budget accommodations. We were told that convents are great deals, but there is a curfew and that's not going to work for my 27-year-old son. We could do a room in a house, an apartment for a week, a bed-and-breakfast or a little hotel. --Patti Black, Pacific Palisades Answer: "Budget" and "London" these days are almost mutually exclusive. One good yardstick, the U.S. government's per diem — the allowance for federal employees traveling abroad — shows a max of $321 a day for a room and $182 for meals and incidentals.
August 2, 2009
Thank Susan Spano for the article about Arthur Frommer ["The Wide World of Arthur Frommer," July 12]. If ever there was a godfather to all of us who travel the world with little money and great expectations, it would be Frommer. He didn't preach politics. He simply showed us how to enjoy the history, beauty and friendliness of the world's people. Viva Arthur Frommer! Mary Medbery Santa Barbara
July 19, 2009
Arthur Frommer says our embargo on Cuba is "farcical" ["The Wide World of Arthur Frommer," by Susan Spano, July 12]. What is really farcical is his liberal double standard. Don't go to Burma [Myanmar] or Libya, but by all means go to Cuba and China. After all, left-wing tyrants are much more preferable than right-wing ones. I wonder if Frommer's guide on Cuba points out the jails where political prisoners are rotting, or advises visitors not to speak disapprovingly of the Castro brothers because they may see their vacation cut short.
July 12, 2009 | Susan Spano
He is America's premier authority on travel. From the self-published "Europe on $5 a Day" in 1957, he grew an empire that has included travel guides, a magazine, newspaper columns, a radio show and a blog. Now 80, Arthur Frommer could slow down -- but he won't. He recently published "Ask Arthur Frommer," an encyclopedic approach to travel questions, and he blogs daily at He grew up in Jefferson City, Mo., until the family moved to New York, where Frommer still lives.
January 29, 2006
ARTHUR FROMMER does New Orleans a terrible disservice by writing off the city as a tourist destination, "at least for 2006" ["Positive Signs From a Tumultuous Year," On a Budget, Jan. 8]. The French Quarter, the Garden District and other tourist areas were spared serious damage by Hurricane Katrina. The city is not only open for business but also needs a steady influx of visitors to stay afloat. I was living in Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001. In the weeks after the attacks, New York businesses (including mine)
June 28, 1998
Arthur Frommer, in "10 All-Purpose Rules That Cut Costs of Vacationing" (Travel Insider, June 14), suggests ordering one dish between two because "the size of portions in most touristic restaurants overseas is enough to feed a family." I'd like to know where in the world portions are larger than in U.S. restaurants. Surely this is one aspect of life in which the U.S. can still claim the No. 1 spot. ELIZABETH BOTSFORD Santa Monica
March 9, 1997 | LAURA BLY
Four decades ago, Arthur Frommer's "Europe on $5 a Day" launched a generation of budget-minded Americans across the Atlantic. The book helped turn its peripatetic author into one of the travel industry's biggest brand names--and, more recently, one of its most acerbic critics. Frommer's latest platform, a Web site dubbed "Arthur Frommer's Outspoken Encyclopedia of Travel" (, includes liberal doses of both commercialism and idealism--with varying degrees of success.
The president was Eisenhower. The U.S. dollar bought seven times as many French francs as it does today. And at his desk in a fancy Manhattan law firm, a young lawyer named Frommer had an idea. If only he could make middle-class America understand how affordable Europe had become, Frommer reasoned, he could not only help thousands of Americans appreciate the riches of Western Civilization in person, but he could make a few dollars selling guidebooks.
March 23, 1986 | MIKE MOREAU, Moreau is an assistant editor in Times Special Sections.
"Europe on $25 A Day": Some call it the traveler's bible; to others it's a bulky intruder in that already overstuffed travel bag. But for this only moderately experienced world traveler, Arthur Frommer's 1985 guide (the 1986 edition has just been released) to making one's way cheaply through Europe proved invaluable and usually on the mark. Early last fall my wife and I embarked on a long-planned tour of Europe, and we selected Frommer as our guide.
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