Chai Book Club Giveaway: Ask Arthur Frommer

Ask Arthur Frommer: And Travel Better, Cheaper, Smarter is two books in one. The first half is tips from airfare, hotels, cruises, and  transport to a tour of types of travel ranging from general tours to special interests. Even nudists find themselves covered. This is a horizon-expanding look at the world of travel. There is a heavy focus on alternative accommodation which leads into the theme of managing the sky-high costs of Europe travel.

Arthur Frommer at the NYT Travel Show 2013

“These are a few of my favorite places,” is the fun second half with Mr. Frommer expounding on destinations around the world, in reasoned, opinionated fashion. It is a great brainstorming tool to complement the first half of the book. Most guidebooks focus on a specific destination and rave about it. This is a counter-weight from an expert saying what he loves and hates. I hope he takes another look at Macau.

Check out Arthur Frommer’s Blog for regular updates.

Please leave a Frommer-related or destiantion you love or hate comment with valid email address by Monday, June 10 at 23:59 EDT. Available to US entrants/addresses only. One winner will be selected at random. Note that this book is out of print so the winner will receive a second-hand copy.


And the winner is #5, Jane S, who wrote: “We have been using Frommer guides for decades – always love them. The first time we used on was to Ireland for our honeymoon.”
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Frommer’s helped me plan my first trip to Europe, when I was a poor graduate student (not too long ago!).


Sometimes I read a Frommer guide even when I’m not planning to go to the destination. Always good to know where I might want to visit in the future.


I used the Frommer guide when planning a trip to Ireland.


Destination I love: Venice, CA


In high school I used to go to the public library to study but always found myself reading Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine instead. He writing convinced me that someday I could escape my small town and travel even if I didn’t become wealthy. And he was right.

phill gold

been using for 10 years. Most recent and best, my trip to ireland.


Frommer is probably the father of the travel guide and the guru for the penny pinchers who travel to europe

Aaron Hurd

Wasn’t it Frommer’s “Europe on 5 Dollars a Day” that started the whole travel guide movement? Anyone who has used any travel guide, whether it is Frodor’s, Lonely Planet, or Frommers owes Arthur Frommer thanks for inspiring generations of travelers!


It will be interesting to contrast Frommer’s opinions on avoiding high travel costs in Europe with Rick Steves’ – we already own Europe Through the Back Door.

Marc m

Destination that I love: Big Sur!


I have some of Frommer’s books and would be interested to get some backstory.


Europe on $5 a day?


I’ve only used the Frommer guide for London, and did not wind up going there. I did find it useful.

Jane S.

We have been using Frommer guides for decades – always love them. The first time we used on was to Ireland for our honeymoon.


Never heard of him…

Beverly Wright

Frommers got me interested in Tahiti many years ago.

Sharon Jones

Arthur Frommer was the first travel book I read. I used lots of his tips on my first trip to Europe some 25 years ago, and they’re still useful to this day.

joel a.

A. Frommer piqued my interest in Tahiti years ago.