Pauline Frommer is best known for her nationally syndicated radio talk show, The Travel Show, which she co-hosts with her father, travel legend Arthur Frommer. After trekking all over the world with her parents updating her family’s namesake guidebooks, Pauline Frommer debuted her own collection: Pauline Frommer Travel Guides. The award-winning series encompasses 14 titles, most in their second edition. She also is founding editor of Frommers.com. Pauline is the proud mother of two well-traveled daughters who are now beginning to actively participate in the travel planning process themselves.
We caught up with Pauline when she was in Chicago during the Travel and Adventure Show as a speaker.
Here is our weekly edition of 5 Questions Friday: Pauline Frommer Talks Travel:
1) How do you get your kids excited about visiting a new place?
Let them plan a day that way they are more patient when they know their turn is coming.
2) Where are the best places to stay when traveling with kids?
My kids pick at their food at a restaurant, barely eat, and an hour later they are hungry again. Staying at an apartment with a kitchen lets us prepare meals for them. And typically they have more room. Just make sure they are legal apartments or condos since some cities don’t allow vacation rentals depending on the property.
3) What do you tell parents who are reluctant to take young children with them on international trips because of having to deal with jet lag or other reasons?
It may seem strange to recommend this but I would choose a place very far away with a huge time change for a couple of reasons when you have very young kids:
- If they are under age two, they fly for free; after they hit age two, the cost of travel goes increases.
- I went to Japan with my then 8 month old and she slept in her stroller much of the time because she was still on her own sleep schedule. Also, the Japanese are not used to seeing Western babies so everyone wanted to take pictures with us, even the geishas! Babies are the best ice-breakers ever.
- Places like Italy and Ireland are also very baby-friendly. In Italy, when I was with my one and a half year old, people would open doors for us, waitresses would offer to hold our baby while we ate.
4) Which place have you visited where your thoughts about the place were completely wrong (pleasantly or otherwise)?
Mexico City. I was nervous to go because it has a reputation of being a dangerous city but the rewards of visiting were great. The city has the most amazing museums, the place has this incredible spirit to it, the food and restaurants are extraordinary.
It has to be one of my favorite places and I didn’t initially want to go.
5) What travel tips can you offer to a traveling parent?
Don’t avoid museums. It’s important to a child’s education and helping your child grow as a person.
Also, create little games. Make it fun. When my girls were little and traveling in Italy, I created this game where we had to find the babies. Well, Italy has a lot of baby Jesuses all over the place so that game became a lot of fun.
Have you used any of Pauline Frommer’s tips when traveling?