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Arthur Frommer’s Book Re-issued

Arthur Frommer’s legendary book, Europe on $5 a Day, will be re-issued by John Wiley and Sons in a limited-edition facsimile in May.

This will be a notable event. I’ve had the pleasure of serving with Arthur on the faculty of the SATW Institute For Travel Writing and Photography and learned firsthand the story of the book.

Arthur was an inquisitive GI who liked to travel around Europe during his tour of duty at the end of WWII. He made notes on good deals for his fellow soldiers. His notes became popular. When he returned to New York and a legal career after the war, he had no intention of becoming a travel book publisher. But his notes were in demand. So he had them printed up in a book and it sold out immediately. His career in a non-legal field was launched.

Inquisitiveness and good value have always been the hallmark of Arthur’s efforts. Later in his career, after doing many destination books, he turned again to the spiritual experience of travel as his subject. But always there was a thread of good value, not the fantasy world of highly expensive travel. I did a little work with Arthur when he was involved in his magazine Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel. However, the books with his name and the magazine with his name are today only tangentially associated with him.

If you ever get a chance to hear Arthur speak, do so. He is an inspiring and charismatic man. He seems to understand the basic yearnings behind the desire for travel. And he will be full of good tips on value.

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4 Responses to “Arthur Frommer’s Book Re-issued”
  1. I’m one of jillions who traveled around Europe following Frommer’s suggestions. There I was, in this cafe or that, along with every other American student directed there by the very same book. My dog-eared, scribbled-on original copy might still be around, but it might be fun to own a facsimile. I wonder what it will cost now.

  2. Lee Foster says:

    I will be getting a copy, so I will let you know when they come out and what the price is.

  3. Juno888 says:

    I like your idea claire.. very nice..

  4. I have Arthur’s Budget Travel book and it has helped me many times in my travels to different countries.Everybody should have such a book in him when travelling to a country he know little about.

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