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Episode 88:The World of a Travel Guide Writer, with Pauline Frommer


If you're a keen traveller, it's a good bet that you have a Frommer's Guide or two on your bookshelf.The highly respected guidebooks have been around since 1957 and the company is still family- owned.

In this podcast, Natascha talks with New Yorker Pauline Frommer, co-president of Frommer's Media, award winning-travel writer and editorial director of of Frommer's guidebooks, podcast host and daughter of Arthur Frommer who published that first guide, the seminal "Europe on $5 a day."

They discuss those early days and what prompted Arthur, a lawyer by trade, to go into the publishing business and what place guidebooks have into today's world and into the future.

This is a really fun and informative episode if you’ve ever wondered about the life of a travel writer (spoiler alert – there’s not a lot of sitting around hotel pools sipping cocktails.)

Pauline shares what it’s like to have to write fast and fearlessly, to stay at a different hotel every night, haunt nightclubs until 3 in the morning and sometimes eat 2 dinners in a single night.

There’s also some fantastic insider intel about her home city, New York – from where to stay, to her favourite café and a secret hidden bar, plus what you can afely exclude from your NYC bucket list.

PIcs: Timo Stern via Unsplash/Pauline Frommer


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