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Image: NYU

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Arthur Frommer first saw Europe in 1953 from the window of a military transport plane.  Arthur had been drafted during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany with U.S. Intelligence. It turned out that Arthur’s linguistic gift for Russian and French had saved him from serving as an infantryman in Korea.  Instead, whenever he had a weekend’s leave or a three-day pass, he’d hop a train to Paris or hitch a ride to England on an Air Force flight using every bit of his free time to explore Europe.  Surprised that the men in his unit never left the barracks because they didn’t know how to get around in a foreign land, Arthur wrote a small book called The G.I.’s Guide to Traveling in Europe. He had 5,000 copies printed, selling them for 50 cents apiece.  The book’s popularity was unmatched and Arthur quickly found himself sold out.

After his stint in the army, Arthur Frommer returned to the United States and began practicing law.  During that time, he continued to write, reworking his guide for G.I.’s into one for civilians.  The book ranked popular landmarks and sights in order of importance and included suggestions on how to travel around Europe on a budget.  It was the first travel guide that showed Americans that they could afford to travel in Europe.  In 1957, Arthur became a bestselling author when he published Europe on 5 Dollars a Day.  For the next five years, Arthur used his vacations from his work as a litigation associate at a law firm, to continue his travel writing and publishing.  He self-published guidebooks about New York, Mexico, Hawaii, Japan, and the Caribbean.  Finally, in 1962, he left the practice of law to pursue his travel business, Arthur Frommer International, Inc. - Adapted from People

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