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FILE - In this May 22, 2015 file photo, travelers wait in line to check in their luggage at Miami International Airport in Miami.  Heading into winter, fliers should take extra precautions with their checked luggage, December and January are traditionally the worst months for lost bags. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Don’t let airlines lose your suitcase

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Heading into winter, fliers should take extra precautions with their checked luggage — December and January are traditionally the worst months for lost bags. To avoid problems, arrive at the airport early enough to let your bag get to the plane, and print out a copy of your itinerary from the airline’s website and stick it inside just in case …

Think you want a tiny house? Businesses offer a tryout first

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Hilary and Shane Lentz were hooked on the idea of a tiny house, but they weren’t sure the reality would be so appealing. Their curiosity led them to the hills of New Hampshire, where a business that started at Harvard University rents out tiny houses for $99 a night. The company, Getaway, has …

Tips to avoid the challenges of traveling with someone who has dementia

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The holidays spell family and festivity to most of us. Travel to far-off places to visit friends and family is a time-honored tradition. But travel when one of the members of the party has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia presents a special set of challenges. When considering if, as well as when …

Minnesota: Tourists flock to huge bridge projects

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Jockeying for a rail spot on the third-floor deck of a St. Croix River paddlewheel boat starts an hour before departure. Up there are prime views of the towering piers, protruding concrete segments and barges full of heavy …

UTAH: Holidays celebrate pioneers, pie and beers

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Most people were gathering Friday in Utah to celebrate the state’s Mormon heritage at Pioneer Day parades featuring floats, carriages and women in prairie dresses. But many non-Mormons enjoyed an increasingly popular counter-holiday with a playful name: Pie …

GEORGIA: A junkyard of classic cars

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Nestled in a north Georgia forest, over 4,000 classic cars decorate 32 acres that have been turned into a junkyard museum. Owner Walter Dean Lewis’ parents started the business in 1931 as a general store that also sold …

Ready to renew that passport?

Saturday, July 11, 2015

If you’re curious about why I haven’t been dishing up great travel advice and compelling stories of faraway places, there’s a reason. Bud and I have deferred overseas travel during the past 18 months while we concentrated on …

San Francisco: $3 million restoration shines up Alcatraz

Sunday, July 5, 2015

More than a million people visit Alcatraz Island every year to see the shuttered prison sitting in the San Francisco Bay, made famous by Clint Eastwood in the movie about the great escape of three prisoners in the …

U.S. probing possible airline collusion that kept fares high

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press. The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus …

Diver’s dream: Cuba’s pristine reefs

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The coral reefs and gin-clear waters off the coast of Cuba offer some of the best diving in the Caribbean and some of the best-preserved reefs on earth. And if travel restrictions on U.S. tourism to Cuba are …

MILWAUKEE: Bobblehead museum finds home

Saturday, June 13, 2015

There’s a puppetry museum in Utah. A vacuum museum in Oregon. A roller skating museum in Nebraska. So, why not a bobblehead hall of fame and museum in Wisconsin? Two Milwaukee men think their state is the perfect …

North Korea plans to show off for tourists

Sunday, June 7, 2015

If you’re still looking for somewhere exotic to go this summer and don’t mind a vacation that comes with a heavy dose of socialist propaganda and leader worship, North Korea says it’s just the place for you. Fresh …

Hike Safe cards being offered to support searches, rescues

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

As the summer hiking season gets underway, New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department is offering Hike Safe cards for people to support search and rescue efforts, and be exempt from liability for repaying such costs. Hike Safe cards may only be bought online for $25 for an individual …