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Travel & tourism

Jolted by terror attacks, U.S. travelers get serious about overseas trip security

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Youssouf Ouedraogo is a seasoned traveler, but suddenly he’s not such a casual one. Before a recent string of terrorist attacks, mass shootings and downed airliners, Ouedraogo would have picked a hotel for his upcoming visit to Cameroon based on what the expense account would bear and his own seat-of-the-pants sense of which was safest. Now, after two days of travel training provided by his nonprofit employer, the Washington, D.C.-based …

In 2016, your ID might not work for air travel

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Sometime in 2016, people from several states could have trouble getting on an airplane or into federal buildings because of a post-Sept. 11 law that tightened requirements for state-issued identification. When that will happen and who will be affected won’t be completely clear until the Department of Homeland Security releases further details of …

Russia opens new Stalin museums

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A bust of Josef Stalin stands on the front lawn of a house-turned-museum in the small village of Khoroshevo, Russia, where the Soviet leader is said to have stayed the night on his only visit to the front during World War II. Inside, the museum director, a sturdy woman armed with a wooden …

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 …

White Mountains: Raw slopes keep riders stoked

Sunday, May 10, 2015

On a postcard spring Saturday in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, a boisterous band of pilgrims some 2,000 strong is preparing for their own brand of funky and fearless worship. Alone and in groups, they leave Pinkham Notch and …

Back from Florida, with the latest credit card tech

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Bud and I love coming home from Florida in the spring. We get to reconnect with friends and family and always enjoy seeing flowers blooming and lawns greening up. This year, though, has been very special. Not only …

Germany’s Black Forest: Dark woods and mushrooms

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Black Forest gets its name from a canopy of trees so dense that the woods seem dark, pierced only by shafts of sunlight. Mushrooms sprout across the damp forest floor. Red squirrels scamper up the towering trees; …

Essentials for visiting the new Vegas

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Remember when a visit to Las Vegas was all about gambling? Massive, windowless casinos with air-conditioning and free drinks kept guests oblivious to the passage of time while they sat at slot machines and card tables for hours …

Ultralight hiking tips to bring less and go farther

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Too many people picture a long-distance hiker painfully hauling this unwieldy backpack with enough stuff strapped to the outside to make you wonder what could possibly be inside. Don’t let the image of that misguided fogey with his …