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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2005 file photo, Dutch tourist Carolyn Dorsman, right, rides through the canopy of the tropical forest, as her husband Wim Dorsman, left, and Costa Rican guide Esteban Cedeno, center, look on at the Arenal Volcano near La Fortuna, Costa Rica, north of the capital of San Jose. Zip lining through the Costa Rican rainforest is an extremely popular pursuit among tourists. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert, File)

A reluctant tourist braves zip lining in Costa Rica

Saturday, February 14, 2015

‘I’m not sure I can do this,” I said to myself while climbing a few steps to take a practice ride for a zip line. I was in northern Costa Rica, in the shadow of the country’s majestic volcano Arenal. I was part of a group of about 25 tourists, ages 6 to 60, all fitted with helmets and industrial-strength …

Red, black, green: Sand on Hawaiian beaches not just golden

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Go ahead, sink your toes in the sand on Hawaii’s famous beaches. But you might be surprised by the color of that sand – it’s not always golden. You’ll find black sand, red sand and even green sand across the island chain. The Big Island, Maui and Molokai offer black sand beaches. Maui …

From ocean to ocean, through the Panama Canal

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Nina and Fred Fenton have gone on 40 cruises, including five times through the Panama Canal since 1998, but they keep coming back. While aboard the Norwegian Sun on their latest journey into the storied waterway linking two great oceans, the retired couple from Lincoln, Calif., mused at the simple – yet very …

5 free things to do and see in Baltimore

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Baltimore on a budget? Easy as Edgar Allan Poe. His gravesite is one of several memorable places that can be visited around this historic city without spending a dime. Here are some details on paying your respects to …

Travel Talk: Avoid a potential nightmare scenario – always pack your ID

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A few days before I travel – international or domestic, it doesn’t matter – I have the same nightmare. It goes like so: I finally weave through a long line and arrive at airport security, and as I …

Tourists watch solar alignment in Egypt temple

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hundreds of visitors gathered in Egypt on Wednesday at the Great Temple of Ramses II to watch the sun illuminate colossal statues, a rare 3,200-year-old astronomical ceremony that happens twice a year. At dawn at Abu Simbel, local …

New England raking in millions from leaf peepers

Sunday, October 19, 2014

On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage – they’re looking at cold, hard cash. Money really does …

Dogs welcome at St. Louis museum about, well, dogs

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Exhibits include dog paintings, dog sculptures and displays about famous dogs. But what really makes this St. Louis museum unique is the visitors: Dogs are welcome, and curators aren’t worried about the canines knocking things over or making …

Come sail away in a powerchute

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The enormous fanlike propeller behind the passenger whirs, then begins to howl as the pilot hits the accelerator. The wheels bump along the gravelly desert and a small jolt tugs on the safety belts as the chute billows …

Baggage Check: Talking through feelings hurt by a spouse and a good friend

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Q: My husband has become very involved in online message boards, to the point that it’s all he talks about. There is a woman on several of these boards with him. She lives across the country, but I know they Skype a lot. He doesn’t think he’s doing …

Ray Duckler: Leave the rest behind and come over here

Friday, October 10, 2014

‘I have to show you,” Deborah Ramsey said, with the enthusiasm of a child. “I have some in the trailer.” Ramsey rushed inside, dressed in khaki shorts, a pink top and sandals, as though she had something precious …

Family travel five: Let literary figures inspire your itinerary

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A good book can transport us to magical places and encourage exploration. Here are five places with stories to tell and the characters behind them: 1. A.A. Milne’s “Winnie the Pooh,” Winnipeg, Manitoba: A century ago, a Canadian soldier launched a literary legacy when he adopted a black …

Cycling France’s Loire Valley

Sunday, September 28, 2014

There are hundreds of miles of bike trails through the chateaux towns of France’s Loire Valley – and that’s what tripped us up. We’d been trying to cycle the 17 miles from Chenonceaux to Chaumont, but kept getting …