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Travel & tourism

Travel Talk: When traveling abroad, prepare for the worst

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A successful trip depends on a lot of planning and a bit of luck – luck of the good variety. And when the other kind of luck happens, that nasty wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time type, planning can make all the difference in the world. Now suppose the person traveling is a child or grandchild, abroad and alone on the increasingly popular “gap year” or a similar jaunt overseas. What if they get robbed … 0

Autumn in N.Y.’s Hudson Valley: History and scenery

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Exploring the region north of New York City isn’t just for locals, and autumn is one of the nicest times of year to do it. The Hudson Valley offers history, culture and outdoor attractions with Hudson River scenery as a backdrop, just an hour or two from Manhattan. Here are five places worth … 0

Air rage a button push away as fliers fight over reclining seats

Saturday, September 6, 2014

With airlines packing more people onto every plane, frustration among U.S. passengers is boiling into rage over nuisances as minor as a reclining seat back taking some personal space. Stress among fliers “is not going to go away any time soon, and the amount of traffic we’re carrying contributes to that,” said Audrey Stone, president of Transport Workers Union Local 556, which represents … 0

Manaus, Brazil: Gateway to tours of the Amazon

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Amazon guide raised his hand in the steaming forest and looked at me at the end of a line of six hikers. “Do you want a machete, Jeremy?” asked the guide, Shane Zammette. “Jaguars always attack from … 0

In remote Scotland, take a walk on the mild side

Saturday, March 15, 2014

I don’t have much to tell you about Scotland, really. It’s true, they have whisky, and kilts, and some people speak with an accent so thick that you wonder whether you’re hearing English or Gaelic. All of that’s … 0

Mobile, Ala.: 5 free things for visitors

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mobile is that “other” city on the northern Gulf Coast, the one that sometimes gets lost between the beaches of the Florida Panhandle and the nonstop party of New Orleans. Local promoters call it “secretly awesome.” No, Mobile … 0

Delta spells out miles needed to earn free flights

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Delta is providing more details about changes to its frequent-flier program after complaints about the overhaul from some travelers. Delta is changing its program so that starting in 2015, customers will earn miles based on how much they spend, not just miles flown. On Thursday, the airline released … 0

Loreto: Quiet gem on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Efforts to turn the seaside village of Loreto, Mexico, into a major destination have been going on for years. So far, though, the results have been limited, and that in itself makes it worth visiting. Loreto is already … 0

Not just St. Patrick: Ireland home to many saints

Sunday, February 23, 2014

St. Patrick may have banished snakes and brought Christianity to Ireland, but perhaps his greatest feat was one of sheer endurance. After all, there were hundreds of other future saints roaming Ireland at the time, but Patrick is … 0

Spring break in Asia? Consider Thailand’s beaches

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A trip sampling the diversity of Southeast Asian destinations can take you from the sleek modernity of Singapore to the ancient temples of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. And then there are the beaches of Thailand: relaxing, beautiful, and for … 0

White Mountain National Forest waives day fees

Saturday, February 15, 2014

In celebration of Presidents Day weekend, the White Mountain National Forest is joining other forests across the country in waiving fees at all day-use areas through Monday. Fees will remain in effect for overnight camping, cabin rentals, permits, reservations and activities offered by concessionaires. The other scheduled fee-free … 0

Austin: Live Music Capital of the World

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Texas Capital, the Live Music Capital of the World, the Velvet Crown, Bat City or simply River City. Residents of Austin claim many titles and are known for their slogan: “Keep Austin Weird.” Some locals pejoratively call … 0

Travel Talk: Come up with your upgrade strategy

Sunday, February 9, 2014

I’m grumpy about flying these days. Part of it is just the hassle of the process, but now there’s even more. Bud and I had a decades-long strategy of managing our US Airways frequent flier status to maximize … 0