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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 …

Godzilla welcomed in Tokyo – to lure visitors

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fire-breathing, building-stomping Godzilla was welcomed in part of Tokyo on Thursday as a sign of prosperity, not destruction. The irradiated monster was appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Shinjuku ward, known for its down-home bars and noodle …

Georgian architecture, hot springs among gems in Bath

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Yes, there really is a natural hot spring beneath the city of Bath, but soaking in the above-ground sights and sounds will leave you plenty relaxed. With its Georgian brick buildings and lush green hills, almost everywhere in …

Don’t just eat that ramen: Go to a museum and learn about it

Sunday, March 29, 2015

There are two kinds of ramen in this world. There’s the packaged staple of dorm-room cuisine, one of the most processed, industrialized foods ever invented. And then there’s the trendy, artisanal, handmade soup that fans line up for …

Airline world’s tiny secret: love of model planes

Sunday, March 22, 2015

In America, businessmen shake hands. In Japan, they bow. But all over the world airline executives engage in a greeting that is all their own: the exchange of model airplanes. When airlines start flying to new cities, make …

Roughing it: Trekking in Nepal offers adventure

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dawn’s golden light caught the tops of the snowcapped Himalayas and gradually crept downward as the rising sun lit up a sweeping arc of soaring peaks, at once forbidding and starkly beautiful. The stunning vista from the top …

Lights, camera, blossom! Disney films inspire floral fantasy

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lights, camera . . . blossom! Floral and garden designers are paying homage to Disney and Pixar films at the Philadelphia Flower Show, which opened yesterday with the theme “Celebrate the Movies.” Meticulously landscaped exhibits have been inspired …

Travel Talk: This service provides an easy – and speedy – way to recover lost items

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I wrote my very first Travel Talk column in Dec. 2007. It was about my much-loved cell phone, a dandy of a flip phone, which fell out of my pocket onto my seat on the first leg of a trip to London. We figured it out in the …

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 …

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 …

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 …