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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

5 free things in St. Louis as city marks 250 years

Sunday, February 2, 2014

St. Louis is turning 250 this year, and visitors who want to join in the celebration can find plenty to do without spending a dime. The Gateway City was founded by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau on Feb. … 0

Cruise ship passengers recall days of misery

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Passengers aboard a cruise ship on which hundreds fell ill recalled days of misery holed up in their rooms as it returned to its home port yesterday from a Caribbean trip cut short by what is suspected to be among the largest such norovirus outbreaks in the last … 0

Take the Kids: There’s more than outlets awaiting you in Tilton

Sunday, January 26, 2014

For us, a visit to Tilton has always meant a few hours spent bargain hunting among the rows of outlet stores along Route 3. But a journey beyond the strip malls and stalled traffic reveals a quiet village … 0

Air, space artifacts make way to new home in Va.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Thousands of the nation’s historic air and space artifacts – including a Navy dive bomber from World War II and spacesuits from the Apollo era – are slowly being moved from a cramped site in Maryland to a … 0

Travel Talk: Finding balance as a snowbird

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ah . . . snowbirding: driving down south to a warmer, sunnier climate for a couple of months in the winter to escape just the kind of weather New Hampshire is dishing up this year. Bud and I … 0

NYC attractions beckon Super Bowl visitors

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Super Bowl will be played in New Jersey, but folks coming in for the big game Feb. 2 are likely to spend time across the Hudson River in New York City, if only to check out a … 0

Star-Spangled banner, song to be joined in DC

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The original, handwritten manuscript of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the flag that inspired the song’s lyrics will be displayed together at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the first time the historic pieces are believed to have been shown … 0

Airlines go on a record new jet shopping spree

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Capt. Paul Wannberg glides an old Boeing 757 over the New Mexico desert, lining up with the runway. A computerized voice squawks elevation warnings. Forty feet. Thirty. Twenty. Ten. Touchdown. Outside the cockpit window sit nearly a hundred … 0

Seattle pinball museum part of silver ball revival

Sunday, January 5, 2014

For $13, you can play pinball until your arms fall off at Seattle’s working pinball museum. The two-story storefront in Seattle’s International District is filled with games from every era from the 1960s to today. The museum, which … 0

5 free things to do on your next trip to Atlanta

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Many people who visit Atlanta for the hundreds of conventions the city hosts each year never make it out of the few blocks around their hotels. But the city has much more to offer, and some attractions are … 0