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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 26, 2009 photo, motel signs are seen in Lake George, N.Y. Summer vacationers looking for a deal on hotel rooms in 2014 are going to have to search a little harder. The average cost of a room now stands at $110, up 4 percent from last year and 8 from two years ago, according to travel research company STR.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

How to save money on your summer vacation hotels

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Summer vacationers looking for deals on hotel rooms are going to have to search a little harder. The average cost of a room now stands at $110, up 4 percent from last year and 8 percent from two years ago, according to travel research company STR. A recovering economy and the return of business traveler spending have helped to drive … 1

Feline fans flock to London’s first cat cafe

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Would you like some kitten with your coffee? Feline company is exactly what one of London’s newest cafes is offering – and stressed-out city-dwellers are lapping it up. “People do want to have pets and in tiny flats, you can’t,” said cafe owner Lauren Pears, who opened Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium last month … 0

Pittsburgh: 5 free things for visitors to do

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Pittsburgh may have been built around the steel and coal industries, but the once-sooty city now features a beautiful downtown river walk, multicultural neighborhoods and restaurants, and even free subway rides. Point State Park One of the best free things to do begins where Pittsburgh was founded. The Fort Pitt Blockhouse at Point … 0

From old town to scenic beaches: Faro, Portugal

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Nestled on the southern coast of Portugal, Faro is the heart of the country’s Algarve region, where cerulean waters and mouthwatering cuisine rival those of the French Riviera or Italy’s Amalfi coast. But unlike some beach towns that … 0

5 free things to do in New Mexico’s largest city

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Really, it’s not that hard to spell. Just remember, there are three U’s and a couple of Q’s. Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, has a history that stretches back to the days of the Spanish conquistadors. They were … 0

Travel Talk: Tips on how to tip, when to tip and who to tip

Sunday, September 15, 2013

For some people, the most stressful aspects of travel are flying, making connections, losing luggage – things with serious snafu potential. That’s me. I worry about things that are generally out of my control. Bud pooh-poohs that and worries about things that he can indeed control. Hence he … 0

5 free things in Connecticut, from art to parks

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Connecticut is a small state that can be crossed in a matter of hours, depending on traffic, offering relatively easy access for travelers looking to visit various corners of the state. One compact area packed with attractions is … 1

New tours combine biking with local breweries

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Beer-lovers are finding a new way to explore the burgeoning craft-brewing world: on bicycles. From Oregon to New Mexico to Vermont, beer aficionados can now hop on a bike and be led from one brewery to another. After … 0

One Man’s Plan: Sandeep and Sully – a trip to India

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Describing a trip to India to someone who’s never been there is like explaining a dream from last night that makes you sound outhouse-rat bonkers. “And the podiatrist was this super tall pelican with a Wisconsin accent, a … 0

Not-so-roughing-it: Glamorous ‘camping’ in NYC

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Ahh, the joys of roughing it in the great outdoors – champagne, high thread-count sheets, flat-screen television. Camping, New York City-style. At least a couple of city locales are offering this unusual option – the chance to sleep outdoors, incredibly comfortably. It’s an urban take on camping, or … 0

Keeping watch over the friendly skies

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Over the past few years we’ve gotten used to mergers of big airlines. Before 2005, fliers could choose from nine major U.S. airlines. Prices were relatively affordable. You could pop over to major European cities (yes, offseason) for less than $600 round trip, including taxes. Airfare sales were … 1

Take the Kids: Western Massachusetts has more than a day of fun to offer

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Every once in a while, a destination is just appealing enough – and just far away enough – to persuade us to turn a day trip into a weekend adventure. In this case, the draw is a museum … 0

It’s always best to read the fine print

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Lately I’ve been getting a pile of mail and email from our credit card companies, insurance companies and travel-related vendors. Now, I love to read. Always have. Fiction, biographies, travelogues . . . you name it, I’ll read it. The one exception is the mind-twisting fine print (often … 0