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Train lovers forge lifelong friendships through rail travel

ORLANDO, Fla. – They’re aboard because they love trains: The pilot from New Orleans, the computer consultant from New Jersey, the retired tax lawyer from Florida, the computer accounting consultant...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

U.S. lacks Latino historical sites and landmarks, scholars say

GLORIETA PASS, N.M. – A makeshift memorial to Hispanic Civil War Union soldiers in an isolated part northern New Mexico is a typical representation of sites linked to U.S. Latino history: It’s...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Have 19 hours? World’s longest commercial flight takes off

SINGAPORE – The world’s longest direct commercial flight is back and taking travelers from Singapore to the New York region. Operated by Singapore Airlines, the city-state’s national carrier, the...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Charcoal makers in Spain keep embers of an old trade burning

VILORIA, Spain – Even though he receives the occasional helping hand from his 22-year-old son, Miguel Lander knows that the days of making charcoal the traditional way are counted in these remote...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

On a trip to the Himalayas, I learned about altitude sickness the hard way

When I told friends I was going to Tibet last spring, almost everyone asked, “What are you doing to prevent altitude sickness?” Not nearly enough, it turned out, given the headaches, insomnia and...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Shanghai airport automates check-in with facial recognition

SHANGHAI – It’s now possible to check in automatically at Shanghai’s Hongqiao airport using facial recognition technology, part of an ambitious rollout of facial recognition systems in China that...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

See the world in your 20s without racking up debt

It’s a dilemma many 20-somethings face: You badly want to travel the world. But if your bank account could talk, it would say, “Are you kidding?” When you’re just starting out, even a weeklong...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Treasures of Silver City: A New Mexico town rich in art, history, food

We’ve always been a little unconventional. So when my husband, Michael, and I wanted to mark our 25th anniversary, rather than buying a silver platter, we looked for a place with “silver” in its...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Google’s Waze expands carpooling service throughout U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO – Google will begin offering its pay-to-carpool service throughout the U.S., an effort to reduce the commute-time congestion that its popular Waze navigation app is designed to avoid....

DATE: Oct. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Mass tourism overwhelms Croatia’s ‘Game of Thrones’ town

DUBROVNIK, Croatia – Marc van Bloemen has lived in the old town of Dubrovnik, a Croatian citadel widely praised as the jewel of the Adriatic, for decades, since he was a child. He says it used to...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

High in Sicily’s mountains, residents enjoy life’s simple pleasures

GANGI, Sicily – Far from the packed beaches of Sicily’s busy coastlines, there’s a quieter and wilder world in its high mountains. In more dangerous times, this was where much of Sicily’s...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

New Zealand fines travelers who won’t unlock secure devices

CANBERRA, Australia – Visitors to New Zealand can be fined 5,000 New Zealand dollars ($3,243) for refusing to provide passwords to unlock electronic devices and allow customs officials to examine...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

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