Southwest Life

Beach beat

GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE, Fla. – It’s a 70-degree fall weekday, and I’m sitting on a powdery white beach lapped by gentle turquoise waves as I eat a pear and “work” on my travel story about...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Florida region attempts to change perception after oil spill

EMERALD COAST, Fla. – The panhandle of Florida is seeing a significant drop in tourists this year not because of oil itself, but the perception that the national news media has created about the...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Travel industry courting ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ fans

In Bali, they’re seeking guidance from a spiritual healer. In Rome, they’re lapping up gelato. And in India, they’re visiting temples. Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir Eat, Pray,...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airlines’ discounts may wane

Good times finally are back for the nation’s airlines. For travelers, that means it’s getting harder to find bargains.The summer travel season got off to a roaring start, fares are up and money is...

DATE: July 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Wildlife and glaciers

VALDEZ, Alaska – We're standing in a field of rocks in a dense fog, surrounded by icebergs stranded at low tide. This is the terminal moraine of Alaska's Columbia Glacier – the rocky debris that...

DATE: July 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Steer clear of crazy rules of car rentals

If you thought airlines had wacky rules, try renting a car. Like airlines, car-rental companies are astonishingly creative with their fees. Now they are quietly redefining their vehicle sizes in...

DATE: July 4, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Crazy cruise rules are both byzantine and expensive

There's something for everyone on a cruise. And I don't mean that the same way your travel agent or cruise line does. Whether it's asking you to pay extra for fine dining on your "all-inclusive"...

DATE: June 20, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Mango in Durango new at the library

"Tiens, bonjour! Ça va?" When asked this on your next vacation to Paris, you would know to respond "Ça va bien, merci. Et vous?" - if you had taken basic French through the Durango Public...

DATE: May 29, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Outside Chances

MANCOS - Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School are famous for southwestern courses they run inmountains, in canyons and on rivers.Both programs pioneered outdoor, adventure-based...

DATE: May 9, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Is it safe? Here comes the GeoQuiz

First off, do you have insurance? Just making sure, because people often crash and burn when they take the GeoQuiz. Today, you might get lucky. It's a simple quiz. At least in structure. It's a...

DATE: May 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

What's next for airlines, paying by the pound?

Now that Spirit Airlines has done the unthinkable, announcing plans to begin charging for carry-on bags this summer -that's right, carry-on bags - the question everyone seems to be asking is:...

DATE: May 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

You can hear it here: Music pilgrimages

Answers to the "">GeoQuiz 1. Liverpool. The Beatles, of course. 2. Paris. Jim...

DATE: April 18, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

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