Southwest Life

How travelers can beat crowds – and reduce overtourism

Many popular destinations are grappling with problems related to overtourism. That’s when a place gets more tourists at the same time than it can reasonably handle, resulting in crowds, long lines,...

DATE: April 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

A river cruise through the heart of Russia

A trip along the mighty Volga River in Russia provides an incredible history lesson – whether about conquering tsars and invading armies, quests for a waterway from the Baltic Sea to the Caspian...

DATE: March 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Get lost in 32 rooms of books at the Book Loft in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – If you are longing to lose yourself in a good read and happen to find yourself in Columbus, Ohio, you might consider getting lost in a 32-room bookstore, The Book Loft of German...

DATE: March 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Judge declares ‘serial stowaway’ unfit for trial

CHICAGO – A woman dubbed a “serial stowaway” for repeatedly trying to sneak onto commercial jets without a ticket has been ruled unfit for trial, a judge ruled Thursday. Cook County Judge Maura...

DATE: March 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Thailand to give the beach from ‘The Beach’ movie a breather

BANGKOK – Authorities in Thailand have ordered the temporary closing of the beach made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie “The Beach” to halt environmental damage caused by too many tourists....

DATE: March 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Legal woes beset ‘serial stowaway’ who sneaks on flights

CHICAGO – What to do with Marilyn Hartman? That’s the question at a hearing Thursday for a 66-year-old woman dubbed the “serial stowaway” for a history of trying to sneak onto commercial jets...

DATE: March 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

California ‘pot resort’ asking people to toke up privately

LOS ANGELES – Nipton’s new swimming hole is under construction, booze is returning to the restaurant and lottery tickets are being sold again at the ghost town’s general store. But it likely will...

DATE: March 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

United gives $10,000 travel voucher to ‘bumped’ passenger

A passenger who was bumped off a full flight has scored the maximum prize – a $10,000 travel voucher. A spokesman for United Airlines confirmed Friday that a passenger got the big voucher “per our...

DATE: March 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Burro racing tests human, animal endurance

Pack burro racing is not about the fastest burro, or the fastest human. It’s about the team – and, really, mostly about the burro. “A burro race starts in the pasture,” said Brad Wann, spokesman...

DATE: March 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Leonard Bernstein, social activist, is focus of new exhibit

PHILADELPHIA – In October 1979, Leonard Bernstein received a fan letter from a high school humanities teacher. Helen Morgan wrote to the celebrity composer-conductor-pianist in hopes he could share...

DATE: March 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Want to avoid the flu while flying? Try a window seat

NEW YORK – Worried about catching a cold or the flu on an airplane? Get a window seat, and don’t leave it until the flight is over. That’s what some experts have been saying for years, and it’s...

DATE: March 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Northeast snowstorms give ski areas late season powder blast

FAYSTON, Vt. – Back-to-back nor’easters that have pounded New England have given ski resorts a late-season blast of their life’s blood, luring skiers and snowboarders to the slopes, and allowing...

DATE: March 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel