Southwest Life

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

Several ways to save on your European vacation

DALLAS – Europe never seems to lose its appeal to American travelers, and the growth of discount airlines and alternatives to expensive hotels make visiting the Old World a bit more affordable....

DATE: March 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Exploring the pyramid cities of Mexico

MEXICO CITY – It was an archaeological adventure: a 12-day family trip to Mayan and Aztec pyramid cities, from Mexico City to the Yucatan jungle. Our timeline spanned from the ancient city of...

DATE: March 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Pot tourists can smoke it where they buy it in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – The smoke was thick and business brisk at the Barbary Coast Dispensary’s marijuana smoking lounge, a darkened room that resembles a steakhouse or upscale sports tavern with its red...

DATE: March 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Dog dies after airline worker has it placed in overhead bin

A dog died on a United Airlines plane after a flight attendant ordered its owner to put the animal in the plane’s overhead bin. United said Tuesday that it took full responsibility for the incident...

DATE: March 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Sunlight helps ID Hearst Castle painting as 17th century

SAN SIMEON, Calif. – A painting that has been hanging at California’s landmark Hearst Castle for decades has been identified as a 17th century work after two guides noticed a previously undetected...

DATE: March 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

America’s industrial past is drawing tourists in increasing numbers

Trip-planning multiple choice: a) Mountains b) Sand c) Surf d) Factories. If you picked the last vacation option, you’ve got company. “We’re finding a hunger,” says Michael Boettcher, an urban...

DATE: March 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Dockless commuter bikes bring convenience, chaos

DALLAS – Shared bikes that can be left wherever the rider ends up are helping more people get access to the mode of transportation that reduces car traffic and increases exercise. But they are also...

DATE: March 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

In Bhutan, gross national happiness is more important than GDP

LAYA, Bhutan – Prayer flags whip in the wind, flying across steep valleys and roads. Buddhist temples, stupa shrines and majestic fortresses called zhongs dot the landscape. Giant water-powered...

DATE: March 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Tactics to save money, avoid hassles on vacation

Natasha Rachel Smith was good at math as a teenager and intrigued by personal finance. As an adult, she was determined to turn “marketing techniques on their head.” Today, she works for...

DATE: March 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel