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How to get rid of a timeshare

Some timeshare buyers know almost instantly that they’ve made a mistake. Other owners struggle for years with loan payments and ever-escalating annual fees before they’re ready to throw in the...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

How and why to find a good travel agent

When you can book every aspect of a trip online, in minutes, why would you use a travel agent? And how do you find a good one? Erika Richter, communications director for the American Society of...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

The land that shaped LBJ: Texas ranch shows President Johnson’s struggles, triumphs

STONEWALL, Texas – Fifty years ago, a depressed President Lyndon Johnson decided not to seek another term. Martin Luther King Jr. had just been assassinated. Cities were burning in riots. College...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Lonely Planet launches its first guidebooks to cruising

The travel publisher Lonely Planet has launched its first guidebooks to cruising. The three new books out this summer are “Cruise Ports Alaska,” ‘’Cruise Ports Caribbean” and “Cruise Ports...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

TSA considering ending screening at small airports

WASHINGTON – The TSA is considering ending screening of passengers at smaller airports across the country to focus security efforts at the largest airports. It is unclear how advanced the proposal...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Death Valley sets tentative world record for hottest month

LOS ANGELES – The natural furnace of California’s Death Valley was on full broil in July, tentatively setting a world record for hottest month ever. The month’s average temperature was 108.1...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

New Mexico city bordering Navajo Nation sees tourism jump

GALLUP, N.M. – A western New Mexico city that bills itself as the gateway to Native American culture is experiencing a tourism boom. Officials in Gallup, New Mexico, say the city has seen a 7 to...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

2 minutes, 8 barrels: Surfer takes an epic ride into history

To say Koa Smith was at the right place at the right time is perfectly accurate. To say he got lucky – that’s missing the point. Perched precariously on his surfboard, the 23-year-old from Hawaii...

DATE: July 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Travel insurance: When to buy it, when not to

When you book flights online, you’re typically prompted to buy travel insurance. Same with cruises and tours. Should you buy the insurance? What will it cover? Equally important, what won’t it...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hardly roughing it: Luxury tents, gourmet meals redefine camping on NYC island

NEW YORK – Just imagine it, a luxurious room on an island, with chef-prepared meals and a view of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. Hotel? Not exactly. It’s actually a campground of...

DATE: July 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Despite trade flap, Canadians visit U.S.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine – The United States and Canada are engaged in a trade dispute, angering Canadians, but it doesn’t seem to be having an impact on tourism. Not yet, anyway. In Old Orchard...

DATE: July 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Disappointed visitors leave Yosemite as fire rages nearby

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. – As smoke from a nearby wildfire pours into Yosemite Valley, Tom Lambert has had to tell tourists who booked his vacation home months in advance that they would have...

DATE: July 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

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