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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

Jimmy Kimmel to open comedy club in Las Vegas in 2019

LAS VEGAS – Jimmy Kimmel will see a dream come true when he opens a comedy club next spring in Las Vegas where he will make regular appearances and give up-and-coming comics a chance to hone their...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Rwanda fee hike to visit gorillas leads to drop in tourists

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Rwanda – Gorilla tourism is an important income source for Rwanda, but a recent increase in permit fees for safaris meant a steep decline in visitors. Earlier this year the...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Introverts share travel survival secrets

Travel can be busy, noisy and crowded – a potentially daunting environment for anyone. But if you’re an introvert, it can drain your internal battery. Studies and experts suggest this personality...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Wildfire smoke costs famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival

PORTLAND, Ore. – The famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival that attracts tourists from around the world said Tuesday that it lost $2 million this summer because wildfire smoke forced it to cancel more...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

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