Southwest Life

Musings on cruising: The many nuances and joys of traveling by ship

Nearly 26 million people took a cruise in 2017, and passenger numbers are expected to top 27 million this year. Some of those folks, though, are counted more than once. On a recent 11-day cruise on...

DATE: June 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Climbers set speed record on Yosemite’s Nose of El Capitan

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Two climbers have set a speed record for ascending the famous Nose route of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, one of the world’s most technical and dangerous verticals. Alex...

DATE: June 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Current lava flows are hottest, fastest of latest eruption

HONOLULU – The hottest and fastest-moving lava of Kilauea volcano’s latest eruption spread across new parts of the Big Island Wednesday, forcing officials to order evacuations in two coastal...

DATE: May 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

London on a budget: How to save on airfare, lodging and more

LONDON – The sun-kissed scenes from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s storybook wedding at Windsor may have put you in the mood to visit the Old Country. But what if you’re just looking to feel...

DATE: May 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

From snipers to moms: World War II exhibit focuses on women

NATICK, Mass. – The terrors of World War II impacted most of the world’s women, both on the home and battlefronts. A new exhibition opening Friday at the International Museum of World War II in...

DATE: May 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Car camping Airbnb-style: Just jump in and go

One day in April, I returned from a camping trip – a quick 24 hours out of the city – and ran a load of laundry. What’s more telling is what I didn’t do. I didn’t hose down a muddy tent, I didn’t...

DATE: May 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

5 survival strategies for camping on the cheap

Exploring nature and sleeping under the stars can be viewed as an economical vacation. But buying gear and booking campsites or renting an RV can add up. With some cost-saving strategies, camping...

DATE: May 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Plaque shows landmark status for civil rights leaders’ home

JACKSON, Miss. – The National Park Service has unveiled a bronze plaque showing that the Mississippi home of civil rights leaders Medgar and Myrlie Evers is a national historic landmark. More than...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Mount Rushmore to improve avenue of flags in $14M renovation

KEYSTONE, S.D. – The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is getting a $14 million upgrade, though the carved heads of U.S. presidents won’t be touched. Maureen McGee-Ballinger is chief of...

DATE: May 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Toxic cloud caused by Hawaii volcano lava emerges over ocean

PAHOA, Hawaii – White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Photo gallery: Fire, steam, fascination as Hawaii lava rolls on

PAHOA, Hawaii – Cracks in the ground spit out streams of lava that are snaking through Hawaii’s Big Island, devouring homes and forests, chugging across a highway and pouring into the sea. The...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

New Hampshire’s ‘people’s forest’ marks 100 years, seeks new connections

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – New Hampshire’s most iconic attraction had been decimated by forest fires and logging when President Woodrow Wilson established it as a national forest a century ago. Now, the...

DATE: May 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel