Southwest Life

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

Proposal to name highway for Trump faces opposition in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY – A proposal to name a Utah highway after President Donald Trump is getting pushback from state Democrats, including one who said Tuesday that he would suggest naming a ramp for porn...

DATE: March 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Thinking about trying a cruise? Advice for first-timers

ABOARD CELEBRITY EQUINOX – Honeymooners Zach and Alyssa Bynum of Louisville, Kentucky, had never been on an ocean cruise until last summer when they sailed aboard Celebrity Equinox. They were...

DATE: March 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Latino civil rights site in Texas named National Treasure

A Texas building connected to the Mexican-American Civil Rights movement has been designated as a National Treasure and will share part of a $450,000 grant in an effort to raise money for restore...

DATE: March 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

National Park Service weighs new rules for human waste on Alaska’s Denali

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Climbers on North America’s tallest mountain may have to start packing out more of their poop after a researcher determined a glacier in which much of it has been dumped over...

DATE: March 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Igloos built by migrants warm hearts in Italian Alps village

SAN SIMONE DI VALLEVE, Italy – San Simone, a tiny village in the Italian Alps, once had a thriving ski trade. But financial issues kept the lifts closed this winter. The local hotel now houses...

DATE: March 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Studies reveal Uber, Lyft congest cities

BOSTON – One promise of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft was fewer cars clogging city streets. But studies suggest the opposite: that ride-hailing companies are pulling riders off buses,...

DATE: March 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Today’s volunteers ensure yesterday’s slavery is remembered

BOSTON – Volunteer coordinators, take heart. More than 2,000 people around the world raised their hands when the Boston Public Library put out a call for help to transcribe its extensive,...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airbnb unveils new category of rentals rated by inspectors

SAN FRANCISCO – Airbnb is dispatching inspectors to rate thousands of the properties listed on its home-rental service in an effort to reassure travelers they’re booking nice places to stay. The...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel