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Hiking to Machu Picchu past sacred Inca peaks in the Andes

Our hiking group had reached the highest point of our trek through the Andes to Machu Picchu. Now, our guide was leading us in a Quechua ritual. We took turns placing stones in an “apacheta”...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Museum of Broken Relationships catalogs break-ups of all kinds

Her story started with, “I fell in love with a junkie.” He must have felt the same heart-thumping emotion, because he ripped the handset off a pay phone for her. The busted receiver rested inside a...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Air rage: More unruly passengers disrupt flights

WASHINGTON – Incidents of unruly passengers on planes are increasing, and more effective deterrents are needed to tackle the problem, a global airline trade group said Wednesday. There were 10,854...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Atlas Obscura book illuminates world’s most curious wonders

NEW YORK – An elf school in Iceland. A hospital for falcons in the Middle East. A museum in Kansas City, Missouri, for artwork made from hair. These are the types of attractions featured on the...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Mount Rushmore marks 75 years as American icon

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It was a historian’s idea: carve gigantic sculptures into the granite pinnacles of the Black Hills of South Dakota, significant Western figures like Lewis and Clark, Buffalo...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Critics mock ‘crude’ restoration of Great Wall

BEIJING – Chinese officials are being pilloried over the smoothing-over of a crumbling but much-loved 700-year-old section of the Great Wall of China – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – in the name of...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Forest bathing: A mindful walk in the woods

NEW YORK – In Japan, it’s called “shinrin-yoku,” which translates as forest bathing. It’s the practice of immersing yourself in nature to improve your well-being, and interest in the concept is...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Tourism transforms long-hidden Buddhist valley in Himalayas

DEMUL VILLAGE, India For centuries, the sleepy valley nestled in the Indian Himalayas remained a hidden Buddhist enclave forbidden to outsiders. Enduring the harsh year-round conditions of the high...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

In Vancouver Island’s rain forest, a tree-house hotel fit for a hobbit

It’s part Middle Earth fantasy and part childhood dream, this tree-house hotel in a rain forest on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. Its driveway runs a short distance through maples, Western...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

The best credit card for your traveling needs

If you’re not obsessed with your credit card’s travel perks, chances are you’re not carrying the right plastic. In August, Chase raised eyebrows (and sent travelers scrambling for applications) by...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Belgrade perfume shop keeps dying craft alive

BELGRADE, Serbia – On a cobblestone street in central Belgrade, amid designer boutiques and trendy snack bars, stands a small perfume shop that is the last keeper of a dying craft and a witness to...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Coast Guard’s last lightkeeper looks to 300-year milestone

LITTLE BREWSTER ISLAND, Mass. The nation’s first and oldest lighthouse station and its unique keeper are celebrating a milestone. Boston Light turns 300 on Wednesday. The U.S. Coast Guard’s last...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

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