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Traveling abroad with young kids? Tips for an easier trip

Some questioned my sanity: I was taking young children on a vacation abroad, mostly alone. It was just the three of us – my infant daughter, 6-year-old son and me. We’d board a plane in Boston, fly...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Finding solitude just hours from downtown Los Angeles in Joshua Tree National Park

We were surrounded by trees that could have been drawn by Dr. Seuss. A desert hare had just crossed the trail in front of us, its ears translucent in the still-rising sun. But it was something else...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Come see forests and peaks, but clean up, New Zealand says

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand has a message for the visitors drawn by its deep mossy forests, bubbling mud pools and magnificent peaks: clean up after yourselves. A new campaign called the...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airbnb landlords agree to pay San Francisco $2.25 million

SAN FRANCISCO – A San Francisco couple has agreed to pay $2.25 million to the city for illegally renting out 14 apartments as Airbnb units. City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced the settlement...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Upgrade your next trip without paying top dollar

Let’s shatter one myth right now: Airline passengers typically can’t talk their way into upgrades from the cheapest coach seats to first class just by dressing up and asking politely. Travel...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Soaking up Alaska: A kayak adventure, undeterred by the rain

ON FOX ISLAND, Alaska – A torrential downpour lulled me to sleep the night before my all-day kayaking expedition in the waters around Fox Island off Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Through the cracked...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Ancient mariners: Greek navy offers taste of life in galleys

ATHENS, Greece – For a NATO-member warship, Greece’s Olympias is pretty unusual. It’s got a zero carbon footprint, no whale-zapping sonar and an antiquated propulsion system. The 121-foot wooden...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Indian couple who died in Yosemite took risks for photos

SAN FRANCISCO – She was a self-described “adrenaline junkie,” and he took “wow-worthy photos” of the couple posing at the edge of cliffs and jumping from planes that appeared on social media and a...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Indonesian airline whose plane crashed a low-cost high flyer

BANGKOK – Lion Air, the airline whose plane crashed early Monday while traveling from Jakarta to an island off Indonesia’s Sumatra with 189 people on board, is a fast-growing low-cost airline with...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Careful planning can add up to a debt-free vacation

Whether you’re planning a trip to a country across the globe or packing the car for a weekend road trip to a local campground, you can have a debt-free vacation with some careful planning. It’s...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Reno’s motor lodges aren’t home to vacationers anymore

RENO, Nev. – They were the toast of Reno in the 1950s, when the growing casino industry sparked a boom that for a time turned northern Nevada into the West’s top gambling destination. Dozens of...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Train lovers forge lifelong friendships through rail travel

ORLANDO, Fla. – They’re aboard because they love trains: The pilot from New Orleans, the computer consultant from New Jersey, the retired tax lawyer from Florida, the computer accounting consultant...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

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