Southwest Life

Today's quiz is all about name-calling

What's in a name? Or, more pertinent for today's GeoQuiz, what goes into a name?In the United States, we've begged, borrowed and stolen from other countries for many of our city, state...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Travelers can find cheaper rental rate away from airport

The best rate Darren Popik could find on a weekend car rental at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport recently was$114. So he decided to look elsewhere.Popik, a Los Angeles-based blogger, widened...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Stop stewing and dig in to potpourri

Funny how ideas evolve. Originally, this was to be a GeoQuiz on U.S. interstates. You were to answer questions such as “Ogallala, Neb., and Youngstown, Ohio, are both on what interstate?" It...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Poof! There go my SkyMiles and dream anniversary trip

Q: I've been saving my Delta Air Lines frequent-flier miles for many, many years to take my wife on a 20th anniversarytrip this year. I received all of my statements by regular mail. A few months...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

The Doc is in

GLENWOOD SPRINGS - Of all the gamblers and outlaws who rode the Old West, only one was a dentist. He died oftuberculosis in Glenwood Springs, one of the fastest, meanest card sharks of his day. ...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Time to chill out with cold facts on nicknames

If the clue is “The Icebox of the United States," you might be tempted to answer Durango. However, for GeoQuizpurposes, you would be wrong. Sure, it has been cold here. But do you really want to...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

New laws and policies may upgrade quality of travel in 2010

Steph Ulyett's airline ticket should have said “Stephanie," of course, but she's always gone by Steph, so that's thename her partner typed into Expedia when he reserved their flights to...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

With changes in air-security screening, travelers are flying blind

The Transportation Security Administration likes to keep terrorists guessing. Apparently, it likes to keep travelers guessing, too.And we do. Shoes on - or off? Laptop computer in the bag - or on...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Midnight on the Ganges

We pushed off from the stone steps along the western bank of the Ganges around 11 p.m. Twelve passengers and a ferryman in a small wooden boat headed north along the edge ofIndia's great holy...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Man and the Moon

CEDAR MESA, Utah - Standing on a wide stone shelf, looking across the canyon as mid-morning sun lit the opposite side, I stood in silence viewing Moon House for the first time.I stared at the...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Nakation, anyone? Reasons to bare all on vacation

These are hard times for clothing-optional travelers. Last summer, thanks to two highly publicized incidents, naked became synonymous with crazy. In one, a passenger stripped during a US Airways...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Coming soon: GeoQuiz, the board game

It's the game that teaches good Americans to buy up everything and create dynasties so they can have all the money. What's not to love? It's capitalism at its finest. It teaches greed, hoarding...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel