Southwest Life

No. 1 ranking not welcomed by all

WAIMANALO, Hawaii – Many small-town residents would get a kick out of their communities being recognized like Waimanalo recently was when one of its beaches was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. But here,...

DATE: June 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Red, black, green: Hawaii’s rainbow of sand

KALAPANA, Hawaii – Go ahead, sink your toes in the sand on Hawaii’s famous beaches. But you might be surprised by the color of that sand – it’s not always golden. You’ll find black sand, red sand...

DATE: June 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Our best beaches

HONOLULU – As the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean, Waimanalo Bay’s powdery white coral sand glows in the morning light. A few people lounge in the sand as a fisherman casts his line into the...

DATE: June 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Local rhythms animate Old Havana

HAVANA – In some destinations, tourist areas are located far from the rhythms of everyday life. But visitors who wander through Old Havana – Habana Vieja, as locals call it – can’t help but get a...

DATE: June 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Cuba’s time capsule

HAVANA – Travel experts and upscale magazines are urging travel to Cuba before it changes. But visitors envisioning salsa in the streets and glamorous vintage cars should also be prepared to manage...

DATE: June 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Tourism dreams thrive for eager Cubans

HAVANA – Tourism dreams are growing in Cuba. The thawing of U.S.-Cuba relations has inspired many Cubans to think big. Visits by Americans were up 36 percent between January and early May compared...

DATE: June 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

High above Manhattan

NEW YORK – From the top of One World Trade Center, the nation’s tallest building, it really does seem as if you can “see forever.” Those two words are the motto of the center’s new observatory...

DATE: May 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

U.S. ranks 4th for tourists

For the first time, Spain ranks as the world’s most tourism-friendly country in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index, according to rankings recently released in a...

DATE: May 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Guidance for surviving travel’s tribulations

If you’ve made it this far, you already know it’s a dangerous world out there. Ebola, terrorism, Twitter trolls – everyday is a battle against threats to your life. Wouldn’t it be great to have a...

DATE: May 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Complaints against airlines rise, Frontier worst

DALLAS – Consumer complaints against airlines are rising even as the carriers get slightly better at staying on schedule. The U.S. Department of Transportation said last week that it received more...

DATE: May 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Big Bend’s spectacular isolation

I wake long before sunrise for other purposes, I decided it was a good opportunity to check on Capella and the kids. I was camped with friends in a West Texas arroyo on a gravel bed just wide...

DATE: May 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Navajo Nation president flip-flops on tram

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Newly inaugurated Navajo President Russell Begaye stood before hundreds of people at his inauguration ceremony and signed a document stating he would pursue development of an...

DATE: May 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

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