Southwest Life

Lava meets the sea in fiery show in Hawaii

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii – For the first time in three years, lava from a volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has crept down miles of mountainside and is dripping into the Pacific Ocean, where...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Wandering moose inspires 400-mile trail from New York to Canada

NEWCOMB, N.Y. – The 400-mile trek of a radio-collared moose named Alice is the inspiration for a proposed hiking trail from Ontario’s forested Algonquin Park to the heart of New York’s Adirondack...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Niagara Falls is the latest natural wonder to add zip line

Niagara Falls is the latest natural wonder to add a zip line, offering honeymooners and everyone else the chance to take an adrenaline-pumping plunge toward churning mist at speeds topping 40 mph....

DATE: Aug. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Can insurance help if you cancel a trip out of fear?

NEW YORK – Spooked by headlines about Zika, terrorism and mass shootings? Maybe the news is so bad you’re ready to cancel your vacation and stay home. But can you recoup what you paid for flights,...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Indianapolis celebrates Kurt Vonnegut with opera premiere, festivals

Two festivals and the world premiere of an opera that Kurt Vonnegut finished shortly before his death will celebrate the writer’s legacy this fall in his hometown, Indianapolis. “Happy Birthday,...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Here’s the scoop on Cuba’s 1st U.S.-run hotel in 50 years

HAVANA – Cuba is a land of architectural splendors, stunning scenery, warm, welcoming people and some of the world’s worst hotels. Communist states aren’t known for their hotel management, and I’ve...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Visitors to Rio Olympics will find all senses triggered

RIO DE JANEIRO – Right after getting off the plane, sweat beads will start to gather on your forehead. That’s just Rio de Janeiro’s ever-present humidity saying “hello.” You will be enveloped by...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Racism on Airbnb inspires new vacation rental sites

NEW YORK – Accusations that Airbnb has been ignoring complaints of racism have led several black entrepreneurs to create two new vacation rental websites where they say racism will not be...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Birding in the wild North Sea on the Farne Islands

The first time we visited the Farne Islands six years ago, we saw puffins and terns, enjoyed sunshine and a calm crossing. On the journey home, Geoff, the grandfather of my partner, Matthew,...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Cuba sees tourism rise; French will renovate Havana airport

HAVANA – More than 2 million tourists have visited Cuba this year, state media said Wednesday, putting the country on track for a record number of visitors bringing badly needed cash to an economy...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Behind the scenes at a B&B: Problem-solving 14 hours a day

NEW HOPE, Pa. Mike Amery awoke to a rapid-fire succession of missed calls on his cellphone. They had come minutes apart, between 11:30 p.m. and midnight. At breakfast, he was a knot of nerves and...

DATE: July 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Traveling with a baby is possible: Here’s how

When I was pregnant and living on a sailboat in the South Pacific, my friends back home told me to “get my kicks in” before our first baby arrived. It made me nervous. The thought of waiting a...

DATE: July 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

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