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Flying for Thanksgiving? Tips to handle delays

NEW YORK – A stronger economy and lower gas prices mean Thanksgiving travelers can expect more congested highways this year. During the long holiday weekend, 46.9 million Americans are expected to...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Gifts for the serious traveler

Seeking the perfect gift for a traveler? Here’s some inspiration from road warriors and travel professionals: author Paul Theroux; Salamander Hotels CEO Sheila Johnson; Irhal app creator Irfan...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

‘Halal tourism’ serves Muslim travelers

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – A rental company in Orlando, Florida, is offering “halal vacation homes” with curtained pool decks and rooms with prayer mats and copies of the Quran. A British...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Exotic Australia features spectacular coral, unusual wildlife

CAIRNS, Australia – It can be hard to hear an Australian accent while walking along the waterfront esplanade in the far northern city of Cairns on the Pacific. Tourists from across the globe flock...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

A taste of Cold War at Wyoming missile site

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – One of the most stressful and least glamorous jobs in the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War went to the men and women who stood ready around the clock to launch one of the...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Sharing worlds, and a meal

TOKYO – Some of my most treasured travel memories involve food. Like the time my husband and I went to what was billed as New Delhi’s best rumali roti stall, where we turned the hood of a car into...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Iceland’s warm embrace

It had been a foolproof plan. To transplant my Paris-based family for a summer on the Chesapeake Bay, where I grew up, we would meet my mother “halfway” in Iceland and enjoy the famous stopover...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

You can revel in Tucson’s revitalized downtown

TUCSON, Ariz. – As a kid growing up in Tucson, Eddie Gallego remembers “when everything was downtown.” Then businesses began to move out to the malls, and downtown suffered. Now, he says, the...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

At internment camp, shadows of forgotten history

GRANADA – If you aren’t careful on this southeastern Colorado rural highway, you might easily pass the signs leading to a site that marks a dark and unjust episode in U.S. history. But slow down...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Touching the stars from Kitt Peak

TUCSON, Ariz. – A journey of 335 million miles begins at 6,875 feet. It does for me, anyway, as I stand on an Arizona mountaintop on a dazzling night counting Jupiter’s moons. I am at the Kitt Peak...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Mom, son roll across U.S. by train

ABOARD THE CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR – The train conductor gave a surprised start as he checked our tickets. “What possessed you to do that?” he asked, staring at us. It wasn’t the first time my 9-year-old...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Egypt: It’s time to go

CAIRO – When I told people I planned to visit Egypt, family, friends – even waiters – replied, “Wow!” and “Amazing!” But their eyes said, “Are you insane?” Egypt’s once-thriving tourism industry...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

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