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Steer clear of crazy rules of car rentals

If you thought airlines had wacky rules, try renting a car. Like airlines, car-rental companies are astonishingly creative with their fees. Now they are quietly redefining their vehicle sizes in...

DATE: July 4, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Crazy cruise rules are both byzantine and expensive

There's something for everyone on a cruise. And I don't mean that the same way your travel agent or cruise line does. Whether it's asking you to pay extra for fine dining on your "all-inclusive"...

DATE: June 20, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Mango in Durango new at the library

"Tiens, bonjour! Ça va?" When asked this on your next vacation to Paris, you would know to respond "Ça va bien, merci. Et vous?" - if you had taken basic French through the Durango Public...

DATE: May 29, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Outside Chances

MANCOS - Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School are famous for southwestern courses they run inmountains, in canyons and on rivers.Both programs pioneered outdoor, adventure-based...

DATE: May 9, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Is it safe? Here comes the GeoQuiz

First off, do you have insurance? Just making sure, because people often crash and burn when they take the GeoQuiz. Today, you might get lucky. It's a simple quiz. At least in structure. It's a...

DATE: May 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

What's next for airlines, paying by the pound?

Now that Spirit Airlines has done the unthinkable, announcing plans to begin charging for carry-on bags this summer -that's right, carry-on bags - the question everyone seems to be asking is:...

DATE: May 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

You can hear it here: Music pilgrimages

Answers to the "http://durangoherald.com/sections/Features/Travel/2010/04/18/Mersey_Mersey__and_other_musical_hints/">GeoQuiz 1. Liverpool. The Beatles, of course. 2. Paris. Jim...

DATE: April 18, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Mersey, Mersey - and other musical hints

Muslims go to Mecca. Jews go to Israel. Christians go to Jerusalem. Nonbelievers go somewhere else, but that's not important because today we're merely talking about the living. And that's the...

DATE: April 18, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

By unbundling services, airlines are making a bundle

What's an airline ticket? Is it just an agreement to carry you from point A to point B? Or is there more to it? Airline executives seem to think that a ticket is a seat on a plane, and that's...

DATE: April 18, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

City of Murals

DELTA - There's no glory in sweeping small-town sidewalks, yet Art Briggs never sought glory - only friendship.He rode his bicycle all over town, slept in a small room in the Delta House for...

DATE: April 11, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

It's time for GeoQuiz answers

Answers to the GeoQuiz 1. Alabama. 2. Charleston is the capital of W.Va. It's also the largest city, according to the 2000 Census, with 53,483 folks. Huntington is next at 51,889 and Parkersburg...

DATE: April 4, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Time for the GeoQuiz

Time waits for no one. Here at GeoQuiz headquarters, we do have extreme powers. Yes, one could almost call them superpowers. But we cannot stop time. We did try once. We took the batteries out...

DATE: April 3, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel