Southwest Life

A picture lasts longer

POIPU, Hawaii – The best part of the best-ever family vacation was practically an afterthought.With just days to go before my parents and I left for a week on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, an...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Did your ancestor fight at Saratoga? You can check

STILLWATER, N.Y. – Descendants of Revolutionary War soldiers who fought in one of history’s most important battles can now find their American ancestors in a computer database, and some day they...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Brit says U.S. making excessive demands

LONDON — The chairman of British Airways claims the United States is making excessive demands about screening airline passengers, including insisting on measures it doesn’t require on U.S. domestic...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Katrina’s legacy

NEW ORLEANS – The room is lit by flashlights, an escape hole chopped in the roof with an ax lying nearby. Steps away, rising floodwaters seep down a levee wall; across the way, a storm diary...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Arty or industrial?

MILWAUKEE – Many people may own a few of the items in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s new exhibition.It includes mass-produced, everyday items like watering cans from Ikea, a Dyson vacuum, a fax machine...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Mongolia, modernized

CHIFENG, China – It’s no longer about the armed warriors, Genghis Khan and the robed nomads prancing through lush greenery on horseback.In China’s barely populated Inner Mongolian grasslands, what...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Atlantic City hopes ‘Boardwalk Empire’ brings tourists

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – What “The Sopranos” did for a pork store in northern New Jersey and “Sex and the City” did for a Manhattan cupcake shop, Atlantic City is hoping “Boardwalk Empire” does for...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Are loyalty programs worth it?

Quitting a frequent-flier program looks easy: You cut up your card and donate the miles to charity. And that's it.But after a recent column in which I questioned the value of loyalty programs, I...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Beach beat

GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE, Fla. – It’s a 70-degree fall weekday, and I’m sitting on a powdery white beach lapped by gentle turquoise waves as I eat a pear and “work” on my travel story about...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Florida region attempts to change perception after oil spill

EMERALD COAST, Fla. – The panhandle of Florida is seeing a significant drop in tourists this year not because of oil itself, but the perception that the national news media has created about the...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Travel industry courting ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ fans

In Bali, they’re seeking guidance from a spiritual healer. In Rome, they’re lapping up gelato. And in India, they’re visiting temples. Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir Eat, Pray,...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airlines’ discounts may wane

Good times finally are back for the nation’s airlines. For travelers, that means it’s getting harder to find bargains.The summer travel season got off to a roaring start, fares are up and money is...

DATE: July 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel