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Sometimes, the priciest ticket is ‘free’

Charles Stewart figures he should have known better. The promises made by his MileagePlus Explorer card from Chase – yes, the one that’s heavily promoted in airports and on travel blogs – looked...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

For agritourism, growing liability concerns

SOUTH HERO, Vt. – As more farms open themselves up to visitors for apple picking, hay rides and some extra income, experts are advising owners to take steps to prevent accidents – be they small or...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

No easy formula for booking plane tickets

Travelers dream of the perfect trick to find the cheapest airfare every time, every trip. There are theories, some of them backed up by real number-crunching – shop on a Tuesday, 57 days before...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airbnb on wheels

NEW YORK – There’s no electricity, no running water, no bathroom. But travelers to New York City bold enough to book a parked van for $22 a night through Airbnb do get a real bed and a spectacular...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Robots do the work at Japan’s Weird Hotel

SASEBO, Japan – From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s an automated trolley taking luggage up to the room, this hotel in southwestern Japan, aptly called...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Nashville’s east end

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A trip to Nashville wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the honky-tonks of lower Broadway and a pilgrimage to the “mother church of country music,” the Ryman Auditorium, but...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

The ARK: Luxury terminal to serve 70,000 flying animals

NEW YORK – Jet-setting stallions and high-flying hounds at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport can look forward to a new luxury terminal that will handle the more than 70,000 animals...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Cuba’s open door

There was no soap. Bottled water was hard to find. It was ridiculously hot and humid. There were no phone calls, emails or status updates. And I loved every minute of my first trip to Cuba. Cubans...

DATE: July 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

The Great Walks of New Zealand

FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK, New Zealand – Several items are essential for exploring the magical Southern Alps mountains that run across New Zealand’s South Island: insect repellent, rain gear and ear...

DATE: July 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

As fuel needs soar, airlines explore biofuels

NEW YORK – The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. To carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a...

DATE: July 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Cyclists cruise Oregon’s scenic back roads

TROUTDALE, Ore. – As laid-back as Portland is, it’s still a city with hustle and bustle. My escape is right at my doorstep: a picturesque slice of Oregon that appeals to my urge to aimlessly wander...

DATE: July 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Walking the treetops

TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. – While most boardwalks skirt beaches or traverse bogs and marshlands, a new wooden walkway in the Adirondacks takes nature lovers on a tour of the treetops to let them experience...

DATE: July 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

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