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In some ways, flying is actually improving

NEW YORK – Packed planes. Less legroom. Fewer frequent flier miles. Is that all summer travelers can look forward to? Thankfully, no. Amid the unpleasantness, there are a few bright spots where...

DATE: July 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Finding adjacent airline seats

NEW YORK – On top of the bag fees and other charges, families traveling this summer may have to pay extra just to sit next to one another. Airlines are reserving a growing number of seats for elite...

DATE: June 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airlines cash in with those extra fees

NEW YORK – U.S. airlines continue to collect record fees from passengers who check suitcases or make changes to their reservations. In the first three months of this year, airlines took in $1.6...

DATE: June 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Sabino Canyon an easy escape from Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. – On a quick trip to Tucson, I had a few hours to get a look at some classic desert scenery, but not enough time (or energy) for a big hike before catching a flight home. A friend...

DATE: June 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Nova Scotia’s coastline without a crowd

INGONISH BEACH, Nova Scotia – Rounding a curve on the Cabot Trail, you see it: an elongated pile of granite jutting toward the Atlantic Ocean. It’s called Middle Head, and it’s part of Cape Breton...

DATE: June 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Why does your return trip feel shorter?

For complex beings, humans aren’t that great at perceiving time. We’re especially bad at measuring time in the short term – seconds, minutes and hours. Our sense of how much time is passing is...

DATE: June 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Below the rim

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. – Nearly 5 million people visit Grand Canyon National Park each year, but many do not get far below its limestone rim. Even fewer head to the bottom. Why? The...

DATE: June 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

No. 1 ranking not welcomed by all

WAIMANALO, Hawaii – Many small-town residents would get a kick out of their communities being recognized like Waimanalo recently was when one of its beaches was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. But here,...

DATE: June 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Red, black, green: Hawaii’s rainbow of sand

KALAPANA, Hawaii – Go ahead, sink your toes in the sand on Hawaii’s famous beaches. But you might be surprised by the color of that sand – it’s not always golden. You’ll find black sand, red sand...

DATE: June 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Our best beaches

HONOLULU – As the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean, Waimanalo Bay’s powdery white coral sand glows in the morning light. A few people lounge in the sand as a fisherman casts his line into the...

DATE: June 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Local rhythms animate Old Havana

HAVANA – In some destinations, tourist areas are located far from the rhythms of everyday life. But visitors who wander through Old Havana – Habana Vieja, as locals call it – can’t help but get a...

DATE: June 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Cuba’s time capsule

HAVANA – Travel experts and upscale magazines are urging travel to Cuba before it changes. But visitors envisioning salsa in the streets and glamorous vintage cars should also be prepared to manage...

DATE: June 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

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