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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

Wildlife and glaciers

VALDEZ, Alaska – We're standing in a field of rocks in a dense fog, surrounded by icebergs stranded at low tide. This is the terminal moraine of Alaska's Columbia Glacier – the rocky debris that...

DATE: July 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

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

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