Southwest Life

Time to chill out with cold facts on nicknames

If the clue is “The Icebox of the United States," you might be tempted to answer Durango. However, for GeoQuizpurposes, you would be wrong. Sure, it has been cold here. But do you really want to...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

New laws and policies may upgrade quality of travel in 2010

Steph Ulyett's airline ticket should have said “Stephanie," of course, but she's always gone by Steph, so that's thename her partner typed into Expedia when he reserved their flights to...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

With changes in air-security screening, travelers are flying blind

The Transportation Security Administration likes to keep terrorists guessing. Apparently, it likes to keep travelers guessing, too.And we do. Shoes on - or off? Laptop computer in the bag - or on...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Midnight on the Ganges

We pushed off from the stone steps along the western bank of the Ganges around 11 p.m. Twelve passengers and a ferryman in a small wooden boat headed north along the edge ofIndia's great holy...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Man and the Moon

CEDAR MESA, Utah - Standing on a wide stone shelf, looking across the canyon as mid-morning sun lit the opposite side, I stood in silence viewing Moon House for the first time.I stared at the...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Nakation, anyone? Reasons to bare all on vacation

These are hard times for clothing-optional travelers. Last summer, thanks to two highly publicized incidents, naked became synonymous with crazy. In one, a passenger stripped during a US Airways...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Coming soon: GeoQuiz, the board game

It's the game that teaches good Americans to buy up everything and create dynasties so they can have all the money. What's not to love? It's capitalism at its finest. It teaches greed, hoarding...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Best seats still available for GeoQuiz

Are we in a rut?Since its debut on Feb. 15, 2004, every GeoQuiz has been fill-in-the-blank or multiple choice. This time, one of ourzillions of loyal readers suggested, you should make it an essay...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Don't fly high: Five reasons to lose the booze when traveling

Don't drink and fly.Words to live by, not just if you're a pilot, but also if you're a passenger.Sandra Langer explains why: On a recent trip from Amsterdam to New York, she watched a good number...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Help! My car rental company is taking me to court

Q: We recently rented a car through Hertz in Scotland. When we returned the vehicle, we asked a representative if he wanted to inspect it. He declined.To our surprise, we later found a $250 charge...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

No skating through this GeoQuiz

The "goal" of this GeoQuiz is to keep you - the reader - out of the penalty box.The fact that this week's theme revolves around the sport of hockey shouldn't send you off to the Dear Abby column....

DATE: Nov. 15, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

The Guns of Imogene

IMOGENE PASS - Colorado tourism promoters extol our scenery, our fall colors and our snow-capped peaks, but nobodymentions our historic machine-gun nest above 13,000 feet. At the top of Imogene...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel