Southwest Life

Isles of highs and lows

PORT VILA, Vanuatu – The hotel phone buzzed at 5:54 a.m. Roused from a deep sleep, 40-year-old Australian lawyer Veronica Riding groggily answered the phone. “Good morning, madam,” a friendly voice...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Scandinavia’s warm embrace

Waking up at 4:40 in the morning to catch a flight is a rough way to kick off a vacation to Scandinavia, but it’s a small price to pay for visiting a group of countries – and great friends – I...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Park preserves vanishing tallgrass prairie

STRONG CITY, Kan. – Stand here in a field of tall, windblown grass and wildflowers, and twirl around like a child. It’s like being inside a prairie snow globe: You’re surrounded by a sea of green,...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Crash course

LONDON – They raced down the slide, one by one, like children on a playground. At the bottom, smartphone photos were snapped and high fives exchanged. The frequent fliers were all smiling and...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

8,578 miles: World’s longest nonstop flight

FORT WORTH, Texas – Qantas is putting the world’s biggest passenger plane on the world’s longest airline route. A Qantas Airbus A380 touched down Monday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Gross things can happen to good passengers

For Ryan Karas and Lindsi Stinson, it was blood. For Angela Rauen, it was urine. And for Linda Cannon, vomit. All four of the airline passengers say they were confronted by a biohazard when they...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

More travelers discover allure of fall tourism

NEW YORK – Fall used to be off-peak for tourism everywhere except New England and other fall foliage destinations. But autumn tourism is rising, with traditional summer hot spots increasingly busy...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

U.S. eager to cater to Chinese tourists

COSTA MESA, Calif. – On a hot summer day, nearly two dozen Chinese tourists descended from a white shuttle bus for an afternoon of shopping at one of Southern California’s signature upscale malls....

DATE: Sept. 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Passenger explains seat dispute, use of Knee Defender

NEW YORK – The businessman whose dispute with a fellow airline passenger over a reclined seat sparked a national debate about air-travel etiquette says he’s embarrassed by the way the confrontation...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Reclining an airline seat can be risky business

NEW YORK – Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers. Three U.S. flights made unscheduled landings recently...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Mimicking airlines, hotels get fee-happy

NEW YORK – Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, “Are we there yet?” The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use. ...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Johnny Cash’s colonial past

DYESS, Ark. – Money and memorabilia from Johnny Cash’s family and friends have helped historians restore a significant part of the Historic Dyess Colony, a government collective built to pull...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

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