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Roaming the ruins

PARICATUBA, Brazil – If Hollywood were to set a psychological thriller in the Amazon rainforest, the haunting Paricatuba Ruins would be the perfect backdrop. Massive root structures poke through...

DATE: June 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

For World Cup tourists, sticker shock to kick in

RIO DE JANEIRO – World Cup visitors, welcome to Brazil, land of soccer, sun and sky-high prices. Unlike nearby Latin American nations where a tourist’s U.S. dollar or European Union euro seemingly...

DATE: June 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Mysterious Manaus

MANAUS, Brazil – Death by giant snakes, malarial mosquitoes or drug-addled, knife-wielding thieves: If the barrage of blood-soaked headlines in the British tabloids is to be believed, that’s what...

DATE: June 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

More airports adopt free Wi-Fi

ATLANTA – Steve Parker, sitting in the atrium at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, was about to dig into his bag for a hot spot device when he noticed a poster nearby. “Wi-Fi Before...

DATE: June 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Remembering WWI

YPRES, Belgium Crimson poppies still dance in the breeze as if nothing horrific happened in Flanders Fields. But a century after the start of World War I, the flowers endure as a symbol of war...

DATE: May 31, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Swooping into Normandy

COMMES, France – Weather in Normandy had been iffy for days. Showers and wind gave way to sunshine, then lightning storms over the sea. We watched and waited for the signal to jump. With a window...

DATE: May 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airlines are expecting more travelers to fly this summer

NEW YORK – More travelers will take to the skies this summer, the U.S. airlines’ trade and lobby group predicted last week. About 210 million passengers – or 2.28 million a day– are expected to fly...

DATE: May 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

In Yellowstone’s vastness, many wonders

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – Old Faithful likely comes to mind when you think of Yellowstone National Park. And it’s certainly worth seeing, along with other geysers. But the geysers are just...

DATE: May 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Museum honoring Sept. 11 victims to open May 21

NEW YORK – A long-awaited museum dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will open to the public at the World Trade Center site May 21. The opening will come after a May 15...

DATE: May 3, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Resurrecting a steam giant

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – I n its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the...

DATE: May 3, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

What to call that trip?

NEW YORK – Hotels advertise “bleisure” packages. The Thai Tourism Authority is promoting “honeyteering.” And a Mississippi TV anchor told advocates of gay equality to “go on gaycation.” Whatever...

DATE: April 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

On foot in remote Scotland

TARBERT, Scotland – I don’t have much to tell you about Scotland, really. It’s true, they have whisky, and kilts, and some people speak with an accent so thick that you wonder whether you’re...

DATE: April 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

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