Southwest Life

When pirates reigned

SAN DIEGO – Well, shiver me timbers, Matey. This looks like real pirate treasure. Indeed, it is. Hundreds of pieces from among 100,000 artifacts – untouched by human hands for almost 270 years –...

DATE: March 29, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Bliss on the beach

GUIONES, Costa Rica – A vacation to escape the cold led us to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, where we went surfing, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing and even visited a dry tropical forest. Our...

DATE: March 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

In Calif. wine country, follow an olive oil trail

NAPA, Calif. – Come to California wine country taste the – olive oil? Yes, there’s liquid gold hidden among the vines, part of an olive oil boom in recent years. You can tour an orchard, learn...

DATE: March 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Vacation cooking requires planning

FORT COLLINS – It can be a recipe for disaster: renting a vacation house with friends without talking about meal planning. There are obvious topics, like allergies, budgeting, finicky kids and the...

DATE: March 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Baja’s quiet gem

LORETO, Mexico – Efforts to turn the seaside village of Loreto into a major destination have been going on for years. So far, though, the results have been limited, and that in itself makes it...

DATE: March 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Where heroes worked

DALLAS – From a fairy tale-inspiring castle in the Bavarian Alps to a serene sculpture of Mary and Jesus by Michelangelo tucked away in a Belgian church, sites and works of art across Europe can...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Behind Olympic facades, a crumbling city

SOCHI, Russia – A shining new $635 million highway on the outskirts of Sochi stands next to a crumbling apartment block with a red “SOS!” banner on its roof. The residents of 5a Akatsy street have...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Sochi: A city of contrasts

SOCHI, Russia – For visitors to the Winter Olympics, Sochi may feel like a landscape from a dream – familiar and strange at once. Palm trees evoke a tropical seaside resort, but the Black Sea...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Building winter

LINCOLN, N.H. Farming is tough during a New Hampshire winter – unless you’re growing icicles. At the base of Loon Mountain in Lincoln, an ice castle not unlike the frosty palace in the Disney...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Travel agents can play vital role for business travelers

Larry Seal, an executive leadership coach who spends about 100 nights on the road each year, uses a travel agent any time he travels for work even if he has to pay for it out-of-pocket. Once, his...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Southwest Airlines ranks last in on-time performance

Southwest Airlines, once the most on-time airline in the industry, has lately been the least on-time, according to an analysis by the Chicago Tribune. The Dallas-based airline, the dominant carrier...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Destination: Food

TAMPA, Fla. In the past, the Tampa Bay region hasn’t been high on a foodie’s travel bucket list. Sure, there are some tasty Cuban sandwiches in Tampa and fresh grouper in restaurants along the...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

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