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Airline seats get a makeover

The airline seat. It's as fundamental to the flying experience as the pilot in the cockpit, and the engine and wings of the plane. You may dread the middle seat, or love to sit on the aisle, but...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Now might be time to set sail on a cruise

If you’re one of the 303 million Americans who won’t take a cruise this year, you might want to reconsider your vacation plans. This may be the time to head out to sea. The reason has little to do...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Adventure not over for Lonely Planet founder

NEW YORK – Tony Wheeler wrote his first travel book with his wife, Maureen, in 1973 after driving across Europe and Asia. It sold 1,500 copies in a week and launched a guidebook empire called...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Cruising Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska More than 1 million cruise passengers set sail between April and September in port towns from Ketchikan to Seward. Cruise passengers who sign up for shore excursions can spend...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Smokejumper base features parachute corps

MISSOULA, Mont. – Fighting wildland fires is grimy, exhausting, dangerous and impressive. When smokejumpers do the work, parachuting in to wage the initial attack on fires in remote, rugged places,...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hiking Shi Shi

SHI SHI BEACH, Wash. First there’s a drive through windy seaside and tree-lined roads. Then there’s a peek at the farthest northwest point in the lower 48 states. Finally, after a two-mile hike...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Into the Outback

SYDNEY – Australia has thousands of miles of roads crisscrossing the country’s vast Outback. But most travelers miss out on the beautiful sites dotted across the land by flying from one city to the...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

The endless quest for better boarding

DALLAS – Getting people on and off an airplane quickly is so complicated that even an astrophysicist couldn’t figure it out. Jason Steffen, a research fellow at Northwestern University, normally...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Doctors often on planes to deal with emergencies

Is there a doctor on board? Surprisingly often, there is – in half of in-flight medical emergencies – and sick airline passengers almost always survive, a new study finds. The research is the...

DATE: July 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Books keep business travelers sane

Frequent business traveler flier Margaret Bowles disregards in-flight entertainment options and pulls out her Kindle on nearly every flight. Bowles, a lawyer in Winter Park, is now reading Proof of...

DATE: July 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Swimming with the sharks

LA JOLLA, Calif. Just beyond the breakers at La Jolla Shores Beach, hundreds of dark figures cruise through the sandy shallows like a scene in a horror movie. In most cases, the sight of one...

DATE: July 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Where summer and deals sizzle

PHOENIX – Winter turns the Valley of the Sun into a destination, luring visitors from colder climates around the world to the warmth of the desert. Once the searing heat of summer hits, the...

DATE: July 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

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