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Kentucky’s underground rock star: Mammoth Cave National Park

Weeks before I actually headed to Mammoth Cave National Park for a weekend trip, and a day after I’d booked several guided cave tours, I encircled my chest with a tape measure. I was relieved to...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Here’s what can get you banned by airlines, hotels and rental car companies

Don’t hit a flight attendant. Don’t trash your hotel room. And whatever you do, don’t leave a loaded gun in your rental car. All of the above can land you on the travel industry’s mysterious...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

California bans hotels from using tiny plastic bottles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Hotels in the nation’s most populous state will have to stop giving guests small plastic shampoo bottles under a new law set to take effect starting in 2023. Gov. Gavin Newsom...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

New York library exhibit to pay tribute to J.D. Salinger

NEW YORK – An upcoming exhibit at the New York Public Library will offer a look into the very private life of J.D. Salinger. From Oct. 18 to Jan. 20, 2020, the library will show materials ranging...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Exercise guru Taryn Toomey explains her ‘wacky’ in-flight routine

Taryn Toomey is the founder of Class, a workout program that combines various techniques (yoga, high-intensity interval training, cardio) with cathartic mantras and encouragement to discharge toxic...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

A mecca for outdoor pursuits, Missoula is rich in culture, too

My boyfriend works for a software company based in Missoula, in northwestern Montana. I tag along on his work trips as often as possible, and on every trip its relative dearth of tourists perplexes...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Do you need an international permit to drive overseas?

If you’re renting a car on your next international trip, you may need an additional ID: an international driving permit. Not paying for the document, which translates your American license into 10...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Stephen, Tabitha King plan changes to iconic Maine home

Stephen and Tabitha King are ready for the next chapter for their Victorian mansion that stands behind a wrought iron gate festooned with winged creatures and spiderwebs. The authors want to...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Sam Clemens’ signature appears to be on Mark Twain Cave wall

A pair of Mark Twain enthusiasts who have searched for more than two decades say they’ve found what appears to be Samuel Clemens’ signature from his youth scrawled on the wall of the Missouri cave...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

To fight unfair damage fees, always take pictures

I take pictures of everything when I travel. Not just the landmarks, the kids and the tacos we ordered from a San Antonio food truck. I shoot my car, my hotel room, even my vacation rental. When I...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Fast-moving glacier threatens valley in Mont Blanc massif

MILAN – Italian officials sounded an alarm Wednesday over climate change due to the threat that a fast-moving melting glacier is posing to a picturesque valley near the Alpine town of Courmayeur....

DATE: Sept. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Coral die-off predicted as marine heat wave engulfs Hawaii

CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii – At the edge of an ancient lava flow where jagged black rocks meet the Pacific, small off-the-grid homes overlook the calm blue waters of Papa Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island – no...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

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