Travel and commuting

NYC subway to use gender-neutral terms during announcements

NEW YORK – When it comes to the New York City subways, there’s no such thing as ladies and gentlemen. Conductors on subway trains have been told to stop addressing passengers as “ladies and...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

Brexit benefit: Lower pound boosts tourism to Britain

LONDON – Many British businesses have become cautious as they try to gauge the impact of the country’s 2019 departure from the European Union. But there’s one industry that has so far clearly...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

In time for the holidays, a seasonal primer on luggage etiquette

It’s the season of the squeeze. That should require absolutely no explanation, but just in case: Picture thousands of stressed-out holiday travelers in airport terminals, train stations and bus...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Managing overtourism an increasing feature of global travel

LONDON – Venice is planning to divert massive cruise liners. Barcelona has cracked down on apartment rentals. Both are at the forefront of efforts to get a grip on “overtourism,” a phenomenon that...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

Paella – main dish of Valencia – is no joking matter

Paella is the main dish of Valencia. Even though it is served elsewhere in Spain, it originated here. The rice produced in Valencia is a wonderful short-grain rice that is flavorful and creamy....

DATE: Nov. 18, 2017 | COLUMN: An American in Spain

Travel books to inspire your next trips or to give as gifts

Travel books can get you dreaming. They can provide practical information for your trips. And they can also just tell a good story. Here are a few books out this season to consider buying for your...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2017 | UPDATED: 3 days 2 hours ago | CATEGORY: Travel

Minnesota loses bid for 1st world’s fair in U.S. since 1984

PARIS – The state of Minnesota lost its bid to host what would have been the first world’s fair on U.S. soil in almost 40 years when the organization that oversees the events voted Wednesday to...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

Minnesota, Poland and Argentina compete to host World’s Fair

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota is hoping to host the first World’s Fair on U.S. soil in nearly 40 years, but it will have to overcome bids by Poland’s third-largest city, Lodz, and the Argentine capital...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

Exploring New Zealand by bike

When some longtime friends started tossing around the idea of a bicycle trip through New Zealand, no one took it seriously at first. Someone knew someone who had done it, and it sounded fantastic –...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

Extra fees increase airline revenue – and consumers’ ire

A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report revealed that domestic air carriers collected $7.1 billion in revenue from checked-bag and changed-reservations fees last year. The extra...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2017 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Hong Kong is the world’s top city for international visits

LONDON – Hong Kong remains the world’s most visited city by international travelers in spite of strained relations with neighboring China, industry experts said this week. In a report on the top...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

Oscar is a cat of the world but he didn’t like flying

NEW YORK – Oscar is a cat of the world. He has his own Instagram account, @Oskibabi , along with high-tech toys like a remote-controlled centipede. But there’s one aspect of modern life Oscar...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel