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Trump’s Cuba policy hurts private sector, report says

HAVANA – President Donald Trump’s Cuba policy is driving millions of dollars from the island’s private entrepreneurs to its state-run tourism sector, the opposite of its supposed goal, according to...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hotels sweat the details of workouts for guests

It wasn’t the price or the points or the location that most influenced Ruth Furman to book a stay at the Holiday Inn Express Waikiki in Honolulu last summer. It was the yoga. Namely, the free...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

When alcohol fuels trouble at 36,000 feet

On a recent Delta Air Lines flight from Newark to Minneapolis, a passenger seated near Stephanie Wolkin downed five mini-bottles of vodka in rapid succession. By the time the plane landed, the...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

In Iceland, police say foreign drivers court trouble looking for Northern Lights

AKUREYRI, Iceland – Police in Iceland have a warning for visitors: Beware our roads in the winter. Spending a clear winter night under an Arctic sky lit up by spectacular streaks of color from the...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Heavy smog, worsened by weather, raises alarm across Asia

BANGKOK – Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia, with authorities in Thailand’s hazy capital Bangkok handing out face masks and preparing to seed...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

U.S. Border Patrol Museum opens a world on the evolving agency

EL PASO, Texas – For many Mexican-Americans living near the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S. Border Patrol was viewed as a federal government agency to be feared. Its agents might raid the factory...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

No money to travel? Find places to stay for next to nothing

Credit card rewards can be your ticket – literally your plane ticket – to a dream destination. But even if you’ve earned what you need to get to where you’re going, the accommodations could be a...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

What to expect when you travel in 2019

If you like crowds, personalized travel experiences or talking to machines, then you’re going to love traveling in 2019. That’s because “overtourism,” personalization and artificial intelligence...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Nordic skating on a 4.5-mile trail on a frozen Vermont lake

FAIRLEE, Vt. – Ice skating on Vermont’s Lake Morey is far more than circling around a makeshift rink. It’s an expedition – a 4.5-mile one, around the frozen lake’s perimeter. It’s said to be the...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

U.S. aviation system is starting to show strains from shutdown

The partial government shutdown is starting to strain the national aviation system, with unpaid security screeners staying home, air-traffic controllers suing the government and safety inspectors...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

On Frontier, flight attendants accept tips

Use your credit card to buy a taco, a beer or a taxi ride, and it’s very likely the receipt screen will solicit a tip. A few years ago, that same option arrived on airlines, to the chagrin of...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Joshua Tree National Park closing over shutdown problems

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. – Destruction of its signature trees and driving off-road during the partial government shutdown have added to problems that will force popular Joshua Tree...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

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