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

Are e-checks a safe way to pay for travel?

As she paged through Viking River Cruises’ glossy brochure one recent afternoon, Diane Moskal noticed a new way to save money: If she booked the Waterways of the Tsars itinerary sailing from Moscow...

DATE: March 15, 2014 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Carry-on crackdown: United enforces limit

NEW YORK – United Airlines is getting tough on passengers with oversized carry-on bags. The Chicago-based airline has installed new bag-sizers at most airports. It also emailed its frequent fliers,...

DATE: March 3, 2014 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Skiing on a patch of snow in China’s desert

Editor’s note: David Scott, a 2008 Durango High School graduate, is teaching English in China’s far western province of Xinjiang (New Frontier) in the city of Korla. He will be writing about his...

DATE: March 1, 2014 | COLUMN: Letter from Korla

What to do when stomach flu takes over cruise ship?

What’s worse than being stricken with stomach flu on vacation? Maybe it’s being quarantined on a cruise ship with hundreds of other passengers suffering from the same illness. That’s what happened...

DATE: March 1, 2014 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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

Charting a new course

Whenever you take an adventure, only one thing is certain: You will not come back the same person. After nearly three months of living on the sea and out of much of society’s clutches, all of my...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2014 | COLUMN: More Hands on Deck

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

Travel industry’s time-outs can shut you out of a ticket

A casual observer might have thought that Anthony LaMesa was booking a last-minute JetBlue Airways ticket from New York to Cancun, Mexico, on a whim, perhaps to escape the frigid winter weather....

DATE: Feb. 15, 2014 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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

It’s easy for your credit card to be compromised

A day after Sheilah Reardon checked into the Bellagio Las Vegas, she received an email alert from American Express warning that her credit card had been compromised. Among the fraudulent charges: a...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2014 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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