Sochi: A city of contrasts

SOCHI, Russia – For visitors to the Winter Olympics, Sochi may feel like a landscape from a dream – familiar and strange at once. Palm trees evoke a tropical seaside resort, but the Black Sea...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Far from home, holidays bring unexpected delights

It finally happened. The unthinkable. The most dangerous and yet unavoidable problem in any long journey. Christmas came, and we got homesick. But this time, going home was not an option. We had to...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2014 | COLUMN: More Hands on Deck

Building winter

LINCOLN, N.H. Farming is tough during a New Hampshire winter – unless you’re growing icicles. At the base of Loon Mountain in Lincoln, an ice castle not unlike the frosty palace in the Disney...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Travel agents can play vital role for business travelers

Larry Seal, an executive leadership coach who spends about 100 nights on the road each year, uses a travel agent any time he travels for work even if he has to pay for it out-of-pocket. Once, his...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

What to do if your hotel doesn’t exist

For just $89 a night, the all-suite hotel in Killeen, Texas, promised Steven Hoybook and his family “European-style luxury” – an offer that seemed too good to pass up. But Hoybook wishes that he...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2014 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Southwest Airlines ranks last in on-time performance

Southwest Airlines, once the most on-time airline in the industry, has lately been the least on-time, according to an analysis by the Chicago Tribune. The Dallas-based airline, the dominant carrier...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Fearing long lines at the airport? An app may help

Like many air travelers, Caitlin Ariens used to play it safe when she flew. She’d arrive at the airport two hours before departure to give herself enough time to check in and go through...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2014 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Destination: Food

TAMPA, Fla. In the past, the Tampa Bay region hasn’t been high on a foodie’s travel bucket list. Sure, there are some tasty Cuban sandwiches in Tampa and fresh grouper in restaurants along the...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Seattle museum celebrates the silver ball

SEATTLE – For $13, you can play pinball until your arms fall off at Seattle’s working pinball museum. The two-story storefront in Seattle’s International District is filled with games from every...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Stonehenge receives modern-day revamp

STONEHENGE, England – After thousands of years, Stonehenge has had a makeover. But visitors may initially feel something is missing: the prehistoric monument itself. Tourists now arrive at a...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

What can you do when an airline offends you?

Nothing could have prepared Jeff White for the shock he got after printing his boarding pass for a recent Delta Air Lines flight from Pensacola, Fla., to Albany, N.Y., by way of Atlanta. Right...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2013 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Jordan’s warm welcome

AMMAN, Jordan – If you are keen on getting your Middle Eastern fix of ancient sites, sun, mint tea, and falafel, the Arab Spring may have challenged your travel plans. Although tourists have...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

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