‘Act of God’ excuses can be challenged

It’s the time of year when the travel industry likes to play the weather card. Couldn’t check into your hotel? Blame it on that distant tornado. Flight canceled? It’s the hurricane’s fault, even...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2013 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Airline seats get a makeover

The airline seat. It's as fundamental to the flying experience as the pilot in the cockpit, and the engine and wings of the plane. You may dread the middle seat, or love to sit on the aisle, but...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Now might be time to set sail on a cruise

If you’re one of the 303 million Americans who won’t take a cruise this year, you might want to reconsider your vacation plans. This may be the time to head out to sea. The reason has little to do...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Adventure not over for Lonely Planet founder

NEW YORK – Tony Wheeler wrote his first travel book with his wife, Maureen, in 1973 after driving across Europe and Asia. It sold 1,500 copies in a week and launched a guidebook empire called...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Cruising Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska More than 1 million cruise passengers set sail between April and September in port towns from Ketchikan to Seward. Cruise passengers who sign up for shore excursions can spend...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Smokejumper base features parachute corps

MISSOULA, Mont. – Fighting wildland fires is grimy, exhausting, dangerous and impressive. When smokejumpers do the work, parachuting in to wage the initial attack on fires in remote, rugged places,...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hiking Shi Shi

SHI SHI BEACH, Wash. First there’s a drive through windy seaside and tree-lined roads. Then there’s a peek at the farthest northwest point in the lower 48 states. Finally, after a two-mile hike...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Now is the time to get real about real-time airfares

Sue Marcus was looking for a flight from Washington, D.C., to Tulsa, Okla. Instead, she found trouble. Every time the American Airlines website asked her to select a return flight, it came back...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2013 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Into the Outback

SYDNEY – Australia has thousands of miles of roads crisscrossing the country’s vast Outback. But most travelers miss out on the beautiful sites dotted across the land by flying from one city to the...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

The endless quest for better boarding

DALLAS – Getting people on and off an airplane quickly is so complicated that even an astrophysicist couldn’t figure it out. Jason Steffen, a research fellow at Northwestern University, normally...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Don’t tempt fate: Confirm your hotel reservation

A two-night stay at the Driftwood Inn in Chestertown, Md., was supposed to cost Bruce Romano $138 through a website called HotelPlus Destination Portal, as long as he prepaid for his...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2013 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Doctors often on planes to deal with emergencies

Is there a doctor on board? Surprisingly often, there is – in half of in-flight medical emergencies – and sick airline passengers almost always survive, a new study finds. The research is the...

DATE: July 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

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