Travel and commuting

Is TSA killing tourism? Some fliers staying grounded

With the economy slowly rebounding, 2011 was shaping up to be the best year for travel since the recession began. Prices were expected to rise only slightly, and people were making plans to take a...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2010 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Sometimes you’ve gotta look low for GeoQuiz

By John PeelHerald Features EditorWe all go through peaks and valleys, even GeoQuiz.Yes, you’re undoubtedly all thinking that even the worst GeoQuiz is still a peak in your day, or at least a...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2010 | COLUMN: GeoQuiz

Too sick to fly? Nonrefundable tickets make it harder to make changes

Gary Garretson has liver disease and won’t be able to use his airline tickets. Why can’t US Airways give him a refund? After repeatedly being turned down, Garretson turns to the Travel...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2010 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

The exhibit that never sleeps Philly’s new ‘Museum Without Walls’ is open to all, all the time

PHILADELPHIA – Ever walk by a statue and wonder, “What made this guy so important?” or pass by a modern sculpture in a park and think, “What on Earth is that supposed to be?”Now, in Philadelphia,...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

When we’re tourists, do people really hate us?

When I lived in the Florida Keys, an area heavily dependent on tourism, I remember seeing a bumper sticker a time or two: “If it’s tourist season,” it asked, “why can’t we shoot them?”The men...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2010 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Pondering the politics of GeoQuiz

By John PeelHerald Features EditorDid your favorite candidates win?Are you satisfied that this country is now headed in the right direction? Well, the truth is, we here at GeoQuiz don’t care if...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2010 | COLUMN: GeoQuiz

A picture lasts longer

POIPU, Hawaii – The best part of the best-ever family vacation was practically an afterthought.With just days to go before my parents and I left for a week on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, an...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Did your ancestor fight at Saratoga? You can check

STILLWATER, N.Y. – Descendants of Revolutionary War soldiers who fought in one of history’s most important battles can now find their American ancestors in a computer database, and some day they...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Brit says U.S. making excessive demands

LONDON — The chairman of British Airways claims the United States is making excessive demands about screening airline passengers, including insisting on measures it doesn’t require on U.S. domestic...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Paying up front for rental car nicks and scratches

The late-model Chevrolet that Sukumar Thanawala rented from Thrifty Car Rental in Munich in the spring looked “absolutely fine” when he returned it, he said.But a few weeks later, Thanawala, a...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2010 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Here’s a bag full of sweet and tasty questions

By John PeelHerald Features EditorHappy Halloween!There, I’ve used up my allotment of exclamation points for the year!So, obviously today’s subject should be ghouls and goblins and witches and...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2010 | COLUMN: GeoQuiz

Katrina’s legacy

NEW ORLEANS – The room is lit by flashlights, an escape hole chopped in the roof with an ax lying nearby. Steps away, rising floodwaters seep down a levee wall; across the way, a storm diary...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

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