Coney Island comes back

NEW YORK Two of New York’s best-known waterfront neighborhoods took a beating last fall from Superstorm Sandy: Coney Island in Brooklyn and the Rockaways in Queens. But crowds are back on both...

DATE: June 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Privacy? There’s no such thing while on the road

Recent revelations of the National Security Agency’s sweeping domestic surveillance programs may have angered many Americans, but for most travelers, it was nothing new. Surrendering your right to...

DATE: June 29, 2013 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Tiny airstrip a death-defying experience

LUKLA, Nepal – As soon as the decades-old Twin Otter landed at Lukla Airport, passengers burst out in applause. They do that for nearly every safe landing at the often terrifying airport at the...

DATE: June 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

From beach to the boardwalk: Freebies in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Myrtle Beach, this year celebrating the 75th anniversary of its incorporation, is the heart of South Carolina’s $16.5 billion tourism industry. Myrtle Beach is in the center of...

DATE: June 15, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Giving Guatemala a chance

ANTIGUA, Guatemala – Everyone told me not to go. Even a friend who lived in Guatemala for six months advised me against going. I planned the trip and canceled it twice. But in the end I let my...

DATE: June 15, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Do your homework before booking historic inn

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Mont. – The website used words like “rustic” and “old-world style accommodations” for the lodge, but somehow I read that as “charming” and “romantic.” When I arrived at the...

DATE: June 15, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

When is it OK to hold a plane for a tardy traveler?

Holding a plane for a passenger is an iconic customer service gesture. In a different era of commercial aviation, before on-time arrivals became so important that aircraft doors closed 15 minutes...

DATE: June 15, 2013 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Something’s ‘phishy’ about vacation rentals

If you think the words “vacation rental” and “phishing” are all but synonymous, you’re not alone. Just talk to Ann Schutte, who recently found a rental villa with a “million-dollar” view in Sedona,...

DATE: June 1, 2013 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Rev up to these freebies in Black Hills

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Mount Rushmore National Memorial may be the most famous landmark in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but it’s not the only one. Covering about 8,000 square miles, the Black...

DATE: June 1, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Dr. Beach names top spot

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. – This may be hard to believe in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, but an annual list of the best beaches in the country has a New York beach ranked No. 1. Less surprisingly,...

DATE: June 1, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Parks, markets, among free options in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. – Two decades ago, the city of Portland’s Yellow Bike Project put hundreds of canary-colored two-wheelers on the streets for public use. It was an earnest effort, utterly without...

DATE: May 18, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Historic ride on Zephyr

EMERYVILLE, Calif. The journey east on Amtrak’s California Zephyr train is as good as the destination. Riding the rails from the San Francisco Bay area to Reno, Nev., offers beautiful views and a...

DATE: May 18, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

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