Travel and commuting

GPS directions get an upgrade for summer

If you have a driver’s license, chances are you also have an amusing story about GPS directions.Here is mine: A few weeks ago, my family and I were driving from Cayucos, Calif., to Prescott, Ariz.,...

DATE: June 30, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

How to travel 25,000 miles without a penny

NEW YORK – Michael Wigge left Berlin without a penny and traveled 25,000 miles to Antarctica, hitchhiking, bartering and working his way by ship, plane, car and foot, from Europe to Canada and the...

DATE: June 16, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

50 years later, Seattle Center still evolving

SEATTLE – Fifty years after the World’s Fair inserted the Space Needle into Seattle’s skyline, the city is celebrating that anniversary by offering an array of new things to see and do at Seattle...

DATE: June 16, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel


CORONADO, Calif.Like a Hollywood star, Coronado’s 1.5-mile-long beach literally sparkles, thanks to the mineral mica glinting in its sand.That’s one of the reasons why Coronado – flanked by the...

DATE: June 16, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

New fees suggest airlines becoming more anti-family

If you didn’t know any better, you might think the airline industry crossed yet another line just before the Memorial Day holiday, the traditional start of the busy summer travel season.Several...

DATE: June 16, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Insurance claims can hinge on the tiniest details

When it comes to travel insurance claims, Hannah Yun was about as sure as anyone that hers would be successful.She’d bought a gold-plated “cancel for any reason” policy for a trip to South Korea....

DATE: June 2, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Wild ride!

ORLANDO, Fla. The first phases of a reimagined Fantasyland at Florida’s Walt Disney World, the new Cars Land at California’s Disneyland based on the “Cars” movies, and Universal Studios Hollywood’s...

DATE: June 2, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Having fun like kids, minus kids, at Disneyland

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Disneyland is not just for sugar-soaked kids. Consider, all you grown-up women out there, going for a gals’ day out. That’s exactly what my childhood friend Joanna and I, both of...

DATE: June 2, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Artist’s link with the outdoors on display

ALBUQUERQUE – Georgia O’Keeffe could handle the inhospitable conditions of the American Southwest, with its intense sun and rugged terrain. Her clothes tell part of the story – jeans worn at the...

DATE: May 19, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Cheapergasnot going toboost summer driving

NEW YORK – Cheaper gas won’t be enough to get many more Americans on the road this summer. They’re still too worried about their jobs and the economy.Economists and tourism experts are expecting...

DATE: May 19, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel


NEW YORK Are you filled with wanderlust, but sticking close to home because you lack a like-minded companion? Solo travel is an extraordinary, accessible opportunity that can involve big or small...

DATE: May 19, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hey, that’s not my chipped windshield

Q: I recently rented a car from Thrifty in Toronto for two weeks. I travel more than 26 weeks a year and rent lots of cars, but this is the first time I have been scammed by a rental-car...

DATE: May 19, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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