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

Is it too easy to lose trust in the TSA?

A new Transportation Security Administration initiative that lets trusted travelers bypass the airport screening line is on the verge of an ambitious expansion. By the end of the year, PreCheck, a...

DATE: May 5, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

‘Before They Were Famous’

NEW YORK – Andy Warhol once predicted 15 minutes of fame for everyone.But 25 years after his death, the pop artist’s reputation and impact on the contemporary art world show no signs of fading. His...

DATE: May 5, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Doc rolls out ‘Hangover Heaven’onVegas Strip

LAS VEGAS – He had a Las Vegas wedding to attend, but Bryan Dalia was hung over from some marathon partying the night before.“I did two bachelor parties, back-to-back,” Dalia said, putting his hand...

DATE: May 5, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Air traveler waits a year for refund check

Q: We have been trying to get a refund from Southwest Airlines for almost one year. It’s a refund that Southwest fully admits it owes but always finds another excuse not to pay. I hope you can help...

DATE: April 28, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Doubling down at the Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Shadowbox with a silhouetted Muhammad Ali. Grab a bat and take a few swings in a batting cage at the Louisville Slugger Museum. Dig into a Hot Brown at the place where the savory...

DATE: April 28, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

New Orleans festivals booming as Jazz Fest starts

NEW ORLEANS – When Hurricane Katrina scattered New Orleans residents and its musicians across the country, many wondered if the best days of New Orleans music had drowned with the city. But if its...

DATE: April 28, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Motorcyling to the coast

KEY WEST, Fla. – Lots of Northerners shake off the last of the cold weather with a trip south in springtime. We decided to head into the Florida sunshine on two wheels, on a motorcycle trip from...

DATE: April 14, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Code-sharing confusion grounds vacation before it’s started

Q: We booked a ticket from Washington to the Bahamas recently through Expedia. It was a code-share flight Bahamasair (www.bahamasair.com) operated by US Airways.At the US Airways check-in counter,...

DATE: April 14, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Tourists learn orderliness in Tuscany visit

CORTONA, TUSCANY, ITALY – Climbing up a cobbled lane behind the Convent Santa Margherita where we are staying, we find the Fortezza di Cortona, built 1,000 years ago on the highest hill above the...

DATE: April 14, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Body scanners’ apparent flaw raises concerns

One of the Transportation Security Administration’s vaunted 20 layers of security has been looking a little porous lately, and the resulting dust-up is calling into question the effectiveness – and...

DATE: March 31, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Short life for world’s largest ship

The RMS Titanic was the largest ship in the world – and publicized as the most luxurious – when it was built in 1912.“The Titanic was given every superlative under the sun,” said Theresa Nelson, a...

DATE: March 31, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

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