Titanic centennial: Museums, events, dinners

NEW YORK – A hundred years ago, the sinking of the Titanic was a tragic disaster. Today, it’s fodder for an entertaining outing with the kids. There are replica ships in Tennessee and Missouri,...

DATE: March 31, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Titanic: Upcloseandpersonal

SAN DIEGO The exhibit here of ship artifacts and personal effects of passengers and crew from the ill-fated Titanic is more a retrospect on the human aspect of the April 15, 1912, nautical disaster...

DATE: March 31, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

On travel sites, the prechecked box checks out

The pre-checked box, a clever technique that travel companies use to extract a few more dollars from customers booking their trips online, may be checking out.Last month, the Minnesota Department...

DATE: March 17, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Summer travel planning in winter? Not such a crazy idea

NEW YORK – Hoping to get a good deal on summer travel? Start planning now.The official start to spring is still a few days away, but airfares for summer are rising fast. Many fare-watchers think...

DATE: March 17, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel


BENTONVILLE, Ark. – A visitor arriving at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art sees a curved concrete facade with the museum’s name and, behind it, a stand of trees on a hillside.Where’s the...

DATE: March 17, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Cashing in frequent-flyer awards isn’t easy

Christine Ballentine is a loyal US Airways customer, and she has been saving up her frequent-flyer miles for a trip to France this summer. But turning them into a ticket hasn’t been easy.“US...

DATE: March 3, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Like walking? Try the Himalayan range–all of it

In the shadow of Mount Everest and its magnetic lore, a cross-border route with a grand name, the Great Himalaya Trail, is being touted as an epic, untapped alternative to the bucket-list trek to...

DATE: March 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

More than just horses

Cowboys. Horses. Guns. Booze. And tennis? When it comes to dude ranches, hosts are adopting John Wayne’s “A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do” and are offering options unheard of just a few...

DATE: March 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Make your trip a hit with these tips

CHICAGO – Nothing stirs the blood of baseball fans quite like “pitchers and catchers report.”A harbinger of the coming season, the words mean players are reporting for duty in Florida and Arizona...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Play ball!

TAMPA, Fla. – Major league baseball teams started coming to Florida for spring training almost a century ago, traveling by rail from the often still-frozen North to get in shape and play some...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Do new airline rules benefit fliers? Not much

It took five years of debate and more than two dozen short-term extensions, but the legislation finally passed last week.When I started writing this column in 2009, almost every trade group in...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Vacation rental phishing scams catch travelers

Shauna Kattler thought she’d found the ideal rental home in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, for her Christmas vacation: a two-bedroom penthouse condominium with a hot tub and an impossibly perfect view...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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