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United warns 36,000 workers they could be laid off

United Airlines is warning 36,000 employees – nearly half its U.S. staff – they could be furloughed in October, the clearest signal yet of how deeply the virus pandemic is hurting the airline...

DATE: July 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

New ELHI director sees bright future for community center

When Allison Leath rolled into the Pine River Valley after a whirlwind adventure, she was ready to invest in her new community. A job as executive director of the ELHI Community Center in Ignacio...

DATE: July 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Can airlines make passengers wear masks?

Like many other airline passengers flying during the pandemic, Kevin Garvey thought masks were mandatory on planes. So when two women seated in front of him on a recent flight from Fort Myers,...

DATE: July 8, 2020 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

In Russia and Ukraine, no social distance on crowded beaches

SOCHI, Russia – Tens of thousands of vacation-goers in Russia and Ukraine have descended on Black Sea beaches, paying little heed to public health measures despite the numbers of reported...

DATE: July 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

The future of travel, according to guidebook writer Rick Steves

Travel has changed considerably since European travel expert Rick Steves published his first guide, “Europe Through the Back Door,” in 1979. In the time it took Steves to write 50 guidebooks, host...

DATE: July 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

EU reopens its borders to 14 nations but not to U.S. tourists

BRUSSELS – The European Union will reopen its borders to travelers from 14 countries, and possibly China soon, the bloc announced Tuesday, but most Americans have been refused entry for at least...

DATE: June 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Summer vacationers weigh testing, quarantine or staying home

PORTLAND, Maine Homebound travelers desperate to venture out for the first time since the pandemic are confronting a vacation landscape this summer that may require coronavirus tests for the family...

DATE: June 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Social distancing doesn’t work on crowded planes

When Robyn Wilkov boarded a recent flight from New York to Dallas, she was surprised to find a masked passenger in the middle seat next to hers. “The plane was packed, with nearly every row...

DATE: June 26, 2020 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

U.S. citizens likely to be left out as Europe reopens borders

BRUSSELS – Americans are unlikely to be allowed into more than 30 European countries for business or tourism when the continent begins next week to open its borders to the world, because of the...

DATE: June 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Heading to these three states? Quarantine might be in the cards

New York, Connecticut and New Jersey asked Wednesday for travelers from states with high coronavirus infection rates to go into quarantine for 14 days in a bid to preserve hard-fought gains as...

DATE: June 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Theme parks hope the thrill is not gone

TOLEDO, Ohio – Hugs from Mickey Mouse are out at Walt Disney World. So is bunching up at Six Flags to snag a front-seat roller coaster ride. But the season won’t be completely lost for...

DATE: June 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Would-be vacationers approach summer travel cautiously

How bad is the fear of travel right now? So bad that even people in the travel industry are staying home. Annie Gofus, a Washington, D.C., travel agent who founded the site Wunderbird, isn’t going...

DATE: June 19, 2020 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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