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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

As business trickles back, hotels compete on cleanliness

Marriott, Hilton and other big hotel companies are used to competing on price or perks. Now they are competing on cleanliness. From masked clerks at the front desk to shuttered buffets, hotels are...

DATE: June 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Too sick to fly: Should airlines offer refunds to infectious passengers?

Can you be too sick to fly? In light of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s a question consumer advocates are raising with new urgency. They’re fighting for regulations that would require airlines to...

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

Tourist rescued after being trapped 6 days in well in Bali

DENPASAR, Indonesia – A Ukrainian man who fell into an abandoned well and broke his leg while being chased by a wild dog on Indonesia’s tourist island of Bali was rescued after being trapped for...

DATE: June 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

French Quarter sans tourists: ‘An old neighborhood again’

NEW ORLEANS – For Jack Greenwood, New Orleans’ COVID-19 lockdowns brought sadness, but also a revelation: He was making more acquaintances with fellow residents – people he might not have noticed...

DATE: June 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

National parks hope visitors comply with virus measures

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A man pets a wild bison on the head. Rescuers pull a treasure-seeker from a snowy canyon. A woman taking photos stumbles into scalding water. Visitors to Yellowstone National Park...

DATE: May 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

What happens to your loyalty program after the pandemic?

Sheree Davis was one of hundreds of thousands of air travelers eager to know how loyalty programs would treat them after the pandemic. So she was excited when American Airlines recently announced...

DATE: May 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Boeing slashes 12,000 jobs as virus seizes travel industry

Boeing is cutting more than 12,000 jobs through layoffs and buyouts as the coronavirus pandemic seizes the travel industry. And the aircraft maker says more cuts are coming. One of the nation’s...

DATE: May 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

People are wearing hazmat suits on planes, but should they?

Last year, supermodel Naomi Campbell made headlines when she shared a video of herself very thoroughly sanitizing her Qatar Airlines seat. There were disinfecting wipes involved, plastic gloves and...

DATE: May 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Virus lockdown gives Venice a shot at reimagining tourism

VENICE, Italy – In Venice, a city famous for being visited by too many and home to too few, children’s play now fills neighborhood squares, fishermen sell their catch to home cooks and water buses...

DATE: May 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Disinfected dice: Las Vegas casinos getting ready to roll

LAS VEGAS – Free parking, but no valet service. Bartenders, blackjack dealers and waiters wearing masks. Hand sanitizer everywhere. Yes, dice will roll, cards will be dealt and slot machines will...

DATE: May 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

What to do when disaster strikes on vacation

Celeste Gray used to travel without a plan, which allowed her “plenty of room for spontaneity.” But when she found herself stranded in Spain on Sept. 12, 2001, she discovered the importance of...

DATE: May 22, 2020 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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