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Photos: Grand but empty, Italian hotels await tourists

ROME – Like lonely grande dames, Italy’s luxury hotels lack company amid the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press photographers have captured the atmosphere inside prestigious establishments in...

DATE: May 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Pandemic upends life on isolated, idyllic Galapagos Islands

SAN CRISTOBAL, Ecuador – Before the coronavirus, sudden life-threatening ailments among tourists, fishermen and others on the Galapagos Islands were considered so rare that hospitals didn’t have a...

DATE: May 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Is it possible to plan a ‘safe’ vacation during the pandemic?

Joel Smiler doesn’t want to miss his 50th wedding anniversary trip to Maui this September. But he’s not sure if it’s still a good idea. For Smiler, a retired veterinarian, Maui checks a lot of...

DATE: May 15, 2020 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Some people miss travel so much they’re ordering airplane food delivered to their homes

Frequently purchased as a graduation gift, Dr. Seuss’s “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” is taunting us, its singsong meter and rhyme piling on. It is a book about itchy feet and the wide-open road. The...

DATE: May 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Battered global tourism industry makes reopening plans

Six months ago, the global tourism industry was celebrating a record year for travel. Now, it’s decimated and facing a recovery that could take years. Tourism Economics, a data and consulting firm,...

DATE: May 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Isolated by oceans: Hawaii, other islands tamp down virus

HONOLULU – Flying to a faraway beach might seem like the perfect way to escape a pandemic, but for isolated Pacific islands, controlling the coronavirus means cutting off tourism. Hawaii has among...

DATE: May 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

How to protect your next trip against a pandemic

What if it happens again? What if coronavirus resurges this summer, just as you’re leaving for a well-deserved vacation? Or during the winter holidays? Travelers are looking for ways to protect...

DATE: May 7, 2020 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Q&A: Why some planes are crowded even with air travel down

Every once in a while, social media lights up with photos or video from flights that are nearly full, with passengers clearly violating advice from public health officials about social distancing...

DATE: May 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Locked down in Nice: Stranded in France’s second most popular tourist destination

By Christopher Elliott The Washington Post Nice, France, is a city on hold. Its hotels are boarded up, its restaurants are shuttered and its residents are confined to their homes 23 hours a day. I...

DATE: May 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airline nosedive: American, United post huge pandemic losses

DALLAS – American Airlines and United Airlines lost a combined $4 billion in the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic triggered a sharp drop in air travel, and the airlines are busy borrowing...

DATE: May 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Travel destinations stay visible during pandemic

Tourism officials want you to dream of a vacation during your coronavirus confinement. They’re using everything from bingo to live webcams to keep you engaged. And they’re renovating and reaching...

DATE: May 1, 2020 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

As fewer people fly, rate of guns found in bags by TSA jumps

With far fewer people flying because of travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, airport security screeners are naturally finding fewer guns in carry-on baggage. But the ratio of guns...

DATE: April 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

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