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Mystery trips: Travel companies offer journeys into the unknown

CHARLESTON, W.Va. When Dena Espenscheid answered an advertisement on social media offering a weekend vacation to an unknown destination, her sister warned her she was going to get kidnapped. As it...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Should you get a SIM card or an international roaming plan?

Before Molly Last traveled to Greece to volunteer at a cat sanctuary, she ran the numbers for her phone. Should she get a SIM card or an international roaming plan? A calling plan for her iPhone...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Airbnb agrees to provide host records to Hawaii

HONOLULU – Airbnb Inc. has agreed to provide Hawaii with records of many of its island hosts as the state tries to track down vacation rental operators who haven’t been paying their taxes. Airbnb...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

New York to Sydney: The world’s first 20-hour flight

I’ve just endured the world’s newest longest flight – the 10,100-mile, nonstop, ultra-marathon from New York to Sydney. It took about 19½ hours and was almost as demanding as that sounds. The...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Scooter travelers seek world record, human stories

Two bundled-up figures riding Honda scooters loaded with gear arrive at the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park. Fed up with the fast-paced, cynical world, videographers Michael Reid, a climbing...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

In 10 years of answering your travel questions, the list gets longer

Ten years ago, the this column quietly embarked on a mission to offer readers practical travel advice. The lack of fanfare was no coincidence. America was emerging from the Great Recession, and...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Australia’s iconic rock Uluru scaled by final climbers

ULURU, Australia – Nature seemed to be siding with indigenous Australians’ demand for Uluru to be respected as a sacred site on Friday when high winds threatened to prematurely end the...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

U.S. travel industry to Chinese tourists: What trade war?

WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C., has dangled hotel discounts tied to the Chinese Lunar New Year. Arizona has promoted its outdoor attractions to draw visitors during another popular Chinese holiday....

DATE: Oct. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Woman found in wilderness after spelling S-O-S with rocks

LOS ANGELES – A woman who vanished on a visit to Sequoia National Park in California was spotted by a low-flying aircraft rescue crew after she spelled S-O-S with rocks in a forest clearing,...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Lawsuit: Southwest pilots streamed video from bathroom cam

PHOENIX – A lawsuit filed against Southwest Airlines by a flight attendant alleges pilots on a 2017 flight had an iPad streaming video from a hidden camera in a bathroom in one of the airline’s...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Roadside Bigfoot: This Georgia museum is devoted to legendary beast

CHERRY LOG, Ga. – Along a bustling four-lane highway that winds through the north Georgia mountains, an unassuming wooden structure breaks the monotony of churches, billboards and stores selling...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

For water safety abroad, don’t rely on your eyes

Water standards vary around the world. About 71% of the global population uses a safely managed drinking water service, according to the World Health Organization. But 785 million people lack...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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