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Taking laps of luxury at a Vail resort

On a bright, Colorado bluebird day in January, I found myself slaloming through an evergreen forest at high speed on skis, madly chasing my husband, who was pushing his own gear to its limits. Every muscle in my body burned as we flew through Beaver Creek Resort's Royal Elk Glades, an expert-only zone that demands tight turns, the occasional jump off a boulder and speed.  We were killing time...
Japan's Byodoin temple all aglow

Japan's Byodoin temple all aglow

The Phoenix Hall of Byodoin temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Uji, Japan, glows at night during a trial illumination on Friday. The luminous hall, a national treasure, and colorful autumn leaves of Japanese maple trees are reflected on the surface of the water. Monsho Kamii, the temple's chief priest, said: "With the recent drop in temperatures, the autumn leaves have turned vibrant colors...

Family travel: Planning for year ahead

It’s that time of year when we review recent adventures and plan for the year ahead. Here are five ideas to inspire your family’s travels:  1. Travel for adventure. Stoke your family’s passion for new experiences with Lindblad Expeditions and partner, National Geographic, through their recently launched Global Explorer’s program. Designed to inspire the next generation...
7 Cyber Monday travel deals

7 Cyber Monday travel deals

Cyber Monday, on Nov. 27 this year, isn’t just a day to score discounts on retail goods — in the world of travel, it means attractive deals on hotel stays, safaris, group tours and more.  But buy with caution, said Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst and the founder of Atmosphere Research Group. “Travel brands discount throughout the year so make sure that the sale you&rsquo...
Holiday gift guide: Travel

Holiday gift guide: Travel

This year's gifts will help the travelers in your life stay charged, organized, caffeinated and sand-free - and document their every move, of course.  Aspinal of London: Multi Currency Wallet   The sleek wallet has four deep pouches - two per side - to separate cash and coins from different countries. You can match the colored zipper to the currency, such as red for the Chinese yuan...

Talk Travel: Is Puerto Rico ready for visitors?

Q: Do you have any idea when resorts in Puerto Rico will be open and local attractions ready for visitors? I'd like a warm weather vacation, and support the island.  A: According to the most recent status report from the Caribbean Tourism Organization, 72 percent of Puerto Rico's hotels are now open, with many of those located in the San Juan area.   - Carol Sottili   I met...
A warm winter welcome amid the snowy mountains of Wyoming

A warm winter welcome amid the snowy mountains of Wyoming

It was dark by the time we made the short drive from the city of Casper, Wyoming, up the winding switchback road to the top of Casper Mountain. The moon the only light. The wind the only sound in the chill night. With snow piled several feet high from November until mid-May, the only way in to the cabin where we'd be staying on Crooked Pine Trail was either by ancient snowcat or snow machine. ...

Travelers love airline flash sales but the ultra-cheap fares are becoming less common

The Twitter ad seemed too good to be true: fares starting at $20 on JetBlue Airways.  A few hours after the ad appeared last week on the social media site, it was gone, leaving would-be travelers frustrated that they missed the remarkable deal.   Those who clicked too late ended up on a page advising: “This promotion has ended. Act fast! In some cases, a fare may not even last...
New Julia Child exhibit to premiere in Napa

New Julia Child exhibit to premiere in Napa

Yountville’s Napa Valley Museum will be celebrating the legacy of culinary luminary Julia Child this winter with a new photographic exhibit that features black and white photos taken by Paul Child during the Childs’ postwar days in Paris and the French countryside. The exhibit, “France Is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child,” opened on Nov. 11 with a celebration...
How to help a stricken island called home

How to help a stricken island called home

For two weeks after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in September, Frances Westerman, a retiree from Kent in northwestern Connecticut, got information from Puerto Rico only in dribs and drabs, she said. Power and cellular towers were down, and she couldn’t connect with anyone at the condo complex in the island’s southwest where she spends the winter every year.  “It was very...
Frank Stella’s favorite cities for art

Frank Stella’s favorite cities for art

American artist Frank Stella, 81, best known for his minimalist and abstract styles, will tell you that, without travel, he wouldn’t have been able to sustain his career as long as he has.  “Seeing great art in different destinations gives me the motivation to keep going and holds me to a high standard professionally,” he said.   Now, Stella’s 60-year trajectory...
What Southwest Airlines’ Hawaii plans mean for customers and competitors

What Southwest Airlines’ Hawaii plans mean for customers and competitors

For years, customers, employees and investors at Southwest Airlines have wondered aloud about when the nation’s largest domestic carrier would finally launch flights to Hawaii, one of the country’s most popular leisure destinations.  With the announcement last month that Southwest plans to begin flights to the Aloha State in late 2018 or possibly 2019, the question becomes what kind...

Travelers happier with rental cars despite longer lines, survey says

Travelers are happier with the car rental industry than in the past despite longer lines and problems when picking up or dropping off cars, a survey found.  The survey report by research firm J.D. Power attributed the increased satisfaction to daily rates that have dropped an average of $11 per day in 2017.   “Several other key quality measures — notably, wait times and...
Leave the cooking behind; These Caribbean cruises still have space for the holidays

Leave the cooking behind; These Caribbean cruises still have space for the holidays

Procrastinators are getting a break.  In a typical year, trying to book a cruise in November for the December holidays would be a task for the Mission: Impossible team. But in 2017, the storms that strafed part of the Eastern Caribbean have left some travelers with the mistaken impression that the islands are still off-limits. (All western Caribbean ports are open, and even the hard-hit eastern...
You're going where? Eugene, Oregon

You're going where? Eugene, Oregon

I dropped into Eugenelandia - a real place, not one played on TV - and what did I see? Characters sporting Gore-Tex jackets or fleece vests paired with running pants, a sensible uniform for a city nicknamed "Track Town, USA." On their feet, they wore hiking boots, even if they didn't have immediate plans to trek up Mount Pisgah, or sneakers, so they were ready to fly on Pre's Trail, a four-mile...
After fires, businesses urge visitors to spend in Wine Country

After fires, businesses urge visitors to spend in Wine Country

SAN JOSE, Calif.—As the recovery continues from last month’s devastating Northern California wildfires, the iconic wine regions are looking to kick-start their important hospitality and tourism industry with a simple message: We are open for business.  The damage to some areas was indeed devastating. In the 22 days from the start of the fires to when they were completely contained...

Get aloha (and dinner) at the night market in Hawaii’s lava-buried Kaimu

KAIMU, Hawaii — In 1990, this Big Island village south of Hilo got famous when the Kilauea volcano buried most of it beneath more than 50 feet of lava.  What remains of the community where the road ends has re-energized with a weekly night market that draws lines of cars to fill a parking lot ($3 a car) edging a sprawling black field of lava rock that is younger than Taylor Swift. ...
Drinks at high-end hotel bars — hold the booze

Drinks at high-end hotel bars — hold the booze

Renowned hotel bars — the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London, for example, or Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle in New York — are often well-regarded for their innovative cocktails. Today, creative nonalcoholic concoctions are catching on, most notably in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles. Just don’t call them mocktails. “I consider our nonalcohol cocktails to be as...

Don't be a 'disaster gawker': 6 travel tips on how to help after a catastrophe

Hurricanes. Flooding. Wildfires. Earthquakes. The deadliest mass shooting in history. The United States and its neighbors have been hit with one-two punch after one-two punch of disasters and tragedies in recent months, and figuring out where and how to help can be head-spinning.  Greg Forrester, president and chief executive with National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National...

Traveling to Portugal? Consider the offseason

Summer may be Portugal’s peak tourist season, but more travelers from the United States are heading there this fall and winter than they have in recent years. The travel search engine Kayak has seen searches to Lisbon for this fall increase 46 percent compared with last fall, and according to American Express Travel’s internal booking data, trips to Portugal for travel between this September...
If it's dramatic and exaggerated, it must be Baroque

If it's dramatic and exaggerated, it must be Baroque

Maybe it's not surprising that there aren't many museums devoted to the Baroque, the artistic and architectural style that's been described as "clumsy in form and extravagant in contorted ornamentation" and whose name may derive from the Spanish word for "wart." Even little-b "baroque" can be synonymous with having bad taste.  And yet, the Baroque is also "Don...
A Big Island farm stay: Off-the-grid adventure in Hawaii

A Big Island farm stay: Off-the-grid adventure in Hawaii

PAHOA, Hawaii — Shortly after we’d settled into bed in our tiny cabin under the guava trees at remote I’olani Farm, I wondered if the coqui frogs crowding the woods around us would keep me awake. Their loud mating call, at roughly the same decibels as a lawnmower, sounded to me like “BO-PEEP, BO-PEEP.”  The wakefulness question was soon rendered moot as the sky opened...
Living history performance lets you meet Hawaii’s ‘Dr. Volcano’

Living history performance lets you meet Hawaii’s ‘Dr. Volcano’

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK — You might call him “Dr. Volcano.”  All of a sudden, it’s 1912, and the man wearing the Roosevelt button (Teddy) and the big felt hat with a Yosemite Sam brim is telling you all about how he came to be here studying volcanoes in a remote part of the Hawaiian Islands.   It had a lot to do with a volcanic explosion 10 years earlier...
Travel Tips: A luxury vacation to Brazil for less

Travel Tips: A luxury vacation to Brazil for less

A luxury vacation to Brazil can cost a king’s ransom or be easier on the wallet, according to Jennifer Gillmore, a Brazil specialist at Travel Beyond in Wayzata, Minnesota.  “Hotels and restaurants in Brazil can be very pricey, and tourists who are unfamiliar with the country can end up spending a lot without getting a lot,” she said.   But follow a few of her insider...
Museum of the Bible expects capacity crowds for opening

Museum of the Bible expects capacity crowds for opening

WASHINGTON - When the Museum of the Bible throws open its bronze doors Nov. 17, it will invite the world to engage with the Great Book free.  But not everyone will get in.   Washington's newest museum is expecting capacity crowds for its opening celebration, beginning with a formal dedication Friday and stretching through the weekend. All of the timed tickets for Saturday and Sunday...

In time for the holidays, a seasonal primer on luggage etiquette

It's the season of the squeeze.   That should require absolutely no explanation, but just in case: Picture thousands of stressed-out holiday travelers in airport terminals, train stations and bus terminals, bundled up in winter clothing, all piling into a claustrophobia-inducing cattle-class cabin.   With luggage.   Is your blood pressure rising yet? Mine, too.  ...

Tips for flying with special needs

1. Let reservation agents, gate agents and flight attendants know that you or someone you are traveling with has special needs.  2. Book early to get the seats you want. Seats in the front of the aircraft are quieter and you can exit sooner.   3. When booking, consider putting the child with special needs in the center seat if traveling with two adults, or the window seat. Or, have...

A close encounter of the Florida kind

In the 1930s, the Federal Writers Project employed hundreds of writers to compile a series of travel guides to the 48 states. Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State, whose contributors included Zora Neale Hurston and Stetson Kennedy, featured 22 driving tours of the state's roads.  Gulfport resident Cathy Salustri, who is the arts and entertainment editor at Creative Loafing Tampa, re-created...
Airport’s ‘flight to nowhere’ helps people get comfortable with flying

Airport’s ‘flight to nowhere’ helps people get comfortable with flying

When Linda Diaz was planning a family vacation to Disney World four years ago, she called Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to see what could be done to make flying a successful experience for her son, Andy, who has autism.  “He doesn’t like people to touch him and he’s nonverbal,” the White Bear Lake mother said. “He can get aggressive.”  ...

TripAdvisor, under fire for removing claims of rape, will now flag hotels with reported incidents

In response to widespread criticism for removing claims of sexual assault from its forums to keep them "family friendly," TripAdvisor has started placing warning symbols - or "badges" - on the review pages of hotels and businesses where rape and other safety incidents have been reported.  The travel and restaurant review website has so far placed warnings on the pages of three...
From whiskey den to adventure vessel, resurrected tall ship sets sail for points south

From whiskey den to adventure vessel, resurrected tall ship sets sail for points south

TACOMA, Wash. — Jordan Hanssen says he’s doesn’t use the word resurrection lightly, but he can’t think of a better word to describe the story of the tall ship where he’ll spend the next month.  The 72-foot topsail schooner named Dirigo II was hidden away for its protection during World War II, it sailed twice around the world, it nearly sank in Mexico, it won races...
US tightens travel rules to Cuba, blacklists many businesses

US tightens travel rules to Cuba, blacklists many businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans seeking to visit Cuba must navigate a complicated maze of travel, commerce and financial restrictions unveiled Wednesday by the Trump administration, part of a new policy to further isolate the island's communist government.  Now off-limits to U.S. citizens are dozens of Cuban hotels, shops, tour companies and other businesses included on a lengthy American blacklist...

Plenty of sunshine for Caribbean travelers

Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated many islands in the Caribbean region, including Puerto Rico, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica and St. Martin. They also battered Anguilla, St. Barts, the Turks and Caicos and others.  But many islands, including Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao in the southern Caribbean, and the central Cayman Islands and Jamaica were unaffected, prompting tourism...
‘Primal Survivor’ host brings home insights on indigenous ways around the globe

‘Primal Survivor’ host brings home insights on indigenous ways around the globe

SPOKANE, Wash. — Most people will need a few Google searches to peg where Hazen Audel has survived the elements in 2017.  But while Namibia and Siberut are off the beaten path, the host of “Primal Survivor” is home in Spokane now, recuperating after filming his third season of the series that puts him into uncomfortable situations around the globe to learn what makes indigenous...
How sheep with cameras got some tiny islands onto Google Street View

How sheep with cameras got some tiny islands onto Google Street View

The Faroe Islands, a remote archipelago that juts out of the cold seas between Norway and Iceland, doesn't even appear on some world maps. But as of last week, the verdant slopes, rocky hiking trails and few roads of the 18 islands are on Google Street View - and a team of camera-toting sheep helped get them there.  When the islands' tourism board decided last year that it wanted to get the company's...

What to read before heading to the Caribbean

As the Caribbean recovers from a devastating hurricane season, here are three books by writers from the region that tackle the culture and resilience of the people of Grenada, Haiti and the West Indies.  —   “LADY IN A BOAT"By Merle Collins95 pages. Peepal Tree Press. (2003)   In this book of poetry, Collins reflects on her childhood in Grenada, the failed...
This is not your sausage-in-a-can Vienna

This is not your sausage-in-a-can Vienna

Vienna is a sugar rush kind of city - so well known for its sweets that there never seems to be enough time to sample all of its tortes and pastries, including the ones named for Mozart, the ones created by Sacher and the ones honoring various eminences of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The good news is that it's possible to steep yourself in Austria's grand food traditions - Wiener schnitzel! coffee!...
On Molokai island, the site of an 1860s leper colony draws determined travelers

On Molokai island, the site of an 1860s leper colony draws determined travelers

My old mule Tita clopped straight up to the edge of the first switchback. One more step and we'd tumble down a sheer cliff, falling almost 1,600 feet to the sea. But mules are smart creatures and, at the last instant, she swiveled 120 degrees onto the next leg of the pali trail, a rugged path that zigzags down 26 switchbacks to the historic leper colony of Kalaupapa.  The isolated site is the...
If you only eat three meals in Charleston, S.C., make them at these three spots

If you only eat three meals in Charleston, S.C., make them at these three spots

With an ocean and two estuarine rivers lapping at Charleston, South Carolina's hem, it's no surprise that this lively, historical city is awash in seafood. But that piscine bounty is only half the story of low-country cuisine, which also leans heavily on regional crops to create the staples that still anchor many a Charleston menu - shrimp and grits, hoppin' john, she-crab soup, okra and rice-based...
Venue and park operators search for solutions to ‘overtourism’

Venue and park operators search for solutions to ‘overtourism’

LOS ANGELES — So many tourists head up to the Hollywood sign to snap selfies that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has suggested building a gondola to reduce congestion on nearby streets and hiking trails. At Zion National Park, the crowds are so heavy that park officials are considering a congestion management plan that would require visitors to make reservations to enter the popular Utah park...
Ghosts live on in Galveston legend

Ghosts live on in Galveston legend

The evening began innocently enough. After arriving in Galveston, Texas, my travel companion and I were sipping gin gimlets at dusk inside the Hotel Galvez, a turn-of-the-century beauty built on the Gulf of Mexico’s edge. The grand hall — the pinnacle of the island city’s glamorous old architecture — buzzed with imbibers clinking glasses, chattering among tall limestone columns...
Entry fees could double at some national parks

Entry fees could double at some national parks

Fees at 17 popular national parks may soon be rising sharply. On Oct. 24, the National Park Service announced a proposal to begin charging higher peak-season fees for five months per year at some of the country’s most beloved parks, including Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone and Joshua Tree National Park.  The park service said that the increase in funds would be used to address maintenance...

Talk Travel: The reasons why someone might have multiple passports

The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: I read recent news about the businessman with three U.S. passports, including one in a different name. In view of the documentation (including birth certificate) anyone must submit in order to apply for a passport, how is it even possible to get one in...
The pros’ snow: Lake Tahoe a big draw for skiers of all stripes

The pros’ snow: Lake Tahoe a big draw for skiers of all stripes

Lake Tahoe isn’t just a ski destination. It’s a way of life — one that attracts both powder-hungry tourists and professional athletes to this scenic area, anchored by an alpine lake straddling the California-Nevada state line. “Your backyard is basically a giant playground,” said Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso, who grew up in Squaw Valley (aka Olympic Valley), host...
Louvre Abu Dhabi prepares to unveil itself to the world

Louvre Abu Dhabi prepares to unveil itself to the world

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Stepping into the Louvre Abu Dhabi, one of the first artworks a visitor sees is a two-headed Neolithic statue from Jordan, one of the oldest known in human history.  That duality — looking back and toward the future, encompassing both East and West — is a theme that extends throughout the new museum, which is opening to the public on Saturday...

Travel deals: Six-night package to Greece for less than a grand

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.  Land   - Spring Creek Ranch is offering nearly 40 percent off stays at the mountain resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The 5th Season Special starts at $190 per night for two people and includes deluxe room accommodations with a log fireplace and outdoor deck, and breakfast and dinner at the Granary Restaurant (worth about $122). Add...
A chartered sailboat breezes by a cruise liner as the best way to hop the Greek islands

A chartered sailboat breezes by a cruise liner as the best way to hop the Greek islands

Like vagabonds, the seven of us, duffels in tow, loitered leisurely along the bustling quays, tavernas and kafenia of Naoussa harbor on the Greek island of Paros. (Perhaps only in the Mediterranean do "leisurely" and "bustling" not seem contradictory.) We were killing time, on the lookout for Stuart and Monique, neither of whom we'd ever met. They were, respectively, the skipper...

17 days, 9 countries: One man's jaunt through Eastern Europe

"You know where I got to go when I was a kid?" I asked my daughter as we climbed the steps to a 14th century castle overlooking the River Elbe and this worn, industrial city.   "Where?"   "Texas," I said.   It's hard to remember the Alamo when you're in Strekov Castle, built in 1316, a place that inspired Wagner's opera Tannhauser, with a...
Like staying in a work of art

Like staying in a work of art

The Jennings Hotel, Joseph, Ore.  Rates   Nine rooms, starting at $85 with a shared bath.   Basics   Beyond promoting its status as “World’s First Kickstarter-Funded Hotel,” the Jennings is unusual. The formerly dilapidated two-story brick building has a colorful history as a boardinghouse, a tattoo parlor and, if legend is to be believed, a brothel...
This cushy LA-to-San Francisco bus lets you sleep overnight in a real (narrow) bed

This cushy LA-to-San Francisco bus lets you sleep overnight in a real (narrow) bed

On an overnight bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles, I asked a woman dressed in comfort clothes - a loose black tank top and pants - for advice on surviving the night.  "Double up on sleeping pills," she suggested, before drawing the curtain to her bunk.   A man removing his shoes a la Mister Rogers seconded her suggestion. He then disappeared into his slot for the night...
How to draw tourists back after tragedies

How to draw tourists back after tragedies

In the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Las Vegas shelved its fun-loving motto of “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” replacing it with a hashtag — #VegasStrong — to promote tourism to the gambling mecca. Weeks after wildfires charred California’s wine country, that region is preparing a fundraising event and campaign, dubbed Grateful Table...

No hotel gym, no problem: 10 gear-free ways to exercise while traveling

Nothing puts a damper on travel quite like a bum back or screaming sciatica. Just sitting for long stretches in a car or on a plane, lifting luggage and slumbering in different beds - not to mention diving into new adventures - can spell trouble for even the most dependable spine. When you're down for the count in foreign lands, sometimes all you can do is figure out how to ask for an ice pack or...
From electronics to sleep aids, don’t leave home without these items

From electronics to sleep aids, don’t leave home without these items

Traveling away from home can be fun, but it can also be unfamiliar and perhaps even uncomfortable. Packing everything you might need to make the venture better is a lot to keep track of, but there are some products — from electronic devices to sleep aids — that people swear by and won’t leave home without. Essential Oils India K. Robinson, president & CEO of The H.I.S Agency, LLC...
The flavors of Basque Country

The flavors of Basque Country

SAN SEBASTIÁN, Spain — Late on a Saturday night in San Sebastián, in Spanish Basque Country, crowds spilled out of the crammed, loud pintxos bars that hold such a prominent place in the city’s culinary scene, like Borda Berri and Atari Gastroteka, and into the cobblestone alleyways of the Parte Vieja, or Old Quarter. Just across the Urumea River, on a quiet street in the...
Travel dilemmas: Is basic economy worth it?

Travel dilemmas: Is basic economy worth it?

Let’s say you are going to Washington, D.C., in mid-January. It’s post-holidays and you have bills to pay, so cost is important.  You find a fare on American from Los Angeles for $277. It’s a good schedule and the price is right.   But wait. It’s for “basic economy.” What does that mean? Is it a good deal? And why do you owe a debt of gratitude to...
Old trucker hangouts now cool places to stay

Old trucker hangouts now cool places to stay

Hotel design is often a process of addition, whether it's that perfect throw pillow, location-specific coffee-table books, or a splash of texture on an accent wall.  But not when you're gutting a shabby 1930s motel.   "Most of our design process was about subtraction," said Liz Lambert, founder of the Austin-based Bunkhouse Group, which in March unveiled its overhaul of the...

As airline revenue from extra fees increases, so does consumer ire

A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealed that domestic air carriers collected $7.1 billion in revenue from checked-bag and changed-reservations fees last year. The extra charges are helping the industry earn record profits.  Passengers such as Margo Schneider, a communications consultant from Delray Beach, Florida, are frustrated by being baited by a low fare online...

5 ways to save on travel insurance

While travel insurance can be pricey, buying a policy is the best way to ensure you don’t lose money when a trip is canceled or interrupted.  Plans vary from carrier to carrier, but most offer coverage that kicks in if weather, illness or unforeseen events interrupt your travel plans or ruin them in some way.   If you’re looking for ways to save on this important coverage...

Travel Tips: Enjoying affordable luxury in France

France can be a notoriously expensive vacation destination — particularly if you have got your sights set on Paris or the French Riviera. Are luxury seekers on a limited budget out of luck? Not at all, said Joelle Kolich, the director of See Travel, a Bordeaux-based company that sells luxury trips to the country.  Here are some of Kolich’s tips for a luxurious but budget-friendly...
Attendance at top U.S. theme parks rose slowly in 2016

Attendance at top U.S. theme parks rose slowly in 2016

Attendance at top U.S. theme parks in 2016 grew less than 1 percent, the slowest rate in five years, but tourism analysts say bigger growth lies ahead.  Hurricane Matthew and a strong U.S. dollar that stopped foreign tourists from traveling were some of the reasons attendance was relatively flat in 2016, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions said this month.  ...

Talk Travel: How to prevent illness in Peru and other travel questions answered

The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: I would like to check Machu Picchu off my bucket list, but find that a yellow fever vaccination is recommended for certain travel to Peru, and the tour operator also states that diarrhea is common amongst travelers to that country. Does this information...

The people behind Instagram's wildly popular travel photography accounts

When a workplace accident left her on bed rest for nine months in 2013, Nastasia Yakoub's future in nursing was uncertain at best.  "I fell into depression because I had studied for four and a half years to became a labor-and-delivery nurse," Yakoub, 30, said. "I needed something to distract me."   To pass the time, she began posting old snapshots under her Instagram...
Family travel: Coastal communities worth exploring

Family travel: Coastal communities worth exploring

Our country’s rich seafaring history provides a compelling backdrop for a visit to these port cities. Here are five coastal communities worth exploring:  1. Duluth, Minn. — Located on Lake Superior, at the western end of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway, Duluth is the farthest-inland freshwater seaport and one of the most significant ports in all of North America.   Learn...
From cuisine to apps, Red Rooster restaurateur is dedicated to diversity

From cuisine to apps, Red Rooster restaurateur is dedicated to diversity

NEW YORK — It’s understandable if it seems as though Marcus Samuelsson never sleeps. The affable New York-based chef and restaurateur, who recharged the Harlem dining scene with his restaurant Red Rooster in 2010, recently opened its first outpost, Red Rooster Shoreditch, along with the taqueria Tienda Roosteria, in London. He now operates 15 restaurant brands, from Streetbird Rotisserie...
Earn your drink at these incredibly hard-to-reach bars

Earn your drink at these incredibly hard-to-reach bars

If you crave more than a generic corner pub or bar, don your explorer's hat and quench your thirst at these spots -- which happen to be located in the farthest-flung corners of the world.  Should you make your way to these barstools, you'll be rewarded with epic tales to share for the rest of your life.   - SubSix, Maldives   It's not quite "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under...
Foreign tours give college hoops teams a boost

Foreign tours give college hoops teams a boost

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Wisconsin's players hung out with koalas and kangaroos, learned the Haka dance, milked a cow and played a prank on former walk-on forward Aaron Moesch to reveal he would be on scholarship this season.  While Down Under, the Badgers also played five games, had 10 extra practices and gained valuable bonding time to prepare for 2017-18 with a young team.   "...

Explore the great American sandboxes

There were only two sand sleds left in the rental rack when I arrived one June morning at the Oasis store near Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Southern Colorado.  And then there were none.   Taking the last sleds to the cashier, I learned it was the second time in two months that they had run out, despite an inventory of 300 sleds and sandboards and a remote location...

Travel deals: Free ski lift tickets in Telluride and two-for-one safaris in Africa

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.  Land   - The Meridian Club, a private island resort on Pine Cay in Turks and Caicos, is discounting stays by 50 percent. Rooms at the property, which reopened on Wednesday after a renovation, start at $310 a night, down from $620. Add 12 percent tax and 10 percent service charge. Travel through Dec. 19. Info: 888-286-7993, meridianclub...
If you only eat three meals in Mexico City, make sure they're at these spots

If you only eat three meals in Mexico City, make sure they're at these spots

In the Mexican capital, ancient history is ever-present - there are Aztec ruins in the metro, for Tlaloc's sake - and interacting with the now. Mexico City's food scene is no exception, as chefs including Enrique Olvera earn global applause by serving thoroughly modern cuisine made from ancient ingredients. But for every elegant, multicourse tasting menu, there's a $1 street taco served on a handmade...
Viewfinders unveil Tennessee fall colors for the colorblind

Viewfinders unveil Tennessee fall colors for the colorblind

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Even when the rugged expanses of the Great Smoky Mountains were bursting with their famous fall colors, they always looked dull black and tawny to Lauren Van Lew from the 3,590-foot-high (1,090-meter) perch of Mt. Harrison.  For the 20-year-old Van Lew, who has been colorblind her whole life, some colors have just been left to the imagination. She loves painting...

A getaway to Australia can be worth the long flight

Travelers from the United States seem to have an increasing interest in visiting Australia. Sales of Australia trips from the United States on Expedia.com have grown almost 35 percent in the last two years. From January through September, the tour operator Intrepid Travel has hosted 310 U.S. travelers in Australia, up from 182 for the same period last year.  Despite the long flight, Ignacio Maza...
For women only, tours that focus on adventure

For women only, tours that focus on adventure

Taking some time off from a tech job in Chicago this year to contemplate a career move, Shannon Elarton signed up to visit Tanzania in May with AdventureWomen, a women-only tour company, on a hunch that she might gain some perspective from her fellow travelers.  She was also, she said, “craving something deeper than you would get in a basic tour” and got it one day when the company...
Travel dilemmas: Car rental fees take a toll

Travel dilemmas: Car rental fees take a toll

QUESTION: I recently rented a car at the airport in Albany, N.Y. It came with a toll device. I did not want to use it; I wanted to pay at the booth. And I did except for one time when the device flipped open by itself. When I went to pay at the booth, the attendant told me I had already paid. I taped the device closed. When I told the car rental rep about the problem, he told me the device belonged...
Climbing to be banned on sacred red rock formation Uluru

Climbing to be banned on sacred red rock formation Uluru

SYDNEY (AP) — Climbing the dramatic rock formation Uluru will be banned in two years after declining as visitors to the Australian scenic landmark increasingly recognize its sacredness to indigenous people.  A park board made up of a majority of the traditional owners of the land where the rock stands made the decision Wednesday.   One of the landowners, Sammy Wilson, said, "...
Experience the city Fats Domino called home

Experience the city Fats Domino called home

In charming and free-spirited New Orleans, music has an unescapable way of penetrating the soul. For fans of rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s and ‘60s, the death of singer and pianist Fats Domino last month elicited both nostalgic solemnity and a desire to celebrate his musical legacy.  Born in New Orleans in 1928 to a French Creole family, Domino rose from modest...
The best après-ski bars

The best après-ski bars

Some people plan their ski day around powder stashes and double black runs. Others plot the most direct path from chairlift to bar. These days, the two strategies are hardly mutually exclusive.  The best après-ski bars used to be concentrated in Europe, but the universally appealing phenomenon of drinking on a mountainside, eating local food, and letting your inner terrible dancer out...

How far will you go for a quality in-flight movie experience?

On a recent flight to Florida, I'm in row 32, seat B. To my left, a teenager watches Rick and Morty on his iPhone. To my right, a grandma watches Property Brothers on the seat-back TV, sound bleeding from her airline earbuds.  Me? I'm catching up on the original Blade Runner, viewing a screen that extends to the edges of my peripheral vision, with resonant, crystal-clear, surround sound. My butt...
Art exhibit explores exploitation, beauty of 'Greater West'

Art exhibit explores exploitation, beauty of 'Greater West'

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Romantic images of cowboys and covered wagons, railroad barons and Gold Rush-era prospectors that typically depict the settling of the American West play only supporting roles at best in a Nevada art exhibit with a broader perspective on Earth's "final frontier."  The show stars the indigenous people who were already here when the western reaches of North and...
St. Lawrence: Part tame river, part wild sea

St. Lawrence: Part tame river, part wild sea

All it took was one instant and the moist silence of the forest gave way to what sounded like the frenzied clapping a crowd emits as it awaits a star. I ran toward the roar and stopped short: In front of my eyes, thousands of monumental birds, made even whiter by the indigo backdrop of the sea, croaked in unison as they flew, fluttered and flirted along the cliffs.  Every summer, a colony of...

New TSA rule: All electronics must go in screening bins

What do cameras, e-readers, Game Boys, tablets, CPAP machines, DVD players and Barbie B-Books have in common? They are all electronics that go on vacation and must now join laptops in the security checkpoint bins.  Since July, travelers at 10 airports have been removing electronics larger than cellphones, as part of the Transportation Security Administration's security enhancement plan. (The...
Topping off a resort vacation on Oregon's Smith Rock

Topping off a resort vacation on Oregon's Smith Rock

In the quiet of the dawn, my sisters and I sat on what felt like the top of the world. We were in Central Oregon, perched at the summit of the volcanic spires of Smith Rock that shoot up, almost violently, 600 feet straight into the air. From that dizzying vantage point, we watched prairie falcons and golden eagles soar above the blue curl of the Crooked River in the canyon below and, in the distance...
After Vegas, should hotels have metal detectors?

After Vegas, should hotels have metal detectors?

SAN DIEGO — There was a time when checked luggage wasn’t scanned at airports, you could bring a Swiss army knife on board an airplane, and your friends and family could accompany you to your departure gate. Then the terrorist attacks of 9/11 occurred, and security at airports forever changed. Will the Las Vegas Strip massacre that originated from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay resort...
Dublin proves it doesn’t have to be hip to be cool

Dublin proves it doesn’t have to be hip to be cool

DUBLIN — It was the perfect way to start off my trip to what has become a favorite destination. My hotel, the Westbury, had arranged through Fab Food Trails, a walking tour of the inner city’s top food and fashion venues. Meeting my guide, Eveleen Coyle, in the hotel lobby, she explained that we would be “gently walking” for the next 2 1/2 hours, stopping at various places...
Legoland to open New York theme park in 2020

Legoland to open New York theme park in 2020

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York City parents could soon have a new destination to take the kids for a day. State officials have announced that a $350 million Legoland theme park and resort is coming to the Hudson Valley town of Goshen in Orange County, about 60 miles from New York City. Plans call for the park, which is being developed by Merlin Entertainments, to open in 2020. “Legoland New York...
Uganda’s mountain gorillas come close. And that’s a good thing.

Uganda’s mountain gorillas come close. And that’s a good thing.

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL FOREST, Uganda — The gorillas ignore us so completely that if one hadn’t brushed against my leg on her way to a new perch, we might have been invisible. We’re trying to keep the proscribed distance of 20 feet, but the family of 15 gorillas ignores the theoretical boundary. When a female suddenly moves out of the thick green bush, there’s no time...
In Spain's northern Basque region, San Sebastian shines

In Spain's northern Basque region, San Sebastian shines

We only ended up in San Sebastian by happenstance. After committing to two weeks in southern France, my wife and I discovered that a college friend and his wife were planning a simultaneous two-week trip to Barcelona and parts south. To meet up, we needed a compromise destination. San Sebastian, rubbing up against the French border on the northwest Spanish coast, was an equal detour for both of us...
Beyond the gorillas, in Batwa

Beyond the gorillas, in Batwa

While many visitors come just long enough to see the gorillas, we’ve booked three nights near Bwindi. That gives us plenty of time to stroll through Mahogany Springs’ bougainvillea-and-ginger-filled garden and lounge on our private balcony, taking in a crayon box of birds with blue heads or yellow chests or bright crimson wings. Time, too, for visiting nearby villages. Among them is a...
Outside Anchorage, a chef makes the case for local Alaskan cuisine

Outside Anchorage, a chef makes the case for local Alaskan cuisine

Twenty-three miles south of Anchorage on the Seward Highway, the first glimpse of Froth & Forage’s turquoise roof comes two highway curves ahead of the restaurant’s gravel parking. Though the weathered wood building looks like the barbecue shack it was in a past life, it is now home to a 22-seat restaurant headed up by a chef who wants to prove that a restaurant in south-central Alaska...

Drilling near Dinosaur National Monument draws criticism

Changes loom near remote Dinosaur National Monument in Utah. It’s a rough region of 1,000-foot cliffs and canyons, two wild rivers — the Green and the Yampa — ancient rock art and archaeological evidence of 10,000 years of human history.  The park, which straddles the Utah-Colorado border, affords visitors backcountry camping, white-water rafting and, most famously, spectacular...