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My 'Duplicate' Reservation Leaves Me With A $75 Fee

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: Earlier this year, I booked a round-trip flight on American Airlines from Minneapolis to Shannon, Ireland, for May using

The next day, Travelocity sent me a message that American Airlines had increased the price. I accepted the increase, wanting to keep the schedule I had.

All was well until I received my credit card bill, ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Mother's Day gifts, what she needs in her travel tote

Travel / Taking The Kids /

What's in your bag? If you're a mom on a trip with her kids, you probably feel like you've got everything you might need, whatever happens -- minor injuries, delays, hunger, thirst, meltdowns -- not to mention your electronic devices, passports, if you're leaving the country, toys, itineraries and maybe even a guidebook. That's not even ...Read more

Europe's best island getaways

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

There's nothing like an island break in the middle of your travels to really make you feel like you're on vacation. Some of my most vivid travel memories are recharging on an island, where time seems to slow down, and the only thing on the agenda is finding the perfect perch for watching the sunset.

Denmark's Aero Island is one of my favorite ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Lucy Walsh

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

As the daughter of Eagles rocker Joe Walsh, Lucy Walsh grew up with music. It didn't surprise her famous family (her uncle via marriage is Ringo Starr) when she launched her own musical career. But, like her father, Lucy has also delved into acting. After roles in "Criminal Minds" and "NCIS," she appears opposite Julia Roberts and Jennifer ...Read more

Around the World: Packing 101 for 2016

Travel / Around the World /

Regardless of destination and planned events, the rule of thumb for packing is ‘less is more’ or ‘less is better’ -- even if you’re travelling to business meetings that require you to dress for success or to personal events where you are obliged to posh it up.

Travel life becomes easier if you can embrace the ‘less...Read more

Why did eDreams book this round-trip flight?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I booked a one-way ticket from Osaka, Japan, to San Francisco on eDreams recently. My middle name was incorrect, so I called eDreams to make a correction. That resulted in hours of phone calls.

While I was trying to fix my name, I learned that eDreams had reserved a round-trip flight. EDreams denies this, but I have a copy of the Japan ...Read more

Taking the Kids: An adventure closer to home this summer

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Will we be safe? Everywhere I go people have the same question about travel this spring and summer.

At the moment, there is a U.S. Department of State travel alert for Europe through June 20. Terrorist groups continue to plan near-...Read more

Miami Beach offers a vivid vintage vacation

Travel / Travel News /

MIAMI BEACH -- With the energy of the sun and colors to rival a rainbow, Miami Beach architecture is happiness wrapped in doo-dads.

OK, I know. These are not the analytic words of a serious architecture buff.

Honestly, I don't know a doo-dad from a hole in the wall.

It's just that you don't have to be an architect to appreciate the city's Art...Read more

Making house calls to Monticello and the rest of Jeffersonland

Travel / Travel News /

Thomas Jefferson would most likely flip his wig over the current state of politics, but it's safe to assume he'd be pleased with the condition of Charlottesville, Va., which served as both his home and artistic playpen.

Like many Midwesterners, I grew up paying my respects to the third president during road trips to Mount Rushmore, where ...Read more

In Britain, The Kids Are All Right

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Imagine being a kid forced to spend a big part of your summer vacation with robo-tourist Rick Steves (alias Dad). My kids Jackie and Andy did that a lot when they were young. I always considered it a great education for them, but they also had a lot of fun. One of their favorite destinations, Great Britain, enthralled them with colorful ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With John Preston

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Author John Preston resides in London, England. Having traveled the world, he says that trips become more meaningful when you don't set unrealistic expectations. "People often have this strange idea that if you go on holiday, you'll leave all your problems behind," says the 62-year-old author of "The Dig" (Other Press, $16.95). "...Read more

Around the World: Visiting Sherlock at Home in London

Travel / Around the World /

If you’re a Sherlock Holmes fan (and who isn’t?), you know that 221b Baker Street is the address at which the revered detective resided for much of his career -- from 1861 to 1904, to be exact -- along with his equally beloved colleague, sidekick and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson.

Today, 221b Baker Street serves as the Sherlock...Read more

'Deeply Disturbed' About Lack Of Expedia Refund

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I am deeply disturbed by my experience with Expedia. I'm paying for 15 members of my family -- my wife and myself, four children and their spouses, and five grandchildren -- to take a family vacation to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.

The kids wanted to have a party for us, but we asked them to save their money, and we would pay for ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Off to Edinburgh

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Check out Daigon Alley! No, not at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando or Hollywood, but in Victoria Street in Edinburgh, Scotland, where J.K. Rowling famously wrote the first Harry Potter book while seated in a local coffee shop.

Veteran guide Sam Thomson, who owns homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-1819450">Read more

Affordable Aspen — yes, it's possible

Travel / Travel News /

Aspen, Colo., conjures images of luxury and uber-wealth. Movie stars, oil sheiks and hedge-fund big boys have homes here, and Prada, Louis Vuitton and Gucci cater to those who don't need to check price tags.

Aspen reigns high on many lists -- the ski area attracting the most celebrities, the top mountain resort to see and be seen, and one of ...Read more

In Europe, say cheese

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

When I'm traveling, I become a cultural chameleon. I love a cup of Earl Grey tea when I'm in England, and I love a cheese course when I'm in France. For a cheese-lover, savoring Europe means savoring its cheeses -- they're not only part of the cuisine, they're part of the culture. Here are just a few tips on how to be cheesy in Europe.

FRANCE: ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Michele Halberstadt

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Based out of a small village 40 minutes outside of Paris, French film producer Michele Halberstadt says, "I live in a house that used to be an old farm. Although it's close to the city, I'm surrounded by nature. I'm 60 years old and I've read from an Italian writer that 50 is the old age of youth, and 60 is the youth of old age. I like that." ...Read more

Visit the weird side of Las Vegas with these 4 unusual attractions

Travel / Travel News /

So you're going to Vegas! Not your first choice, you say. You're tagging along. Well, there's the exciting casinos to visit, and -- what's that? You don't gamble? Hmm. Well, how about a show? There's probably a Cirque du Soleil in your hotel.

You don't like shows? Or poolside lounging? Don't worry. It's not all gambling, gaping and groping in ...Read more

Let there be light at Museum of Neon Art

Travel / Travel News /

GLENDALE, Calif. -- Two people stood side-by-side in a museum gallery, necks craned upward at a 3-foot-high, neon-lit martini glass.

I stood a respectable 4 feet behind them, far enough not to come off as stalkerish to these people of a certain age, but close enough to eavesdrop on their animated conversation. Shamefully, this is what I ...Read more

Around the World: Southeast South Dakota is More than Mount Rushmore!

Travel / Around the World /

Their South Dakota trip is over quickly. South Dakota -- and especially the scenic and historic area surrounding Sioux Falls in the southeastern South Dakota -- deserves more time!

I say go to South Dakota for Mount Rushmore, but stay for Sioux Falls and surroundings. This is a wonderful area for a four or five-day road trip ...Read more