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Do I Have To Pay This Late Car-Rental Damage Claim?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I rented a car in 2014 from Hertz in Canada. While I rented it, the vehicle received a small dent in the driver's door. It happened overnight; it looked like someone hip-checked it. I took a photo of the damage.

I filled out an incident report and contacted my credit-card company to open a claim. My credit card requires claims to be ...Read more

Taking the Kids: To the Statue of Liberty

Travel / Taking The Kids /

What a view! We're standing atop the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty -- about halfway up the 305-foot, 1-inch climb to the crown -- looking out at the New York City skyline.

Even the jaded high school boys I'm chaperoning can't help but be impressed. "You don't realize how big it really is until you're here," said Christopher Morales, 15.

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Europe's Jewish quarters

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

I like to take in European history by strolling a neighborhood, as if beachcombing. Picking up shards of a place's distant past, it's possible to piece together unexpected stories. Europe's venerable Jewish quarters are ideal places for this.

European Jewish history is dominated by the Holocaust and the brutal persecution and murder of Jews by ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Karin Slaughter

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

A New York Times bestselling author, Karin Slaughter's latest book is the thriller, "Pretty Girls" (William Morrow, $27.99). "Since all of my stories are set in Georgia, I don't have to travel far to write about how beautiful the state is," says the 44-year-old Atlanta resident. "The ...Read more

Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine can burst with colors

Travel / Travel News /

Wisconsinites might grimace at how rough winters can get these days, but 20,000 years ago much of the state was under a sheet of ice thicker than a mile in some places. This Laurentide Ice Sheet extended south of Chicago. One of the most fascinating marks it left as the ice melted was the Kettle Moraine.

A "kettle" forms when debris from a ...Read more

Recipe: G is for grits in Shenandoah Valley

Travel / Travel News /

If you eat out while vacationing in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, chances are the menu is going to include grits. On a recent trip there that included a drive on Skyline Drive, we got the dish of coarsely ground corn kernels boiled with water and/or cream not just as a side with breakfast at Cranberry's Grocery & Eatery in Staunton, but also at ...Read more

Chasing fall's colors in Virginia's picturesque Shenandoah Valley

Travel / Travel News /

LURAY, Va. -- Some years ago, fresh out of college and poor as church mice, my husband and I set out on our great honeymoon adventure. Our three-day drive from Pittsburgh to jobs in Miami would take us through Virginia's picturesque Shenandoah Valley. To humor my father, we agreed to stop at Luray Caverns.

Good call, Dad!

Discovered in 1878 ...Read more

Around the World: Museum Hop in Chicago For A Great Family Adventure

Travel / Around the World /

No visit to Chicago is complete without a day – at the very least – of museum hopping.

The city’s impressive collection of world-class museums are clustered along picturesque Lake Shore Drive, or are situation in other neighborhoods that are easily reached by public transportation. So, making the rounds is really quite doable.

There are...Read more

Why Did American Reverse Course On My Compensation?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I recently experienced a 23-hour delay when flying from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to San Francisco on American Airlines. I spent nine hours at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and around 36 hours without sleep because of this issue, and also spent extra money on the rental car due to the late pickup. Finally, I missed two important ...Read more

Around the World: When in Finland, SAUNA!

Travel / Around the World /

When it comes to unwinding after a long journey or an arduous day’s work, most people worldwide take a moment to pour themselves a drink to take the edge off the day’s stresses and relax.

In Finland, people are more likely to head for the sauna. Whether they go solo or with friends or coworkers, Finns rely on sauna to ease their stress, ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Touring Paris, and other cities, with those who live there

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Forget the ubiquitous and delicious French macarons. "Parisians are very keen on eclairs now," said Edouard Morhange, as he ushers us into a shop called L'Atelier de L'eclair on the rue Bachaumont where all they sell are delectable eclairs -- strawberry, caramel, chocolate...

Morhange, who lives nearby and is on the board of the Paris Greeter (...Read more

Everyday errands are windows into European culture

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

I often preach that travel is more rewarding when you get beyond the blockbuster sights and touristy cliches and get intimate with a culture and its people. One way to do that is to pass time like a local rather than like a tourist. From relaxing with Europeans in a park to munching on fresh seafood alongside workers at a market hall, taking ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Travis Wall

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and currently a resident of Los Angeles, Travis Wall has parlayed his success as a contestant on FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" into a career as an Emmy-nominated choreographer and co-founder of the dance troupe, Shaping Sound. "I've been really fortunate to get to see a good part of the world through ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Eating Healthier on the Road

Travel / Taking The Kids /

I'm so tired of hotels and resorts touting kids-eat-free programs limited to traditional kids menus. Do we want to encourage children to eat a steady diet of mac and cheese, chicken fingers, hot dogs and fries? Do kids, once they are in kindergarten, even want that? Not the kids I know who love sushi and steak. Not their parents either.

Kim ...Read more

Innkeepers share their favorite fall drives in Minnesota

Travel / Travel News /

A sunny autumn day may find Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux kicking up dust on a gravel road -- his wife, Rose, riding shotgun and son, Ennis, in his car seat -- as they travel a backwoods road outside Grand Marais, Minn., their car a small speck in a gigantic Technicolored forest. Shannon McKeeth winds along a river valley, marveling at the lost-in-time ...Read more

Fall foliage season shaping up to be beauty

Travel / Travel News /

For 30 years, Marc D. Abrams has meditated on the mysteries of the woodlands and the mystical magic of autumn. So he was asked where he would go for that maximum feasible foliage experience. His answer was as disappointing as it was unsurprising.

"That is a tough one," he said, "because I have seen great colors throughout New England, Upstate ...Read more

Help! My Rental Car Is Covered With Dings

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I recently rented a vehicle from Dollar Rent A Car in Oakland, California. After waiting 45 minutes in a very long line that was being serviced by only one employee, I finally stepped up to the counter to initiate and complete the transaction for my vehicle. I declined the loss damage waiver because I had insurance coverage through my car ...Read more

Musical bridges to European culture

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Music has always been an important part of my life. My dad was a musician who also sold and tuned pianos, and I spent my high school years as a piano teacher. I was known among parents in my community for taking boys with tear-stained cheeks to my piano bench, starting them out with boogies and pop songs, and eventually getting them turned on to...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri are the hosts of the HGTV television series "America’s Most Desperate Kitchens." Based out of New Jersey, Carrino, 36, and Colaneri, 34, travel constantly for work. Despite this, they say that they still enjoy traveling for fun. ...Read more

Iowa's Great Lakes just keep luring 'em back

Travel / Travel News /

OKOBOJI, Iowa -- I have seen the heart of America.

It is a timeless place where little ever changes.

It is a place of big lakes, where people boat and fish and swim and children run off docks at full speed.

It is a place where Cheez-Its and Coors Light make up the pre-dinner snack of choice (my hotel neighbors, who had just driven up from ...Read more

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