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Finding foodie bliss in Lisbon

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Just as I was an expert picnicker as a young backpacker, I'm now an older backpacker -- who is packing a little extra taste and money -- so I find myself seeking out "foodie" meals these days. For those of us who are no longer a fill-your-tank type of traveler, Lisbon is a great foodie destination. Perched on the sunny Atlantic coast of Portugal...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Becky Sauerbrunn

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Soccer fans know Becky Sauerbrunn as the captain of the National Women's Soccer League's FC Kansas City. She is also the co-captain of the United States National Team and will be competing in her second Olympic Games this summer in Brazil. She splits her time between Missouri and Oregon, where she resides when she's not playing for FC Kansas ...Read more

Around the World: Following Cultural Foot Steps at Bata Shoe Museum

Travel / Around the World /

The City of Toronto’s international outlook is clearly indicated the Bata Shoe Museum, a unique treasury of footwear worn by almost every nationality, clan or tribe found around the world.

To boot, because the comprehensive Bata Shoe Museum collection contains footwear from just about every historical era, plus a ...Read more

My things are gone -- why won't Road Scholar reimburse me?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I recently took a seven-day Road Scholar trip to the national parks in the Florida Keys. Travel insurance was included in the price of the trip.

Road Scholar contracted out the trip to a tour operator based in Orlando, which provided the vans and tour guides.

On the last stop of our trip before heading to the Miami airport, at Biscayne ...Read more

Taking the Kids: To the Vatican

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Talk about bragging rights. Post a picture of the kids standing in two countries -- at the same time.

Welcome to The Vatican, the world's smallest sovereign state, established in 1929. It's the modern version of the papal fiefdom that ruled Rome and much of central Italy ...Read more

Top 5 Most Visited Destinations in Malaysia

Travel / Travel News /

1. Kuala Lumpur 2. Penang 3. Kota Kinabalu 4. Sarawak 5. Langkawi

Into the Wild(woods) of New Jersey

Travel / Travel News /

WILDWOODS, N.J. -- Beach vacations, done right, have a magical way of getting you to eat, drink and do things you'd normally steer clear of on a regular weekday. Take roller coasters. I hadn't been on one in years, ever since a wild ride on the Phantom's Revenge at a Kennywood school picnic left me dizzy for weeks.

Yet, there I was under the ...Read more

The madness of Shobuya crossing in Tokyo

Travel / Travel News /

It's like Times Square but MUCH bigger! Watch as tons of people cross at Shobuya Square in Tokyo. It's NUTS!

Top tips for traveling light

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Sometimes I wonder why I lug my bag through airports, following my own recommendation to pack light enough to carry it on. It can be a drag, dragging your bag through airports. But once in a while I'm reminded of the joy of having everything with you -- like the time I avoided a long layover by hopping on an earlier flight from Copenhagen to ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Tyler Hoechlin

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Tyler Hoechlin has played a lycanthrope ("Teen Wolf") and will portray an author in the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" sequels ("Fifty Shades Darker," "Fifty Shades Freed"). And later this year, he will appear as Superman in the series, "Supergirl." But in his latest film, "Everybody Wants Some!!" (now available on DVD and Blu-ray), Hoechlin ...Read more

Find peace with a paddle in Michigan's Les Cheneaux islands

Travel / Travel News /

HESSEL, Mich. -- Jessie Hadley knows the Les Cheneaux inside out -- its islands, its secrets, its secret marshes.

"The Les Cheneaux is an opaque place," says Hadley, owner of Woods and Water Ecotours. "It is word of mouth or a connection. You have to have the veil lifted, the secret passed."

So let's just say that I'm about to rip off the veil...Read more

How to stay fit while travelling

Travel / Travel News /

Fitness expert John Basedow (@JohnBasedow) of shows us how to stay in shape while traveling on the road. With some careful preparation, choosing a hotel with a gym or packing a few resistance bands, you can stay motivated to work out during your business and pleasure trips.

Stunning drone footage of secret Greek island

Travel / Travel News /

Egglezonisi (the island of the English man) is a small islet about an hour drive from Athens, Greece. Although it has some majestic beaches, this island has a dark history. It was rented in the 30's by Peter Tervil, an English Archaeologist. He built a villa, which was the only building on the island. In 1941 Peter died in Egypt and later the ...Read more

Around the World: Historic Newfoundland Will Win Your Heart!

Travel / Around the World /

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland – Newfoundland’s capital is an enchantingly quaint old town. Founded by John Cabot in 1497, it is actually the oldest city in North America and its fascinating past is evident in its ancient streets, monuments and museums.

Historic Water Street, with its collection of shops, office suites and fine ...Read more

Hey, American Airlines, where's my refund?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I have tried in vain to get a refund from American Airlines. On a recent flight back to Bermuda, my 7-year-old daughter and I experienced hours of delays caused by weather. Finally, our flight was canceled, and chaos ensued.

The line to see an agent was about two to three hours long, and I was carrying a sleeping child. Agents were yelling, ...Read more

Taking the Kids: How to save on a beach vacation

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Water slides, giant pools, white sandy beaches, kids' clubs and plenty for grown-ups to do; all that and an environmental lesson or two.

A trip to the beach is a perfect summer getaway -- and a bargain too. As long as you opt for a destination that's off-season in summer -- like the Caribbean or Arizona -- you can have your pick of deals. You ...Read more

Scotland's ultimate island getaways

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Years ago, I met a dear man on a deserted roadside in the Scottish Highlands. I was scrambling to make a TV show about the area, and as if placed there by heaven's Central Casting, this tender giant of a man was bagpiping to the birds, the passing clouds, and the occasional motorist. He had picked a spot that seemed intentionally miles from ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Matt Grevers

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Born in Lake Forest, Ill., to Dutch parents, 6-foot-8 inch Matt Grevers swam for Northwestern University and went on to win gold medals at the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing (2008) and London (2012). Though Grevers, 31, didn't qualify to compete at the Rio Olympics this summer, the Tucson resident remains one of America's most respected ...Read more

In the middle of the Mojave Desert, a stylish oasis at Kelso Depot

Travel / Travel News /

What is your favorite offbeat spot in California? Drawn to the historical and remote, I long have fancied Kelso Depot.

Ninety-five miles southwest of Las Vegas, the depot has a solitudinous sparkle as its Spanish Mission Revival-style structure comes into view for motorists traversing Mojave National Preserve on Kelbaker Road. Palm and other ...Read more

Finnair lost my luggage and now it won't pay

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: My fiance and I recently flew from Honolulu to Paris via Los Angeles, Miami and Helsinki. Our flight to Miami was on American Airlines. Our Finnair flight from Miami to Helsinki was delayed, and we missed our connection to Paris.

My luggage was tagged to go directly from Honolulu to Paris, but it didn't arrive in Paris. Finnair had no record...Read more