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Bumped from my flight to Palm Beach -- why won't American pay up?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I recently booked a one-way ticket on American Airlines from Philadelphia to Palm Beach, Florida, through Travelocity.com. The flight was oversold, so the airline put me on standby for another overbooked flight on the same day and arriving in Orlando, Florida -- more than two hours away from my desired destination.

I did not get a seat on ...Read more

Taking the Kids" Planning for summer fun

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Is it that time already? In some places around the country, the kids are already out of school. Those who aren't soon will be and everyone's thinking about summer vacation, whether they've started planning or not.

I'm sure the kids have lots of ideas, and they may not all involve theme parks. It's a good idea to talk to the kids about what you'...Read more

Chartres Cathedral: The age of faith in stone and stained glass

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

For a chance to experience the mystery of the medieval church through statues, glass, and relics, France's Chartres Cathedral, just an hour from Paris by train, is ideal. The towering Gothic cathedral, marking the center of the town of Chartres, somehow captures the spirit of the 13th century -- the so-called Age of Faith -- in the 21st century....Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Shay Mitchell

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

The "Pretty Little Liars" series finale is airing later this summer, but Shay Mitchell (who plays |Emily Fields) doesn't have time to mourn. She has finished work on the horror film "Cadaver," has plans to write a follow-up to her book, "Bliss," and is working on Fullscreen's reality series, "Shades of Shay." Mitchell was born in Mississauga (...Read more

I'm still waiting for a refund from Hotels.com

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I booked five nights at the Majestic Colonial Punta Cana in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, through Hotels.com in June 2015. I had major shoulder surgery around Christmas and was told by my doctor that I couldn't fly.

The hotel's cancellation policy stated that cancellations needed to be made at least one week before arrival. I logged into ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Another piece of pita in Dubai

Travel / Taking The Kids /

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- I'm on in intense roller coaster, except there's no track and we're not in a theme park.

We're in the middle of the Arabian Desert at a nearly 140-square-mile Desert Conservation Reserve about an hour southeast of Dubai riding in a four-wheel drive SUV up and down 6,200-...Read more

 Escape Modern Stresses at Medieval and Renaissance Festivals

Travel / Around the World /

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The Middle Ages and Renaissance occur anew each year, thanks to the existence of dozens of period "faires" and festivals that are staged in towns across the U.S.

Currently, there are currently more than 125 such events that can be found in 38 states--and it’s more than likely that you live within 100 miles of...Read more

Slipping into an 'Ocean State' of mind in southern Rhode Island

Travel / Travel News /

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- I tasted the ocean in the air as I sat on the outdoor deck at Matunuck Oyster Bar, the ebbing tide draining a few feet from our table into the Great Salt Pond and from there to the sea.

Littlenecks were ordered. A cold beer had just arrived. I sipped, and it occurred to me that maybe I shouldn't write this story.

Why ...Read more

Albuquerque boasts plenty of sass and style

Travel / Travel News /

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- One of my fondest travel memories was of a trip I took with my grandparents on historic Route 66 from their home in Texas to California. One of our stops was Albuquerque, where my grandfather suggested dinner at La Placita Dining Rooms and Cantina in Old Town.

We had a lengthy wait for a table, so we occupied the time at ...Read more

Time-traveling at Europe's open-air museums

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

One of the great joys of European travel is to journey back in time thanks to its many open-air folk museums. You'll find these sprawling collections of historic buildings mostly north of the Alps, from Britain to Finland, and from Switzerland to Romania.

Usually located in spacious parks near big cities, open-air museums imitate a historic ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With DJ White Shadow

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Best known to music fans as Lady Gaga's friend and collaborator, DJ White Shadow (nee Paul Blair) is a Grammy nominee ("Born This Way"). He is also a businessman, who opened the trendy eatery, Honey's, in Chicago's West Loop, and is the North American music director for W Hotels Worldwide. This spring, he launched the opening of the W Sound ...Read more

Alitalia promised to cover my lost luggage, but the check never arrived

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: My girlfriend and I flew from Minneapolis to Naples, Italy, on Delta Air Lines and Alitalia recently. We missed our connection in Paris. Alitalia put us on the next flight to Naples, and confirmed that our bags would be placed on that flight.

Unfortunately, our bags didn't make it that day. When we arrived in Naples, Alitalia confirmed that ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Visiging the American Museum of Natural History

Travel / Taking The Kids /

What's his story? What's hers? That's what we invariably want to know about people when we first meet them, whether we're kids or adults.

But that usually doesn't apply to people who lived thousands of years ago. Now, the new exhibition Mummies at the ...Read more

New luxury at LAX

Travel / Travel News /

LOS ANGELES -- For all those celebrities and wealthy travelers who don't want to wade through the morass of paparazzi and regular passengers, a security company is debuting a unique LAX terminal with an exclusive entrance, luxury suites, well-stocked refrigerators, private bathrooms and even daybeds.

The $22 million facility, called the Private...Read more

Software created by hoteliers for hoteliers is primed to scale

Travel / Travel News /

MIAMI -- Florencia Gariboldi said as soon as she started using the Nuvola software that helps hotels monitor property issues and respond to guest needs, she could tell that the creators had worked in hospitality.

"These people knew exactly what they were doing and that is so gratifying to people like me," said Gariboldi, a former general ...Read more

A dazzling Dublin day trip

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

While Dublin beckons with reminders of its stirring modern history on nearly every street corner, the best place to commune with the ancient soul of Ireland is its lush countryside. Iron Age monuments pepper the landscape, and while most sights are little more than rock piles, just standing next to a megalith that predates the pharaohs is ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Ian Harding

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Television viewers know Ian Harding as Ezra Fitz on Freeform's "Pretty Little Liars" -- the role that won him seven Teen Choice Awards. With the release of his first book, "Odd Birds" (St. Martin's Press, $25.99), he can also add author to his resume. In his collection of essays, Harding shares vignettes of his life in Hollywood, interspersed ...Read more

Wellness springs eternal in Calistoga, Calif.

Travel / Travel News /

Old Faithful Geyser was showing off: spewing his endless stream of hot mineral water high into the blue sky. He is definitely the oldest "character" I met on a recent trip to Calistoga, Calif.: about several million years old, if you go way back to his humble geothermal beginnings deep underground. In the late 19th century he was released from ...Read more

A hippie-trippy trip on the Magic Bus tour of San Francisco

Travel / Travel News /

I'm on a hippie bus. A rolling commune on a road trip to the Summer of Love.

No, not in 1967, but just now in 2017, on a two-hour, time-warped, phantasmagorical journey with San Francisco's Magic Bus tour. It takes guests through S.F.'s hippie history -- the music, the flower children, the Haight -- and back to that famous, hallucinogenic ...Read more

You'll be surprised what's brewing in the Palm Springs oasis

Travel / Travel News /

Bogey went to Casablanca for the waters and was famously reminded by Claude Rains that they were in a desert. These days, those in the know head to Palm Springs, Calif., another desert oasis, for the craft beer, the locally distilled gin, and the indigenous whisky. That's right -- this desert resort town is brewing up a proper beverage ...Read more

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