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Travelocity can't help me with my Air India refund, can you?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I recently booked a flight from Pittsburgh to Delhi via New York through Travelocity. My tickets were on Delta Air Lines and Air India. Delta canceled my outbound flight from Pittsburgh to New York. It originally got into JFK at 12:15 p.m., and I had a 2:30 p.m. flight out of JFK to Delhi.

When Delta canceled the first leg, it rebooked me on...Read more

Taking the Kids -- looking for romance with your honey -- head to the snow -- with or without the kids

Travel / Taking The Kids /

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The gently falling snow, the hot tub and hot toddies, a couples massage ... the kids!

Certainly heading to snowy climes can inspire romance. "It's cold and you want to be close to someone you love," offers Cameron Stewart. She and her husband, in fact, eloped and got ...Read more

Taking the Kids: ooking for romance with your honey? Head to the snow -- with or without the kids!

Travel / Taking The Kids /

The gently falling snow, the hot tub and hot toddies, a couples massage ... the kids! Certainly heading to snowy climes can inspire romance. "It's cold and you want to be close to someone you love," offers Cameron Stewart. She and her husband, in fact, eloped and got married at the top of Breckenridge Mountain four years ago.

Jess and Todd ...Read more

Peeling back layers of history in Evora

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

From Romans to Moors to Portuguese kings, the proud little town of Evora -- set amid the cork groves of Portugal's Alentejo region -- has a big history. Just 90 minutes east of Lisbon, Evora has impressive sights -- Roman ruins, a 12th-century cathedral, and a macabre chapel of bones -- coupled with a laid-back local scene and a hearty cuisine ...Read more

After a Jet Airways cancellation, where's my compensation?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE, 300 W. 57th STREET, 41st FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10019 Q: I recently flew from Paris to Mumbai on Jet Airways. My flight was delayed and eventually canceled. Jet Airways promised me $1,360 under EC 261, the European airline consumer protection regulation.

I sent Jet Airways an EC 261 claim. Within three days, the ...Read more

Food & Wine Festival returning to Disney California Adventure

Travel / Travel News /

Epcot isn't the only Disney property that loves its food and booze, as Disney California Adventure's Food & Wine Festival returns March 1 and runs through April 23.

Disneyland guests of all ages will be able to celebrate the bounty of California through cuisine, beverages and entertainment at the culinary festival. Daily events will feature ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Indulging your inner-foodie at an all-inclusive resort

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Want to impress a teen on vacation? Start with the food, perhaps guacamole, which tastes as good as it looks, prepared tableside in a traditional stone dish and served up with freshly made tortilla chips.

"That was really awesome," said Maia Capp, 13, from Sitka, Alaska. So was the beach butler, who came around with fruit kabobs, an omelet with...Read more

San Diego saw a record 35.8 million visitors in 2018, and it's spending $19 million to attract more

Travel / Travel News /

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego County welcomed a record 35.8 million visitors last year, and it hopes to attract even more this year following the launch of a $19 million advertising campaign that includes all new TV commercials.

Last year's visitation numbers, which are still a preliminary estimate, mark the eighth consecutive year of growth for the ...Read more

A new water park will make big splash with large slides in Aventura, Fla.

Travel / Travel News /

The Constrictor, Master Blaster, the Whizzard and Boomerango!

No, they're not comic book villains. They're South Florida's newest spectacular water slides.

The Tidal Cove water park is in the finishing touches at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura.

It will open in the first quarter of this year and will be available only...Read more

Experiencing Italy's Renaissance

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Among the many things I love about Italy is how the Renaissance can be spliced into your travels. Imagine: In Florence you can sleep in a converted 16th-century monastery that's just a block from Michelangelo's David, around the corner from Brunelleschi's famous cathedral dome, and down the street from the tombs of the great Medici art patrons -...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Christina Chang

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

"I experienced culture shock when I moved to the United States," says Christina Chang, who portrays Dr. Audrey Lim on the popular ABC series "The Good Doctor." "I was born and grew up in Taipei. When I came to the States for college, I sounded like everyone who grew up here -- because I went to an international school with an American curriculum...Read more

Why can't I cancel my reservation at the Madison LES Hotel?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I booked a room at Madison LES Hotel in New York. A month before my stay, I changed my mind about staying at the hotel. I emailed the property, asking to cancel. A representative responded, saying that I had booked a "deeply discounted" rate, incurring a "one-night penalty if cancellation is needed," the representative said.

I looked at ...Read more

Striking Mother Lodi in Lodi, Calif.

Travel / Travel News /

The afternoon sun is golden and warm, belying a morning that started off with touches of fog and low clouds sweeping in from the Pacific. The fall weather is near-perfect with little humidity and brilliant blue skies. It seems that I've found the ideal time to visit Lodi. In other words, when it comes to travel, I've struck the Mother Lodi.

...Read more

Around the World: “Honey, Drop Everything! I’m Kidnapping You!

Travel / Around the World /

This Valentine’s Day, do something better than flowers and chocolates. A lot better!

Surprise your mate with an escape, a romantic Valentine’s Day kidnapping.

Type ‘cheap travel deals’ into your Internet browser search box and your screen will light up with offers that are simply too tempting to resist. ...Read more

Taking the Kids: A different way to have some fun in the snow

Travel / Taking The Kids /

There's nothing like starting the year by checking something off your vacation bucket list.

For Kacy Yerger, 24, that meant seeing snow for the first time. She grew up in Florida and now lives in Southern California, she explained.

"That was the impetus for this trip," said her boyfriend Michael Swenson, whose mom Karen Bransten was treating ...Read more

Florida's most popular Airbnb is a short drive from downtown Miami. Here's what it's like

Travel / Travel News /

Behind a discreet one-story, white textured house in Biscayne Park sits the most popular Airbnb rental in all of Florida.

Paola Ugolini has lived in the 1920s house with her family for 17 years. Originally she imagined her backyard cottage as a place for her relatives from Europe to stay when they visited Miami. But the family visits were ...Read more

What's new in Eastern Europe for 2019

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

The history, art and culture of Eastern Europe are often complicated for Westerners. But it's easier than ever to enjoy this area, where there is plenty of good sightseeing news in its leading cities.

Prague is buzzing with sightseeing changes. After a seven-year renovation, the National Museum reopened with eight permanent exhibits covering ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Ellington Ratliff

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

R5 drummer Ellington Ratliff says traveling for leisure is something he'd like to do more of in the future. "I honestly don't vacation as much as I like, but while I'm on tour I get to see some sights in whichever city I'm in," says Ratliff, 25. "Some of my favorite cities are Lake Como, Barcelona. I really liked Tel Aviv. Although, I'd have to ...Read more

Hermitage Club puts you in center of private ski resort

Travel / Travel News /

The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain is a premiere destination for any New England visitor or local. Southern Vermont is easily accessible, just two hours from Boston and four hours from New York City, and puts you right in the center of the East Coast's only private ski resort. Members enjoy year-round entertainment surrounded by the natural...Read more

Canceled Expedia tickets, and now we're stranded in Santorini

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I recently booked round-trip tickets from Boston to Santorini, Greece, through Expedia for a family vacation. British Airways delayed our outbound flight to London and rescheduled us on a flight through Athens to Santorini.

Our return flight on Iberia from Santorini to Boston via Madrid didn't go as planned. When we arrived at the airport, ...Read more