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Taking the Kids: Fun in the snow in new ways and on a budget

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Got the kids’ passports?

Not for international travel. We’re talking about affordable Fun in the Snow. States from Vermont and homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-2468653">Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: The Cinque Terre or Italy’s Riviera

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As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from Italy’s Riviera — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

I cap the best day imaginable on the Cinque Terre with a glass of ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Kyla Pratt

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Kyla Pratt plays Mayim Bialik’s best friend on the new FOX sitcom “Call Me Kat.” The series also includes Swoosie Kurtz and Leslie Jordan. “Traveling for work is difficult for me, mainly because of my girls,” says Pratt, 34. “I have to quarantine before I shoot, so that means mommy is gone from home longer. I don’t like to be away ...Read more

Travel Troubleshooter: I Paid Twice For My Airlines Tickets. Can I Get My Money Back?

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Level Airlines claims Ellen Boelens is a "no-show" for her flight from San Francisco to Barcelona. But she was on the flight. How did this mix-up happen? And can she get her money back after paying twice for her flight?

Q: Last year, I paid $1,284 for two tickets from San Francisco to Barcelona, Spain. The day before our flight, I tried to ...Read more

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US to end restrictions for diplomats regarding Taiwan: Pompeo

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. will remove “self-imposed restrictions” on how its diplomats and other officials approach Taiwan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, in a move that’s sure to roil Beijing.

“For several decades the State Department has created complex internal restrictions to regulate our diplomats, service members, and other ...Read more

Taking the Kids: On an adventure this winter

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Can’t wait? I know how you feel. After summer and holiday trips were upended, after juggling remote school and work for months, you may feel — for your family’s mental health — that you cannot wait for the COVID-19 vaccine to get away.

The good news is there are ways to get away safely this winter, as long as you continue to mask up and...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Portugal’s sunny Salema

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As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here's one of my favorite European memories from Portugal’s Algarve, the sunny south coast of my travel dreams — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

The flatbed fish truck rambles...Read more

CelebrityTravel: Go away with Gianni Decenzo

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In the third season of “Cobra Kai” (premiering on Netflix on January 8), Gianni Decenzo gets to show off some of his real-life fighting skills — something he didn’t get to utilize in the previous seasons portraying the uncoordinated high school student, Demetri. “It was very painful sometimes getting to see everyone else do badass ...Read more

Can I Get A Refund For My Canceled Hawaii Flights?

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Q: In 2019, I booked flights through Travelocity to fly from Kauai to Minneapolis in April. The first two legs of my flight, from Lihue to Honolulu to Los Angeles, were on Hawaiian Airlines. The last leg, from Los Angeles to Minneapolis, was on Delta Air Lines.

In late March, Hawaiian canceled our flights because of COVID-19. Travelocity ...Read more

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Dog gone: Greyhound racing comes to an end in Florida

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Ewart Johnson, an 80-year-old West Palm Beach resident, was a bit melancholy Thursday afternoon as he scrutinized his racing form at the Palm Beach Kennel Club.

It was the last day greyhound racing was legal in Florida, something that should represent a financial upturn for Johnson.

“I lose my money every day,” he...Read more

Taking the Kids: Here’s to new culinary adventures!

Travel / Taking The Kids /

We weren’t supposed to be there, neither were most of the others. But there we were early in September at the bottom of the Grand Canyon rocking and rolling through the famous rapids — two dozen in one day — during our week-long Western River Expeditions raft trip, setting up cots to sleep under ...Read more

Should the COVID-19 vaccine figure into the future of flying?

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The vaccine for COVID-19 might be the beginning of the end of the pandemic, but for airlines, it’s the beginning of the discussion about how and whether a vaccine will factor into the future of flying.

The discussion gained momentum after Alan Joyce, chief executive of Qantas Airways, said in November that the Australian airline will require ...Read more

Around the World: New Year’s Time Travel

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As 2020 comes to a close, people who love to travel are in high hopes that they will again be able to give free rein to their adventuresome spirits during 2021. Of course we can’t accurately predict a specific date when current travel restrictions will be lifted, but there’s hope that at some point during the new year, the world...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Jesse Palter

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While remaining at home during the coronavirus pandemic, singer-songwriter Jesse Palter said she channeled her creative energy into making new music. “My single ‘Better Days’ really stemmed from being stuck in quarantine and daydreaming about these types of future (vacation) experiences,” said the Los Angeles-based musician. “(Italy is...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Cockcrow on Hydra

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As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from one of my favorite Greek isles — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

The isle of Hydra — just an hour by fast ferry from Athens ...Read more

Travel Troubleshooter: Help! I'm Still Waiting For My Vantage Refund

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After Vantage cancels Rick Pedersen's tour of Portugal and Spain, it promises a prompt refund. But 100 days later, there's no sign of the $12,959. How does he get a Vantage refund?

Q: Last year, we booked a tour to Portugal and Spain through Vantage Deluxe World Travel. This was to be our third Vantage journey in as many years, and the second ...Read more

Taking the Kids: On a different kind of cruise (when it’s safe)

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We’re surrounded. The king penguins waddled right up. There were fur seals and tiny fur seal pups, nothing more than tiny balls of dark brown fur. These seals were hunted to near extinction in the 19th century, but they have made a remarkable recovery and now number in the millions.

It’s Christmas morning on Salisbury Plain, located on the ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Walking Dubrovnik’s city walls

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As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

Jostled by the crowds, I walk toward the still-stout ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Otoja Abit

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Otoja Abit wrote, directed, produced and starred in the film “A New York Christmas Wedding,” which is currently available on Netflix. The New York-based actor (“Stonewall,” “Black-ish,” “Harlem Knights”) said while he is grateful to be faring well during this pandemic, he was disappointed he couldn’t celebrate his movie at film...Read more

Travel Troubleshooter: Owner Canceled My Vrbo Rental. Why Can't I Get A Refund?

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When this frustrated traveler's vacation rental gets canceled during the pandemic, he expects a full refund. Instead, he gets nothing. What should you do when an owner cancels your Vrbo rental?

Q: I read your article about Vrbo refund problems and was hoping for your help. A few months ago, I made a reservation for a home in Orlando, Fla. After...Read more