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Rick Steves’ Europe: Croatia’s colorful coast

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I love the knack Croatians have for taking a humble stretch of craggy shoreline and turning it into a wildly romantic bar or café. In the coastal town of Rovinj, several bars and restaurants offer tables atop the town's rocky seawall, and some provide you with a pillow – an invitation to find your own nook in the rocks overlooking the bay. As...Read more

A Booking Error Leads To A Nonrefundable Hotel Room, Or Does It?

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Glen Hartness books the wrong night at La Quinta through the Priceline app. Why won't Priceline refund the erroneous booking?

Q: I'm trying to get a refund from Priceline for a booking that, on the surface, appears to be uneligible for a refund. However, it is hard for me to believe that Priceline can keep my money for this mistake.

Here's ...Read more

Taking the Kids: To a dude ranch family reunion

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Michael Walker wasn’t impressed when his mom announced the family was going to a place called Paradise where there was no TV or electronic games.

“Sounds more like hell than Paradise,” the teen declared.

That was more than 30 years ago, and Michael Walker quickly changed his tune. His family has returned 13 times to homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-3334707">Read more

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Commentary: What can the FAA and TSA do to handle spikes in flyers?

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With the arrival of the summer travel season, airports and airlines are experiencing unprecedented passenger volumes, which means that most flights are filled or near capacity. This trend of higher passenger volume will not abate anytime soon.

With higher demand, the airlines, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security ...Read more


Trump's VP pick fuels European anxiety over US backing for Kyiv

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When an outraged Ukrainian lawmaker berated JD Vance at this year’s Munich Security Conference over the Republicans’ blocking of aid to his country, the U.S. senator listened patiently. But Oleksiy Honcharenko couldn’t change his mind.

That task will now fall to European allies and Ukrainian politicians after former President Donald Trump...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with IVE

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While the U.S. leg of IVE’s ‘Show What I Have’ world tour is over, the pop group will return to Chicago on Aug. 3 to make their Lollapalooza debut. While preparing for the festival, the group’s members said it was important to them to create a unique set so that their show is enjoyable for both fans and newcomers who may not be familiar ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Vibrant, historic Dresden is worth a detour

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Intriguing Dresden, Germany, winds up on far fewer American itineraries than it deserves to. Don’t make that mistake. Since its horrific firebombing in World War II, the city has transitioned to a thriving cultural center that's well worth a visit. Even with only a day to spare, Dresden is a doable side trip from bigger attractions like Berlin...Read more

Travel Troubleshooter: My Apple Vacations Voucher Doesn't Work! Can I Get A Refund?

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Cathy Balsewich's travel advisor offers her a $200 resort credit at a hotel in the Turks and Caicos. Why doesn't it work, and who is responsible?

Q: I wanted to book a trip to the Turks and Caicos last year. My travel advisor recommended Apple Vacations and said it had a promotion that offered a $200 resort credit. I booked the trip, but...Read more

Taking the Kids: Discover a rare ‘Teen rex’ in the Badlands of North Dakota

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Here’s what to do the next time the kids balk at putting down their electronic devices to go outdoors. Tell them about the amazing dinosaur discovery the Fisher brothers and their cousin made by doing just that.

Jessin Fisher,12, his brother Liam,9, and their cousin, Kaiden Madsen,11, discovered a rare juvenile T. rex fossil in the Badlands ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Europe’s second cities are authentic and lively

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Each European country has its marquee city that attracts the vast majority of travelers – think Rome, Paris, Amsterdam. And all too often, that tourist-pleasing destination is a traveler’s one and only stop.

While I’d never suggest skipping those places entirely, I like to complement them with a visit to the country’s “second city....Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with James Paxton

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James Paxton doesn’t remember visiting his dad – the late Bill Paxton – on the set of the 1996 blockbuster film “Twister.” At the time, he was barely a year old. But when he was asked to make an appearance in “Twisters” – in theaters July 19 – he immediately said yes. “I did this cameo for Dad,” Paxton said. “It was ...Read more

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The business of Bigfoot: Sasquatch tourism brings cryptid-curious to Colorado

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DENVER — For $650 a head, Jim Myers leads cryptid-curious folks from around the world into the wilderness of Colorado’s Park County for a three-day camping expedition in search of the elusive Bigfoot.

Myers’s business, Rabbit Hole Adventures, provides tents, meals, guides, first aid kits and satellite phones as part of the quest. He also ...Read more

Travel Troubleshooter: I Tried To Cancel My Ticket To Argentina. Can You Find My Refund?

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When Aerolineas Argentinas changes Christina Skinner's flight schedule by nine hours, she asks the carrier to cancel her ticket and issue a refund. Its response: silence. What should she do?

Q: I'm having a problem with a flight refund and need your help. I recently booked a round-trip flight on Aerolineas Argentinas from Miami to Buenos ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Essential summer travel safety hacks

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Who is the designated water watcher?

Huh? According to the American Red Cross, the water watcher is the adult (or teen 16 and older) who ideally knows CPR, and is watching the kids in the water – not reading, ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Ali Fumiko Whitney

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Ali Fumiko Whitney said that starring opposite Harry Connick Jr. in the Netflix film “Find Me Falling” – out July 19 – was a dreamy experience. “We filmed in Cyprus and I spent most of my time in both the capital city, Nicosia, as well as the city of Pafos,” the actress said. “Both were absolutely stunning! I made sure to explore ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Amboise offers delights and Leonardo da Vinci sights in France’s Loire Valley

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As the Loire River glides gently east to west, officially separating northern from southern France, it has come to define one of France’s most popular tourist regions.

Because of its history, this region is home to hundreds of castles and palaces in all shapes and sizes. When a “valley address” became a must-have among 16th-century ...Read more

Taking the Kids: 19+ places for unique Independence Day celebrations

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How many ways can you celebrate a birthday? If you are talking about America’s birthday, there are too many to count. Start with parades and barbecues. Move on to festivals, campground and resort parties, concerts and, of course, fireworks. You can even time travel back to the days when our country was founded.

Wherever you go, you will have ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Collective Soul

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More than three decades into their career, Collective Soul recently released the double album, “Here to Eternity,” and are currently on tour with Hootie & the Blowfish. From their respective Atlanta homes, singer-songwriter Ed Roland and bassist Will Turpin discussed their tour, how they spend their free time on the road and where they’d ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Pleasant, progressive Oslo puts people first

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On my last visit to Oslo, I was struck by how peaceful the city felt. It seemed a world away from the commotion and angst that comes with the 24-hour news here in the US. I couldn’t help but take notes: Parents park their baby carriages on the sidewalk as they abandon their infants for a few moments to step into a store to do some shopping. ...Read more

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Gen Z is traveling more, and debt isn't slowing them down

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Kari Karanikos is 25 years old with six figures of debt. A social media director who lives in Pittsburgh, Karanikos is one of the many Gen Zers who love to travel, despite carrying hefty debt.

A recent Bankrate survey on chasing credit card rewards while in debt found that nearly 1 in 4 (24%) Gen Zers and 1 in 3 (32%) millennials carry a credit...Read more