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Taking the kids: Finding the best gifts (with little effort) for your favorite travelers

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Gift card or gift? Certainly, cards are easier and appreciated, especially when they come from a company the recipient likes. Say from for their pooch, or everything outdoors from, or

But even ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Finding the best gifts (with little effort) for your favorite travelers

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Gift card or gift? Certainly, cards are easier and appreciated, especially when they come from a company the recipient likes. Say from for their pooch, or everything outdoors from, or

But even ...Read more

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The most useful gifts for frequent fliers and travel obsessives

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Whether or not you are a travel obsessive, you know what one sounds like.

This is someone who'll eagerly tell you which mileage-reward program to choose, when renovations will be done at LAX, where to sleep in San Diego, what pillow is best for a 14-hour flight, and how resort fees are the devil's own invention.

Of course these friends would ...Read more

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Commentary: Turkey has put the US in a tough spot by threatening another Syria incursion

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Syria’s civil war, which entered its 11th year this March, may at first look like a clear-cut case of good versus evil, in which a bloodthirsty dictator, Bashar Assad, tries to snuff out any semblance of opposition to his rule. Yet, the conflict is far more complicated than that. Far from being a game of checkers, Syria best resembles an ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Fátima, Portugal is a testament to the power of faith

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In what might be mistaken for a God-forsaken corner of central Portugal, tens of thousands witnessed an apparition – and the lonely little town of Fátima became a major pilgrimage site for Catholics. Travelers encounter several “apparition sights” in Europe. Fátima might just be my favorite.

It started on May 13, 1917, when three ...Read more

Travel Troubleshooter: Double-billed by Avis for a van returned after hours

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When Robert Cipriani returns his Avis minivan, he expects to pay $1,770. Instead, Avis charges him twice. What happened, and how can he get his money back?

Q: I rented a minivan for 37 days with Avis through Priceline for $1,770. My pickup and drop-off were at the Holiday Inn in Peabody, Massachusetts.

The Avis shop was closed when I ...Read more

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Air travel skyrockets ahead of Thanksgiving, surpassing pre-COVID numbers some days

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Travel by air skyrocketed toward pre-COVID levels ahead of Thanksgiving — and even exceeded 2019′s numbers some days.

More than 2 million people went through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at U.S. airports each day between Nov. 17 and Nov. 23, according to data released Thursday by the Transportation Security ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Seeing the best and brightest holiday lights

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Maybe it’s your family tradition to return to the same holiday lights display every year — often the weekend after Thanksgiving when everyone is desperate to get out of the house and whining about eating more leftovers. Maybe you seek out a new one where you are visiting friends and relatives.

One thing is certain: Post-pandemic, these ...Read more

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Thanksgiving week travel expected to be almost as busy as pre-pandemic levels

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Thanksgiving week has always been the busiest travel season of the year, and experts expect the number of people flying and hitting the road will be close to what it was before the pandemic.

With travel restrictions gone and COVID-19 deaths substantially down across the United States, officials are seeing a significant rise in the number of ...Read more

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For some H-1B holders and families, a visit home is fraught with uncertainty

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Traveling abroad can be complicated, but for Indians living in the United States on work visas, making trips home often feels unfeasible.

“I know many families who couldn’t visit their home when their parents passed way because of these visa issues,” said Maharajan Shunmugam, a software engineer in the North Carolina town of Morrisville. ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Jake Horowitz

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Jake Horowitz’s latest role is as a carnival worker in the film “Bones and All.” While he won’t divulge too much about the character he plays, the actor gave us some insight when asked if he would readily travel with the carny. “He’s a thrill seeker – that friend who would encourage you to hop the fence into the abandoned building ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: From hill towns to harbors, Istria pleases

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The Istrian Peninsula, in the northwest corner of Croatia, is an inviting mix of pungent truffles, Roman ruins, striking hill towns, and pastel coastal villages, with a breezy Italian culture (left over from centuries of Venetian rule).

While the wedge-shaped Istrian Peninsula has many tacky and forgettable resort towns, the seafront port of ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Denise Boutte

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“I absolutely love Christmas,” said Denise Boutte. “So the joy I get from filming a holiday movie is next level! ‘Christmas with My Ex’ was so fun to shoot. (There was one particular) poignant and heartfelt moment — truly intense yet vulnerable. My character, Alicia, confronts her unappreciative husband for taking her for granted and...Read more

Travel Troubleshooter: American Cruise Lines protection plan isn't protecting me

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Edward Marks buys a "cancel for any reason" protection plan for his cruise. But when he has to cancel, he finds that it's worthless. What went wrong?

Q: I had to cancel my American Cruise Lines cruise from Memphis to New Orleans for medical reasons.

I called American Cruise Lines and inquired about rebooking for a cruise this fall using...Read more

Taking the Kids: And getting the best Black Friday-Travel Monday deal

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Are you ready to travel again? I don’t mean for Thanksgiving or the holidays, I mean for planning next year’s adventures and getaways. You can save significant bucks and book a memorable family trip by planning for Black Friday (Nov. 25) and Travel Monday (Nov. 28).

“Travelers will definitely be looking for deals, as they traditionally do...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: A double date with Paris

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There’s a spot in Paris where I like to share my macarons. Pulling the ribbon on the tiny box — gilded with tradition and a flair for good living — and sharing them here is the perfect start for a double date with my favorite travel partner and my favorite city.

Nibbling together our pastel macarons — rose, lavender, peach, and ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Elly Griffiths

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Elly Griffiths’ latest novel, “Bleeding Heart Yard” (Mariner Books, $27.99), is a page-turning whodunnit that revolves around a group of friends who committed murder two decades ago. Fast-forward to their class reunion, where a prominent politician may have died of an overdose … or was killed. The British author said that living on the ...Read more

Travel Troubleshooter: Budget bills a $450 cleaning fee for dog hair to non-dog-owner

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When Budget charges Russ DeVries $450 for a pet cleaning fee on his rental, he has a problem paying, since he doesn't have a dog. Can he get this charge removed?

Q: Budget charged me a $450 cleaning fee for a vehicle that had dog hair in the back seat. I only had the rental car for one day. I traveled from the airport to my meeting, then...Read more

Taking the Kids: Smarts for vacation rentals for holidays

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The 7-year-old couldn’t contain her excitement as she raced from kitchen to living room (big TV and oh-so-comfy couch), bedroom, and bathroom (oversized tub). That she could ski right out the door and back at the end of the day was a definite plus.

“This is the living life!” she declared. We had to agree. I wish I could say all of our ...Read more

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Delta preparing for 5 million passengers over Thanksgiving week

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ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines is preparing to handle more than 5 million passengers over Thanksgiving week, one of the busiest travel periods of the year and what is expected to be the heaviest Thanksgiving traffic Delta has seen since the start of the pandemic.

“We’re seeing tremendous demand,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said Tuesday during a ...Read more