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Rick Steves’ Europe: Strolling Istanbul

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Of the great cities of Europe, four are worth a week of sightseeing: London, Paris, Rome, and Istanbul. And of those, Istanbul offers the most thrills for the best price. With every visit, I simply get out and stroll.

The historic and touristic center of Istanbul between the Hagia Sophia Mosque and the Blue Mosque is virtually traffic-free, ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Natasha Lopez

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“This pandemic has definitely shifted the meaning of vacation for me,” said Natasha Lopez, one of the stars of the HBO series “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” “Being in New York the

entire time has been tough, especially during the winter. But it gave me a new sense of adventure and spontaneity. I did road trips upstate, went apple ...Read more

Travel Troubleshooter: Help! My all-inclusive hotel in Mexico is only half-inclusive

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When Michael O'Connor books an all-inclusive resort in Mexico through Priceline, he discovers it's only half-inclusive. How can he fix that?

Q: I recently booked a room at the Barcelo, an all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. When I made the reservation, it listed breakfast, lunch and dinner as included in the rate. But when I...Read more

Taking the kids: It’s easy to travel more sustainably

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Who really needs clean towels and sheets every day on vacation? Ditto for super-long showers.

“The amount of energy and water that travelers use negatively impacts locals far more than they realize,” said Max Shak, founder of “Check with your hotel about how they ...Read more

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Travel nurses see swift change of fortunes as COVID-19 money runs dry

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Tiffanie Jones was a few tanks of gas into her drive from Tampa, Florida, to Cheyenne, Wyoming, when she found out her travel nurse contract had been canceled.

Jones, who has been a nurse for 17 years, caught up with a Facebook group for travel nurses and saw she wasn’t alone. Nurses had reported abruptly losing jobs and seeing their rates ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with AleXa

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At the time of our Zoom interview, AleXa hadn’t heard that she had advanced to the finals of NBC’s “American Song Contest.” “I’m just grateful for this experience,” she said from Los Angeles, where the singing competition is filmed. “I performed for a huge American network in front of a live audience. Hopefully, I can take this ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Ciao Chow - Italians on American Food

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When Italians sit down together for dinner, a special joy combusts from their mutual love of good eating: the flavors, the steam, the memories, the dreams ... the edible heritage. Food is a favorite topic of conversation. And it seems every Italian has an opinion about American food.

During one long Italian meal, my friend Claudia says she ...Read more

Travel Troubleshooter: She returned her rental, but Avis charged her an extra $4,228

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After Claudia Lockwood returns her rental to Avis, the company broadsides her with a $4,228 bill for 34 more days on the car. Can it do that?

Q: I rented a car recently from Avis and dropped it off at Tweed New Haven Airport after driving up from Washington, D.C.

The Avis counter was closed, so I called them and did the rental handoff ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Best Gifts For Moms Traveling Again

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What do traveling moms really want? They’ll tell you time together with their families. Grandmas, especially, are eager to make memories.

But after a glass of wine or two, Moms will likely confide that beyond the shared experiences, what they really want and need, after two years of this never-ending pandemic. is a little time for themselves....Read more

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Delta CEO predicts busy summer travel season

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Even as he sees long-term changes to how people work and travel for business, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said international and business passengers are coming back strong.

Travel across the board is expected to be busy this summer, and the carrier is taking steps to address typical summer flight challenges such as bad weather and full ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Munich - Where thirst is worse than homesickness

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Heading for the Hofbräuhaus in Munich, I mention to my Bavarian friend, Friedrich, that I’d love to give this venerable beer hall some significance in my guidebook description. Unconvinced that “significance” is worth seeking at a beer hall, he quotes Freud: “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” Stepping through its stubby stone arcade...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Isné Bobo Nuyent

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Just three days after he finished documenting Epik High’s concert at Coachella, photographer-musician Isné Bobo Nuyent was back home in Los Angeles doing a Zoom interview to promote his latest pop-punk single “No More Talking” ( The Vietnamese American artist spent two months on the road with the hip-...Read more

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Flight cancellations persisted after January COVID-19 spike, data show

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Flight cancellations continue to persist for U.S. airlines since severe disruptions caused by the January COVID-19 surge and even as carriers staff up ahead of what's expected to be a busy summer travel season, according to the latest federal data on air travel.

Airlines canceled 4.5% of their domestic flights in February, according to the U.S....Read more

Travel Troubleshooter: She couldn't change her train tickets. Can she get a refund?

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Linda Shapiro tries to change her train tickets from Seville to Madrid but can't do it online. So, she buys two new tickets, hoping to get a refund for the first set. Why is Trainline refusing a refund?

Q: I recently booked two train tickets from Seville, Spain, to Madrid from Trainline, a ticket reseller. The tickets are 70% refundable....Read more

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LAX sees 1 million monthly international travelers for first time since pandemic's start

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Los Angeles International Airport saw more than 1 million international passengers in March, the first time its monthly tally has hit that mark since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, airport officials said Thursday.

The increase comes as both domestic and international air travel continues to rebound from the pandemic.

"We saw things ...Read more

Taking the Kids: It’s easy to travel more sustainably

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Who really needs clean towels and sheets every day on vacation? Ditto for super-long showers.

“The amount of energy and water that travelers use negatively impacts locals far more than they realize,” said Max Shak, founder of “Check with your hotel about how they conserve...Read more

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Travel nurse agencies cash in on Stanford strike and pandemic

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“Turn Your Nursing Passion into Profit. Contact Us Today!”

The recruitment plea from an employment agency called HSG Strike Staffing was one of many that attracted thousands of replacement nurses to fill positions left empty this week by the first nursing strike at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California in two decades. Crossing the ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Estonia - The Song of Freedom

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It’s amazing what a stretch of water can do. The Baltic Sea separates Estonia from Sweden and Finland. The struggles of the last couple of generations couldn’t be more different on these opposite shores. When I visited the Baltic states back in the 1980s, labor was cheaper than light bulbs. While I was touring museums, an old babushka would ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Aria Brooks

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For 15-year-old actress Aria Brooks, playing Libby in the Disney+ film "Better Nate Than Ever” was like being with a good friend. “I think Libby and I are similar in a lot of ways,” said the teen, who resides in Atlanta with her family. “We stand for a lot of the same things, like feminism and Black power. Libby and I have very similar ...Read more

Travel Troubleshooter: Aegean Airlines refunds one ticket but not the other

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When Benn Karne's flight gets canceled after the COVID-19 outbreak, Aegean Airlines eventually refunds one of his tickets. But what about the other one? And why is it taking so long to resolve his case?

Q: I bought two tickets from Aegean Airlines just before the COVID-19 shutdown. The airline offered vouchers for credit, redeemable for ...Read more