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Transcending travel troubles: Defend yourself against 21st-century travel scams

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Europe is a surprisingly creative place when it comes to travel scams. Many of the most successful gambits require a naively trusting tourist, but seasoned travelers can be taken in, too. We should all be wary of the numerous subtle scams -- a cabbie pads your fare, a hotel business center computer records your password, or a waiter offers a ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Dr. Jen Gunter

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Dr. Jen Gunter has two New York Times columns dedicated to women's health, a Canadian docuseries called "Jensplaining" and a very active social media presence where she disseminates medical fallacies in a way that the general public can understand. Her latest project is the book "The Vagina Bible: The ...Read more

A problem with Hertz lost and found: Where's my wallet?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I accidentally left my wallet in a car at the Hertz location at Boston Logan International Airport. It likely fell out of my bag as I was packing up and collecting my belongings. Hertz found it and agreed to overnight it to me at my expense.

It has been nearly a week, and Hertz has still not sent the wallet. I have tried emailing and calling...Read more

Taking the Kids: See the best and brightest holiday lights

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Now what?

Thanksgiving is over and you've got nearly a month until Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanza with the kids' anticipation growing daily. When holiday school performances, holiday baking, holiday shopping are added to the daily grind, it's enough to make any parent scream.

The solution: an immediate break that will keep you in...Read more

National Geographic names Philadelphia to its '25 Best Trips in 2020' list

Travel / Travel News /

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia is officially one of 2020's must-see places, according to National Geographic, which puts it alongside destinations in such countries as China, Hungary, and Egypt.

National Geographic recently released its "25 Best Trips in 2020," putting Philly about a third of the way into the list, just after Zakouma National ...Read more

It's a beautiful day in Mr. Rogers' neighborhood: the town of Latrobe, Pa.

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LATROBE, Pa. -- "Welcome to Mr. Rogers' real neighborhood," says Mary Lou Townsend as she opens the door to the Latrobe Area Historical Society on a warm fall Friday afternoon.

The building, formerly a synagogue, sits on a tree-lined street in the small town with a population of about 8,000, about an hour outside Pittsburgh. Just a few blocks ...Read more

Beyond the Beaches: Art in the French Riviera

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

With its romantic coastline, inviting beaches, and reliable sunshine, southern France's Riviera region has been a tourist destination since the 1860s. A hundred years ago, aristocrats from London to Moscow flocked here to socialize, gamble, and escape the dreary weather at home. But the area also attracted a who's who of 20th-century artists, ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With NCT 127

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Born and raised in Chicago, NCT 127's John Suh got his first taste of concerts thanks to his mother, who worked for a local radio station. "I was too young to remember who I saw, but I remember myself having a lot of fun," says Suh, who goes by the stage name of simply Johnny. "(One day), I would love to see Coldplay at Soldier Field. That would...Read more

San Antonio's Day of the Dead celebration is a lively one

Travel / Travel News /

SAN ANTONIO -- As I made my way past the steps leading down to the river level of the Paseo del Rio and headed toward La Villita, I found myself surrounded by an army of black-clad figures, faces painted a luminous white, giving them a skull-like appearance. It might have been a scene from "The Walking Dead."

It wasn't the "Walking Dead," ...Read more

Will FlightNetwork ever give my money back?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I booked a flight from Chicago to Zagreb, Croatia, on, recently. The charge was posted on my credit card in February 2018. Eight months later, I received an email from FlightNetwork saying my flight was canceled, but that I could change my flight to the day before or the day after my planned departure. That did not work for ...Read more

Tall tales in Lompoc: Where history meets the sea

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LOMPOC, Calif. -- I thought I'd seen everything.

Then I discovered a remarkable collection of the world's oldest pictorial art hiding out in Lompoc, a modest hamlet perched on the wave-dashed coast of California, north of Santa Barbara.

Murals are what I mean, 36 huge paintings on the walls in the Old Town district, an art whose origins reach ...Read more

Taking the Kids -- and taking advantage of Cyber Monday family travel deals

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Have you done your homework?

"If you're looking for a travel deal that will get you to a specific location during set dates, it's probably not going to happen!" says homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-2298263">Read more

Taking the Kids: Taking advantage of Cyber Monday family travel deals

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Have you done your homework?

"If you're looking for a travel deal that will get you to a specific location during set dates, it's probably not going to happen!" says homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-2297949">Read more

Legoland to close popular Star Wars attraction in January

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SAN DIEGO -- Just as the Death Star exploded into stardust in the movie "Return of the Jedi," the popular Star Wars attraction at Legoland California will also soon evaporate.

Jan. 6 is the last day visitors at the Carlsbad theme park will be able to tour Star Wars Miniland, an extensive outdoor collection of more than 2,000 Lego brick models ...Read more

Around the World: Do-It-Yourself Versus Travel Agent Bookings

Travel / Around the World /

With the year end holiday-associated travel season about to take off, all who are thinking of visiting relatives, escaping for some sun, surf and sand or taking to the ski slopes, or making their final business forays of 2019, are looking for the best way to book their trips.

It’s a season when travel becomes that much more ...Read more

Finding peace in Europe's overlooked sights

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Seeing the top sights in Europe's big cities can be intense. It's hot, it's crowded, and your dream of having a quiet moment with the Mona Lisa is shared by around six million people every year.

The mission of my most recent trip to Europe was finding peace and tranquility in big cities that, in many ways, feel overrun with tourists. And it's ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Misha Collins

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Raised by a single mom, "Supernatural" actor, philanthropist and author Misha Collins remembers how hard his mother worked to make sure there was food on the dinner table, even when they were homeless and living off food stamps. "My mom always found a way for us to eat meals together," says Collins, who resides with his own family in the Pacific...Read more

Living it up at L.A. Live

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L.A. Live has replaced Hollywood Boulevard as the bejeweled bellybutton of Los Angeles.

What's your pleasure? High-stakes basketball? Red-carpet concerts? Stunning views? This downtown destination has them all. Maybe I'm biased, but I'd say it rivals New York's Times Square for things to do, places to go, celebrities to see.

Jack Nicholson is ...Read more

5 great reasons beyond football to visit Madison, Wis.

Travel / Travel News /

MADISON, Wis. -- It's tough being a football fanatic in a state besotted with basketball. While I love roundball at my alma mater, the University of Kentucky, my real passion began as a kid watching the Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys slug it out on the gridiron.

Recently, my friend Rebecca, a University of Wisconsin graduate and fellow ...Read more

Exploring Cincinnati's culinary scene

Travel / Travel News /

I need to get my Cincinnati fix on a regular basis -- say at least once or twice a year. Usually, one of the visits is devoted to exploring the Queen City's cultural attractions (it has more than you might think) and the other to checking out favorite restaurants (again, more than you might imagine.)

This time the trip was mainly for the ...Read more