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Byline: By Christopher Elliott

Travel / Travel Troubleshooter /

TITLE: Where's my refund from Air France for my canceled flight?

Air France canceled Jim Shea's flight during the pandemic. But he's been waiting a year for a refund. Where is it?

Q: Last year, I bought tickets to fly from San Francisco to Stockholm on Air France. I booked the tickets through Cook Travel, a travel agency in New York. I paid ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Ready for romance?

Travel / Taking The Kids /

A romantic just-for-you dinner, a scented bubble bath for two, flower petals on your bed and someone to take care of your every need.

Raise your hand if you are ready for some romance — perhaps even an elopement for a much-postponed wedding (party to come later), vow renewal, babymoon, anniversary celebration, or just a much-needed couples’...Read more

Touring the World of Tea

Travel / Around the World /



As worldly travelers know, tea service is a gesture of hospitality around the globe. In many countries, tea is an almost ceremonial aspect of lifestyle. Sipping tea is a wonderful way for tourists to experience local culture.

Tea service is distinct in different places, but it’s always meant to honor the guest and ...Read more

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New US travel rules bar foreign COVID survivors with 1 vaccine shot

Travel / Travel Tips /

WASHINGTON — The new U.S. travel policy will block entry to foreign nationals who have recovered from COVID-19 and then gotten one dose of two-dose vaccines — a standard that France and the European Commission consider full vaccination.

The U.S. announced on Friday that it would open its borders to vaccinated travelers beginning Nov. 8, and...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Philipp Maximilian

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

“Being a part of a Disney blockbuster wasn’t anything I thought I could ever dream of,” said “Jungle Cruise” actor Philipp Maximilian. “Jean-Vincent Puzos built the most incredible sets for us, so filming this movie was like being a kid in a candy store for a Disneyland nerd like me. Jesse Plemons (Prince Joachim) and I had so much ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Lago di Como is where Italians honeymoon

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Stretched over two chairs atop the skinny passenger deck of a 10-car ferry as it shuttles across Lago di Como, I look south into the haze of Italy. I’m savoring the best of my favorite country with none of the chaos and intensity that are generally part of the Italian experience. Looking north, into a crisp alpine breeze, I see snowcapped Alps...Read more

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US offering F-16s to Turkey as reimbursement, Erdogan says

Travel / Travel News /

The U.S. has offered Turkey a fleet of upgraded F-16 fighter jets, according to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, potentially unlocking a standoff between the two NATO allies over a blocked order of more advanced F-35s.

The offer is being made to reimburse Turkey for the $1.4 billion payment it already made for the canceled F-35s, Erdogan said at...Read more

Travel Troubleshooter: Expedia problem leads to a missed flight

Travel / Travel Troubleshooter /

When Expedia fails to pay for Joanna Heath's return flight to Los Angeles, she must buy a new ticket. Now the online agency refuses to refund the new ticket. What gives?

Q: I recently booked a flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia through Expedia for my family. A few weeks later, I contacted Expedia to make a change for my return ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Eating your way through Disney World

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Space-Ghetti, anyone? Maybe a Galactic Lobster Globe? All served up with bubbling or smoking atmospheric spirits and zero-proof cocktails. Welcome to the new homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-2580317">Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Living history enlivens your travels

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Here are some thoughts about how and why one of the most rewarding aspects of my travels is connecting with people — old friends and guides who actually lived through the local history and make it real for me.

On one of my earliest trips to Europe when I was just 14 years old, a family friend in a dusty village on the border of Austria and ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Laurie Fortier

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

On “The Walking Dead,” Laurie Fortier portrays Agatha, the leader of a new group on the popular series – now in its 11th season. “Agatha is a bada--,” said the actress, who splits her time between Los Angeles and Atlanta. (She’s a) knives expert. So, to prepare for (playing) her, I trained with a Filipino knife expert.” Joking, she...Read more

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US travel restriction plans will highlight vaccination disparities in the Americas

Travel / Travel Tips /

MIAMI — New Biden administration travel restrictions aimed at preventing the unvaccinated from coming to the United States will be felt particularly hard in Latin America and the Caribbean, a region where wide disparities and lack of access to COVID-19 vaccines have left most of the population without protection against the deadly virus.

The ...Read more

Travel Troubleshooter: Why can't I get a refund for my shuttle reservations in Italy?

Travel / Travel Troubleshooter /

After Maureen DiNafo cancels her vacation to Italy during the pandemic, she tries to get a refund for her prepaid shuttle from Civitavecchia to Rome. Why isn't the money coming through?

Q: I have a problem with Civitavecchia Shuttle, a ground transportation company in Italy. We decided to cancel our vacation in Rome last September and ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Walt Disney World turns 50 and celebrates big time

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Thanks, Walt! “You see Cinderella’s Castle and you get such a feeling of joy, and there aren’t many places that give you that,” said Emily Jordan, visiting from Marietta, Georgia, with her husband and two kids as Walt Disney World starts celebrating its 50th Anniversary. ”...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Joanne Lee Molinaro

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Trial attorney by day and content creator by night, Joanne Lee Molinaro is known to her millions of social media followers as the Korean Vegan. In her social media posts, she delivers beautifully crafted videos showing her cook, while she shares personal stories about her life and that of her parents, who had escaped North Korea as children ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: The French restaurant is a spa for your taste buds

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Because I come from a backpacker travel heritage, where a good picnic is the answer to a prayer, it’s taken me decades to recognize the value of a fine meal. Now I can enthusiastically embrace a long, drawn-out dinner splurge as a wonderful investment of both time and money. Nowhere is this truer than in France.

My friend and co-author Steve ...Read more

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Spirit Airlines flight headed for South Florida evacuated after striking bird in New Jersey

Travel / Travel News /

A Spirit Airlines flight headed for Fort Lauderdale was evacuated Saturday evening after the plane struck a bird before takeoff, causing the engine to catch fire, according to fire rescue officials in New Jersey.

The plane was set to take off from Atlantic City International Airport just before 6 p.m., when the bird flew into the engine, ...Read more

Where's our promised refund from Singapore Airlines?

Travel / Travel Troubleshooter /

Singapore Airlines promises Rebecca Engelmann a refund for the flights she canceled during the pandemic. She decides to file a credit card dispute. Then things get complicated. Is there a way out?

Q: My family and I canceled our airline tickets last year because of COVID-19. Singapore Airlines promised to refund the tickets but said it ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Exploring Hispanic heritage

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Ever have a paleta? They’re yummy Mexican popsicles made from fruit, including strawberries and mango. My favorite is coconut.

And there’s no better time to introduce them to the kids, along with dishes like paella, ceviche or different kinds of tacos, than during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which lasts until Oct. 15 and celebrates ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Esperanza in Évora

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Alentejo is a vast and arid land — the bleak interior of Portugal, where cork seems to be the dominant industry.

The rolling hills are covered with stubby cork trees. With their bark peeled away, they remind me of St. Bartolomeo, the martyr who was skinned alive. Like him, these trees suffer in silence.

The people of Alentejo are uniformly ...Read more