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Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Helsinki -- Europe's youngest and northernmost capital city -- feels like an outpost of Europe. While it lacks the cutesy cobbles of Copenhagen, the aristocratic setting of Stockholm, or the futuristic vibe of Oslo, Helsinki holds its own among Nordic capitals with its creative spirit, zest for architecture and design and a steamy love of saunas...Read more

Celebrty Travel: Go Away With Tiffany Young

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Tiffany Young is the new face and voice of H&M's Divided Music campaign. Born and raised in California, Young spent more than a decade in South Korea as a member of the band Girls' Generation, before moving back to Los Angeles to study acting. "I just finished shooting this video for (my new solo single) 'Teach You,'" says Young. "And I get to ...Read more

I want some refund help, but Aer Lingus refuses

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: Aer Lingus canceled my recent flight from Dublin to Chicago after an extended delay. Initially, there was an issue with the plane, and then the delay had gone on so long that the flight crew could no longer fly.

The Aer Lingus pilot announced that we should get off the plane, and advised us to either book our own flight home on any airline ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Indulging your inner-foodie and junior foodies in Orlando

Travel / Taking The Kids /

A charcuterie and cheese platter, anyone? Maybe freshly made pasta or sushi, dishes crafted from what's in season locally?

"The Orlando food scene has been evolving so quickly, with so many good chefs moving here," said Kathleen Blake, chef and owner of the Rusty Spoon, a popular downtown Orlando eatery. Blake has pioneered the movement here ...Read more

A look at the Florida Keys resorts open now or reopening later

Travel / Travel News /

A year after Hurricane Irma, hotels and resorts in the Florida Keys are gearing up for the fall and winter tourism season.

Hawks Cay Resort reopened completely Aug. 30 after $50 million in renovations. Cheeca Lodge reopened in March. But Little Palm Island Resort will be at work restoring the luxury property for another year.

In Key West, ...Read more

American Airlines renovated museum awaits aviation fans

Travel / Travel News /

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Visitors to the newly renovated American Airlines' C.R. Smith Museum can sit at the controls of an MD-80 cockpit.

In a simulated operations center, they can make judgment calls about whether to send a virtual aircraft through bad weather.

The recently completed multimillion-dollar renovation of the museum along Texas 360 ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Meg DeLacy

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Actress Meg DeLacy is known for her work on "The Fosters" and "Chicago P.D." She is also a singer, whose song "Trapeze" paid tribute to the on-screen relationship between her character, Grace, and Brandon (played by her real-life boyfriend, David Lambert). An avid traveler, DeLacy says Lake Powell, Arizona, is dear to her. "I've been going to ...Read more

Europe's famous walls

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

I'm so glad borders and walls are out of fashion in Europe. The continent's many proud nations don't always get along, but they have learned to respect each other -- making it possible for peace to flourish.

Historically, though, Europe has a rich past when it comes to wall building. At one point or another, most of Europe's great cities -- ...Read more

Why autumn is the best time for a trip to the Boundary Waters

Travel / Travel News /

Paddling across White Iron Lake, I looked up at the sky, cloudless and blue. Then I glided around a bend and spotted them: a pair of slim maple trees, rising from the rocky shoreline, burst into a brilliant orange.

It was still early. Mid-September. In this northern edge of Minnesota, just outside Ely, most of the trees still shimmered green. ...Read more

Around the World: Road Warrior Rituals That Can Work for You!

Travel / Around the World /

You may be surprised, but there’s no need for you to be alarmed if the woman seated next to you on the plane pulls a small plastic container from her handbag, squeezes some gel on to a paper towel and begins to wipe down her seat, the armrests and the fold down table that’s fitted into the seat in front of hers.

The gel is...Read more

Where's the VRBO refund for my New York rental apartment?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I recently tried to rent an apartment in New York from VRBO. I sent the owner a message. She promptly responded and asked me to issue payment for renting the property by clicking a button on the VRBO site. I paid $7,700 for a one-week rental.

Several days before my stay, I contacted the owner again, with no response. I got in touch with VRBO...Read more

Taking the Kids: Meeting Swiss kids

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Fondue anyone? Maybe an authentic Swiss raclette -- melted cheese served over boiled potatoes or a tasty Rosti, made with grated fried potatoes and served with an egg, bacon and cheese. Many consider Rosti the Swiss national dish.

"Kids should try the local food here," says Noa Von Allmen, 12, who lives in the Swiss mountain town of ...Read more

Off the beaten track in Switzerland

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Mountainous Switzerland is well-known for its cows, chocolate, and stunning scenery -- but there's more to enjoy. Here are some lesser-known Swiss travel treats.

Experience Swiss military readiness. To protect its prized neutrality in the tumultuous 20th century, Switzerland wired its roads, bridges, and tunnels so they could be destroyed with ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Ziggy Marley

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

As the son of Bob and Rita Marley, Ziggy Marley grew up in Jamaica surrounded by music. "Jamaica is the root of my music," says the Grammy Award-winning musician. "I was born there, I was raised there and Jamaica is always inside of me. It's an impactful place in general for many people. For example, Ian Fleming wrote several James Bond novels ...Read more

Delayed on Hawaiian Airlines. Where's my compensation?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: Last April, while traveling from Phoenix to Maui for our daughter's wedding, my wife and I were delayed on Hawaiian Airlines.

In our attempt to resolve this situation, we contacted Hawaiian executives directly by email. Our first email got no response. Two weeks later, I sent a second email. The airline responded, assigning our case to a ...Read more

Around the World: Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum

Travel / Around the World /

The City of Toronto’s international outlook is immediately discernable at the Bata Shoe Museum, a unique treasury of footwear worn by almost every nationality, clan or tribe found around the world.

To boot, because the comprehensive Bata Shoe Museum collection contains footwear from just about every historical era, plus a ...Read more

Cantina in Disneyland's Star Wars land will serve pre-mixed alcoholic drinks — a first for the park

Travel / Travel News /

LOS ANGELES -- Disneyland visitors who explore the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge expansion that opens next year will be invited to belly up to a dimly lit Star Wars-inspired cantina where -- for the first time in the park -- they can order alcoholic drinks.

New artist renderings released on the Disneyland blog last week show a dark tavern where ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Hiking in the Swiss Alps

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Bleh, Bleh, Bleh.... We are sharing the hiking trail -- and the spectacular Swiss Alpine views with a herd of goats in the Jungfrau region of the Alps and one goat keeps nudging me from behind, just like my two daughters who have been urging me to hike faster up the steep terrain.

But I can't help pausing to look around at the thundering ...Read more

Around the World: Taking the Wait Out of Airport Security

Travel / Around the World /

The lines for security clearance at airports are invariably long and slow-moving. With shoes in hand, computer and electronic devices set aside for special inspection, you inch forward towards the x-ray machines and metal detectors, As you wait, you begin to worry about the possibility that you may not get to the gate in time to board your...Read more

Tales from Old Rocky Top, down in the Hocking Hills

Travel / Travel News /

LOGAN, Ohio -- If you paused long enough to read the trailhead signs in Ohio's Hocking Hills State Park, you'd find that the Black Hand sandstone underfoot was laid down 350,000 years ago, on an ancient seabed.

Or you could blow off the science lesson -- like I did -- and push ahead to the Old Man's Cave, past a meandering creek and down a ...Read more