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WOW air, where's my $92 refund?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: A few months ago, my WOW air flight from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Keflavik, Iceland, was delayed. That caused me and my travel companion to miss our connecting flight to Baltimore.

The next day, WOW rerouted us to Washington Dulles International Airport on Icelandair. But our car was 60 miles away at Baltimore-Washington International Airport...Read more

Taking the Kids: Finding the value at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico

Travel / Taking The Kids /

The three Goenka kids are splashing in the pool with their dad, while their mom sits poolside in the sun, a big smile on her face. "A real vacation," sighs Kelly Goenka, noting that it is the first resort vacation for the Toronto family since before the birth of their 4 year old.

The family had chosen Azul Beach Resort the Fives, a homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-1927793">Read more

 Escape to Newfoundland’s Stress-Free Avalon 

Travel / Around the World /

Residents of Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula don’t claim direct lineage from denizens of the mythical English domain where Joseph of Arimathea first preached the Christian gospel in Old England, and where fabled King Arthur is laid to rest. But they do boast a wonderfully old world ambiance that’s wrapped in convenient ...Read more

Soaking it up in Europe's best spas

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

With my intense travel schedule, I savor detours where I put away the schedule and notes and simply enjoy the moment. And for me, there's no better detour in Europe than visiting a public bath or spa for a relaxing, good soak.

Some Americans are prudish when it comes to enjoying public baths in Europe -- especially when the dress code is just a...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Suzy Nakamura

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Born and raised in Chicago, Suzy Nakamura credits her career at The Second City for honing her comedic chops. Her prolific film and television work includes "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Veep" and "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story." Nakamura, who stars opposite Ken Jeong in the ABC comedy series, "Dr. ...Read more

My flight was canceled and I had to pay extra to travel

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: My friend and I used our frequent-flier miles to book a flight on American Airlines' partner airline LATAM Airlines Group S.A. from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina. That flight, the only one of the day, was canceled due to pilot illness.

Both LATAM and American refused to rebook us on another flight, each claiming that it was the other's ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Visiting Antarctica

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Who needs a sled! In Antarctica, they're superfluous -- for both humans and penguins. The Chinstrap penguins we watch (so named because of their black markings that resemble a chin strap) effortlessly slide down a big ice floe into the water amid the floating chunks of ice, leaving tracks just like skiers on a powder day.

The 34 kids that are ...Read more

For Gulf Coast thrill seekers, Alabama theme park to open in May

Travel / Travel News /

A new theme park coming to Alabama's Gulf Coast hopes to fill a void left by Hurricane Katrina's destruction of Six Flags New Orleans more than a decade ago.

The Owa theme park, about 45 minutes southeast of Mobile, is set to open May 17. It will feature 20 rides as part of a $500 million complex built by a local Native American tribe.

The 14-...Read more

Kids can have a blast at Kennedy Space Center camp

Travel / Travel News /

Looking for a kids camp that's out of this world?

Check out Camp Kennedy Space Center (KSC) near Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Camp KSC is running a three-day spring break session April 12-14 for students in second through ninth grade. If those dates don't align with your school calendar, nine weeklong sessions will also be available this summer.

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The Zen of Journaling

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

When I travel, I make it a habit to collect only one thing: memories. The most treasured keepsake of any trip I take is the journal I bring home, filled with descriptions and observations of the people I've met, the places I've seen, and the experiences I've had.

Thinking back, it seems I've always had a desire to capture my discoveries and ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Christina Ricci

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Moviegoers have watched Christina Ricci grow up on screen. After earning rave reviews for her portrayal of Wednesday Addams in 1991's "The Addams Family," she transitioned into more mature parts in films such as "Sleepy Hollow," "Prozac Nation" and "Monster." Her latest role is portraying Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald in Amazon Prime Video's "Z: The ...Read more

From Orlando to Sanibel Island, finding magic in the Florida kingdom

Travel / Travel News /

For more than a moment, I found magic in Orlando.

As I stood in the glow of Cinderella's Castle on a crisp November night, fireworks filled the sky and the songs of childhood pealed when Tinker Bell, a human sprite in bright green tights and Day-Glo wings, popped out of a turret and zip-lined toward Tomorrowland like a cartoonish flare.

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Glensheen shining in bid for return tourists

Travel / Travel News /

Millionaire Chester Congdon built Glensheen mansion to foster his thriving iron-mining business. The mansion was started in 1905 and finished in 1908.

Just a few years ago, the historic Glensheen mansion perched on Lake Superior's North Shore struggled to lure tourists through the door.

It was a problem facing many such houses turned museums: ...Read more

Around the World: With the Oscars in Mind, Planning a Hollywood Trip

Travel / Around the World /

With Hollywood’s big Academy Awards weekend looming large on the calendar, travelers are focusing on tinsel town as a destination.

As any Los Angelino knows, Oscar’s big day -- this year it’s on Sunday, February 26 -- is a good day to stay at home and watch television. 

Yes, the stars are out and ...Read more

I've been waiting for a refund since last summer

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: Last summer, on my way to Kilimanjaro, my flight from Washington, D.C., to New York was canceled and rescheduled by JetBlue.

The rescheduled flight didn't work because I would have missed our international flight. I contacted my booking agent immediately, and since JetBlue didn't have any workable flights, I ended up taking a train to New ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Black History Month

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Athletes, scientists, musicians, the president of the United States. Kids growing up today, as President Obama underscored in the last days of his presidency, get that African Americans have and will continue to make enormous contributions to our country and to the world. But we all could use a lesson in the many sacrifices it has taken to get ...Read more

Seven-course meal at private Disneyland dining room comes with a price: $15,000

Travel / Travel News /

If you can't get a membership to Disneyland's uber-exclusive Club 33, the House of Mouse is dangling another swanky dining option: 21 Royal.

The name refers to the address in New Orleans Square, above the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, where the park has expanded a private apartment to include a dining room that is now available for rent....Read more

The ugly tourist (and how not to be one)

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

I'm going to be brutally frank: Many Americans' trips to Europe suffer because they're treated like "ugly tourists." But those who are treated like ugly tourists are treated that way because they are ugly tourists. They aren't bad people, just ethnocentric (and there are plenty of tourists from other countries who also qualify as "ugly").

Even ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Mark C. Lee

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Before retiring, Mark C. Lee flew on four NASA space flights, traveled more than 13 million miles, circled the globe 517 times and did an untethered spacewalk. In 1992, he and his then-wife, Nancy Jan Davis, made history by becoming the first married astronauts to fly together in space. Based out of the Houston area, Lee -- an engineer -- spoke ...Read more

Romance in Petaluma? Woo!

Travel / Travel News /

SAN JOSE, Calif.--When considering a romantic Bay Area weekend getaway, a town once known as the "Egg Basket of the World" might not immediately set the heart aflutter.

Petaluma, not unlike the so-called fly-over states of the Midwest, is a place we often pass by to get to someplace else -- to the coast or wine country – typically ignoring ...Read more