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Commentary: A trip revealed how serious Peru is taking the pandemic. My return to Chicago led to infection

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When the plane touched down in Chicago, I sighed with relief. After meticulous planning, we were returning from a two-week trip to Lima, Peru. We hadn’t seen my partner’s sister — soon to turn 91 years old — for five years and felt that with thorough precautions, we could keep ourselves and our loved ones safe while in Peru during the ...Read more

Taking the kids: And saving the galaxy at Walt Disney World this summer

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Those from the planet Xandar have the right idea.

They may live 2.5 million light-years from Earth in a different galaxy but as Irani Rael, the leader of Xandar explains: “We are more alike than different. … We were all created from the Big Bang.”

Ready to save the galaxy? Disney World’s newest and much-anticipated homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-2681186">Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Cultural treats in small-town Andalucía

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The American image of Spain is Andalucía: the home of bullfights, flamenco, gazpacho, and pristine whitewashed hill towns. This southern part of the country feels more quintessentially Spanish than perhaps anywhere else. When visiting this area, I always make a point to venture into what’s called the Route of the White Hill Towns (Ruta de los...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Marie Myung-Ok Lee

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Growing up in rural Minnesota, novelist Marie Myung-Ok Lee wasn’t expecting much in terms of learning a foreign language. “Now when I think of it, I am astonished we had two languages we could take – Spanish and German,” said Lee, who teaches fiction at Columbia University in New York. “I took four years of German, which was pretty ...Read more

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Turkey summons US envoy Flake after Istanbul rally warning

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Turkey’s foreign relations ministry summoned Ambassador Jeff Flake after the U.S. Embassy posted a warning that police might respond violently to an opposition rally in Istanbul.

“The Turkish National Police have used measures, including water cannons, tear gas, and non-lethal projectiles, to control crowds at protests in the past,” the ...Read more

Travel Troubleshooter: I canceled my flight to Frankfurt, but now I can't use my credit

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Melissa Crespo receives a $2,060 ticket credit when she cancels her flights to Frankfurt, Germany. But now her online agency has told her she can only use 25% of the credit at a time. Can it do that?

Q: I booked three tickets from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Frankfurt on American Airlines from Military Fares. I even bought coverage ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Visiting Washington, D.C.

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We’re talking, of course, about The National Mall in Washington, D.C. Consider that The National Mall typically gets more than 25 million visitors a year — more than to Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Parks.

Good thing there is so much space — more than 26 ...Read more

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Rose Leslie and Theo James fall in love and fall through time in 'The Time Traveler's Wife'

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The new HBO show “The Time Traveler’s Wife” gives a whole new meaning to the term “childhood sweethearts.”

The main character, Clare Abshire, fell in love with Henry DeTamble when she was 6 and he was 31. Then again when he was 40. They started dating when she was 20 and he was 28. And somehow, somewhere, they found a sweeping love ...Read more

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How 'The Time Traveler's Wife' keeps its grasp on reality

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In a show about time travel, two friends hold down the center of the universe.

“The Time Traveler’s Wife,” which premiered Sunday on HBO, revolves around one couple, Henry (Theo James) and Clare (Rose Leslie), as the former is torn from time at the drop of the hat and the latter is left standing there, waiting for him to come home. Leslie...Read more

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Traveling this summer? CDC recommends everyone test for COVID-19 in days before flying

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If you are traveling internationally or within the U.S. this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you test for COVID-19 in the days before flying.

The agency’s recommendation for all travelers regardless of vaccination status came in an update to its COVID-19 testing website on May 16.

“Consider getting tested ...Read more

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