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Celebrity Travel: Go away with Danielle Collins

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For Danielle Collins, working out daily is a must, but she does so with mindfulness. “I always try to get a workout in every day and hit the court,” the 29-year-old tennis player said. “It's true that our bodies absolutely need time to recover after a long season of training and competition. You simply cannot continue to push your body to ...Read more

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Fewer flights and higher fares making air travel a luxury for many

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The jet era that globalized air travel for half a century was brought to an abrupt halt with COVID. Now, planes are back in the skies, but flying’s proliferation is in reverse: Fewer aircraft are plying a smaller network, and fares are up.

Thousands of flights each month have been wiped from schedules into major hubs including Singapore, ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Having some fun in the snow

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Three little kids, two parents, and mounds and pounds of gear. Looking back, I don’t know how we managed all of those ski trips. Invariably, we didn’t make it to ski school without losing something on the way — a mitten, goggles, lip balm…

And that was before the days when most kids’ ski schools had an on-site shop for just those ...Read more

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Taiwanese, Koreans and Hong Kongers can finally travel home. But others are out of luck

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LOS ANGELES — Rosie Chow hasn't seen her 84-year-old mother since the pandemic started.

With a 14-day quarantine required for travelers entering Hong Kong, Chow skipped her usual flights across the Pacific, making do with calls on Google Meet.

Now, Hong Kong is among the Asian jurisdictions that have relaxed their strict COVID-19 travel ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Awash in maritime heritage and salty charm, Bergen beckons

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Bergen’s old Hanseatic Quarter has a crude yet romantic charm. I crouch under creaky timbers as I wander through the Hanseatic Museum. The oversized cupboards around me once housed humble workers – each minuscule “bedroom” giving them darkness and warmth through the cold and short Nordic night. Primitive paintings of buxom maidens with ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Telvin Griffin

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In the epic period film “Babylon,” Telvin Griffin portrays a saxophonist. “Without going too deep into the plot, because everything is still under wraps, Reggie is trying to catch his big break during this crazy transition period in the Golden Age of Hollywood,” said the actor, 32, who said his middle school music lessons paid off. “I ...Read more

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LAX holiday travelers peaking this weekend, though not back to 2019 levels

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LOS ANGELES — A prolonged holiday rush season is expected to hit a peak Sunday, with an estimated 214,000 travelers passing through Los Angeles International Airport.

That's one of the busier days in a period from Dec. 16 to Jan. 3 in which the airport is expected to handle an average of about 200,000 arriving and departing passengers daily. ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Building an awesome gingerbread creation

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You don’t need an expensive gingerbread-making kit. But you will need duct tape, sturdy cardboard, modeling chocolate, plenty of small festive candy pieces and lots of imagination. That’s how the pros do holiday gingerbread displays.

“Push yourself to do something out of the traditional gingerbread house,” suggested Michael Craig, the ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Grazing on Châteaux in France’s Lush Loire Valley

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The Loire Valley, about two hours southwest of Paris, offers France’s greatest array of châateau experiences. Wander through sumptuous interiors, cared for by noble families who’ve lived there for centuries. View packs of carefully -bred hounds yelping for red meat as they await their next hunt. Standing on a rooftop the size of a cathedral...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with John Brodeur aka Bird Streets

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Of his latest album, “Lagoon,” Bird Streets described it as a travelogue of sorts. “I wrote a lot (of the songs) during my long daily walks around Brooklyn,” said the songwriter/musician, whose real name is John Brodeur. “Sometimes they take months or years to finish, so they are inevitably worked on in more than one physical place. ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Visiting Pearl Harbor

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The Bannon family had just arrived in Hawaii, and they weren’t at the beach, looking for sea turtles or heading to a luau. They were at Pearl Harbor on a sunny September day.

“This was the first thing I wanted Evie to see,” said James Bannon. Both he and his wife, Becca, are Navy veterans, “and visiting here is an important history ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Experiencing Islamic traditions in Turkey

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As someone who loves to travel – to engage every corner of my world – it makes me sad to see the bum rap that the Muslim faith gets in my corner of the world. ISIS and the Taliban grab headlines. But when you actually travel to Muslim countries – especially moderate and accessible ones, like my favorite, Turkey – it’s inspiring to see ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Jaicy Elliot

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“Grey’s Anatomy” actress Jaicy Elliot said she had to postpone some travel plans early in the pandemic, but she’s got a few trips she’d like to take in the near future. “I am so looking forward to visiting Hawaii soon,” said Elliot, who plays Dr. Taryn Helm on the medical series. “I have a visit planned and I’m pulling out all ...Read more

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How a traveling restaurant -- with a pickle-mobile -- is blazing a trail toward zero waste

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Carrot scraps, watermelon rinds, coffee grounds, bitter fruit pith and everything else you've most likely thrown into your garbage are on the menu at Slow Burn, though you'd never recognize them as such. Fermented, dehydrated or otherwise preserved, they wind up in glass jars and bottles of all shapes and sizes at chefs Andy Doubrava and Tiffani...Read more

Taking the Kids: Finding the best gifts (with little effort) for your favorite travelers

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Gift card or gift? Certainly, cards are easier and appreciated, especially when they come from a company the recipient likes. Say from www.ruffwear.com for their pooch, or everything outdoors from www.rei.com, or www.llbean.com.

But even ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Finding the best gifts (with little effort) for your favorite travelers

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Gift card or gift? Certainly, cards are easier and appreciated, especially when they come from a company the recipient likes. Say from www.ruffwear.com for their pooch, or everything outdoors from www.rei.com, or www.llbean.com.

But even ...Read more

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The most useful gifts for frequent fliers and travel obsessives

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Whether or not you are a travel obsessive, you know what one sounds like.

This is someone who'll eagerly tell you which mileage-reward program to choose, when renovations will be done at LAX, where to sleep in San Diego, what pillow is best for a 14-hour flight, and how resort fees are the devil's own invention.

Of course these friends would ...Read more

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Commentary: Turkey has put the US in a tough spot by threatening another Syria incursion

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Syria’s civil war, which entered its 11th year this March, may at first look like a clear-cut case of good versus evil, in which a bloodthirsty dictator, Bashar Assad, tries to snuff out any semblance of opposition to his rule. Yet, the conflict is far more complicated than that. Far from being a game of checkers, Syria best resembles an ...Read more

Rick Steves’ Europe: Fátima, Portugal is a testament to the power of faith

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In what might be mistaken for a God-forsaken corner of central Portugal, tens of thousands witnessed an apparition – and the lonely little town of Fátima became a major pilgrimage site for Catholics. Travelers encounter several “apparition sights” in Europe. Fátima might just be my favorite.

It started on May 13, 1917, when three ...Read more

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Air travel skyrockets ahead of Thanksgiving, surpassing pre-COVID numbers some days

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Travel by air skyrocketed toward pre-COVID levels ahead of Thanksgiving — and even exceeded 2019′s numbers some days.

More than 2 million people went through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at U.S. airports each day between Nov. 17 and Nov. 23, according to data released Thursday by the Transportation Security ...Read more