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My son was shut out of his B&B in Montreal

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: My son, Luke, recently stayed at the Gite Maamm Bolduc -- a bed-and-breakfast in Montreal -- and was locked out of the building when he returned late at night. There was a digital lock, but he was not given a code for it.

After calling the bed-and-breakfast with no answer, I obtained another room for him at a hotel, albeit much more ...Read more

Around the World: Giving the Gift of Travel with Inspiring Stories and Bank Accounts

Travel / Around the World /

Sitting next to a chatty stranger on a long flight needn’t be a downer -- especially if your seatmate is a good storyteller with a satchel full of entertaining tales about previous travels to exotic places. By the time you land, you may have been inspired to create a whole new list of destinations that you really want to visit.

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Taking the Kids: Celebrating Halloween for an entire month

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Are your little action heroes ready? You'll need your witch's hat and broomstick, too, and don't forget a costume for the four-legged member of your family.

And you'll need that costume a lot sooner than Halloween since theme parks, zoos, haunted attractions, farms, even zip lines everywhere are touting Halloween ...Read more

Around the World: Celebrating Champagne!

Travel / Around the World /

Champagne‘s the sparkling wine that‘s launched a thousand ships, toasted millions of marriages, and ushered in new years since long before your great great grandfather was a lad.  It's the universal standard for celebratory toasting.  Pop that cork and the festivities officially begin.

Of course, Champagne’s also the ...Read more

Top 10 most fun cities — scientifically ranked

Travel / Travel News /

Who knew you could quantify fun? Apparently, WalletHub's research team did.

They took a look at the nation's 150 biggest cities and rated them on a general awesomeness scale, weighing 58 factors that ranged from brewery hours and coffeehouses per capita to theaters, hiking trails, bicycle rentals and the relative perfection of the weather.

New...Read more

Hawaii getaway: A blast to Lahaina's historic past

Travel / Travel News /

LAHAINA, Maui -- This tropical town may be better known for its touristy souvenir shops and cafes, but a stroll along Lahaina's waterfront yields a glimpse into Hawaii's past, from its whaling days to King Kamehameha's extracurricular activities.

Some walking tour maps suggest that you include 28 historic stops on your stroll -- and start early...Read more

Lahaina's historic Pioneer Inn brims with legend

Travel / Travel News /

The historic Pioneer Inn adjacent to the Lahaina harbor was built in 1901, back when there were no lodgings on the island at all -- and 400 whaling ships regularly anchored offshore. This is a place rich in lore, where a horse once got thrown out of the saloon for misbehavior -- it's unclear whether it was the horse or the rider who was ...Read more

Why cross the Ohio River? To learn the history, see the art of Southern Indiana

Travel / Travel News /

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. -- For years, the small communities on the north bank of the Ohio River across from Louisville, Ky., could have been compared to Brooklyn, seemingly forever in the shadow of its glamorous fellow borough, Manhattan.

That is until Brooklyn -- much like a rebellious stepchild -- broke free and came into its own in spectacular ...Read more

'Forest bathing' and more: Trying out Airbnb's 'experiences'

Travel / Travel News /

It's the question no local wants to hear when they're entertaining friends or family from out of town -- "Can we go to Fisherman's Wharf to see the sea lions?"

Or even worse -- maybe your loved ones suggests a Segway or double-decker bus tour.

Nothing sucks the fun out of a Saturday afternoon like fighting through hordes of tourists pointing ...Read more

Knott's returns to the fog with a stronger Halloween Haunt line-up

Travel / Travel News /

Knott's Berry Farm's less-is-more approach to Halloween Haunt in recent seasons has resulted in fewer but better haunted mazes with a greater focus on storytelling and attention to detail.

In its 45th season, the granddaddy of theme park haunted attractions is playing catch-up with Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, which specializes in mazes...Read more

Seaside traditions in Portugal's Nazare

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Tucked into a far corner of Europe, just two hours north of Lisbon, is one of my favorite beach towns: Nazare, a Portuguese fishing town turned tourist retreat. Visitors are greeted by the energetic applause of the surf, widows with rooms to rent, and fishermen mending nets. This is a place to relax in the sun among cork groves, eucalyptus trees...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Tanna Frederick

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Tanna Frederick thrives when she's juggling multiple projects. A co-founder of the Iowa Film Festival and creator of the nonprofit Project Save Our Surf (, she is also an avid surfer and holds a second-degree black belt in taekwondo. Frederick, who co-starred ...Read more

It's a good time to find out what's new (and old) in Louisville

Travel / Travel News /

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Whenever I'm looking for a short getaway, I need look no further than the River City. Whether I'm wanting to revisit an old favorite or try a new experience, Louisville never disappoints.

On my most recent jaunt down I-64, I spent a few days with three friends which included a leisurely guided stroll through an historic ...Read more

I thought I was paying for checked bags, not priority boarding

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I recently flew from Tucson, Arizona, to Philadelphia on American Airlines. When I booked the trip, I inadvertently paid $56 for priority boarding instead of two checked bags.

When I got to the airport, a check-in person told me that I should contact the company and it would refund the $56. I sent American Airlines a letter, but have not ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History & Culture

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Ready to take a spin? Kids were lining up for the chance to "drive" the shiny red convertible At the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), but what they didn't realize was that their ride would be a meaningful teaching tool about the era of segregation in the United States. While ...Read more

Rare day to ride high

Travel / Travel News /

BISHOP, Calif. -- In the Eastern Sierra near Bishop is a mountain route unofficially known as the highest motorable road in California.

The dirt section at the top is maintained by the University of California scientific research facility at Barcroft Station and access is open just two days a year. (Dates for 2017 have passed, and those for ...Read more

How to shop in a French market

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

France is a cultural bouillabaisse that surprises travelers with its varied, complex flavors. To experience the tasty and fragrant wonders of its edible diversity, head to a street market. No single "sightseeing" activity better connects you to the French preoccupation with fresh products and their strong ties to the soil.

Markets combine ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Charles Elton

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Author Charles Elton says he loves living in his house by the sea in Somerset, England. But when he takes a vacation, he heads for Los Angeles. "Everyone in England is very snobbish about Los Angeles, saying there's no culture, it's movie orientated (and you have to) drive everywhere," says Elton, whose latest book is "The Songs" (Other Press, $...Read more

Around the World: A Washington Irving Halloween in Sleepy Hollow

Travel / Around the World /

Washington Irving’s beloved classic “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” certainly sets the scene. To quote: “Indeed, certain of the most authentic historians of those parts, who have been careful in collecting and collating the floating facts concerning this spectre, allege that the body of the trooper, having been buried in the church-...Read more

Creative vibe helps Paducah thrive, drawing tourists to crafty Kentucky town

Travel / Travel News /

PADUCAH, Ky. -- In this riverfront town in western Kentucky, art isn't just a luxury. It's a lifeline.

It helped salvage one of the city's oldest neighborhoods with an artist relocation program that lured talent from around the country.

And art, in the form of 52 murals and a national museum devoted to quilting (much cooler than it sounds -- I...Read more


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