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Tranquil Tomar is a break from Portugal's tourist tumult

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

With a rich culture, friendly people, affordable prices, and a salty setting on the edge of Europe, Portugal understandably makes a rewarding destination for travelers. Bustling Lisbon and the sunny Algarve coast are well known to tourists (for good reason), but quieter places also offer tantalizing tastes of Portuguese flavor.

About 90 miles ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Siobhan Fahey of Shakespears Sister

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Siobhan Fahey played her first overseas concert in 1983, when she was part of the trio Bananarama. "It was a weird, impromptu appearance by Bananarama in New York supporting Steel Pulse," says the Irish-born musician. "(It was) the wrong audience for us -- irreverent punky club kids that we were. It utterly confused the crowd -- and us. (It was)...Read more

Around the World: Frequent Traveler Rituals That Can Help 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

My hotel was overbooked so where's my refund?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: A year ago, I booked a room and prepaid for a night at Hotel San Giorgio in Civitavecchia, Italy. Big mistake. Two days before we were to leave, I got the dreaded email that the hotel had overbooked and our reservations had been canceled. The hotel promised us a refund.

Thinking about all the great reviews this hotel had, I felt confident ...Read more

Around the World: Head to the Northeast’s Haunted Places for Halloween

Travel / Around the World /

With Halloween fast approaching, celebrants who crave more than trick and treat are contemplating titillating adventures to haunted places for thrilling ghost encounters.
Although the presence of paranormal phenomena is not restricted to the period around Halloween, the bewitching holiday is the most popular time of year for...Read more

Taking the Kids: Ten ways to savor fall before it's gone

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Can you taste those juicy apples you've just picked with the kids? See all the fall colors from a bicycle seat? Try to beat your kids out of the giant corn maze? You gotta love fall!

Sure you're busy with work and the kids' never-ending activities, but there are so many fun things to do! Make some time. Remember, the kids are only four or six ...Read more

Aroiund the World: Managing the Extra Costs of Holiday Travel

Travel / Around the World /

Whether you holiday agenda includes visiting family and friends or escaping from them, make your reservations as far in advance as possible to optimum schedules and routing -- and to score better prices.

But, if you’re traveling on a budget, beware of hidden charges for services and amenities that are not covered in your ...Read more

An Appalachian Eden for apples thrives in North Carolina's Henderson County

Travel / Travel News /

When Eve risked plucking that first apple, it didn't turn out so well. But when farmers in Henderson County, N.C., risked their livelihood on apples, they created a veritable Eden.

It was a calculated risk, based on intimate knowledge of the land developed over generations of working family farms. With its mountainous terrain, warm days and ...Read more

8 underrated fall destinations around the world

Travel / Travel News /

Planning a fall getaway? While New England states such as Maine and Vermont may come to mind first, thanks to their stunning foliage, apple orchards and pumpkin patches, there are plenty of places that make for a stellar visit in the fall months. Whether you're looking for fall foliage, Oktoberfest celebrations or simply an affordable trip, we'...Read more

Europe's dead still speak to the living

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

With Halloween and All Souls' Day approaching, I'd like to spook you with some of my favorite European cemeteries and crypts. Over the years, I've popped into a lot of burial grounds -- some peaceful and scenic, some eerie and evocative -- with all revealing compelling stories of the past. Some high-profile places -...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With mxmtoon

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Like other young female musicians such as H.E.R. and Billie Eilish, mxmtoon is making her mark as a singer-songwriter. Her debut album, "the masquerade," is out and the 19-year-old artist hosts a podcast called "21 Days," which gives fans insight into her life and her work process. Based out of Oakland, California, mxmtoon says traveling so much...Read more

Taking the Kids: Continuing the discussion about climate change

Travel / Taking The Kids /

The kids have got it right. "We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth," Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, angrily told the United Nations General Assembly in New York during the ...Read more

Around the World: Escape to the Wilds of Las Vegas

Travel / Around the World /

The Vegas Strip is so bedazzled with bright lights that you can actually see it from outer space.

Otherwise known as Las Vegas Boulevard, the Strip is a galactically alluring destination, a place of pure fantasy, glamour, and high concept real estate that suggests you can with a few steps transport yourself from an ancient ...Read more

Inside Southern California's glorious Huntington Library and gardens

Travel / Travel News /

So it seems that railroad magnate Henry E. Huntington and his wife, Arabella, were basically hoarders. And I mean that in the best sense of the word.

Way back in the day -- during the so-called Gilded Age -- the couple habitually collected rare books, glorious pieces of fine art and distinctive botanical specimens. They could not be stopped. ...Read more

Museum of Selfies coming to Vegas, but don't miss city's other Insta spots

Travel / Travel News /

Sick of your selfie self yet? Likely not. The Museum (and I use the term loosely) of Selfies opened last year in Hollywood as a place for anyone to Insta indulge. Now a second site will open in the Miracle Mile Shops on the Las Vegas Strip on Oct. 25.

In Las Vegas, some of the photo ops will be similar to those in L.A. Expect to dive into the ...Read more

Hiking trail reopens, a year and a half after Kilauea's eruptions and 60,000 quakes

Travel / Travel News /

The popular Kilauea Iki Trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park recently fully reopened, a year and a half after Kilauea erupted and more than 60,000 quakes rattled the volcano's summit. The shaking last year damaged much of the park, including the popular four-mile loop from the rim of a crater to its floor. Now visitors will see something new ...Read more

Where is 'Kokomo?' People are still searching for The Beach Boys' tropical island getaway

Travel / Travel News /

You know the catchy, relaxing lyrics: "Off the Florida Keys, there's a place called Kokomo," goes the 1988 hit by The Beach Boys.

Three decades later, people are still wondering, where is Kokomo?

Whether it's in the Keys, the Caribbean or stuck in your head, people continue to look for the fictional romantic island getaway "where you wanna go ...Read more

Under the Tuscan fork: Florence for foodies

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Sampling Italian cuisine is sightseeing for your palate. The tour plan: Start with fresh ingredients and talented cooks, mix in a city's personality, and add a happy dining crowd. Experiencing Italy's cafés, cuisine, and wines is a joy, and in the heart of Tuscany, Florence offers a particularly satisfying spread.

Tuscan cuisine is hearty and ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Tate McRae

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Trained at the School of Alberta Ballet, Tate McRae finished third on "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation" in 2016. She was a voice actress for the "Lalaloopsy" series. And her YouTube channel, "Create with Tate," has more than 1.7 million subscribers. Recently signed to RCA Records, the 16-year-old Canadian entertainer is following...Read more

Beware of 700-pound elk on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They charge at cars, park warns

Travel / Travel News /

An animal that was extinct in the North Carolina mountains for more than 200 years has reemerged as a potential threat to drivers on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Big, angry elk.

"Adult elk seen along the Parkway and in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can weigh between 500 and 700 pounds and have been known to charge in order to defend ...Read more

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