- Doyle Owens, Founder of the Unclaimed Baggage Center, Dies at 85
New York Times, Wednesday - 12/07/2016 - 10:50 PM
Mr. Owens built his business on a traveler’s nightmare, selling the contents of lost luggage at his retail and tourist attraction in Scottsboro, Ala.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- For $191,000, you can ring in 2017 twice
CNN, Wednesday - 12/07/2016 - 04:47 PM
A one-way flight from Sydney to Los Angeles aboard the fastest long-range private jet in the world allows travelers to ring in the new year twiceMore | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- National park tips: See the Colorado River turn on itself like a coiling snake
Los Angeles Times, Wednesday - 12/07/2016 - 10:47 AM
Horseshoe Bend, four miles southwest of Page, Ariz., on U. S. Route 89, will mess with your head. You look straight down, 1,000 feet, at a 270-degree bend in the Colorado River. It looks like the river is swallowing itself. Officially it’s part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Yet thereMore | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Readers' Choice: Vote for the best of 2016
USA Today, Tuesday - 12/06/2016 - 06:47 PM
Vote for your favorite new restaurants, hotels, apps and theme park attractions
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- Caribbean resort photo tour: Paradisus Palma Real, Punta Cana
USA Today, Tuesday - 12/06/2016 - 02:47 PM
The resort is big with families, couples and singles who come for a vacation fueled by unlimited everything you can eat, drink and do.
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- Itineraries: Hostel Business Wants to Make a Push Back Into New York
New York Times, Monday - 12/05/2016 - 06:33 PM
A 2010 law nearly wiped out the city’s hostels, but owners and executives are hoping to revive and expand the industry.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Twitter is the new social media darling for travelers, solving problems and saving money
Los Angeles Times, Monday - 12/05/2016 - 12:47 PM
When I’m in a travel bind, whether it’s before a trip or at the airport, I often use Twitter to contact the airlines. That social media outlet can lead to better service and sometimes even savings. Anthony Berklich, founder of the travel platform Inspired Citizen, has used Twitter for his travelMore | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Travel talk: No-show rental car, TSA tips and more
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sunday - 12/04/2016 - 02:47 AM
Travel experts from The Washington Post answer questions from readers:More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- It’s hard not to be charmed in unspoiled south-central England
Washington Post, Saturday - 12/03/2016 - 06:06 PM
Walking the walk in the British countryside’s Cotswolds, where curiosities abound.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Travel Troubleshooter: Renter charged for car’s ‘free’ GPS
San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday - 12/03/2016 - 04:47 AM
A manager was called, and he agreed to give it to me at no additional charge.
The company opened a case, and the final answer is: no refund.
If Payless told you that you didn’t have to pay for your GPS, then you shouldn’t have paid for your GPS.
 before we get to your navigation system, let’s talk about pricing.
Payless has embraced an airline pricing model, where it offers an attractive “base” price and then adds on fees that can make your rental more expensive than a full-service car-rental agency’s vehicle.
 some people claim that this is the free market at its finest — that you have a choice when it comes to bringing your own GPS or renting a toll transponder.
If you bring your own, you can save money, and the car-rental company gets to advertise a really low, and bookable, rate.
Making matters even worse: A representative said you wouldn’t be charged, then Payless charged you.
A brief, polite appeal to one of the executives at Payless would have done the trick if the company didn’t agree to what it had already agreed to both in writing and verbally.
Payless agreed to refund the $187 minus a hefty $50 cancellation fee.
Christopher Elliott is the ombudsman for National Geographic Traveler magazine.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Rick Steves: Venice through its overlooked islands
San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday - 12/03/2016 - 02:47 AM
Water taxis and ferry boats zip from central Venice to the islands, so you can easily see all three places in one day.
A 13th century law restricted glass production (and its dangerous furnaces) to Murano to prevent fires on the main island, and also to protect the secrets of Venetian glassmaking.
Shops proudly display these painstakingly produced works of art — made with only needles and thread by artisans meticulously following time-honored patterns passed down from older generations.
Padua, half an hour from Venice by train, is home to a prestigious university, an important pilgrimage site and some remarkable frescoes.
Giotto, considered the first modern painter, produced scenes that were more realistic and human than anything that had been done for a thousand years.
Since the chapel is open only to a limited number of visitors a day, reservations are required.
Padua also presents the opportunity to explore one of Italy’s finest produce markets.
Because medieval times, shoppers have come to Palazzo della Ragione and its surrounding squares for the best Veneto produce.
 you shouldn’t overlook the gems nearby, with their distinctive culture and history, sumptuous art and in-love-with-life people — embracing today with classic Italian flair.
Rick Steves writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Another Miami Neighborhood Cleared of Zika
NBC News, Friday - 12/02/2016 - 02:47 PM
Florida state officials declared a second outbreak of Zika over in the Miami area, this one in a neighborhood north of Miami known as Little River.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- These State Department volunteers step in when Americans land in trouble abroad
Washington Post, Friday - 12/02/2016 - 10:47 AM
Are you sick? Are you broke? Help is on the way.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Airbnb agrees to limit private rentals in London, Amsterdam
Washington Post, Thursday - 12/01/2016 - 04:47 PM
Airbnb will start enforcing limits to private home rentals in two popular European cities on the home-sharing platform, London and Amsterdam, the company said Thursday.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- National park tips: Ever heard of this river-side haven in Redwood country? Probably not
Los Angeles Times, Thursday - 12/01/2016 - 10:47 AM
On a riverside ridge near Redwood National and State Parks stands the Historic Requa Inn. Try it, preferably between March and October. The inn, owned by a longtime local Yurok family, dates to 1914, neighbors the Klamath River and has 13 rooms, thin walls, no phones or TVs, iffy Wi-Fi and a fascinatingMore | Talk | Read It Later | Share
- Great Barrier Reef Threatened by Climate Change, Chemicals and Sediment
New York Times, Thursday - 12/01/2016 - 10:20 AM
An Australian government report to Unesco says the risks are well-managed, but it also paints a grim picture of the scale of protecting the area.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share