On Valentine’s Day, I want to offer my version of how about Orion wound up among the stars. It’s one the best celestial soap operas in the sky.
Date: 02/14/2016 | Life
Pretty, pristine, and lakeside, with a striking mountain panorama as a backdrop, Lucerne has long been Switzerland’s tourism capital. Since the Romantic era in the 19th century, it’s been a regular stop on the “Grand Tour” of Europe for the likes of Mark Twain and Queen Victoria. And with a...
Date: 02/14/2016 | Life
NEW YORK — Bitter temperatures and biting winds had much of the northeastern United States bundling up for the some of the worst cold of the winter — a snap so bad it forced an ice festival in Central Park to cancel.Officials urged residents to take precautions...
Date: 02/14/2016 | Nation & World
HAVANA — U.S. officials said the United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to restart commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades.U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx flies to Havana on Tuesday to cement the deal.
Date: 02/13/2016 | Business Wire
Delta Air Lines achieved its longstanding goal of regaining investment-grade credit, following through on a priority of retiring Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson.
Date: 02/12/2016 | Business Wire
The average round-trip U.S. airfare was $372 in the third quarter, the cheapest price for a ticket since 2010, the federal government said Tuesday.
Date: 02/10/2016 | Business Wire
To see Europe at its craziest, join the wild party that kicks off the reverent Easter season. Carnival is a boisterous time before the traditional period of abstinence and piety of Lent. Its finale — what we call Mardi Gras — is held this year on Feb. 9. Here are a few of the most colorful...
Date: 02/07/2016 | Life
Now that the U.S. government has eased restrictions and paved the way for tourists interested in traveling to Cuba, the Caribbean island is the new hot place to visit.
Date: 02/06/2016 | Life
Q: I recently made a reservation for a room at the Gite Nadia near Casablanca, Morocco, using Booking.com. Because of a scheduling error, I realized I would not be able to use the room. A gentleman on the train, who spoke French, agreed to call the hotel to explain that I couldn’t...
Date: 02/05/2016 | Life
British Airways said it will resume flights to Tehran on July 14 after last month’s international deal lifting sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear program.
Date: 02/04/2016 | Business Wire
In the Eastern Mediterranean, Greece, Croatia and Turkey remain popular with tourists and present some important transportation and sightseeing changes for 2016.
Date: 01/31/2016 | Life
WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. — It’s 17 degrees outside and I’m lying on my stomach in the snow with my cheek against a rifle, focusing through concentric circles on a small black dot 50 meters away.
Date: 01/30/2016 | Life
FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines Group Inc. on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $3.28 billion.The Fort Worth, Texas, company said it had profit of $5.09 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to $2 per share.
Date: 01/30/2016 | Business Wire
Q: I’m being charged for damage to a rental car that I did not cause. I recently had my car repaired at my dealership, which paid for a rental car from Enterprise.
Date: 01/27/2016 | Life
Britain and Ireland are hard at work making the most of their heritage and sharing it with a special flair. Here are a few updates to keep in mind for 2016:
Date: 01/24/2016 | Life
After cancelling nearly 7,000 weekend flights, airlines have started to cut Monday service as the ripple effects of driving snow and ice that brought many East Coast airports to a standstill drifted into the next work week.
Date: 01/23/2016 | Nation & World
By Kate SilverSpecial to The Washington PostIt's midnight in Mexico, and my husband and I are sitting silently in the back seat of a small gray car, about an hour and a half from where we want to be — Tulum. We're on edge, because we're pretty sure the two...
Date: 01/23/2016 | Life
CHICAGO — United Airlines pilots have ratified a contract extension that includes pay raises and gives the company more certainty about labor costs.
Date: 01/23/2016 | Business Wire
NEW YORK — Airlines canceled around 7,600 flights to, from or within the U.S. for Friday and Saturday, as a blizzard began covering much of the Eastern U.S.
Date: 01/22/2016 | Nation & World
Question: I have a dispute with United Airlines that I hope you can help me with. I recently flew from Venice, Italy, to Miami in business class. I paid for my ticket with mileage rewards.
Date: 01/22/2016 | Life
Airport security screeners in the U.S. found a record high number of firearms in carry-on bags last year, and most of them were loaded, officials said.The Transportation Security Administration said it found 2,653 firearms, 20 percent more than in 2014, and that 83 percent...
Date: 01/22/2016 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Falling oil prices pushed the cost of living down in December, with the consumer price index declining for the first time in three months, the Labor Department said Wednesday.
Date: 01/21/2016 | Business Wire
When it comes to the Pacific Northwest and craft beer culture, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, get all the pub. Even burgeoning craft beer hotspots like Hood River, Oregon, and Spokane get plenty of good words thrown their way.
Date: 01/17/2016 | Hops & Sips
Italy may be the cradle of the Renaissance, but lately it’s been feeling like a work in progress. Travelers in the last few seasons have been finding cultural treasures buried behind scaffolding or removed from view because of ambitious renovation schemes. The good news is that many of these...
Date: 01/17/2016 | Life
Movie lovers’ trips don’t have to be limited to the theater. Consider making a voyage to the sites where favorite movies were filmed.
Date: 01/16/2016 | Life
France has brought us so much culture and art and, at the same time, championed the modern concept of a vacation. To get the most out of your next visit, be mindful of these changes and developments for 2016.
Date: 01/10/2016 | Life
Question: I booked a room at the DoubleTree hotel in Vancouver, Washington, through Hotwire, for our children’s and grandchildren’s stay over Thanksgiving.
Date: 01/08/2016 | Life
SEATTLE — An audit has revealed that Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s contracted cab service owes the Port of Seattle hundreds of thousands of dollars after the company allegedly underreported fares trips to and from the airport.
Date: 01/07/2016 | Business Wire
When you visit Madrid, take a vacation from your vacation with some side trips that help illuminate Spain’s rich history. Four key sights lie within an easy travel distance: El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen, Segovia and Avila — all convenient by car, bus, or train.
Date: 01/03/2016 | Life
Another double rumble of thunder rips the air. It's the sound of a nearby glacier calving, shucking huge slabs of ice into the sea and throwing a wake that ripples under my kayak. We've been paddling a couple of hours, and it's all still a bit scary: the creaking, groaning 400-foot-high...
Date: 01/02/2016 | Life
Question: I recently flew from Seattle to Wichita, Kansas, on United Airlines, with a stopover in Denver. My first flight was delayed, which caused me to miss my connection in Denver.
Date: 01/01/2016 | Life
NEW DELHI — A plane heading from Mumbai to London was forced to return mid-flight after a rat was spotted on board, reports said.Air India flight AI-131 was flying over Tehran when a passenger saw the rodent running around the cabin, the Times of India reported Thursday.
Date: 12/31/2015 | Nation & World
TALLINN, Estonia — An Estonian court has formally declared the Baltic nation’s state-owned airline bankrupt after it ceased operations last month following a European Union order to repay millions in state aid.
Date: 12/30/2015 | Business Wire
Under a new policy for screening airline passengers, Transportation Security Administration officers at the airport can now require that you go through a full-body scanner even if you ask for a pat-down search instead.
Date: 12/29/2015 | Nation & World
Pablo Picasso was the most famous and — OK, I’ll say it — greatest artist of the 20th century. Before he was 30, Picasso had revolutionized the art world. And that was just the beginning.
Date: 12/27/2015 | Life
NEW YORK — A Florida-bound plane still at the gate of New York’s LaGuardia Airport was evacuated after its crew reported heavy smoke emanating from the aircraft.
Date: 12/26/2015 | Nation & World
VIENNA — Perhaps she was out looking for Santa.A 3-year-old American girl wandered away from her family’s hotel in Salzburg, Austria, around midnight Christmas Eve and investigated the city streets on her own, wearing only a nightshirt and socks.
Date: 12/25/2015 | Nation & World
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Southwest Airlines flight attendants putting on reindeer antlers and passing out pretzels and peanuts to distract the passengers from the possibility of a crash landing Wednesday weren’t enough to calm Ashley Stasio.
Date: 12/25/2015 | Nation & World
NEWARK, N.J. — Authorities said a New Jersey man tried to bring a cane with an ice pick in its handle through security at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Date: 12/25/2015 | Business Wire
LONDON — British Prime Minister David Cameron will look into claims that U.S. officials prevented a British Muslim family of 11 from flying to Disneyland for a planned holiday.
Date: 12/24/2015 | Nation & World
DALLAS — Airlines are shifting the timing of thousands of flights, even adding dozens of redeyes, as they try to avoid delays while hauling millions of passengers from now through the Christmas weekend.Success or failure could all depend on the weather and Mother...
Date: 12/24/2015 | Business Wire
SEATTLE — State health officials are warning that cases of mosquito-borne illnesses are on the rise in travelers returning to Washington after vacations in warmer weather.
Date: 12/22/2015 | Northwest
Over the Salish Sea and through the tangled traffic, to grandmother’s house we — oh, forget it, let’s stay home this Christmas.Tap, tap, tap.Sorry, my 5-year-old informs me that presents are waiting at Grandma’s. Right, so here we go.
Date: 12/21/2015 | Street Smarts
While I love urban thrills, it’s worthwhile to get outside the city limits. Venturing 30 to 60 minutes from most European cities rewards you with great sights (Versailles near Paris), unique settings (Andechs Monastery near Munich), and small towns where you can feel the pulse of a place and its...
Date: 12/20/2015 | Life
“El Ninoooooooooo!” That’s how ski-resort workers at Lake Tahoe are pronouncing the name of the weather pattern that is expected this winter to dump large amounts of snow on the region. The excitement is understandable.
Date: 12/19/2015 | Life
WASHINGTON — The United States and Mexico have agreed to open their air markets so that airlines from both countries can operate the routes they want with no restrictions.
Date: 12/19/2015 | Business Wire
Question: I recently booked a room at the Cassa Hotel 45th Street using Expedia. I was confirmed for a Petite Single room and an offer to “Forgo Housekeeping & Save 10%.”
Date: 12/18/2015 | Life
HAVANA — Cuba and the United States reached an agreement Wednesday night that will allow U.S. commercial airlines to begin operating flights to the island for the first time in decades, according to U.S. officials with knowledge of the discussion.
Date: 12/17/2015 | Nation & World
SANTIAGO, Chile — Chile’s government is taking steps to limit the impact of a 48-hour strike by civil aviation authority workers.
Date: 12/17/2015 | Business Wire
I’m in Oslo, and it’s the perfect winter scene — a full moon arcs high overhead, ice-white holiday lights sparkle in the darkness — and it’s the middle of the afternoon! Norway, with its northern location, has the longest and darkest winters in Europe. It’s also about the least church-going country...
Date: 12/13/2015 | Life
Many domestic and world travelers count on the colorful and informative DK Eyewitness Travel Guides to get them around.Plus, because of the great photos included, the guides are keepers after the trip is over.
A surprise only to those who haven't tried it, the finest Indian food in the country seduces with its spices in a city that's home to just over 650,000 residents — and 2,000 restaurants. Downtown, the most daring example of avant-garde cooking this side of the Atlantic is yours,...
Question: I recently booked a flight from Sacramento, California, to Honolulu for me and my husband using Expedia. Later, I found the exact same itinerary on Travelocity for $176 less.
Date: 12/11/2015 | Life
DALLAS — The three largest U.S. airlines are banning hoverboards because of the potential fire danger from the lithium-ion batteries that power the devices.
Date: 12/11/2015 | Business Wire
Lyon is France’s best-kept secret. Its urban scene is enjoyably elegant without a hint of crass tourism.
Date: 12/06/2015 | Life
CONNEMARA, Ireland — October can be splendid in Connemara on Ireland’s western coast, with evanescent light and feisty winds, cloud-shrouded mountains and wonderfully wild seas, and rain and sun that come and go with remarkable haste.
Date: 12/05/2015 | Life
Tim Fischer, a retired Australian politician and former deputy prime minister in the right-wing government of Prime Minister John Howard, issued a stern rebuke of U.S. gun laws Thursday in the wake of the deadly San Bernardino attacks.Fischer decried the prevalence of mass...
Date: 12/04/2015 | Nation & World
Question: My wife and I recently flew from New York to Rome. On our outbound flight on Delta Air Lines, we purchased “Comfort+” seats, which offer more legroom. We tried to pay for the same upgrade on our return flight, but since it was a codeshare flight with Alitalia, I was told I had to buy it...
Date: 12/04/2015 | Life
Tour includes a beautiful north Everett bed & breakfast
Date: 12/03/2015 | Home and Garden
A rudder control system problem that had occurred 23 times in the previous 12 months coupled with the pilots’ response led to last year’s crash of an AirAsia plane that killed all 162 people on board, Indonesian investigators said Tuesday.
Date: 12/01/2015 | Business Wire
HONOLULU — A dog bound for its new owner in Mississippi ended up in Honolulu instead.
Date: 12/01/2015 | Northwest
NEW YORK — Tens of millions of Americans returning home after the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend Sunday had cooperative weather and mostly efficient airport operations to thank for smooth traveling conditions.
Date: 11/29/2015 | Northwest
Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” There is no better place in the world to confirm what Ben said than in Tuscany.
Date: 11/29/2015 | Life
CAIRO — Egypt on Saturday said there is a 90 percent chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun's tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum.Researchers said the discovery of a new chamber could...
Date: 11/27/2015 | Nation & World
Q: I recently rented a Ford Fusion from Enterprise at a car dealership body shop in Boyertown, Pennsylvania. The vehicle had buckled trim pieces, bumper covers and scuffs. Most of these were noted, but a large portion of the damage was not, because the representative said they...
Date: 11/27/2015 | Life
LOS ANGELES — The big Thanksgiving getaway went into full swing Wednesday with drivers delighted by the lowest November gas prices in years and many airline passengers undaunted by terrorism fears and long lines at security checkpoints.
Date: 11/26/2015 | Nation & World
The ever-widening range of TV offerings can sometimes seem to leave no stone unturned. There are transgender prisoners and Southern U.S. zombies in scripted television; there are all manner of competing professionals — and, if you’re inclined to presidential-election coverage, undead of a different...
Date: 11/25/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — The National Safety Council says 433 people will die in car crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday and another 52,300 will be seriously injured. It's safe to assume that some of the dead and injured will be back-seat passengers who opt not to wear seat belts.
Date: 11/25/2015 | Nation & World
Planes, trains and automobiles — and ferries, too. Some travel tips for the Thanksgiving holiday.Automobile
Date: 11/24/2015 | Street Smarts
No city in Ireland connects the kaleidoscope of historical dots more colorfully than Derry, which is in British-ruled Northern Ireland. Small and pretty, the city is a welcoming and manageable place for visitors — and most of its sights can be covered easily on foot.
Date: 11/22/2015 | Life
A proposal to build a posh private lounge at Los Angeles International Airport for Southern California’s glitterati was approved Thursday in a move that officials hope will reduce disturbances by paparazzi, looky-loos and autograph-seekers in the busy central terminal area.
Date: 11/22/2015 | Nation & World
CARMEL HIGHLANDS, Calif. — A cooling fog rolled in that afternoon, followed by a late-night storm that steamed in off the Pacific. For hours the sky boomed and flashed as a waterfall of rain drenched the rocky shoreline and heavily forested hills of this coastal stretch known as...
Date: 11/21/2015 | Life
Question: I booked two single rooms on the National Geographic Sea Lion expedition to the Columbia and Snake rivers. I bought insurance for my 93-year-old dad. I did not buy insurance for myself as his companion.
Date: 11/20/2015 | Life
HAVANA — American travelers who’ve had to carry wads of cash while visiting Cuba will now have a debit card option.Stonegate Bank of Pompano, Florida, announced Thursday it is offering a debit MasterCard that U.S. travelers will be able to use at hotels, restaurants and other sites in Cuba.
Date: 11/20/2015 | Business Wire
The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest sent out a press release today reminding people to be prepared for severe weather.
Date: 11/17/2015 | Explore NW
It’s a joy to surrender to the Greek way of living. Greece’s welcoming people, mouthwatering food and drink and joyful music and folk dances make it easy to immerse yourself into the easygoing lifestyle.
My good friend, Steve, died last week, 8 months after his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. I spent many hours with him over these last months, trying to provide him with support and companionship. It was very painful to watch him slide toward his death. At the end of his life, the cancer had...
Seattle — Heavy downpours from a weekend storm in the Pacific Northwest caused landslides that impacted train traffic.BNSF railroad spokesman Gus Melonas said engineers halted Amtrak passenger trains through the Nisqually area for a 48-hour period beginning at 9:20 a.m. Saturday.
Date: 11/14/2015 | Northwest
MOSCOW — Russia’s state aviation agency Friday banned Egypt’s national carrier from flying to Russia, a move that follows the suspension of all Russian flights to Egypt after a deadly crash.
Date: 11/14/2015 | Business Wire
BERLIN — Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, said it’s had to cancel another 941 flights affecting 110,000 passengers on the final day of a weeklong strike by flight attendants.
Date: 11/14/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Federal authorities have launched an investigation after numerous aircraft were hit by laser beams Wednesday night.More than 20 aircraft were struck while in flight over at least 16 U.S. cities, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation...
Date: 11/12/2015 | Nation & World
The city of Santa Maria on California’s Central Coast is commonly known as the state’s barbecue capital. Its barbecue always features a beef cut called tri-tip, a triangular-shaped piece of bottom sirloin, cooked over red oak.Or so I thought.
Date: 11/11/2015 | The Dish
In the heart of the Czech Republic, Prague is “the golden city of a hundred spires.” This vibrant Baroque capital escaped the bombs of last century’s wars, so it remains one of Europe’s best-preserved cities. It’s the ideal springboard for travelers new to Eastern Europe — an accessible city with a...
Date: 11/08/2015 | Life
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Charleston has earned a reputation as one of the great food cities of America, but as a coffee town, it’s as weak as the brew it serves.
Date: 11/07/2015 | Life
Don't forget Walla Walla's great shops, diners and historical sites
Date: 11/07/2015 | Life
NEW YORK — Travel booking site Expedia said it’s buying short-term rental marketplace HomeAway for $3.9 billion to boost its presence in the vacation rental market.The Bellevue company said Wednesday it’s paying roughly $38.31 in cash and stock for each share of HomeAway, of Austin, Texas.
Date: 11/06/2015 | Business Wire
SEATTLE — Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines will begin serving the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport starting in March 2016.
Date: 11/06/2015 | Business Wire
Thanksgiving air travel in the U.S. is expected to rise 3 percent this year with 25.3 million people hopping planes, the most crowded the skies have been since the Great Recession. The good news for travelers is that airfares have been on a distinct decline since summer, according to a forecast...
Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire
STOCKHOLM — Aviation officials said a solar storm knocked out the air traffic control systems in Sweden on Wednesday, prompting them to close the country's airspace for more than an hour.The civil aviation authority said the solar storm created disturbances in the...
Date: 11/04/2015 | Nation & World
As the days get shorter and Halloween has come and gone, I’ve been remembering some of the spookiest experiences I’ve had during my travels. One happened years ago when I was a tour guide, traveling around Great Britain with eight people on a minibus.
Date: 11/01/2015 | Life
There are skeletons, sweets and costumes.But this is not Halloween.It’s Día de Muertos. Day of the Dead.The ancient Mexican celebration honors deceased loved ones.
Date: 10/31/2015 | Life