SEALs, sun and squadrons in Va. Beach

By: Glenda C. Booth

Trying to spot a SEAL is all the rage in Virginia Beach, the Old Dominion’s largest resort town. It is home to the now-famous counterterrorism super-secret Navy team that raided Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani compound on May 1 and carried his corpse out to sea. Locals brag about their SEAL-spotting skills.Virginia Beach, a 14-mile stretch of sand with a heavy military backdrop, is... READ MORE

More than beaches on N.C.’s Outer Banks

By: Victor Block

I stood frozen with fear, unable to run. The terrifying pirate drew closer, his curved sword swinging wildly.Just as he was about to separate my head and body, I snapped back to reality, left my all-too-real daydream about Blackbeard behind and moved on to the next exhibit in the museum.The story of Blackbeard the Pirate is one display that makes the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in... READ MORE

Cut your losses when a trip gets canceled

By: By Ed Perkins

For obvious reasons, many Americans who had booked travel to Egypt or Japan earlier this year had to change their plans, and others who hadn’t yet booked have made alternative arrangements.But what about trips to other areas at other times? Nobody can predict where the next revolution might break out — and certainly not when and where the next earthquake, tsunami, fire or... READ MORE

How does your garden grow? Some tips

By: Ruth Kling

To my mind, a garden is a space — no matter how small —that lets one enjoy some greenery and a bit of the natural world.Whether you maintain a large garden by yourself, nurture a few pots on a balcony, or pay someone else to take care of your yard, here are some basic tools that will help you create and keep your own green space.There are three main areas to know about... READ MORE

A smorgasbord of to-dos in Pennsylvania

By: Victor Block

My recent visit to the Hershey-Harrisburg area of Pennsylvania revealed a destination of pleasant surprises.If you think of Hershey primarily as a mecca of chocolate, that’s only part of the story. The nearby Amish community offers a fascinating opportunity to experience a different culture. And Harrisburg is home to a world-class Civil War museum equal to anything the South has... READ MORE

Cards for travelers to keep in their wallet

By: Ed Perkins

Although you see lots of “don’t leave home without them” lists of things you need on a trip, only a few are truly essential. When you’re outfitting your wallet or purse for your upcoming trip, you need to carry no more than six cards.ATM card for cash. Don’t run the risk of carrying a lot of cash or the hassle of getting and signing endless travelers’... READ MORE