The sounds of music remain in Salzburg

By Rick Steves
Posted on May 14, 2024

Salzburg is forever smiling to the tunes of Mozart and The Sound of Music. Thanks to its charming old town, splendid Baroque churches, and one of Europe’s largest medieval fortresses, Salzburg feels designed to keep its visitors happy. With around eight million sightseers prowling its cobbled lanes each year, the city can feel pretty touristy. You don’t go to Salzburg to avoid the... READ MORE

Cruising to charming Southern locales

By Victor Block
Posted on May 07, 2024

During a recent journey through several southeastern states, I knocked on an unmarked wood door, uttered a secret password, and was admitted into a throwback Prohibition-era speakeasy in the heart of Savannah, Georgia. My wife Fyllis and I also took a horse-drawn carriage ride through Beaufort, South Carolina — a small, picturesque town (pronounced BYOO-fert) that has served as the... READ MORE

How much travel insurance do you need?

By Ed Perkins
Posted on April 25, 2024

You’ve probably seen a lot of stories explaining why you need travel insurance. They concentrate on speculating about all the bad stuff that might happen before or during your trip. Although the bad stuff is important, focusing on it is misdirected: You need travel insurance for only one reason: money. Insurance is all about money. It can’t stop a war or quiet a volcano; all it can... READ MORE

For a lakeside escape, head to Columbia

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on April 19, 2024

At dawn, as the sun’s rays glinted across Lake Kittamaqundi, 30 Canada geese floated silently across the water, casting their long-necked shadows on the silvery surface. This is the view from a balcony room at the Merriweather Hotel in Columbia, Maryland. Although the hotel is within sight of the Mall in Columbia and earshot of Route 29’s steady drum of traffic, it feels like a world ... READ MORE

Disney World is worth a visit at any age

By Tina Collins
Posted on April 04, 2024

Walt Disney once said, “Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.” Visiting Disney World in 1974 remains my happiest childhood memory. Before our family trip, I spent months poring over pamphlets and guidebooks in that world without the internet. Decades later, I found myself obsessively studying websites and apps to plan my husband’s 60th birthday adventure, his first... READ MORE

All-inclusive vacations with a difference

By Sally French
Posted on March 26, 2024

All-inclusive vacations can conjure images of food under heat lamps, too many poolside piña coladas, and being trapped on resort grounds. But sun-soaked packages are not the only type of all-inclusives. Sure, sprawling mega-resorts exist — and their numbers are growing. All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy has spent the last couple of years building a portfolio of nearly three dozen... READ MORE

Late March may be Vermont’s sweet spot

By Martha Steger
Posted on March 14, 2024

April showers bring May flowers. But in Vermont, winter storms make the sap flow. Sugaring season — tapping sugar-maple trees’ sap and boiling it down to syrup — swings into full speed in Vermont in late March. Last year, on a visit to a Vermont sugarhouse, I watched the clouds of steam rise and sniffed the sweet air before swinging open the doors. Inside, I was engulfed by... READ MORE

Charlottesville’s 19th-century sites to see

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on March 05, 2024

Thomas Jefferson dreamed of producing great American wine at his Virginia plantation, Monticello, just outside Charlottesville. He never succeeded. But today, winemaking is flourishing in central Virginia, with many vineyards in the Charlottesville area. Exploring the area’s wineries is only one of many reasons to plan a visit. You can tour U.S. presidents’ haunts and a Civil War... READ MORE

Truffle hunting in Virginia unearths new flavor

By Victor Block
Posted on February 22, 2024

Nadine was excited. She scampered along a haphazard route, pausing now and then to sniff the ground. Occasionally she dug in the dirt, her breath quickening and eyes widening. But she was not permitted to complete the excavation she had begun. That task was finished by Vanessa, who distracted Nadine with a tasty treat and used a trowel to discover and uncover the object of their search:... READ MORE

Scope out public transit before your city trip

By Ed Perkins
Posted on February 12, 2024

If your summer trip plans include a few days in a big city, chances are you’ll be using public transit to navigate the area. And if you do, it’s a good idea to arrange in advance for whatever special discounts and visitor tickets you might use, so you’re ready to get going right away and don’t waste time figuring out your transit needs. If you haven’t traveled in a while, you... READ MORE