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

Bask in Barbados’ beaches, gardens, warmth

By Victor Block
Posted on January 30, 2024

When my wife Fyllis and I landed in Barbados this winter, we asked a man outside the airport for directions to our hotel. To our surprise, he didn’t give them to us. Instead, he insisted on leading us there in his vehicle. Throughout our trip to the Caribbean island — our second in 20 years — we were impressed by the friendly, warm people we met. After I unknowingly dropped some... READ MORE

Is ‘premium economy’ seating worth it?

By Ed Perkins
Posted on January 17, 2024

A recent report from IdeaWorks Company describes the airlines’ premium economy offering as “an upper- middle-class seat priced for the upper-middle class” designed for, and marketed to, “upper middle-class consumers who seek an upper middle-class travel experience.” The report’s author, Jay Sorensen, is bullish on premium economy. Should you be? The... READ MORE

Historic D.C. restaurants brim with tales

By Victor Block
Posted on January 10, 2024

In a tiny half-booth in Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown, nicknamed the “rumble seat,” John F. Kennedy perused the Sunday morning newspaper after attending mass. Nearby is Booth Three, where he and Jackie Bouvier were seated when he proposed marriage to her in 1953. Harry and Bess Truman and their daughter, Margaret, often dined in another cubicle, which Margaret later incorporated... READ MORE

Chill out in London, strollin’ and cruisin’

By Don Mankin
Posted on January 03, 2024

I lie on my back on the cool grass, the sound of quacking ducks and raucous frisbee players wafting my way on the soft breeze drifting across the meadow. Sheer bliss! A welcome respite from the crowds cramming Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Worn out from several days of tourist attractions and museums, I was taking advantage of the unseasonably warm... READ MORE

Escape to Portugal’s coastal hideaway

By Rick Steves
Posted on December 21, 2023

Since Phoenician times, octopi have been the main catch for the villagers of Salema, located on a still-sleepy patch of the Algarve, Portugal’s popular south coast. And the fishing process has changed little in several thousand years. At the crack of dawn, I wait at the beach for my local friend, Sebastian, who’s agreed to take me out to check the pots. As Sebastian pushes his boat... READ MORE

Opt out: The trap that keeps on trapping

By Ed Perkins
Posted on December 14, 2023

An old golf joke describes a guy poised to hit a drive, but just standing there and not moving. After a few minutes, an exasperated partner shouts, “For Pete’s sake, hit the ball!” At which point the guy says, “Yes! That’s it — the 50th thing I was supposed to remember.” Why a lame golf joke? Because travel is the same — everybody has a list of “musts” for you to do... READ MORE

Domestic travel prices are trending lower

By Sam Kemmis
Posted on December 11, 2023

Dining out is more expensive than ever. The cost of gas is fluctuating. And the price of travel — including airfare and hotels — has kept pace. Right? Not exactly. Airfare costs declined by 13% between September 2022 and September 2023, according to September 2023 Consumer Price Index data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Far from being an inflationary force, travel prices... READ MORE

No plan needed: Take a mystery day trip

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on December 05, 2023

The brown cardboard box that arrived in my mailbox labeled “Ready for a Road Trip?” instantly made me want to hit the open road. Inside were five booklets: “Before You Go” and four more describing stops for a six-to-eight-hour road trip to explore “Tiny Towns.” The box was from Guess Where Trips, a unique travel planning company founded in 2020. “Guess Where Trips will show ... READ MORE

Advice for taking a destination holiday

By Ed Perkins
Posted on November 30, 2023

Yes, I know, Thanksgiving and Christmas are when the whole family gathers at grandma’s house, or some similar Norman Rockwell scenario. But not everybody plays by that script. Moving your holiday festivities, whatever they might be, to some vacation destination is becoming increasingly popular. And if you’re thinking about a destination holiday this year, and you haven’t already ... READ MORE