Inn-to-inn hiking gains a foothold in U.S.

By Sandi Barrett
Posted on August 12, 2022

While the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail are popular hiking trips for the seasoned trekker, many travelers prefer a soft, cozy bed and a home-cooked meal at the end of a long day of walking. Multi-day walking trips offering these comforts are popping up across the country. Popular throughout Europe, curated backcountry tours are a kinder, gentler way to explore and still... READ MORE

We’re high on Rocky Mountain grandeur

By Don Mankin
Posted on August 02, 2022

The first time I drove to California from the East Coast, trying to escape a run of bad luck in love, life and career in my mid-20s, the Rocky Mountains loomed from the prairie, welcoming me to a new life. This past June, I had the opportunity to immerse myself once again in the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains on a road trip with my wife, Katherine. We looped from Denver through Boulder, ... READ MORE

A serene sojourn on San Juan Island

By Don Mankin
Posted on July 14, 2022

I sat motionless in my kayak, quietly gazing at the subdued land and seascape. The sky was grey, the water was flat, the wind was absent. Heaven. The heavy skies and occasional drizzle didn’t bother me. It was all just part of the moody ambience of the Pacific Northwest. I was midway through a three-day visit to San Juan Island in Washington State. The San Juan Islands — which... READ MORE

A visit to Cairo and cruise down the Nile

By Victor Block
Posted on July 07, 2022

My first impression on the ride from the Cairo airport to my hotel was: Big city. Cars and motorcycles battled for space in the traffic, their horns raising a constant din. Lighted signs for McDonald’s, Burger King and other familiar fast-food restaurants vied for attention with billboards touting trendy women’s fashions. Gradually, more anticipated touches of the destination... READ MORE

Visit little-known conservation museum

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on June 22, 2022

As Congress considers a bill to create a Civilian Climate Corps, legislators might visit a little-known Richmond-area museum to study a much-lauded 1930s model. Nestled in the woods in Pocahontas State Park, 20 miles from downtown Richmond, is a museum dedicated to the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal initiative that employed Americans from 1933 to 1942. The one-story,... READ MORE

Your airport lounge options just grew

By Ed Perkins
Posted on June 15, 2022

If you know you’ll be stuck in an airport for a few hours on your next trip, why not make your layover more comfortable? Plaza Premium is selling a new Americas Pass that offers two visits to a set of airport lounges in North and South America during a year for $59. Participating lounges are located at Dallas-Ft. Worth, Newark, San Francisco and Washington Dulles in America, at... READ MORE

Hawaii’s green island soothes the mind

By Diane York
Posted on June 13, 2022

There is a saying that Hawaii is not a state of mind but a state of grace. I found that to be true during five perfect days in Kauai (Ka-wai’-ee, rhymes with Hawaii) last winter. People often tell you about their favorite vacation spot, describing it as heavenly. But none of the typical descriptors fulfill their promise as does Hawaii. It’s not just sun, beaches and surf. The... READ MORE

Stay off the beaten path for summer deals

By Sam Kemmis
Posted on June 08, 2022

Many Americans are looking to travel this summer. Most hope to find a good deal. Unfortunately, that’s not how the law of supply and demand usually works. Air travel has nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels. Hotels are filling up, and vacation rentals are booming. “Demand across the board for summer 2022 travel is up 20% to 25% relative to 2019,” said Jamie Lane, vice... READ MORE

Volcanic park shows off nature’s power

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on May 26, 2022

In the northeast corner of California, the Earth’s innards spurt, spit, squirt, gurgle and boil from seen and unseen orifices. Sulphur Works belches. Steam whirls out of Devil’s Kitchen. And occasionally a volcano erupts (most recently in 1915). This is Lassen Volcanic National Park, where Earth’s ever-changing nature has been on display in this volcanically active region for three ... READ MORE

Don’t get taken doing foreign exchange

By Ed Perkins
Posted on May 23, 2022

With COVID-19 restrictions falling, chances are that many of you are considering a trip to Europe or Asia this summer. That means paying in euros, francs, yen or whatever when you’re at your destination. Unless you’re a currency speculator, you’ll almost always lose something in exchanging your dollars for another currency, but there are ways to keep those losses to no more than... READ MORE