Where to find reliable hotel reviews online

By: Miriam Cross

When you’re splurging on a vacation, other travelers’ opinions can help you decide where to go. Their online reviews can point you toward hotels with great ambiance and ultra-comfortable beds, and away from those marred by poor upkeep and noisy surroundings. Online reviews are more up-to-date than print guidebooks, and reflect a more realistic experience than Instagram-famous travel... READ MORE

Cruises abound for almost any interest

By: Victor Block

Civil War buffs Tom and Elaine Preston wander through reconstructed forts where a major battle of that conflict was fought. Betsy and Andy Cross follow a guide slogging through a dense rainforest. Lauren Davis and Jim Goodman enjoy an exciting Go-Kart track and exhilarating water slide. As inviting as these disparate experiences are, they have something in common. All take place during... READ MORE

Memorable meals from around the world

By: Victor Block and Fyllis Hockman

Enjoying our first dinner during a group tour of Sicily, we turned to the guide and told him that the meal was excellent. His reply was as delightful as it was surprising. “People can steal my money, but not my food,” Alessio remarked. He followed that remark by claiming, “If lunch or dinner doesn’t have at least five courses, it’s just a snack.” Those words told us a lot... READ MORE

Enjoy winter’s beauty from aboard a train

By: Ed Perkins

You can easily enjoy great winter snowscapes without fighting the drifts and the ice: Just take a train. Enjoy the sights from a comfortable, wide seat, through a panorama window, maybe while sipping something cold or warm. Except in unusual circumstances, railroads keep their tracks open through snowfall heavy enough to shut down the highways. And many travel on routes with better... READ MORE

In low-cost Cambodia, there’s much to see

By: Jamie Lee Pricer

Once the site of one of Asia’s most significant early civilizations, Cambodia today presents a rural society far less populated and economically developed than its neighbors, Thailand and Vietnam. And that is the crux of the country’s charm and appeal. Visitors throng to the country’s premier tourist draw, Angkor Wat, but you will find much to see and do on the road to this ancient ... READ MORE

Deceptive hotel fees, pricing continue

By: Ed Perkins

Why should the airlines have all the fun? Apparently, the hotel business gazed at the airlines’ use of various fees and deceptions and decided to get into the act. As a result, the next time you book a hotel, you face some serious barriers to getting accurate and complete cost information before you buy — and maybe not even then. Big hotel chains have been telling you that booking ... READ MORE