A question for tourists today: What now?

By: Ed Perkins
Posted on: April 02, 2020

The coronavirus situation has changed our world dramatically. Problems initially confined to Asia have expanded to Europe and beyond.  Travel within the U.S., overall, has tanked. Airlines are chopping not only their intercontinental flight schedules, but also domestic flights as well.  Cruise lines have suspended operations. As of press time, the travel marketplace is in chaos, ... READ MORE

When you’re traveling with grandchildren

By: Jim Miller
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are interested in taking our two grandkids on a big trip this summer and are looking for some good ideas. Can you recommend some travel companies that offer special travel packages for grandparents? —Doting Grandparents Dear Doting, There are a number of travel companies today that offer specialized, multi-generational trip packages for... READ MORE

How to avoid crowds in Italy’s Riviera

By: Rick Steves
Posted on: March 12, 2020

Editor’s Note: As of the time of publication, the COVID-19 virus has reached Italy and is spreading through the community. As with most areas of the world, there are widespread restrictions on person-to-person contact, and many businesses are either closed or are limiting operations. This is not the time to travel there, or anywhere, for enjoyment. Please enjoy this travel section as... READ MORE

Having peak experiences in Indonesia

By: Don Mankin
Posted on: March 09, 2020

The whale shark swam directly at me. As I feared becoming whale shark canapé, it veered slightly and slid past me, just a couple of feet away. If I had been so inclined (or stupid), I could have touched the 25-foot-long shark as it glided by. I’ve had some pretty amazing animal encounters in my life — lions in Namibia, mountain gorillas in Uganda, whales in Alaska and Antarctica,... READ MORE

Barcelona’s architecture, history, sports

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: March 05, 2020

Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona’s renowned architect, once observed, “There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature.” Straight lines are few in Gaudí’s hometown of Barcelona, a Mediterranean city of 5 million in northeast Spain, sprawled between the mountains and the sea. A winding, narrow street connects with yet another winding street, which spills onto a bustling plaza... READ MORE

Spring break: Dates to mark and avoid

By: Ed Perkins
Posted on: March 03, 2020

Spring break, generally before and after Easter Sunday, is observed by a large majority of U.S. schools and colleges. Families with young children head for theme parks and other such attractions, while teens and college-age kids head off in bunches to a beach destination or cruise. If you have one or more student-age kids in your family, you’re probably already aware of the dates for... READ MORE