Travel around Europe is back to normal

By Ed Perkins
Posted on November 29, 2022

If you’re considering a trip to Europe, you’ll find almost everything about as you remembered it pre-Covid. You may have seen those blurbs touting Europe’s “bargain prices” due to the lowest values of the euro, franc and pound against the dollar in at least a decade. The ugly truth is that good exchange rates are nice, but inflation has more than compensated. Europe is... READ MORE

Take a day trip to Winchester, Virginia

By Victor Block
Posted on November 17, 2022

My drive from Washington, D.C., to Winchester, Virginia, took only about two hours. But when I arrived there, I felt as if I had traveled back centuries in time. When I approached the minuscule city (population about 28,000), after crossing the Shenandoah River, there was little hint of the treasure trove of history that lay ahead. I passed through a phalanx of familiar chain stores... READ MORE

Mellow out in Santa Barbara and environs

By Don Mankin
Posted on November 08, 2022

If you asked Americans where they would live if money were no object, Santa Barbara would be near the top of the list. With a mild Mediterranean climate, wide beaches and excellent wineries just over the mountains, this coastal California city has been called the American Riviera. But visitors don’t have to spend a bundle to enjoy the region’s many charms. In August my wife,... READ MORE

Fall travel: Deals are nearly nonexistent

By Ed Perkins
Posted on November 04, 2022

As suppressed demand surges, fall travel this year is likely to near, or even exceed, pre-pandemic levels. One of the results of high demand is that deals will be harder than ever to find. I’ll do the best I can to point out some of your best bets, but don’t expect to find any “secret” miracle pricing tools. No matter where or how you travel, your trip will be constrained by... READ MORE

Finding companions for older travelers

By Jim Miller
Posted on October 25, 2022

Dear Savvy Senior, My son is getting married in the fall and would love for my parents to attend. But they’re both in their 80s with health issues, so they’ll need help getting there. Can you direct me to any travel escort services that can help us? —Looking for Assistance Dear Looking, Traveling today can be challenging under the best circumstances, but for seniors with... READ MORE

Cultural treats in small-town Andalucia

By Rick Steves
Posted on October 21, 2022

The American image of Spain is Andalucia: the home of bullfights, flamenco, gazpacho and pristine whitewashed hill towns. This southern part of the country feels more quintessentially Spanish than perhaps anywhere else. When visiting this area, I always make a point to venture into what’s called the Route of the White Hill Towns (Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos), a charm bracelet of cute... READ MORE

A blast from the past: Jekyll Island resort

By Alice Shapin
Posted on October 14, 2022

Watching HBO’s “The Gilded Age” during the pandemic, I wished I could be part of that era, if only for a short time — to wander through an opulent mansion, play croquet on a grand lawn, and have a drink beside a crackling fireplace. Jekyll Island — one of the Golden Isles of coastal Georgia, midway between Savannah and Jacksonville — seemed like the perfect setting to... READ MORE

The top U.S. city to visit: Charleston, S.C.

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on October 06, 2022

From sprawling live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, to horse-drawn carriages clip-clopping over cobblestoned streets, to historic houses in pastel hues, Charleston, South Carolina, transports visitors to another era. A thriving culinary scene and proximity to pristine beaches helped inspire Travel & Leisure magazine readers to choose it as the top U.S. city to visit for the 10th... READ MORE

“Voluntouring” for mind, body and spirit

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on September 29, 2022

At nighttime in Botswana’s pitch-black Okavango Delta, I sat astride a 1,000-pound Nile crocodile while a scientist probed the croc’s posterior. A hippopotamus snorted within earshot. Years later, while visiting California’s Catalina Island, I searched the sand on hands and knees for nurdles, plastic orbs the size of a pencil eraser. On both trips, I was helping scientists with... READ MORE

Time to plan fall leaf-peeping excursions

By Ed Perkins
Posted on September 13, 2022

In case you haven’t already started, it’s time to plan for any fall foliage trips you might want to take. Although New England has pushed the idea that it is fall foliage central, you can find good fall foliage viewing throughout much of the U.S. and Canada — maples, oaks and such east of the Mississippi; aspens in the Rockies. Peak times typically move from north to south between... READ MORE