ORLANDO — Michael Jarboe of Miami paid extra for special airline dog handlers to ensure the safety of his 2-year-old mastiff, BamBam, on a cross-country flight.
The nice thing about a small, out-of-way resort like Barnsley Resort is that there aren't many people around. That meant my husband, Roy, and I, wearing nothing more than oversized robes, could take a golf cart to the spa, which was just a few minutes' ride from our rented cottage.
The contestants on "The Biggest Loser" are just that - players in a reality show game who are subjected to harsh workouts, screeching coaches and weigh-ins on national television. The role is not for everyone, not even for everyone desperate to lose weight.
-The deal: To celebrate the city's centennial, the Beverly Hills Hotel is offering the "Norma Jean Experience" in a Marilyn Monroe-themed suite as part of the "Suite 100" hotel promotion for participating locations.
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On the road or on vacation? This website will help you find a sporting event at your destination.
I was skiing in a world of white-out, high up on British Columbia's Blackcomb mountain. The fog was so pea-soup thick that though I could hear a chairlift, I couldn't see it - until I careened into its lift-line fence.
Juggling parenthood and career in the traditional manner isn't easy. Many determined to carve out quality time with their children find it practically impossible. Such was the case for Talon Windwalker, who kicked corporate life to the curb in order to live a more conscious life with his son Stevie. Travel seemed to speak to their mutual souls, so they decided to take an extended father and son trip around the world. The two hit the road three years ago, and never looked back. Talon started a blog called 1dad1kid.com, which details their adventures. Here's an inside peek at how this single dad keeps their nomadic life on track.
Ah, Paris. The food. The art. The sights.
Q: On a recent flight from Phoenix, I was selected to have my palms swabbed by the TSA. Then they told me my hands tested positive for explosives and put me in a room and searched me from head to toe. Of course, they found nothing.
One key to enjoying a vacation is to know what sort of traveler you are. Sounds simple, right? It's not always. I recently chatted with a woman who plunked down her hard-earned money on a Jamaican cruise, only to realize she didn't like cruises. It seemed like wasted time and money, she said.
If you're getting ready to take a flight during the holidays, be prepared for more than the usual confusion at airport screenings. The combination of infrequent fliers and the Transportation Security Administration's new initiative that allows randomly selected passengers to receive expedited screening - an initiative that will continue during the holidays - has the potential to create passenger pileup.
The water taxi revved its outboard motors, spitting the scent of gasoline into the tropical air, and then took off, headed from Belize City to San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye, 35 miles away. Onboard, airplane-weary tourists, commuting locals, boxes destined for island businesses - and my wife and I with our luggage - crowded on wooden benches for the hour-plus trip.
McWay Falls is picture perfect. The waterfall drops 80 feet into sandy McWay Cove along Californias Big Sur. Its a stunning image and geographic feature of Lands End on Americas Left Coast, tucked off California Highway 1 in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
The Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad will run its steam trains as the Santa Express each weekend from Nov. 30 through Dec. 22.
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Meet road builder and visionary Sam Hill in Portland, Ore., town floozies at The Dalles, and a saloon girl in the Grand Salon as you trace the path of Lewis and Clark on the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard Un-Cruise Adventure's new replica 1900's coastal steamer, the S.S. Legacy.
It's a familiar ritual among backpackers: ripping a chapter out of a thick Lonely Planet travel book as they move to a new destination, leaving the tattered pages at a hostel to lighten their load.
FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. — From my car window along Highway A1A in Flagler County, somewhere between the towns of Marineland and Flagler Beach, the Atlantic Ocean and its sugar-soft dunes glide by in a dizzying landscape of colors and textures.
Cranes tower above the heart of Canadas third-largest city. Theyre white and red and yellow, and some hang 25 stories in the sky. Others sit low to the ground, just beginning their work.
During four days in the historic heart of the Dominican capital, I saw men gather every afternoon in the central square to play dominoes, usually ringed by crowds of onlookers.
Rising at dawn to catch the sunrise, cruise passengers nursing coffee cups watched as the Safari Endeavour glided past the Baja Peninsulas ragged coast. As the rays played over the cliffs, each thumb-shaped cove and crescent beach came into view for a minute or two, then slid out of sight, disappearing astern.
Zane Grey knew how to make an entrance, or at least how to describe one. As the famous Western writer liked to tell the story, he was on horseback in 1913, riding deep into Navajo country, when a lightning flash lit up the desert. That flash, Grey wrote, “revealed a vast valley, a strange world of colossal shafts and buttes of rock, magnificently sculptured, standing isolated and aloof, dark, weird, lonely.”
Thirty years ago, I had just been fired from my first job, as a Sacramento politician’s press secretary. I unexpectedly had time and money to take my first solo vacation. I called up Western Airlines (yes, it was that long ago) and booked a flight to Maui.
Issaquah Salmon Days, the city’s family oriented festival that celebrates the return of the spawning salmon, will be held this weekend. The event typically attracts 150,000 visitors each year.
Dreamhomes Every issue of Sunset, the venerable periodical of au courant living in the West, brings a fantasy land of carefree couples and relaxed families inhabiting homes that seem too perfect to be real.
SAN FRANCISCO — I used to call my travel technique serendipity. Arriving in a new city, I would move as if guided by astrology and the tides. Unfettered by timetables, I often left the beaten path for intriguing side streets and out-of-the-way neighborhoods. My method was instinctual, and it led me to unforgettable Madrid flamenco bars, quaint Reykjavik wharves and picturesque Venetian ghettos.
To celebrate the 200-year anniversary of the Brothers Grimm, Germany is in the midst of a yearlong, countrywide festival to honor and pay homage to the famous siblings.
WIGTOWN, Scotland — “You’re on the road to nowhere.”
YOUNTVILLE, Calif. — If vineyards at harvest time call to you – grapes plump on the vines, leaves turning red and gold – consider a visit to Yountville, in the heart of California’s famed Napa Valley. A country village by this city gal’s standards, Yountville is tiny: about 12 blocks long and four blocks wide, an island lapped by rolling vineyards. Washington Street, the main drag, bisects the town, where 3,480 residents count themselves lucky to be making a living from tourism and the wineries that attract connoisseurs from near and far.
The words printed on the buses that drive through Kawaguchiko, a scenic town in the foothills of Japan’s tallest and most sacred mountain, were as reassuring as they were disconcerting: “Preserve the Nature of Mt. Fuji.”
VANCOUVER — For a decade or more, the Vancouver area has enjoyed a reputation as the Asian food capital of North America. Near the airport south of town, locals and visitors flock to Alexandra Road in Richmond, a three-block stretch packed with modest noodle houses and grand banquet rooms.
The land, baronial and steep, dwarfs this 20-car train as it snakes through the wilderness.
In many parts of the world, the months of July and August are synonymous with beaches and sailing, but what about seeing a new destination from the water? With the best views and popular summer destinations in mind, the members and editors of virtualtourist.com have selected their “Top 10 Scenic Boat Rides.”
Winter turns Arizona's Valley of the Sun into a destination, luring visitors from colder climates around the world to the warmth of the desert.
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BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA — My face flushed cherry red and my sweat-soaked sundress clung to my body. I stood, elated, on a wooden platform at the summit of Mount Warning, a jagged peak in the Gondwana rain forest. The mountain, in the far northeastern corner of New South Wales, Australia, bears witness to the first flicker of sunlight on the continent.
Mention Bellevue to a Tacoman and youre more than likely to get a skeptical response. After all, what does the city have to offer beyond high-rise condos, shopping malls and BMWs stuck in traffic? A lot more, it turns out. Amid its famous high-end shops, you can find affordable dining and attractions as well as nature.
Sea-Tac Airport will close one of its three runways from July 8 through Aug. 2 to replace deteriorating concrete panels to extend the runways life.
Two construction projects near Sea-Tac Airport are causing periodic delays for South Sound residents wanting to make a quick trip to Sea-Tac Airport.
There are few water arrivals in the Northwest more exhilarating than Victorias Inner Harbour. The venerable Empress Hotel commands attention front and center with the stately B.C. Parliament Buildings to her left. Water taxis, yachts and seaplanes all jockey for position in the small harbor, along with the two main daily water transports from Washington: The MV Coho out of Port Angeles and the Victoria Clipper from Seattle. I recently took a day trip to Victoria to see what I could pack in – without packing a bag.
Its always great to experience a new location in a unique way. For those bold travelers who enjoy testing exhilarating stunts, rides, and thrills, the members and editors of virtualtourist.com compiled a list of the Top 10 Best Spots to Get an Adrenaline Rush. Here are their recommendations:
DUMAGUETE CITY, PHILIPPINES If youre looking for a tropical adventure to add to your bucket list, a trip to the island of Negros in the Philippines might be just the ticket.
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