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Around the World: A Hudson River adventure aboard the Sloop Mystic Whaler

Travel / Around the World /

It’s a beautiful day for sailing. Blue skies and a good breeze.

As the bell rings and rope are cast off, the tall ship “Sloop Mystic Whaler ” slips away from her mooring at NYC’s 79th Street Boat Basin, angles into the flow of the Hudson River and begins to move downstream.

Almost immediately, the captain and crew, ...Read more

Confused with the other weiner

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Alitalia loses Ellen Weiner's luggage. Then it gives it to another passenger named Weiner. Why can't the airline sort it out?

Q: I have been attempting to get reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses from Alitalia, and I'm hoping you can help.

The problem started when Alitalia checked me in as the wrong passenger on a flight from Miami to Rome to...Read more

On the cusp of Euro Cup, succumb to soccer fever

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

I'd always wanted to go to a soccer ("football" to Europeans) game in Europe, and a few years ago I finally did it ... courtesy of local hotelier I knew in Rome. The game pitted the home team Roma against Fiorentina (Florence's team).

Converging on the stadium, Stefano parked on a curb (tipping a couple of thugs to watch -- or maybe just not ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Allison Amend

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Author Allison Amend took her first trip as a baby, studied for a year at a Barcelona high school and came home speaking Catalan and then -- after graduating from Stanford University -- moved to Lyon (France) on a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship. Now based out of New York City, Amend, 41, counts the Big Apple, Chicago and Barcelona as three of her...Read more

Around the World: Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage

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A thunderous crack off the starboard bow alerts us that a huge ice block, almost as large as our ship, is breaking off the glacier. The new iceberg crashes into the water, then bobs up and down in the sea and drifts toward the mouth of the aptly named bay.

We’re traversing the Inside Passage, that part of Alaska which ...Read more

By Christopher Elliott

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Ani Istanboulian returns her Hertz rental in "perfect" condition, but three weeks later, she gets a call from the company and a bill for $428. What happened?

Q: I am writing to you today regarding a damage claim I have received from Hertz. I rented a car from the Maui Airport Hertz location earlier this year. I did not do an initial walk-...Read more

North Carolina's Land of Oz opening its enchanted gates for four days

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Beech Mountain's historic Land of Oz park will reopen for four Fridays in June with guided tours down its famed Yellow Brick Road by Dorothy Gale of rural Kansas.

Land of Oz was an amusement park in the 1970s and is still rented out for weddings, parties and group picnics. For four Fridays in June, it entertains visitors and ...Read more

Beach butler? Surfing safari? Orange County's beach hotels get creative with their offerings

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Don't want to haul umbrellas and chairs to the sand? Don't worry, a beach butler will do it for you.

Too much trouble to claim a fire ring and sit by it all day? If you're staying at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa in Southern California, you can have the hotel set up a personalized fire ring for you and your friends, complete ...Read more

Appreciating Dutch cliches

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

When you consider Dutch culture, you can't help but think about dikes, windmills, wooden shoes and tulips. They seem cliche, but these classic icons intertwine with the region's geography and history.

Much of the country is below sea level, reclaimed with great effort over many generations from the North Sea. That's why the Dutch people like to...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Andi Dorfman

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Raised in Georgia, Andi Dorfman worked as an assistant district attorney in Atlanta, before she was selected as one of the contestants on "The Bachelor." Later, she starred in a season of "The Bachelorette," where she became engaged to one of the men vying for her attention. Like most of the relationships on the series, theirs didn't last. In ...Read more

Jack London State Historic Park, 100 years after he died

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GLEN ELLEN, Calif.--Rain fell. Nothing major, certainly not on the level of an Old Testament gully washer. Just a steady, spitting splatter of linked hydrogen and hydroxyl ions that turned the ground squishy and made you want to nominate the inventor of Gor-Tex for a Nobel.

This weather, however, apparently was inclement enough to call off a ...Read more

Skip the airport, get dropped off at a Key West resort's pier in luxury seaplane package

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Why fly all the way to an airport when you can just get dropped off in your hotel's backyard?

Luxury travelers looking to stay at Key West's Casa Marina resort now have that option. The hotel is the first in Key West to offer the exclusive experience, which includes airfare for two guests on a seaplane from most Florida airports directly to the...Read more

Around the World: Travel Healthier With These Simple and Easy Precautions

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In response, I pointed out that we were going to big modern cities in a country with an advanced medical system, and that I didn’t plan to get any shots, not even boosters.

But, since she seemed worried sick by the thought of hospitalization in a foreign land, I advised her to consult with her personal physician, or with a ...Read more

Oops, Wrong Dates On My Airbnb Rental -- How About A Full Refund?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I recently booked a vacation rental in Monte Carlo, Monaco, with Airbnb. The place I booked had a strict no-change policy.

About three days later, I realized I had made an error in my dates. I contacted the host through Airbnb and asked if I could change the dates. I was still going to stay the same number of days, but just needed to shift ...Read more

Tarry awhile at Fishing Camp, in Colorado's last best wilderness

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LAKE GEORGE, Colo. -- "If you've tried three flies and still haven't hooked one of these guys," said Scott Tarrant, wading farther out into the Tarryall River, "remember what the old timers say. Foam is home. Follow the bubbles."

"Sounds like a beer drinker's election slogan to me," said Josh, the group's self-appointed comedian, peering into ...Read more

How big is too big? Some theme park riders fear small seats and 'the walk of shame'

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LOS ANGELES -- Universal's Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has bedeviled many big and tall riders who discover at the last moment that their journey aboard the new attraction is indeed forbidden because they don't fit in the "enchanted benches."

The uncomfortable scene is a familiar one to anybody who has ever visited a theme park: The ...Read more

In New Orleans, the ghosts are like family

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NEW ORLEANS -- It's a generally accepted fact that New Orleans is unlike any other American city. Where else will you find people willingly boarding buses marked "Cemeteries"? Where else will voodoo priests and priestesses be lauded as rock stars, their graves decorated with floral tributes? What other city deifies its sinners and names its ...Read more

Ancient Rome: The things that were Caesar's

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Rome is a magnificent, tangled urban forest, rich in art, culture and history. The city has many layers -- modern, Baroque, Renaissance, Christian. But let's face it: For most of us, Rome is Caesar, gladiators, chariots and thumbs-up or thumbs-down. Ancient Rome is the one we come to see.

Luckily, it's possible to knock off the top symbols of ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Iliza Shlesinger

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

"There's nothing better than getting paid to see my country and connect with the fans who gave me a career," says Iliza Shlesinger, host of TBS' relationship-based game show "Separation Anxiety" and a former winner of "Last Comic Standing." The savvy world traveler says she is up for going anywhere, anytime: "I'm a travel fiend. If I'm in love, ...Read more

Around the World: Boston’s Freedom Trail

Travel / Around the World /

Don’t wait for Independence Day to think about our forebears’ struggles to achieve self-determination. The freedoms they sought and won should be honored and celebrated every day, as the ongoing cause to sustain individual freedom becomes more difficult in our increasingly complex and interdependent society.

Looking ...Read more