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Are We There Yet?: Plantation museum gins up old-time Christmas

posted: 12/18/2014 1:46 a.m. Discuss

If you believe Christmas has turned much too commercial, Plantation Agriculture Museum offers an antidote this weekend by evoking the reputedly simpler Good Old Days.

Town behind the tales

posted: 12/14/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Mark Twain only lived in Hannibal for 13 years, but many of his most famous stories were inspired by this humble Midwestern city. A visit to Hannibal today, with its excellent museums, preserved historic sites and old-timey antiques shops, offers a way to appreciate the impact this place had on one of America's best-known writers. And of course, Hannibal sits on the banks of the Mississippi River, which figured so large in Twain's life and writing.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Wine, riverfront lure tourists to Porto

posted: 12/14/2014 2:11 a.m. Discuss

Porto ages happily on the Douro River, along with most of the world's port wine, near where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. Porto comes with a steady sea breeze and a seagull soundtrack. Discount airlines like Ryanair now fly straight to the city, putting it within easy reach of budget travelers.

Outgoing chief sees changes for TSA

posted: 12/14/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

If you grew accustomed to being waved into an expedited security line at the airport this year even though you didn't belong to the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program, you should probably get ready to take your shoes off again at the checkpoints next year.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Real-time dynamic pricing will enact fluctuating costs

posted: 12/14/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Say you eat at a certain "trendy" restaurant once a year. Last year, you had to wait 45 minutes in line for a table. But this year, you see no lineup at the door, and the headwaiter escorts you right to the one unoccupied table. And when the waiter hands you a tablet instead of the traditional paper menu, the prices are double what they were last year. Welcome to the emerging world of dynamic pricing.

ARE WE THERE YET?: Along the Buffalo is where Arkansas elk roam

posted: 12/11/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

On a sunny mid-November afternoon in Boxley Valley, a sightseeing couple from Little Rock spotted exactly what they were seeking and eagerly pulled over.

Gifts that travel well

posted: 12/07/2014 2:49 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- What's the best travel bag out there? What's the must-have gadget for travelers?

Consumer Travel: Apple Pay effect will take awhile

posted: 12/07/2014 2:45 a.m. Discuss

Will Apple Pay change your travel?

Travel in Europe: Hiring guide like renting a smart friend

posted: 12/07/2014 2:45 a.m. Discuss

For the past 30 years, whenever I've been asked to state my occupation at a border crossing, I've said, "Teacher." People may find my TV shows to be entertaining or my guidebooks practical, but my passion has always been to teach, whether it's about art, culture, or nuts-and-bolts travel skills. My fundamental cause is that good travel teaches people to better understand the world they live in.

Booze Traveler host scouts how the world drinks

posted: 12/07/2014 2:44 a.m. Discuss

BOSTON -- Jack Maxwell drinks for a living.

Cafe's catnip for feline fans, brings Japanese craze here

posted: 12/07/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Cat lovers in Northern California are pouncing at the chance of spending time with feline company at a new cat cafe in Oakland.

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