When 40-something Elissa Unton of Manhattan Beach, CA was asked to organize a destination adventure for friends who would join her in Paso Robles, CA she faced the dilemma of finding something active that everyone in her travel party could do. To her delight, the Paso Robles Tour Co. rented e-bikes. She admitted that riding…
Modern trends in airport design focus on passenger experience more than ever before. The pandemic prioritized passengers’ mental and physical health. New terminals today are being built with high ceilings, skylights and outdoor decks where travelers fresh from the gym can rest on reclining lounge chairs.
It’s been said that Canadians speak like Americans, spell like the British, and throw in an occasional French word to confuse people. Not quite true, that last bit, since Canada has two official languages, English and French. Although Canadians love little more than arguing about their identity, they mostly agree about their four biggest cities. Montreal is “ben fun,” French/English slang for a good time. Toronto is the nation’s business center while Vancouver is a wonder of natural beauty. As for Ottawa? Well, it may be the best place to discover the Canadian soul. There’s a lot of northern history packed into this city of a million or so, which loves its festivals and bars.
It was pure good fortune that enabled me to arrive in Santo Domingo de la Calzada on the feast day of Saint Dominic. I was hiking west along the Camino Frances, en route to Santiago de Compostela, when I saw people gathering in front of the cathedral for a procession that gradually wound its way through the old town on streets lined with spectators. Young men in medieval costumes performed traditional folk dances at points along the route. Young women in period dress marched together. Men wearing red berets played traditional melodies on flutes. The music and the dances were little changed from medieval times. I felt as if I were observing a cultural tableau dating back hundreds of years.
Subiaco, Arkansas is small even for a small town. Located about 100 miles northwest of Little Rock, Subiaco is surrounded by winding country roads and open pastures with grazing cattle and horses. According to the 2020 census, the town has a population of 401 people. The closest interstate is an hour’s drive away. The closest…
Count me among the droves of disappointed summer travelers whose vacations were devastated by long airport lines, canceled flights, indifferent travel agents and lost luggage. My intention was to become acquainted with port wine and fado music in exotic Portugal. Instead, I settled for the intimacy of small-town charms in Iowa, a welcoming Midwestern state that has more attractions than I ever imagined.
Internet travel agencies turn the customer into the travel agent, requiring him to scroll through pages of itineraries and lodging options before paying the company for using its computer system. Though this process is stress-free for the ticketing company, it can be a nightmare for people on a budget. This tedious process conflicts with the mindset of Gen-Z and Millennials who are not looking for a luxury vacation; they just want to minimize costs and go on an adventure.
When I first moved to Portland, Oregon, in the early 1990s, one of my first friends was a man who self-published a high-brow zine about amusement park rides. He eschewed car ownership, although he was happy to ride in mine. When we played Scrabble, he favored long, obscure words over point value. For all of my friend’s quirks, he turned out to be a surprisingly typical Portlander. Those who found Portland too self-consciously hip could laugh at its liberal excesses as immortalized in Portlandia. But these days, Portland has acquired a layer of grit. Homeless camps and boarded-up buildings covered with graffiti dot the whole city. Does the promise of Portlandia live on? For the sake of journalism, I decided to take an unflinching look at my city. Read More
In 2013, when Detroit declared bankruptcy it was plagued by violent crime and racial division. Today, America’s Motor City is cruising in the fast lane. It has entertaining ethnic enclaves, a vibrant downtown, a tourist-friendly riverwalk and a growing local economy that is a source of civic pride.
Pilot shortages, rising fuel costs, constantly changing schedules and erratic weather have lessened the enthusiasm for flying. So why not hit the road for a summer vacation using one of these three diverse itineraries.