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Archive: May 25, 2008 - May 31, 2008

The Friday Photo: A Job Wet Done

It's Friday Photo time folks, and once again we venture deep below the sea. Thanks to Cathy Sampson of Shrewsbury, Mass., who will find a Travel tote bag in her possession soon for this submission. Your turn, Cathy . . . "I took this photo while scuba diving in Grand...

By John Deiner | May 30, 2008; 4:39 PM ET | Comments (2)

Extra Leg Room, Checked Bags and Now ... Pretzels?

From the Dept of How Much Stranger Can Air Travel Get? comes word that not only can't you fly for peanuts anymore, you can't even get peanuts on a flight. Not if your airline is US Airways, that is. In a cost-cutting measure that may well save the airline less...

By Scott Vogel | May 30, 2008; 2:49 PM ET | Comments (15)

Hotel Horrors: Don't Let This Happen to You

Are there any resorts or hotels left that aren't catering to big groups? Last weekend, our small family reunion (31 Kennedy kin - no, not those Kennedys) gathered at a nice resort in the Poconos. But our stay became less than pleasant when a huge wedding party took over the...

By Carol Sottili | May 30, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (19)

In the News: Open Water -- The Sequel?

Over the past few days, we've been following the unfolding drama of two divers who were deserted by their dive boat and spent 19 hours adrift in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. During this time, they tried to avoid saying the "S" word (the waters are shark-infested) and shouted "I love...

By Andrea Sachs | May 29, 2008; 9:03 AM ET | Comments (10)

That's the Ticket: Small-Town Drama This Summer

Summer's here, which means lots of things, including the start of the summer theater festival season. Recently I heard from Gary Cole, from the Theater of the American South, about his festival of new plays in Wilson, North Carolina, which ends this coming weekend, June 1. The festival, which takes...

By Christina Talcott | May 28, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (4)

Insta-CoGo: A Less-Traveled Memorial Day?

Preliminary reports on automobile traffic over Memorial Day weekend are confirming what some in the travel industry and elsewhere had long suspected: Gas prices are finally beginning to take a toll on holiday car travel. The decrease was far from dramatic. Traffic on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, for instance, declined...

By Scott Vogel | May 28, 2008; 6:40 AM ET | Comments (4)

Surf Wars: A Beef Over the 'Best Beaches'

So, once again, Stephen Leatherman, aka "Dr. Beach," has issued his list of the Top 10 beaches -- just in time for vacation season, when you can gripe that you're not visiting one of his choices. This year's winner: Caladesi Island State Park, near Clearwater, Fla. According to a story...

By John Deiner | May 27, 2008; 3:03 PM ET | Comments (3)

The Tuesday Rant: Trouble Afoot

"What's with people thinking that an airplane is their family room?" The Travel section recently received a letter that began with the above question, one that proceeded to call out airline passengers thus: "After takeoff recently, the disgusting person next to me removed his shoes and leaned his feet up...

By Scott Vogel | May 27, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (23)


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