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Insta Q&A: Turquoise Coast Is a Turkish Delight

My only regret after spending 10 fantastic days in Turkey last fall is that I didn't experience it by sea. Between the mosques and mystery of Istanbul and the country's spectacularly beautiful interior, I just ran out of time. Reader Carol Stern, on the other hand, is planning a visit...

By Christina Talcott | February 19, 2009; 01:26 PM ET | Comments (2)

Insta-Q&A: Hooking a Fishing Guide

Not being a fisherperson, it's hard for me to appreciate the lure of salmon fishing in Alaska -- but I can definitely appreciate the results. Salmon's not only delicious, it's one of the most healthful foods you can eat. And since the fish is also apparently a lot of fun...

By Christina Talcott | February 13, 2009; 07:36 AM ET | Comments (3)

Insta Q&A: Electronics Enigma

True story: A few years back, while traveling in Italy, I plunged my entire hotel into darkness by plugging my hairdryer into the wrong kind of outlet, or something. Luckily, it was a small hotel. Anyway, I can definitely relate to the question we recently received from Nancey Parker of...

By Christina Talcott | February 4, 2009; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (9)

Insta Q&A: Spring Sailing With Teens

To those who say traveling with a toddler is hard, I say: Ever taken a trip with a teenager? The rewards can be great, sure, but keeping these semi-independent creatures amused, engaged and happy on a vacation can be just as challenging as dealing with little kids. With that in...

By Christina Talcott | January 28, 2009; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Insta Q&A: Chinese Cruisine

There's cruising, and then there's Yangtze cruising. Today we're looking for readers who've made the journey on China's legendary river and who can help out a reader who's considering this cruise. Norma Eigles of Columbia writes: I would like to hear others' experiences on Yangtze River cruises. Does an upstream...

By Christina Talcott | January 14, 2009; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta Q&A: Meeting Family Halfway

What do you do when half your family lives in one city, half in another, and neither side wants to make the long trek to get together over the holidays? If you're like reader Carol Dollarhide of Rockville, you compromise and meet somewhere in the middle. Carol writes: My husband...

By Christina Talcott | December 17, 2008; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (5)

Insta Q&A: Park It and Ride

Those cheapo inter-city bus lines like Bolt Bus and Megabus are great -- but what if you want to drive to the pickup point from the far suburbs and need a place to park your car? That's the dilemma of reader Archie Andrews of Burke. (Archie, we're going to spare...

By Christina Talcott | December 9, 2008; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (4)

Insta Q&A: Camaraderie in the Caribbean

Does the thought of setting out alone on a beach vacation fill you with dread? Dip in to the Travel Q&A mailbox with me and let's see if we can help reader Diane Nargiz of Solomons Island, Md.: I need some advice for a week's getaway in late December or...

By Christina Talcott | December 3, 2008; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (5)

Insta Q&A: A Tuscan Birthday Trip

Time again for Insta Q&A, where we pull a travel question out of our Big Bag o' Queries, take a stab at answering it, and then turn it over to you, our readers -- or those of you who are still in town this holiday week. Today's question is from...

By Christina Talcott | November 26, 2008; 07:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta Q&A: Non-Frilly B&Bs

No need to wait for Sunday to get your Q&A fix. Here's this week's bonus question, from reader Beth Dahlman of D.C.: I'm looking for an affordable getaway not far from the District (less than two hours, ideally). Virginia wine country or the areas around the Bay would be perfect,...

By Christina Talcott | November 19, 2008; 07:09 AM ET | Comments (2)

Insta Q&A: It Takes a Villa in Tuscany

Hi folks, and welcome to Insta Q&A, the midweek edition of the Post's Travel Q&A column. This is where we'll continue our Q&A dialogue, and where you get a crack at being the expert. That's right. If you think you've got the answer to your fellow travelers' questions, we want...

By Christina Talcott | November 12, 2008; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (4)

Insta-Q&A: Gotham's Best Guide

Thanks to ever-expanding entertainment options and skyrocketing prices in the city that never sleeps, there's never been a better time to come to grips with New York. Hence today's Insta-Q&A question. It comes from a reader who'd like to hear your opinions on the Big Apple's best guidebook. If you've...

By Scott Vogel | May 14, 2008; 06:11 AM ET | Comments (4)

Insta-Cogo: Bag Fees, Mergers and Belly-Ups

These three bits of airline news might seem all unrelated, but in fact they share a common theme: Jet fuel prices are shaking the industry, so tighten your seatbelts, lighten your luggage and open your wallets. * First up: American Airlines announced yesterday that as of May 12, passengers with...

By Cindy Loose | April 29, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-Q&A: Compromise Campgrounds

As the belt-tightening continues and Americans begin planning summer vacations closer to home, we're keeping it local with Today's Insta-Q&A question. It comes from a reader who's looking for a tent campground somewhere between Boston and Washington, and seems like the ideal query to throw out to our knowledgeable and...

By Scott Vogel | April 23, 2008; 01:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-Q&A: Planes, Trains and Great Danes

Today's Insta-Q&A question comes from a reader who's in the process of planning a cross-country driving trip. In fact, whether or not this Maryland family travels to the Badlands and Wyoming and Colorado and Missouri this summer . . . may well depend on you. You see, they're interested in...

By Scott Vogel | April 9, 2008; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (13)

Insta-Q&A: Jellyfish Lake, the Movie

Apropos of our March 30th Q&A item on Palau's Jellyfish Lake, Annandale veterinarian Steve Cohen sent us a terrific video of his 2006 trip to the place. (Video has sound.) As you'll see, a picture really is worth a thousand words, or in this case hundreds of thousands of jellyfish....

By Scott Vogel | April 2, 2008; 06:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-Q&A: Rooms in Paris for La Famille

Today's Insta-Q&A question comes from a reader who's trying to find a reasonably priced hotel in Paris that can comfortably house a family. If you have some advice for Allison from Millersville, by all means post a comment. And if you have a question yourself, e-mail us at travelqa@washpost.com. She...

By Scott Vogel | March 19, 2008; 07:16 AM ET | Comments (6)

Insta-Q&A: Taking Credit for Italy

It's Insta-Q&A time again, where you can pose questions to the Travel section and also help out fellow travelers with your own answers to their queries. Today's question comes from a reader who's wondering about credit card use during an upcoming Italian vacation.If you have some advice for Tom from...

By Scott Vogel | March 12, 2008; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-Q&A: Girls-only Getaways in Virginia

Welcome once again to Insta-Q&A, where you can both pose questions to the Travel section and also help out fellow travelers with your own answers to their queries. Today's question comes from a reader who's planning a weekend for her and some girlfriends. If you have some advice for Jo...

By Scott Vogel | February 28, 2008; 07:25 AM ET | Comments (4)

 

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