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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-CoGo: Airport Satisfaction Blues

Now here's a no-brainer. J.D. Power and Associates just announced the results of its annual North American Airport Satisfaction Study, and customer satisfaction is down significantly. All together now: Duh. The study divvies up airports into large, medium and small sizes, and measures overall satisfaction according to six factors: accessibility,...

By K.C. Summers | May 20, 2008; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (17)

You Complete Us

Our sister publication, Budget Travel magazine, is doing something really neat for its June issue: The entire issue was generated completely by readers. That's right -- everything from the cover image to feature stories were reader submissions. Can't wait to see what they came up with (the issue's on the...

By K.C. Summers | May 16, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Can You Trust Travel Guidebooks?

Travel writers on the take?! I'm shocked, shocked. A new memoir by a rogue guidebook writer is causing a big kerfuffle in the travel community. In his book "Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?", former Lonely Planet contributor Thomas Kohnstamm says that during his assignments for several LP guidebooks, he...

By K.C. Summers | April 16, 2008; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clear Lane: A Clarification (and Apology)

We published a contribution from a reader last week complaining about inefficiency and bad signage at the new Clear security lanes at Dulles Airport -- a contribution that we've since learned was in error. The reader implied that he tried to use the Clear lane the weekend after it opened...

By K.C. Summers | March 31, 2008; 01:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Look: The Clear Lexus Lane? Not So Much

Last week we reported on the new Clear security lanes debuting at National and Dulles airports, and how officials touted them as time-saving boons to humanity. For $128 a year, frequent travelers can bypass the regular security lanes, enjoying the services of special "concierges" who help them with bins and...

By K.C. Summers | March 26, 2008; 06:43 AM ET | Comments (7)

The Monday Rant: New York Hotel Rates

I love the Hotel Wales, a European-style boutique hotel on New York's Upper East Side: the fireplace and fresh flowers in the lobby, the architectural details in the guest rooms, the lace-curtained salon where you can curl up night or day with a latte and a laptop. It's the anti-chain...

By K.C. Summers | March 24, 2008; 06:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Heathrow's New Panacea, er, Terminal

London Heathrow's $8.6 billion Terminal 5 is set to be unveiled March 27. Talk about much-anticipated! Heathrow, of course, is legendary for its sprawling layout, excessive delays and security problems, and the luggage fiasco of last summer -- when 6,000 bags were lost in one weekend -- left many travelers...

By K.C. Summers | March 13, 2008; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (11)

What's the Deal: DC to NYC . . . for a Buck?

DC to New York for $1? Believe it. Well, sort of. BoltBus, the newest player in the DC-to-NY cheapo bus biz, debuts March 27 with one-way fares starting at $1 (plus a 50-cent booking fee). The Greyhound spinoff promises free WiFi and power outlets, plus leather seats on "select" coaches....

By K.C. Summers | March 6, 2008; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (3)

Tales From the Road: Ode to a Suitcase

Her Majesty's customs agent was not pleased with me. My ferryboat had just pulled into Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and I'd made the mistake of walking right up to the counter with my suitcase. "Stand behind the yellow line until you're summoned," the agent snapped. Then she took...

By K.C. Summers | February 28, 2008; 01:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Stupidcations: Spare Me, Please

I don't have anything against taking trips with my women friends -- in fact I just got back from one. And it's kind of sweet when pregnant couples take one last trip as a couple together. But why does the travel industry have to shamelessly cash in on these trends...

By K.C. Summers | February 15, 2008; 02:36 PM ET | Comments (10)

Death of a Bookstore

Sad news for Washington travel book junkies: Candida's World of Books, the independent travel bookstore that opened three years ago in the Logan Circle area, is closing at the end of the month. It was a question of economics, owner Candida Mannozzi said ruefully this morning. "At some point you...

By K.C. Summers | February 12, 2008; 04:35 PM ET | Comments (229)

It Came From the Chat: Cats on a Plane!

Boy, we didn't know what we were getting into last week on our Internet chat when we answered a reader's question about taking her cat on a plane. The fur hasn't stopped flying since. The poor woman was innocently inquiring about flying with her cat to Texas. We told her...

By K.C. Summers | February 6, 2008; 07:36 AM ET | Comments (60)

Way to Go: Our Annual Travel Guide

We know, we know. Between airline shenanigans, exorbitant fares, confusing passport requirements, rising fuel costs, terrorist threats and snarky security agents, it's a wonder we all don't stay home. But despite all the above disincentives, we go, because travel is worth it. And to make your next trip go a...

By K.C. Summers | February 1, 2008; 03:02 PM ET | Comments (5)

Top Destinations for 2008: You Tell US

Lonely Planet just came out with its much-anticipated (well, I like it) list of hot travel destinations for 2008. And I, for one, am feeling a little deflated. I mean, last year's top destination, if I recall correctly, was China; the year before that, the wonderful Croatia. New Zealand, another...

By K.C. Summers | January 8, 2008; 07:29 AM ET | Comments (102)

The Monday Rant: Getting Groped in the Air

Today we inaugurate a new weekly feature on the Travel Log: The Monday Rant. And as anyone who travels knows, we won't be lacking for material. The process of getting from here to there ain't exactly a walk in the park these days -- it's more like running from a...

By K.C. Summers | January 7, 2008; 07:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

TripAdvisor: 10 Funniest Traveler Comments of 2007

Ah, TripAdvisor: Can't live with it, can't live without it. Like most travelers, I compulsively check it when I'm planning a trip to an unfamiliar place, looking for patterns in the wildly idiosyncratic user reviews. And the site is definitely easier to navigate since its redesign. But man, you have...

By K.C. Summers | December 27, 2007; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (36)

Santa, Are You Reading?

In a shameful misuse of my blog platform, I'd like to recommend a wonderful movie for the holidays: "The Life of Reilly," a documentary about the life and times of the game-show fixture and "Tonight" show staple that has absolutely nothing to do with the holidays -- or with travel...

By K.C. Summers | December 3, 2007; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Other Congress in Town

We don't usually spring for Relais and Chateaux properties in our travels, but we can dream, right? So we were intrigued to learn that the organization is meeting in D.C. this week. Unfortunately, none of the events, which includes a black-tie affair tonight at Union Station, is open to the...

By K.C. Summers | November 27, 2007; 02:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Surveys: Do These Sound Right to You?

In addition to turkey drumsticks and too-early Christmas decorations, November also seems to be the season for travel surveys. So many "findings" have crossed my desk in the last few weeks, some insightful, some clearly self-serving, and some downright counterintuitive. Time for a little reality check. Do these stats sound...

By K.C. Summers | November 19, 2007; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

French Transit Strike, Part Deux: What You Need to Know

Got a trip to Paris planned, or already there and wondering how to get around in light of the latest transit strike? Our intrepid correspondent Gayle Keck has been making her way -- on foot -- around the French capital today, and filed this report: Today was a lovely day...

By K.C. Summers | November 14, 2007; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Staff Favorites: New York City

One of the running jokes around here is that our goal is to discover cool places around the globe, then ruin them by writing about them. Well, there is some truth to that -- there's always that twinge of guilt when we're about to publicize some little-known hotel or unsung...

By K.C. Summers | November 5, 2007; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (8)

More on the Carol Gotbaum Case

For those who've been following the case of Carol Gotbaum, the New York woman who died in police custody at the Phoenix airport after being denied boarding on her connecting flight to Tucson, here's more. The Post Outlook section, if you recall, carried a piece by freelancer A.L. Bardach that...

By K.C. Summers | November 1, 2007; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (6)

We're No. 6!

Can't have too many travel blogs, right? Well, as a matter of fact, you sooo can. And obviously you've got great taste in travel blogs if you're reading this one. But to help travelers figure out which online musings are most worthy of their time, the folks at IgoUgo, which...

By K.C. Summers | October 22, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Gotbaum-US Airways Case, Cont'd

If you've been following the case of Carol Anne Gotbaum, the US Airways passenger who died while in police custody at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Sept. 28, here's an update. First, the undisputed facts: Gotbaum became distraught after not getting on her connecting flight. The police were called. She...

By K.C. Summers | October 18, 2007; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

When Flying Kills

If you haven't seen it, take a look at yesterday's Outlook story on the death of Carol Anne Gotbaum, the US Airways passenger who died shackled to a bench in the Phoenix airport. It's distressing on several levels. Gotbaum was flying US Airways and its subcontractor, Mesa Airlines, from New...

By K.C. Summers | October 15, 2007; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (19)

Festivals Worth Traveling For

I have to confess, I'm not overly fond of festivals. Crowds make me crazy; throw in overpriced food, ho-hum themes, overhyped attractions and bigtime traffic jams, and I'd just as soon stay home. But there is one big gathering that I really look forward to every year: the Library of...

By K.C. Summers | October 1, 2007; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (8)

Surveillance: Now It's Getting Personal

Last weekend's Washington Post story about the U.S. government collecting surprisingly personal data about millions of American travelers -- and saving the information in a database for years -- was chilling. Of course, as the story pointed out, the Automated Targeting System (as it's called) has been used to screen...

By K.C. Summers | September 25, 2007; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (8)

Our Seven Regional Wonders -- Vote Now!

Pyramids, schmyramids. When the "Seven New Wonders of the World" were announced this summer, the United States -- and more important, the mid-Atlantic region -- was shut out. We've set out to rectify that. As you may have seen in our print edition and in Travel online, we've launched a...

By K.C. Summers | September 17, 2007; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reclining Seat Wars

There are two types of airline passengers in the world: those who think it's their God-given right to recline their seats all the way back because they paid for their space, and if that's going to make the poor slob behind them uncomfortable, that's just too bad; and those who...

By K.C. Summers | September 14, 2007; 09:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Travelers in Your Facebook

Much to my children's chagrin, I recently joined Facebook. Purely for journalistic reasons of course. I was attracted by the travel buzz around the social networking site, but quickly got sucked into the socializing part -- connecting with friends and friends of friends, seeing what my colleagues are up to,...

By K.C. Summers | September 4, 2007; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Heck With High Season

As all right-thinking people know, the day after Labor Day -- not Jan. 1 -- is the real beginning of the New Year. That first-day-of-school energy makes it seem as if anything is possible. But September is significant for another reason, too: It marks the start of the best time...

By K.C. Summers | August 31, 2007; 01:47 PM ET | Comments (2)

Fuddy-Duddy Travel Clothes

I got really excited (okay, it doesn't take much) when I saw TravelSmith's new fall catalogue, with its cool illustration of a classy-looking traveler on the cover, and a blurb promising "More Style, More Sophistication, More Travel Savvy Everything." Finally! I love the idea of clothes that have been specifically...

By K.C. Summers | August 24, 2007; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (20)

Is Europe Over?

With the dollar getting smacked around bigtime by the pound and the euro, you'd think that travel to Europe would be way down this summer. Anecdotally, we're hearing pretty much the opposite from readers -- our email and weekly Internet chat continue to have a definite Eurocentric slant. And the...

By K.C. Summers | August 22, 2007; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Man Bites Dog: Passport Success Stories!

Have you delayed or canceled your travel plans for this summer because you don't have a passport and thought it was hopeless to apply for one at this point? Brace yourself: The formerly beleaguered Passport Office really seems to have turned things around. We've published plenty of items about the...

By K.C. Summers | August 1, 2007; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's a Wonderful Region: Vote Now

Sure, the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu and the Roman Colosseum are all well and good, but with all the brouhaha over the "Seven New Wonders of the World," we couldn't help but notice that the U.S. was, um, trounced. Here in the Post Travel section, we believe that our own...

By K.C. Summers | July 23, 2007; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Survival Tips From the Pros

Our inbox clogs up with travel survival tips this time of year, most of them of the "duh" variety. Don't pack expensive or essential items in your checked luggage. Go easy on the alcohol when flying. Make sure your carry-on will fit in the overhead. Ho hum. But the new...

By K.C. Summers | June 29, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (17)

Passport Survival Tips

We've written about the current passport crisis repeatedly in recent weeks, and with increasing alarm. Travelers who sent in their applications this spring were told that the former four- to six-week processing time had increased to eight weeks, and made their travel plans accordingly. Now, of course, with the surge...

By K.C. Summers | June 25, 2007; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (9)

Destination Weddings: The Horror

Planning a destination wedding? In a recent Travel section chat, we asked readers to chime in with stories of nuptials in far-off locales -- the good and the bad. Most of the reports we received were positive tales about beautiful ceremonies in beachy/tropical settings: Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, Mexico;...

By K.C. Summers | June 18, 2007; 09:36 AM ET | Comments (14)

Some Vacation

It's bad enough that Americans don't get as much vacation time as the rest of the world. Seems we're frittering away the time we do get by taking our laptops, cellphones and other electronic gear along with us, unable to unplug ourselves from the demands of daily life. A new...

By K.C. Summers | June 11, 2007; 08:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Passport Reprieve

Inundated with complaints and angry would-be travelers afraid they'll have to stay home because their passports are so late in arriving, the U.S. State Department yesterday came up with a temporary solution for at least some Americans: From now until the end of September, American citizens who applied for passports...

By Cindy Loose | June 8, 2007; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Germs in the Air

It's hard to know where to start with the TB Guy and the poor hapless travelers who sat near him on his transatlantic flights. Leaving aside from the question of whether or not Andrew Speaker was told not to fly by the CDC, how contagious he thought he was, etc.,...

By K.C. Summers | June 4, 2007; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (16)

Are Seat Assignments a Thing of the Past?

Our Travel section e-mailbox and weekly Internet chat are good barometers of all the latest outrages in the travel world -- if our readers are getting mistreated by the industry, believe me, we hear about it. And one thing we've been getting a ton of mail about recently is airline...

By K.C. Summers | May 22, 2007; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (52)

Broadway Discount Update

Why pay full price to see Broadway shows? Sharon Isch, our former Post colleague and resident theater expert, just e-mailed with this update on discounted Broadway tickets: Several companies offer discounts for Broadway shows, including Playbill.com, which requires signing up for a free online membership. Very simple. I joined long...

By K.C. Summers | May 14, 2007; 04:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

What to Pack?

A lot of the questions we get from readers about a given destination have to do with weather -- when's the best time to go, what clothes to pack, etc. Me, I swear by layers, but there also are some neat weather-data tools out there that can help take some...

By K.C. Summers | May 14, 2007; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (3)

Looking for Love in London

Searching for your soulmate and got a trip to London planned? Consider this. Craigslist, the online classified ad site, has determined that Bermondsey Station on the Jubilee Line is London's "Most Romantic Tube Station," based on a four-year study of the love-struck postings on its site. The same study names...

By K.C. Summers | May 7, 2007; 09:42 AM ET | Comments (2)

Playing the Fare Game

How many synonyms are there for 'flummoxed'? Let's see: confused, perplexed, stupefied, confounded, discombobulated.... Can you tell I've been trying to find a low airfare online? We spend a lot of time here in the Travel section fielding emails, phone calls and chat questions from readers who want advice on...

By K.C. Summers | April 30, 2007; 09:43 AM ET | Comments (10)

When a Kiss Is Not Just a Kiss

Poor Richard Gere. The silver-maned, ultra-PC actor has been getting slammed in India for kissing a local actress several times at a Mumbai charity event -- kind of reminiscent of that creepy Adrien Brody-Halle Berry moment at the Academy Awards a few years back. Richard Gere plants one of several...

By K.C. Summers | April 20, 2007; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (4)

Dulles Detour

Airport alert: Construction will close the exit lane to Route 28N (Sterling) from Dulles International Airport from 10 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) until 5 a.m. Friday, April 20. For details, click here. (PDF)...

By Cindy Loose | April 18, 2007; 05:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Are Guidebooks Over?

One of the quickest ways to figure out whether a new guidebook series is any good is to check out the advice for your hometown. In my case, that's Washington. So, for example, if a book's authors are still recommending the U Street corridor as the hippest nightlife scene in...

By K.C. Summers | April 12, 2007; 03:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hidden Hotel Fees: The Horror

So you're feeling pretty good about snagging that great deal on your hotel room. Then you check out, and your jaw drops when you see the final tally on those "bargain" accommodations. What's this "resort fee" of $30 a day, when you didn't even set foot in the hotel's gym...

By K.C. Summers | April 4, 2007; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (7)

Careful Where You Cough

Is it fair to kick someone off a flight for coughing? That's what happened to a Hawaii teenager who was on a class trip to New York. As reported in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Rachel Collier, 16, had a coughing fit when her Continental Airlines flight from Newark was about to...

By K.C. Summers | March 30, 2007; 01:49 PM ET | Comments (4)

Favorite Airport: The Results Are In!

And the winner is . . . DCA! Yep, Washington's Ronald Reagan National got the most votes from Post Travel Log readers over the last couple of weeks as the best airport they'd like be stuck in. If you missed the original item, we wrote about the sometimes odd choices...

By K.C. Summers | March 12, 2007; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Anti-Orlando, Anti-Vegas Travel Wish List

The National Trust for Historic Preservation just released its annual list of "America's dozen distinctive destinations" -- alternative vacation spots across the country that will never make the travel industry's Top 10 list, but are lovely examples of beautifully preserved towns and cities, and definitely worth building a vacation around....

By K.C. Summers | March 7, 2007; 01:11 PM ET | Comments (3)

Favorite Airports: Vote Here

Being slightly paranoid eminently practical, I recently scheduled a connecting flight from Washington to Paris with a six-hour layover in Philadelphia. In fact, there were plenty of earlier options for the Philly-to-Paris leg of the trip, but this was in late February and I didn't want to take a chance...

By K.C. Summers | March 5, 2007; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (63)

Naked Harry Potter and the London Theater Sites

It's so nice to have a friend who's a fanatic, who obsesses endlessly over his or her passion and then keeps you up to date on all the important stuff. Sharon Isch, theater maven extraordinaire, does that for me with London theater. Here's her take on the state of theater...

By K.C. Summers | February 28, 2007; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Trouble With Trip Advisor

I've just had two really nice stays at two wonderful hotels, Hotel D'Angleterre in Paris and Hotel de las Letras in Madrid. The first is charming and old-fashioned, the second edgy and hip, and both more than lived up to my expectations. But you sure wouldn't know it from reading...

By K.C. Summers | February 27, 2007; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Passport Blues, the Sequel

As regular readers of this blog know, I've been in a bit of a panic these past few weeks after sending my passport in for renewal. It's been stuck in bureaucratic limbo, a victim of the recent surge in applications due to the 2007 Passport Initiative, which requires that travelers...

By K.C. Summers | February 12, 2007; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (9)

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Travel ... And Then Some

Travel can be broadening, amusing, depressing, enlightening, touching and instructive -- sometimes all on the same trip. But as many of us know all too wel, the simple act of going from Point A to Point B can also be teeth-gnashingly frustrating. Anyone who's ever suffered through a canceled or...

By K.C. Summers | February 5, 2007; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

Beaches in the Off Season

I had to go to Ocean City, Md., for a couple of days on business this week. (Check out their webcam). It was bitterly cold, windy, hardly anything was open ... and I loved it. What is it about a beach town in the off season that's so appealing? Well,...

By K.C. Summers | February 1, 2007; 09:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Valentine's Day -- Feh

I'm not a curmudgeon. Really, I'm not. But I'm getting awfully tired of all the mushy, gushy Valentine's Day press releases that have been descending on my computer like clouds of gnats these past few days. How many "love inns," "Cupid's hideaways" and "romantic spas" can a moderately well-adjusted person...

By K.C. Summers | January 25, 2007; 09:11 AM ET | Comments (6)

Sit Down, Shut Up and Eat

Zagat, the restaurant survey empire, has a handy tipsheet out on how to get good service at restaurants (be nice to waiters, seek out the manager if there's a problem, alert them in advance to special dietary needs, etc.), but what we really loved was the companion piece on snarky...

By K.C. Summers | January 24, 2007; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (20)

Little Miss Road-Tripper

Here at Travel Central, we're thrilled that a travel movie was nominated for Best Picture this morning. We're talking, of course, about "Little Miss Sunshine," which is ostensibly about a young girl's dream to win a beauty pageant but is really your classic road-trip flick. It ranks right up there...

By K.C. Summers | January 23, 2007; 01:36 PM ET | Comments (8)

Passports: The Clock's Ticking

I'm nervous. I recently sent my battered, much-loved passport in to be renewed, and now I'm worried that the current upsurge in applications will cause my renewal to be delayed. It's a bad feeling, being without a passport.... I mean, what if I have to skip town in a hurry?...

By K.C. Summers | January 19, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (11)

Welcome to Travel Log

Welcome to Travel Log, the Washington Post Travel section's new blog. I'm K.C. Summers, the Travel section editor, one of eight editors and writers on the staff who'll be contributing to the blog. We're thrilled to have a daily posting ground where we can pass on all the travel tips...

By K.C. Summers | January 16, 2007; 06:02 PM ET | Comments (8)

Watch This Space!

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 17, Washington Post Travel section editors and writers will post here daily to share tips, tales from the road and news about late-breaking deals from the always fascinating, sometimes exasperating, world of travel. See you then!...

By K.C. Summers | January 12, 2007; 06:48 PM ET | Comments (2)

Blogger Profile: K.C. Summers

Travel Editor K.C. Summers hates festivals, hot-air balloons, camping and casinos, but she's never met a sidewalk cafe, offbeat museum or post-theater bistro she didn't like. Her mission in life is to rid the world's travel stories of all "hidden gems," "breathtaking vistas" and "tropical paradises."...

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