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Friday Photo: Stairway to Heaven

If you're hesitant to take the road less traveled, let this photo prove that an unbeaten path -- or, in this case, staircase -- can sometimes yield the greatest treasures. That, anyway, was the lesson I gleaned from the photo sent in by this week's Friday Photo winner, Laura Wainwright...

By Christina Talcott | December 5, 2008; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (1)

Park Watch: What's Up in Shenadoah?

After a weekend at Shenandoah National Park, I'm happy to report mountain laurels (click for photo) blooming all through the woods, there are bear cubs (click for photo) and fawns (click for photo) aplenty and Washington's closest mountain-retreat national park seems to be primed for another summer. There are more...

By Christina Talcott | June 19, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

It Came From the Chat: Adventures in Eating

This week's chat revealed as lot about our readers' tastes -- literally -- when we asked for stories of the weirdest thing people ever ate on a trip. Less than an hour later, we were knee-deep in kudu jerky and putrid sharks (well, not literally). Here are a few of...

By Christina Talcott | June 3, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tales From the Road: Atlantic City, Still Awful

A few years ago, I wrote a story for The Post's Travel section about the renaissance of Atlantic City. Things were getting hipper, happier, cleaner. The future seemed so bright I had to wear shades. Okay, things for AC aren't quite panning out the way I'd expected. Gaming revenue, according...

By John Deiner | April 18, 2008; 06:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

It Came From the Chat: Unnecessary Baggage

You never know what's going to strike a nerve during our weekly chat. On Monday's chat, we asked for stories of completely unnecessary things people had taken with them on trips, and we got some interesting responses -- go ahead, pretend you can't relate. Here are some of our favorites:...

By Christina Talcott | April 2, 2008; 01:01 PM ET | Comments (5)

It Came from the Chat: You Lucky Travelers

On Monday's Travel Talk Web chat (held most Mondays at 2 p.m.), we honored St. Patrick's Day by asking travelers for their luck o' travel tales -- that is, what fortunate things happened to them on the road. It was refreshing to hear happy, instead of horror, stories. Here are...

By Andrea Sachs | March 20, 2008; 06:59 AM ET | Comments (6)

The Monday Rant: Who Owns The Window?

Window Dictators, you know who you are! And if you don't, I am going to tell you. On airplanes, I am an aisle person by choice, because I cannot stand to be squeezed in. Plus, I hate to bother others with my constant need to stretch my legs, visit the...

By Andrea Sachs | March 17, 2008; 07:13 AM ET | Comments (39)

Monday Rant: The Conductor, the Train Car and the Cell Phone

About a month ago, my parents were on an overnight Amtrak train from Greenville, S.C., to Washington, D.C. The train left Greenville at 11 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Union Station at 10 a.m. Though they hadn't reserved a sleeper car, when they got on the train, the...

By Christina Talcott | March 10, 2008; 07:02 AM ET | Comments (26)

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)

Bonus Rant: Cheap Seats (and a Ray of Hope)

I hate walking through first or business class on my way to the cheap seats, especially on long flights. The people sitting there swirling their mimosas always seem so smug. As I struggle into my middle economy seat and the guy in front slams his seat into my knees as...

By Carol Sottili | February 27, 2008; 07:15 AM ET | Comments (15)

Baby, Say 'Cheese' for the State Department

You're never too young to travel. But first, you have to learn to sit all by yourself. That was the lesson my sister recently learned when she brought Kate, then five weeks old, to have her passport photo snapped. Lisa, her husband and itty-bitty Kate are traveling to Italy in...

By Andrea Sachs | February 21, 2008; 07:35 AM ET | Comments (15)

Travel Health: That Water on the Plane

A few days after I returned from South Africa, I got sick -- really sick. At first I wondered if I was suffering from drinking bad water, from, say, the ice cubes at that cute café in Jo'burg. But that's unlikely: Unlike many African countries, South Africa's drinking water is...

By Christina Talcott | February 20, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (8)

The Mail Bag: Little Bottles of Soap!

We here in Travel Central get innumerable packages, envelopes, postcards, notes on carrier pigeons, etc., and I never fail to be amazed at the lengths to which some folks go to to get our attention. That brings me to last week's delivery from Starwood Hotels & Resorts of a package...

By John Deiner | February 13, 2008; 02:14 PM ET | Comments (13)

The Monday Rant: (Rental) Car and (Angry) Driver

I got lost, I swear. Well, first I couldn't find a gas station, then I got lost. I mean, c'mon, Salt Lake City doesn't use street names, only compass points. (My hotel, for example, was on 423 West 300 South -- that's not an address; that's a coordinate, and another...

By Andrea Sachs | February 11, 2008; 07:46 AM ET | Comments (22)

Gimme Bunny

Yesterday I returned from a trip to South Africa, one of the most fascinating, beautiful, exhilarating, heartbreaking places I've ever been. I'm still sorting it all out in my head -- What did I learn there? What were my favorite and least favorite parts? What would I recommend to friends,...

By Christina Talcott | January 17, 2008; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (13)

The Lights Are On, Nobody's Home

What's your reaction when a new hotel provokes reactions like this on TripAdvisor?: "The valets were terrible, but also 99% ... of the other hotel employees we spoke with reacted as though every question or request was a huge inconvenience for them." "We found trash on the closet floor, soap...

By Scott Vogel | October 8, 2007; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (9)

The Vacation That Never Was

On Thursday, my parents left for a much-anticipated sailing trip around the Greek Islands with a group of friends. They had planned everything with military precision -- the route, the provisions, the list of gifts to buy me (I am the spoiled daughter after all). The one event they did...

By Andrea Sachs | September 18, 2007; 07:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Warm & Fuzzy Stories About Air Travel?

If you've flown at all this summer, chances are you've lived through a horror story, whether it be hours on the runway, lost luggage, surly employees, cancelled flights, etc. Even if you haven't traveled, your neighbor, friend, daughter, significant other, hairdresser has probably given you an earful about their flight-from-Hades...

By Carol Sottili | August 9, 2007; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wishing for WiFi?

Coming back from a weekend on the beach -- this is the 29th summer I've spent time on the Jersey Shore -- I got to thinking about how much has changed since I was a kid. When we got down to the beach in the morning and realized we'd forgotten...

By Anne McDonough | July 24, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (4)

When Morons Go on Vacation

Just got back from a couple of weeks in Ocean City, Md. Had fun, but came home annoyed and sad about the behavior of a small minority of fellow vacationers. Here are just a few of the sights I witnessed: *A grown man of about 40 stomping on baby frogs...

By Carol Sottili | July 19, 2007; 03:50 PM ET | Comments (18)

Hey, Look! It's, Uh, Andy Dick

Admit it: You still get a kick when you unexpectedly spot a celebrity when you travel. Sometimes, even if the trip is fantastic for any number of reasons, you'll start conversations years from now with, "Hey, remember when we saw Charo in Disney World?" Happened to me recently in San...

By John Deiner | July 6, 2007; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

I'd Like To Thank...

In these times of passport office woes, canceled flights, summer and holiday traffic and other lovely travel detritus I just want to give a great big shout out to a certain conductor on a recent Amtrak train. I am many things, but I am not a leaver of things on...

By Anne McDonough | July 3, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Car and (My) Driver

One of the joys of visiting a new city is driving. In an unfamiliar car, you have the opportunity to explore new routes and roads (okay, get lost), meet the locals (translation: get cussed out for not knowing the streets) and take in the scenery (while parked on the side...

By Andrea Sachs | June 27, 2007; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lost in the Airport: Vacation Cash

Here's a lesson for all of you, because we here in the Travel section really do want everyone to arrive safe and sound at their destinations, and with all of their possessions intact. That last part is pivotal, as I learned last week on vacation. My wife and I flew...

By John Deiner | May 18, 2007; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (10)

Eww, That Smell

Sailing around the Caribbean is an adventure unto itself, yet on a recent vacation to the British Virgin Islands, our family had some added intrigue: Who stole the milk? Here's the back story: In an effort to save money and time, my new brother-in-law packed some provisions in his checked...

By Andrea Sachs | May 16, 2007; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Myrtle Beach Sans All-You-Can-Eat

My oldest child graduated last weekend from Coastal Carolina University, in Conway, S.C. just outside Myrtle Beach. We had a nice-size crowd coming in for the festivities (two aunts and one grandma from New Jersey; one uncle and one grandma from New York; and my husband, daughter and myself from...

By Carol Sottili | May 11, 2007; 09:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sniff, Sniff . . . What's He Eating?

Okay, so I'm watching television the other night (I think it was that "American Idol" telethon, so forgive me) and an ad flashes on the screen for Wendy's. I usually grab the remote at the first sign of an advertisement, but this one featured some dude sitting an airplane, with...

By John Deiner | April 27, 2007; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (14)

Report From Jamaica

As a travel section reporter, I have written about crime in Jamaica -- and other islands -- in the past. Now, fresh from a trip to Montego Bay -- one of the Jamaica's three top resort areas -- my strongest impression was that crime and aggressive panhandling are less prevalent...

By Gary Lee | April 3, 2007; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

Japan: Tales from the Toilet

I just returned from two weeks in Japan and whenever I am asked about my trip, I seem to skip over the Buddhist temples, fresh udon noodles and Zen gardens and go straight to . . . the toilet. To be sure, Japan has endless charms and attractions. I will...

By Andrea Sachs | March 16, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dulles Meltdown, Part Deux

My colleague Andrea wrote a fun blog item on Feb. 22 -- "Dulles Meltdown" -- about how the Disrict of Columbia Parking Associates guys helped extricate her car from a glacier in the economy parking lot at Dulles. Here's my own snowed-in-at-the-Dulles-economy-lot saga: Have scraper? Will travel. (AP Photo, Chris...

By Carol Sottili | March 2, 2007; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Three London Airports in Three Days

I recently arrived at London Heathrow on a Saturday, flew out of Gatwick on the same day, flew back into Stansted three days later, and then went back to Heathrow to get home. Whew. Some quick impressions and observations: Heathrow: Know which terminal you're in before you go --...

By Carol Sottili | February 23, 2007; 01:57 PM ET | Comments (15)

Dulles Meltdown

Just because you've reached your car in the airport parking lot doesn't mean you're safe from travel-related calamities. Sometimes, that last leg can be hardest. First, let me set the scene: I was flying from Dulles to Toronto on Saturday and, after circling the economy lot for what felt like...

By Andrea Sachs | February 22, 2007; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (5)

Meat and Three and Me

If you're driving on I-85 through South Carolina, stop in Spartanburg at Wade's Cafe. A reader tipped me to it last year, and I finally found a chance to stop there last Friday on my way south (and again Monday on my way north). It's a big and busy homestyle...

By Steve Hendrix | January 30, 2007; 02:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dissed at the Velvet Rope?

Not long ago, during after-hours revelry in Riga, Latvia, I decided to pop into Centri Balti Krekli, a hot music and dance club. (You might ask what I was doing hanging out in a provincial city so far north that even Russians find it cold, but that's another story.) The...

By Gary Lee | January 26, 2007; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (18)

Playing With Fire -- or at Least Heartburn

It was the end our day in Ensenada, Mexico, and while ashore I had been foolishly turning myself into a prospective human explosive device by eating freely from the sidewalk food carts.

By Steve Hendrix | January 19, 2007; 05:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Good Winter Rates at the Hyatt Chesapeake

I was out on the Eastern Shore last week, looking at the many, many eagles that inhabit Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge during the winter for an Escapes column. The birding is terrific there, but here's a tip that's more about the good life than the wildlife. Only a few miles...

By Steve Hendrix | January 17, 2007; 01:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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