DUBLIN » St. Patrick may have banished snakes and brought Christianity to Ireland, but perhaps his greatest feat was one of sheer endurance. After all, there were hundreds of other future saints roaming Ireland at the time, but Patrick is the one who gets the party.
LAS VEGAS » There was a time when gamblers tried to keep their trips to Las Vegas a secret. Now, visitors want loyalty points from mainstream hotel chains for the days they spend holed up in Strip casinos.
George Takei talks at "Star Trek" conventions about his role as Mr. Sulu. He tells soldiers and students about the role of Japanese-Americans during World War II. His new musical, "Allegiance" is based on his family's experience living in internment camps during the war.
NEW YORK » It's the wineries of New York's Finger Lakes that usually get the most attention from tourists, but a trail of restored homes, parks and museums may have visitors picking up a bit of women's history with their cabernet franc.
WASHINGTON » Despite the long, snowy winter in the Mid-Atlantic region, Washington's famous cherry blossom trees are expected to bring the first sure sign of spring between April 8 and 12, when they're predicted to reach peak bloom, the National Park Service said Tuesday.
DALLAS » Gabriel Barbier-Mueller bought his first samurai armor about 20 years ago from an antiques dealer in Paris, sparking a fascination that helped him create one of the most significant private collections in the world related to the Japanese warriors.
LAKE TAHOE, Calif. » "George Whittell," the tour guide said, "was born with a silver spoon in his mouth." So wealthy was Whittell's family that as a young man in San Francisco, he vowed he would never work a day in his life. He then set about vigorously pursuing that goal.
LIVERPOOL, England » It's the same barber shop where John Lennon got haircuts as a kid, the place immortalized in the Beatles song "Penny Lane." But instead of "a barber showing photographs" and "a banker sitting waiting for a trim," on this afternoon proprietor Adele Allan is snipping away on Jillian Keig.
The report doesn't undertake any added science, but simply synthesizes previous studies, and the involvement of an insurance company might be cause for skepticism, but a recently issued white paper reaches a conclusion always worth repeating: Travel is good for you.
TOPEKA, Kan. » A new World War II exhibit starting this summer at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum will pay tribute to the millions who fought, but organizers also have another purpose for the ambitious three-year project: getting young people engaged in the war's relevance.
The slew of storms that has pummeled the nation's Midwest and East Coast this winter has resulted in some horrible numbers: 77,000 canceled flights carrying nearly 6 million passengers so far this year.
MOSCOW » Once I came to Moscow to cover an urban ballooning expedition. In winter. But when the balloonists came face to frigid, wind-lashed face with the winter here -- well, we never got off the ground.
My friend Arcadia Kim has three children and a Harvard business degree, but when she tried to negotiate on our behalf with the lady in charge of exfoliation at the Dragonhill Spa in Seoul, South Korea, she did not stand a chance.
In most luxury hotels, if you want wireless Internet access, you are going to have to pay. That trend may be changing. Sort of. Loews Hotels & Resorts announced last month that it will offer free Wi-Fi at all 18 of its hotels.
Amid the hoopla, there's plenty to do for free, including visits to one of the world's biggest breweries, two popular animal attractions, a science center and a towering monument that has come to define St. Louis.
That was the conclusion of a survey by the travel website Airfarewatchdog.com, which polled more than 6,100 travelers on the topic of "the Worst Major Airline Fees." • Also: High interest in travel to Colorado
The National WWII Museum in New Orleans plans a gallery commemorating the work of men and women who saved stolen cultural treasures from destruction by the Nazis — efforts also portrayed in a movie set for release in February.
New York, San Francisco and Portland, Ore., are wonderful cities that can't resist preening when passing mirrors to remind themselves just how wonderful they are. Pittsburgh is a wonderful city that doesn't even see the mirror.
The original, handwritten manuscript of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the flag that inspired the song's lyrics will be displayed together at the Smithsonian in Washington, the first time the historic pieces are believed to have been shown side by side.
The bent backs and weary expressions found in the agricultural fields around Salinas, Calif., evoke the same compassion and empathy that affected beloved native son and author John Steinbeck about 75 years ago.
WESTMINSTER, Calif. » The flowering tree outside Tong Le's house in Southern California sprouts but one tiny yellow blossom in early winter. But by the time the Vietnamese community of Little Saigon readies for the Lunar New Year at the end of January, the branches of the hoa mai tree will brim with the yellow flowers that are ubiquitous during the annual celebration known as Tet.
Looking to save money and time, the airline industry has for years tried to come up with the fastest way to seat passengers. Now an academic study suggests airlines could cut boarding time by seating passengers based on how many carry-on bags they are hauling.
More than 25 million people have left their coats and shoes on their bodies, their laptops and 3-ounce liquids packed away and walked through a metal detector rather than a body scanner since the 2011 launch of the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program.
NEW YORK » The Olympics, the World Cup and commemorations of World War I, D-Day and the fall of the Berlin Wall are some of the events that will spotlight destinations like Sochi, Brazil, Sarajevo, Normandy and Berlin in 2014.
A drunken man gets tackled by a group of off-duty cops in November while trying to storm the cockpit on a flight from Warsaw to Toronto. An inebriated passenger on a January flight from Iceland to New York tries to grope and choke fellow travelers until crew and passengers bind him with duct tape.
Whether you're planning a trip in the new year and need some practical advice, or you'd like to give a coffee-table book filled with inspirational photos to someone on your Christmas list, there's a travel-themed book for you. Here are a few recently published books to consider, including the relaunch of Frommer's guidebooks.
If you are among America's well-to-do, you may have noticed that the airline industry has been rolling out the red carpet for you lately. For good reason. The number of affluent travelers has risen in the last few years, according to a report by the travel marketing agency MMGY Global and research firm Harrison Group.
QUESTION: On a recent flight from Phoenix, I was selected to have my palms swabbed by the TSA. Then they told me my hands tested positive for explosives and put me in a room and searched me from head to toe. Of course, they found nothing.
CHIANG MAI, Thailand » I was in Bangkok and less than enamored. The nightlife is chaotic, as are the crowded streets, the tourist-laden temples and the city itself, so overflowing with skyscrapers and malls and concrete that it seems about to burst.
NAIROBI, KENYA » In Paul Salopek's first year of his trek across the globe, the reporter walked alongside his camels for days in Ethiopia without seeing glass or bricks or any other signs of modern humanity, ate a hamburger on a U.S. military base and was shadowed by minders in the Saudi desert.
DALLAS » From the mug shots police took of Lee Harvey Oswald to the homicide report for the president he was accused of killing, a collection of rarely seen artifacts related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy has gone on display at Dallas City Hall.
www.Spottly.com • » What it does: Uses your smartphone and desktop photos and your own notes to make personal travel bucket lists. Lazy? You can use photos from the Internet or re-post other people's notes.
Are you tired of having airport security screeners toss away your bottles of water, shampoo or lotion? Change is on the way in some parts of the world. Battelle, a nonprofit research and development organization in Ohio, has built a screening device that London's Heathrow Airport began installing recently to test liquids carried by passengers onto planes.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. » New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle signed a baseball for Dennis Schrader in 1956, when Schrader was a 9-year-old boy attending a spring training game in Florida, leading to a lifelong obsession: He now has more than 4,600 signed baseballs, certified by Guinness as the largest such collection in the world.
Southwest Airlines recently ran ads that touted $69 fares, followed by promotions from Virgin America for fares starting at $59. Not to be outdone, Alaska Airlines peddled $49 fares — a deep discount compared with the average one-way domestic fare of about $190.
Zane Grey knew how to make an entrance, or at least how to describe one. As the famous Western writer liked to tell the story, he was on horseback in 1913, riding deep into Navajo country, when a flash lighted in the desert.
In the end, most travelers from around the world are similar. Price and location are among the top factors in picking a hotel, according to a new study of more than 200,000 hotel guests from eight countries, written by researchers from JD Power and Associates.
BODIE, Calif. » Nothing against Virginia City or Tombstone or any other collection of Gold Rush-era wooden structures along that ribbon o' highway, but they are to ghost towns what Disneyland's Matterhorn is to true alpine peaks.
All summer, thousands of visitors traipse among the U.S. Capitol's many statues, which honor the nation's founders, leaders and legends. There's George Washington, father of his country. Abraham Lincoln, preserver of the Union. John Gorrie, inventor of the ice machine.
If you worry about picking up a funky bacteria on your next airplane trip, fear not: The GermFalcon is on the way. Built into the arms are ultraviolet lights, which the GermFalcon shines on the plane's seats while it rolls down the aisle. • Also: Onboard Wi-Fi tops comfort, fliers say
Greetings from fast-changing Portland. On your right, note the dozens of breweries and distilleries, none of which existed until the other day. On your left, take care not to provoke the bicyclists, who might control everything by the day after tomorrow.
The digital revolution has imperiled the future of many job categories, including darkroom film processor, typewriter repairman and telephone operator. With the surge of sophisticated travel websites, can we put travel agents on the list of nearly obsolete jobs?
Are you and your offspring spending a fortune on college tours? Narrow your options first with a virtual tour. This website gives you a look at 400 college campuses and universities in the U.S., Europe, Africa and Latin America.
Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment on Wednesday agreed to manage and produce a live show in a specially built $65 million theater in central China that will celebrate the world-famous terra-cotta warriors, a high-profile step for America's live theater giant into the world's most promising consumer market.
On the way to Sin City, the average planeload of passengers spends a total of $116 for liquor, beer, wine and soda, surpassing drink sales to any other destination in the lower 48 states. • Also: Hotels try to sell more food
New Mexico might open a museum at the site of a 1980 bloody prison riot. Old Main was closed in 1988, eight years after the February 1980 riot in which inmates killed 33 fellow prisoners. • Also: London gallery shows Dylan sketches; Zeppelin tours offer sweeping views
Ask a Parisian about the city's Chinatown and you're likely to get an answer that's uncharacteristically reticent. "It's not exactly where I'd bring someone," natives will demur politely. It's the rare person who will say what most locals feel. "There's nothing to see there."
This website sources deep discounts at independent and boutique hotels by using its own bidding system and access to hotel rooms that might go unsold. Hotel rooms in San Francisco and New York are currently available, with Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago up next. It has plans to expand to 15 cities by the end of the year.
Salad, the menu at Notre Maison says, is for rabbits. And they're not kidding. Anybody coming to this traditional restaurant in Lyon's historic old town will be disappointed if they are looking for vegetarian options — or even vegetables.
In the foreseeable future, fliers can expect to be "randomized" by the Transportation Security Administration. That means an electronic device would randomly direct travelers to different screening lines. • Also: Pilfering from hotels common
Lightweight, super-comfortable earbuds with an Apple Control remote that operates your iPod or iPhone from one of three buttons. The remote also has a microphone so you can easily switch to a phone call while listening to music.
Q: It seems like you get a lot of letters from people who are mad about something that happened, but didn't bother to complain until well after the fact. Could you perhaps say a few words about complaining effectively and politely?
Q: I was boarding a flight and was appalled to notice a heavyset man -- who happened to be quite hairy -- wearing a sleeveless T-shirt. Would I have been out of line to request a seat change? • Also: A tale of sweet driving karma
Q: I like milk instead of cream with tea. (My mother is British.) How rude is it to ask for this in restaurants? Usually everyone else has coffee, and they bring a small pitcher of cream for the table, but I don't want that.
Remarkably strong, lightweight, packable bags are made of ripstop nylon, a material familiar to campers. The bags can be used for shopping excursions or for stowing in luggage to schlep newly bought souvenirs on a trip.
It was 50 years ago, but Berliners haven't forgotten the American president's visit in 1963, nor the speech that offered so much hope. It provided a promise of support for West Germans living in Berlin's free but beleaguered American sector after they were heard around the world.
Many passengers on public transportation hinder others from finding a place to sit by placing their belongings in an empty seat. What gives?! • Q: What can I do rather than staying at a family friend's house when all the hotels in the area are booked because of a huge conference?
The atmosphere in the Plaza de Toros, hot in the afternoon sun, crackled like popcorn, leaving visitors wondering just how long the crowd, growing larger by the minute, would sit patiently and wait. But as late arrivals searched for the last free seats, their concerns melted away.
Bargain hunters from around the world flock to Manhattan's Chinatown for legally sold bags, jewelry and other accessories. But hidden around the city are goods labeled "Prada" or "Louis Vuitton" or some other luxury brand — counterfeits sold for a pittance.
Q: A cousin is having her wedding in Napa Valley in September. I reside on the East Coast and may or may not be able to attend with family pressuring hard that I attend. What should I do? • Q: Should I fold bills when I tip housekeeping, or lay them out flat?
Q: How close can I put my beach blanket to someone else's? Last year we went to a popular beach on the East Coast and when the beachgoers next to us returned from swimming they were clearly not happy to see us.
After a big easy sweep across a flat-water pool on the upper Hudson River, Allison Buckley made sure she chose a better channel through the oncoming rapids than the previous canoe, which hung up on a submerged rock.
As howling winds tore through the eastern Sierra, Dan Gillespie and his wife, Carol, trudged along a narrow gravel path, their eyes alternating between photos they carried and the contours of a cove guarded by granite walls.
I recently heard about a conference that I'd like to attend. The conference takes place in a city that's either a short flight or a long drive from where I live. I could go alone and fly, but a colleague I particularly can't stand would be shut out. What should I do?
With Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" opening just before summer, there's no better time to celebrate the spirit of the Roaring ‘20s. From speakeasies to grande dame hotels, the members and editors of VirtualTourist.com have chosen the "Top 5 Places to relive the 1920s."
Q: A few hotels and restaurants greet or end a meal with a small complimentary glass of the local specialty liqueur (e.g., limoncello, strawberry wine). Is it better to accept it but not drink it or to refuse?
A durable iPad case with a built-in stand and a Bluetooth 3.0 wireless, multicolor back-lit keyboard. The keyboard has a responsive, easy-click touch, and the keys are all in the right place for a touch typist.
As parents we all struggle to get our children to understand that money doesn't grow on trees. We want them to be responsible, work hard and learn to save a few bucks. But these lessons are among the most difficult to teach.
The Agency for Cultural Affairs issued a notice Wednesday saying Mount Fuji was recommended for World Heritage status by the International Council on Monuments and Sites, a body affiliated with UNESCO.
Q: I'm going to New York City soon on a business trip. I've never been there before. What do I need to know about hailing cabs? Do you really yell, "Taxi!" or whistle, or have I just seen too many movies?
Love the lush and lovely Napa Valley but hate how expensive it can be? You're not the first. In the late 19th century, writer Robert Louis Stevenson moved his honeymoon to the rustic but free setting of an abandoned mining camp when the $10-a-week going rate for Calistoga hotels proved too much for his slender purse.
A 16th-century Amati violoncello displayed in the National Music Museum has long been nicknamed "The King," but the ghost of a legendary rock 'n' roller has arrived in South Dakota to reclaim his regal moniker.
Las Vegas is trying to beat its reputation as a shut-in. MGM Resorts International announced Thursday that it will sink $100 million into building a park and public promenade outside of its New York-New York and Monte Carlo casinos.
Q: I recently completed a trip from Pittsburgh to Honolulu with my 13-year-old daughter. She uses a wheelchair; we travel often; and fellow travelers can be quite rude. Would it be too much trouble to publish this list of helpful actions? A: Done!
Marine Lt. Leonard Isaaks Jr. was killed Feb. 20, 1945, during the battle for the Japanese island Iwo Jima. All you really need to know about his death is contained in the painstakingly printed letter found on his body.
Some never-before-seen artifacts from the minutes and hours after President John F. Kennedy's assassination went on display Friday, along with an extensive collection of photographs of the young president's family.
The Exploratorium, San Francisco's interactive science and activities museum, is set to open Wednesday at its new $300 million digs along the bay with more space and new exhibits, including a rain chamber that will allow people to experience past storms.
Q: What do you think of people using translation apps when they're in a foreign country and don't speak the language? If the waiter comes over to take your order in a nice restaurant, isn't it rude to just show him your phone and not even attempt to speak?
When Whitney Houston died last year, one of the first pieces of audio memorabilia that swarmed the Internet was the isolated vocal track from her 1985 recording of "How Will I Know." Trust us, it will simultaneously give you chills and make you cry.
What it is: A wheeled bag with compartments for an umbrella, backup power for devices, a portable speaker, socks, underwear, electrical cords, magazines, a water bottle. The toiletries compartment is removable (Velcro), and the bag even has a laundry chute.
Folding headphones that you can design on the Internet. As travel phones they work well because the earpieces are hinged to fold up toward the headset. They withstood all the jostling I could bring to bear.
When last seen — cinematically, that is — this pleasant town on the Sonoma County coast had been engulfed in Hitchcockian horror. Birds, birds everywhere. Crows, gulls and sparrows. Angry birds, and not of the smartphone species.
If you're a baseball fan looking to add a new pastime to your vacation itinerary, consider setting a goal to visit all 30 of Major League Baseball stadiums. All you really need is a love of baseball and a passion for exploring new places.
With Sydney consistently ranked among the most expensive cities in the world, overseas tourists on a budget might find themselves sweating even more than usual under the blistering Aussie sun. But no worries, cash-strapped travelers: There are plenty of fabulous things to do for free.
Waterproof skin appliqués that a parent can stick on a child and then personalize with a marker included with each kit. Putting a phone number on the tat makes it easier to reunite a lost child with his or her parents.
Q: What do I do if the person sitting next to me on a plane has horrible foot odor? • Q: Could you please tell people that it's not OK to whistle along with the background music being played in, say, a rental-car shuttle?
A very hard, very tough rubber-lined plastic case in which you can store a cellphone, a camera or other small valuables that you don't want to lose or crush, especially when roughing it or jamming things into your luggage.
Packable flashlights and power backups are travelers' staples, but not hand warmers. Combining all three into one device makes this a winner for anyone traveling in cold-weather climes or who simply wants something to ward off a chill.
A half-century later, Jose Rafa Malem remembers the balmy breezes blowing through the bar's arching porticos, the grain of the tall wood stools, the whiff of Pedro Domecq brandy on his father's breath.
Q: What is the proper thing to do when your seatmate is so large that you lose your own space? • Q: Is it possible to get a partial-day or hourly rate at a hotel without looking like one is there for unsavory purposes?
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