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How do you know if your hotel room is really clean? By Christopher Elliotts It's almost impossible to find a hotel that hasn't introduced a new sanitation program, promising its rooms are squeaky clean and coronavirus-free. But how do you know if your hotel room is...read more
This is what you need to know about car rentals after the pandemic By Christopher Elliott Alex Davis didn't know what to expect when she rented a car from Alamo in Chicago recently. Agents in hazmat suits? Antibacterial car washes, maybe? Perhaps an extra cleaning...read more
How do you practice social distancing on a plane? By Christopher Elliott When Robyn Wilkov boarded a recent flight from New York to Dallas, she was surprised to find a masked passenger in the middle seat next to hers. “The plane was packed, with nearly every row...read more
Women are stepping out with girlfriends, zooming along roads, paths and waterways with style, humor and courage. Through my own experiences and those of women I interviewed for the National Geographic book 50 Best Girlfriends Getaways, I learned that travel is one of...read more
When you think of Sonoma County, images come to mind of vineyards and vine-covered hillsides, elegant tasting rooms and fabulous dinners at intimate restaurants. Beyond the famous food, wine and vineyards, Sonoma offers plenty more to discover. Go West Beyond the...read more
Paso Robles, mid-way between San Francisco and Los Angles, is known for wine tasting and summer concerts. Recently my husband and I drove 3 ½ hours south of San Francisco to visit the famous wineries. An added bonus was the temporary outdoor exhibition of British...read more
Mass tourism is causing havoc in many European cities. Fueled by low cost airline seats, cruise ships, and online room rentals like Airbnb, iconic tourist destinations are over crowded. In the summer months popular destinations such as Amsterdam and Barcelona have 20...read more
We fed the bears marshmallows from the back seat of the family car when I was kid. Cranking down the window a few inches we’d toss leftover peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and sweets to the fat bears who waddled from car to car along the road into Old Faithful....read more
Think Telluride is all about powder skiing and film festivals? Thing again! This is the place where Butch Cassidy began his bank-robbing career at the San Miguel Valley Bank on June 24, 1889. After the heist, Cassidy and two buddies mounted their steeds, shot their...read more
Today most travelers have experienced overtourism and huge crowds at the popular tourist destinations: the Statue of Liberty, Yosemite National Park, Barcelona, the Louvre and Eiffel Tower. The statistics of overtourism in Europe are staggering: Barcelona hosted 32...read more
Cruise news. Green travel update. The first hybrid-powered cruise ship by Hurtigruten makes Maritime history.
Do you recycle your trash, compost your garbage or drive a hybrid car? Do you travel with a water bottle - as opposed to buying plastic water bottles? If so, you most likely look for ways to “go green” on vacation. Here’s the bad news: cruising is not a green...read more
Pros and Cons of Solo Travel Have you ever wanted to take a road trip to see the fall foliage, go to a Broadway play in New York City, or splurge on a vacation to Paris, but couldn’t find anyone to go with you? Solo travel is the answer! Scroll down. For tips and...read more