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China bars millions from travel for ‘social credit’ offenses

BEIJING – Skipped paying a fine in China? Then forget about buying an airline ticket. Would-be air travelers were blocked from buying tickets 17.5 million times last year for “social credit”...

DATE: March 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Connected cars accelerate down data-collection highway

SAN FRANCISCO – That trip over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house could turn into nice little gift for automakers as they increasingly collect oodles and oodles of data about...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

The fierce Farallon Islands: Seeking great white sharks off the California coast

The boat rose and fell relentlessly, one ocean swell after another. I leaned over its stern, fixing my eyes on the decoy floating a few yards away. I had watched it for hours, barely glancing at...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

China closes Tibet to foreigners for sensitive anniversaries

BEIJING – China is barring foreign travelers from Tibet over a period of several weeks that includes a pair of sensitive political anniversaries questioning the legitimacy of Beijing’s rule over...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Discounts to insurance: Many ways seniors can save on travel

DALLAS – Most seniors have more free time for leisure activities including travel, but money is tighter when the paychecks stop at retirement. Retirees who want to travel can make those trips more...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Portuguese town opens window to its slave-trade history

LAGOS, Portugal – To the casual visitor, Lagos is a striking beach town of charming coastlines and sightly sandstone cliffs. A medieval castle sits alongside boutique cafés and outdoor restaurants...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Bobblehead heaven: Museum features thousands

MILWAUKEE – A new museum in Milwaukee may well hold the largest collection of bobbleheads anyone has ever seen, displaying more than 6,500 figures of athletes, mascots, celebrities, animals,...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

After delays, Egypt’s new mega-museum set to open in 2020

CAIRO – On the Giza Plateau outside Cairo, thousands of Egyptians are laboring in the shadow of the pyramids to erect a monument worthy of the pharaohs. The Grand Egyptian Museum has been under...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Apps gauge airport security wait time – with your help

Airport security lines can behave like curly hair: One small change in the atmosphere and everything can go out of whack. Weather, holidays and most recently the partial government shutdown have...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Historical time travelers bring distant eras to crackling life

MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Elizabeth Keaney’s work dress code might be stricter than yours: Her gig portraying a young Martha Washington at Mount Vernon means she spends 30 minutes a day lacing herself...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Snowbound California guests freed after 5 days at lodge

LOS ANGELES – More than 120 visitors and staff who were snowbound in a Sierra Nevada resort for five days have been freed, authorities said Friday. Up to 7 feet of snow trapped the guests and staff...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

United courts the affluent travelers with more premium seats

United, Delta and American Airlines are engaged in an airlines arms race to grab the most affluent customers. Now highly profitable after losing billions in the 2000s, they are plowing money into...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

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