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Brightline’s Orlando extension wins federal approval

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline has won approval from federal transportation officials to extend its passenger rail service north to Orlando, clearing the way for the private rail venture to begin construction on its second phase connecting West Palm Beach and central Florida. Brightline said it plans to begin construction on the northern extension early next year. On Monday, the company will...
Grand Celebration set to return to Port of Palm Beach

Grand Celebration set to return to Port of Palm Beach

The only passenger cruise ship based at the Port of Palm Beach is slated to begin sailing again to Grand Bahama Island on Saturday, Dec. 23, after a three-month hurricane relief mission in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Majority owned by the family of former Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Kevin Sheehan since last year, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line operates the 1,900-passenger Grand Celebration...
In London, two solid weeks of tea for one

In London, two solid weeks of tea for one

The Duchess of Bedford was hungry. It had been hours since the lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria had eaten breakfast at Belvoir Castle, and dinner - as always - would be served at 8. What was a famished functionary to do? She called for tea and a light repast to be served in her chambers, and the enduring English custom of afternoon tea soon became the rage.  What could be more perfect for the...
Minnesota’s Hungry Hippie Hostel satiates North Shore travelers

Minnesota’s Hungry Hippie Hostel satiates North Shore travelers

The candy-apple red barn sits on a hillside above Lake Superior, with panoramic views of the North Shore. On a recent fall weekend, the bright setting sun lit up the golden leaves of aspens as hostel guests arrived. “Oh, wow,” a Minneapolis woman said, gushing as co-owner Kate Keeble showed her to her room during a fall-color sightseeing trip. Next, a St. Paul, Minn., family arrived with...
Milwaukee: More than just beer here

Milwaukee: More than just beer here

MILWAUKEE — “Arrived in Milwaukee. Found beer,” my social media post said. Because honestly, beer is about the only thing I knew about the city. And make no mistake, beer is big there. You can tour any one of more than a dozen breweries, see the mansion that Pabst built, the ballpark that Miller built. But to say Milwaukee is all about beer is to sell it short. Milwaukee is like...
Travel to US is lagging: security policies blamed

Travel to US is lagging: security policies blamed

International travel to the U.S., once a surging source of revenues for hotels, airlines and tourist destinations, is cooling off, raising concerns from leaders in the travel industry that strict security measures are scaring off visitors. A report released recently by the International Air Transportation Association, the trade group for the world’s airlines, said international and domestic...

Talk Travel: Street food in Singapore? We have you covered.

The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: I have a business meeting downtown in Singapore on a Wednesday. If I travel Saturday to Saturday, will that be enough time to see the important parts of the city? I figure on being a tourist on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.   A: That is definitely...
New water taxi service lets you cruise South Florida’s coast

New water taxi service lets you cruise South Florida’s coast

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—A new water taxi service will allow you to sightsee from the mansions in Lighthouse Point to the condo canyons of Hallandale Beach. But be prepared for a leisurely tour — between transfers and wait times, it will take you a full day to do so, the service operators say. The Pompano Beach Water Taxi will open to the public Dec. 13, offering an hourlong cruise with 11...
The US Virgin Islands clean up for the holidays

The US Virgin Islands clean up for the holidays

When Hurricane Irma hit St. Thomas in mid-September, residents Remo, Romulo, Omar, Rose and Freddie moved to the Marine Gardens at Coral World Ocean Park for safety. When Maria blew in two weeks later, they hunkered down inside the Dolphin Education Center; the previous shelter no longer afforded them protection. The islanders shared the space with several staff members, together braving the battering...
Record 107.3 million to travel this holiday season

Record 107.3 million to travel this holiday season

A record-breaking 107.3 million Americans are expected to hit the road for Christmas and New Year’s Day, marking the highest level ever recorded by AAA and the ninth consecutive year of holiday travel growth, according to the auto club’s annual forecast released Thursday. Holiday travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1 is expected to grow by 3.1 percent this year, an increase AAA said is driven...

New York is the most expensive city in the world for business travel

Travel is always a part of the job for most business owners and managers-now more so than ever. The Global Business Travel Association, a travel industry trade group, predicts business in the corporate travel sector will have increased between six and seven percent by 2019 and 2020.  Of course, many American cities top the list of the most-expensive places for business travel, but can you guess...
Gramado, Brazil: Where Christmas starts in October, in springtime

Gramado, Brazil: Where Christmas starts in October, in springtime

Brazilian newlyweds Júlia and Marcos Muniz found what they were looking for when they picked Gramado for their honeymoon: peace, quiet and a refreshing break from the heat and humidity back home in Rio de Janeiro. And quite by accident, the couple's late-October visit coincided with the opening ceremony of Natal Luz, or "Christmas Light" - a pull-out-the-stops festival of traditional...
Las Vegas' overhauled Monte Carlo transforming into Park MGM

Las Vegas' overhauled Monte Carlo transforming into Park MGM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lifelike network of twisting tree roots emerges from the ceiling and branches out into the lobby featuring green, earthy accents, crystal chandeliers and soon, work from British Pop Art legend David Hockney. Steps away from the check-in desk, Pablo Picasso artwork graces a South of France-inspired restaurant.  Not one slot machine is within sight of the lobby at this...

Don't get scammed over holiday travel

Millions are planning to take a vacation this holiday season, and that means hotel bookings are being made in high volumes.  But are they all legit?   With reports that 55 million bookings were affected by hotel-related scams, costing consumers nearly $4 billion, hotel booking scams are more common than travelers may realize.   The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)...
Quebec City in winter: A glorious winterland

Quebec City in winter: A glorious winterland

QUEBEC CITY — The castle-like chateau dominates the landscape, snow-covered and majestic. The St. Lawrence River undulates under frozen ice caps, back and forth, forward and backward. The charming shops line snowy streets with hints of brick and cobblestone poking through. Quebec City in winter weaves a spectacular spell of sheer magic. Its mix of architecture, history, art and French culture...
In Haiti, tracing a paradise lost

In Haiti, tracing a paradise lost

Haiti is a fixture in my mind, as permanent as memories of high school graduation or the weekend I met my wife.  I lived there twice as a U.S. diplomat for a total of four years since 2000, but its hold on me is not a function of time. Of all the countries I lived and worked in, Haiti stood out as the most beautiful, the most colorful and the poorest. It melds French, African and Caribbean cultures...
Airline to offer new nonstop flights between Palm Beach and Pittsburgh

Airline to offer new nonstop flights between Palm Beach and Pittsburgh

OneJet will launch new nonstop service between Palm Beach International Airport and Pittsburgh this spring, the airline announced Wednesday. The weekday flights from Pittsburgh International Airport begin on March 7. Tickets go on sale on Jan. 17. RELATED: Brightline starts simulated service The company said the routes are designed for business travelers, including those employed by corporations in...
Bring it onboard: What Gabrielle Union won’t travel without

Bring it onboard: What Gabrielle Union won’t travel without

The film and television actor Gabrielle Union is starring as the eponymous, tempestuous news anchor of “Being Mary Jane,” a television series on BET. Her collection of essays, “We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True,” was published in October.  Home for Union is Miami Beach, but when filming “Being Mary Jane” in Atlanta...
Sending out an SOS: The rise of travel security apps

Sending out an SOS: The rise of travel security apps

From transferring money to buying airline tickets, smartphone apps can be a traveler’s high-tech multitasker. But can they keep travelers safe? A new crop of apps seeks to offer that assurance.  They may be cashing in on a sense of insecurity wrought by more frequent terrorist events, including the truck attack in lower Manhattan in October, and recent natural disasters like hurricanes...

It's been a wild year for travel. What's ahead for 2018?

Travel bans. Shootings. Viral passenger videos.  No one will forget the past year in travel. How could they? But what does it all mean for your 2018 trips?   "These are interesting times," says Patricia Schultz, author of "1,000 Places to See Before You Die."   The year's watershed moments included a series of controversial travel bans, a mass shooting...
Nuremberg loves — but doesn’t heart — its gingerbread

Nuremberg loves — but doesn’t heart — its gingerbread

You’ve seen the German gingerbread hearts hanging from ribbons, frosted with the words “Ich liebe dich” (I love you) and “Frohe Weihnachten” (Merry Christmas).  Nuremberg’s bakers wish you hadn’t.   “We don’t make them here,” says Ingrid Neef, a sixth-generation Nuremberg baker, with polite but palpable disdain. “Those...
Where is everyone headed for the holidays?

Where is everyone headed for the holidays?

A new survey revealed an estimated 99.8 million people will travel at some point during the 2017 holiday season.  The results also revealed 48 percent of millennials plan to travel during the holidays, the most of any age demographic. Fifty-four percent of people with children will hit the road, according to the consumer holiday travel survey from Generali Global Assistance's Travel Insurance...
To take the lug out of luggage, a Danish firm leverages NYC shop synergy

To take the lug out of luggage, a Danish firm leverages NYC shop synergy

Pulling a suitcase through the overstuffed sidewalks of New York City can feel like searching for a berth in an urban game of Frogger. A Danish company called LuggageHero is now offering travelers a short-term berth by connecting them with more than 100 city businesses that offer baggage storage for a small fee.  LuggageHero founder and chief executive Jannik Lawaetz says that the concept was...

Air rage is raging

It seems unruly and intoxicated airline passengers are a growing problem in the skies.  Statistics released at a conference in Geneva last week by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) show a 50 percent increase between 2015 and 2016 of the number of passengers who were forcibly confined for bad behavior.   The incidents in question include verbal and physical abuse, as...
Must-have apps for holiday travel

Must-have apps for holiday travel

Traveling with kids is always an adventure. And anything longer than a trip across town requires some strategic planning to keep kids entertained, civil, and — ideally — learning along the way. In the mix of homework, books, music, and of course actually talking, apps can be super helpful when you’re trapped in a car or a plane. Whether you want to listen as a group, have the kids...
California dreams (but no palm trees) at a London restaurant

California dreams (but no palm trees) at a London restaurant

LONDON — There are no fake palm trees or servers wearing diaphanous, gold-hued dresses at London’s Malibu Kitchen, set on the ground floor (along with seven other restaurants and bars) of the Ned, a swanky hotel and private club founded by the Soho House founder Nick Jones.  The 40-seat restaurant, which opened in May, is tucked into the corner of the vast, dimly lit, pillar-laden...
7 Reasons the Pikes Peak Region is an awesome year-round destination

7 Reasons the Pikes Peak Region is an awesome year-round destination

The Pikes Peak Region is one of Colorado’s most scenic destinations. Boasting 300 days of sunshine and mild temperatures, it also has some incredible ways to get out there and enjoy the landscape any time of the year. Have you ever been Jeeping in winter or to the summit of the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak? Winter, spring, summer, or fall, here are 7 of our favorite activities for the whole family...

In a hotel shower, there’s genius in the mist

Don’t let those great ideas you get in the shower evaporate.  Travelers who think big in the bath now have a way to preserve their strokes of genius. Marriott International has installed a new wired shower door designed to record any inspiration marked in the condensation.   When fogged over, the glass door, being introduced at the Irvine Marriott in Orange County, California...
Singapore is the world's newest great cocktail capital

Singapore is the world's newest great cocktail capital

For a place that's known to be quite conservative, Singapore offers cocktails that have a tendency to make your heart race. In just one recent week of drinking across town, I sipped a rum-yogurt cocktail that included two kinds of Southeast Asian ants; ordered off a "menu" that was a bag of gummy bears custom-flavored to mimic each drink; and tasted a flight of "natural wines"...

Incidents of severe disturbances on commercial flights climb

Fewer passengers became unruly on commercial flights last year but more of those incidents involved serious behavior problems such as fighting or threatening passengers and crew members, an airline trade group said.  The International Air Transport Association categorizes the incidents on a scale of 1 to 4, ranging in severity from a passenger who does not comply with safety procedures to one...

Travel deals: Ski Snowmass for the 1967 price, and an airfare sale to Mexico City

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.  LAND   --To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Snowmass ski resort in Colorado is selling lift tickets for the same price as on opening day. To score the 1967 price of $6.50, book at least one night at a Stay Aspen Snowmass property. Prices vary. For example, a Viceroy Snowmass studio that sleeps two costs $559 per night, with taxes....

Talk Travel: Don't want to look like a tourist? Leave the sports jerseys at home.

The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: I am traveling to Italy in May and June. What type of clothes to pack so I might not look too much of an American tourist. Also, I'm pondering what type of bag-purse to carry during the day/evening. Any suggestions? Thanks!   A: Clothing is pretty...

When travel to Cuba was easy, romance flourished; under Trump, new rules are keeping couples apart

For Jennifer Herrera, a 20-year-old student and daughter of Cuban immigrants, Halloween was supposed to be special. It would have been the first with her fiancé, Andro, after they reunited in the United States.  Herrera fell fast for Andro when she traveled to Cuba in 2016. He was a friend of her cousin, and over her month-long stay, they became friends. But one day, Herrera and Andro...
Travel Tips: Australia, in luxury and style, for less

Travel Tips: Australia, in luxury and style, for less

No matter the time of year, with the December holidays being the exception, a luxury vacation to Australia on a limited budget is definitely doable, according to John Cantrell, an Australia specialist with New York City travel company Indagare.  “Australia isn’t exactly a bargain destination, but you can make your money go further if you know where to spend it there and where not...
With mobile camping, remote destinations and light footprints

With mobile camping, remote destinations and light footprints

Mobile camping experiences, with easily movable tents and gear, are popping up in some of the remotest corners of the world, allowing travelers to explore unspoiled landscapes while leaving a light footprint.  Around the World   “Authentic connection with the natural world is hard to find when staying in traditional accommodations,” said Tom Marchant, a founder of the luxury...

America’s hippest city is Vancouver, Washington?

As your truly hip West Coast neighbors, we can appreciate good irony.  Vancouver, Washington, was recently named the country’s “most hipster city” when it comes to tattoos, beer and other signs of “hipsterdom,” according to a London-based moving-information company. Tacoma and Spokane ranked No. 6 and No. 7, respectively.   We (No. 20 Seattle) are collectively...
Healdsburg, in heart of California wine country, is open for business

Healdsburg, in heart of California wine country, is open for business

The signs are everywhere, and their messages simple. “Thank you, firefighters,” reads one, “God bless.” “Thank you for saving our town,” reads another.  And another, “Thank you, firefighters, police, EMTs, first responders, and volunteers.” Then finally, one that is more prevalent than the others, “The love in the air is thicker than the smoke...
Hidden San Diego website offers adventure but raises ethical questions

Hidden San Diego website offers adventure but raises ethical questions

SAN DIEGO — The first time Jessica Johnson explored the Mushroom Caves in Solana Beach she was trespassing.  It was 2013, a few years after the 35-year-old elementary school art teacher first started documenting her passion for adventurous, sometimes dangerous hikes on her increasingly popular website Hidden San Diego.   Walking along the path recently, Johnson recalled that initial...
The road to recovery

The road to recovery

In January, our son died at the age of 5, suddenly but not unexpectedly. He had been born with a complicated heart condition that required multiple operations and frequent medical attention. His short life had been filled with miracles, and he had a calm spirit that balanced the normal-kid energy of his two brothers.  The five of us often took road trips together in our aging but usually reliable...
On Maui, seeking out the hidden wows of wild Hawaii

On Maui, seeking out the hidden wows of wild Hawaii

The best roads to drive are those that you would really rather not drive at all, the ones that practically yank you out of the car every mile to hike, surf, ski or just breathe in the tantalizing world beyond the windshield. Maui has a deep bench of such roads, among them a 25-mile stretch that runs along the coast on the north side of the West Maui Volcano.  Last April, during a nine-day stay...
Los Angeles: Is it really ‘America’s capital of the 21st century’?

Los Angeles: Is it really ‘America’s capital of the 21st century’?

It’s been a long time since theme parks were the main reason to go to Los Angeles. That’s even true for starstruck fans for whom the Hollywood Walk of Fame and other flashy, industry-related attractions are the main lure. Los Angeles has begun to shed its reputation as a culturally backward sprawl of freeways, suburbs and soulless strip malls and is making a strong case for itself as destination...
Los Angeles: 4 great beaches

Los Angeles: 4 great beaches

In Los Angeles, it’s beach weather all year-round. But in January you don’t have to compete with nearly as many people for prime towel spots. All L.A.-area beaches are managed by the California State Parks Department, sometimes in cooperation with county or city governments. 1. Santa Monica: Santa Monica State Beach celebrates America’s love affair with the ocean-theme park combination...
Not your typical cruise ship

Not your typical cruise ship

Say so long to the flaming baked alaska paraded around the dining room during your appointed hour in the cavernous dining room on your mega-ship, at least among the newest vessels.  The tradition of the showy dessert and the practice of appointment dining may continue elsewhere, but a tide of new cruise line launches promises more modern menus, contemporary design and flexible schedules aboard...
Check in, help out: Socially conscious hotels give back to the community

Check in, help out: Socially conscious hotels give back to the community

You don't have to be a full-on voluntourist to give back while traveling. Today, philanthropy may be as simple as booking a certain hotel or using a particular travel site. Altruism is becoming more intertwined with travel, according to "Good Travels: The Philanthropic Profile of the American Traveler." The survey, conducted by Phocuswright on behalf of Tourism Cares (the charitable arm...

Turkey resumes visa application services for US travelers, but embassy or consulate visit required

When we last left off in early October, Turkey had suspended visa application services for Americans. Turkish Airlines was offering refunds on Turkey-bound flights through Christmas. And U.S. citizens with plans but no visa were stuck in limbo, likely hyperventilating over the recent development.  Americans, you can now exhale.   Early last month, the country partially lifted the directive...
Los Angeles: 5 great places to see art

Los Angeles: 5 great places to see art

Not long ago, Hollywood film premieres and private parties dominated Los Angeles’ social landscape. Now the city’s power brokers and celebrities lavish attention and money on exhibition openings and promoting great art — which is to the benefit of everyone else. Here are five of L.A.’s top spots for viewing world-class art: Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Spread out over...
Want to really see Atlanta? Get out of airport, forget what you know

Want to really see Atlanta? Get out of airport, forget what you know

ATLANTA — I’ve always joked that when I die, whether I go to Heaven or Hell, I will have to change planes in Atlanta. I suspect that many of us who live in the south feel the same. I’m intimately familiar with every nook and cranny of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, but am less so with the city itself. Oh, I’ve done the usual — the CNN tour, Georgia Aquarium...
Worst global warming predictions likely the most accurate, study finds

Worst global warming predictions likely the most accurate, study finds

The worst-case predictions regarding the effects of global warming are the most likely to be true, a new study published this week has warned. "Our study indicates that if emissions follow a commonly used business-as-usual scenario, there is a 93 per cent chance that global warming will exceed 4°C by the end of this century," Dr. Ken Caldeira, an atmospheric scientist at the Carnegie...
How to keep your kids entertained when stuck at home by severe weather

How to keep your kids entertained when stuck at home by severe weather

When severe weather keeps you inside your home with your children, there are things you can do to keep kids entertained while you keep your sanity. If you're home for the day, or a few days, here are a few things you can do to stay entertained without going crazy or running up your data plans. One way to keep kids occupied is with a slew of simple cooking tasks (cracking eggs, manning the mixing bowl)...
Travel Tips: How to get the most out of farmers markets while traveling

Travel Tips: How to get the most out of farmers markets while traveling

Visiting a local farmers market should be on every vacation itinerary, according to the French chef Alain Ducasse, who runs 25 restaurants in nine countries. “No matter what city or town they’re in, farmers markets are a year-round attraction and about much more than produce,” he said. “They’re photographs of that destination and the local culture.” Ducasse makes...
Lake Tahoe: A winter wonderland that caters to all

Lake Tahoe: A winter wonderland that caters to all

It’s funny how a majestic Lake Tahoe vista, all lathered in snow, can bring out vastly different desires in different people. The adrenaline junkie lays eyes on the powdery terrain and instantly yearns to rip through it at a frantic pace on a pair of skis, or aboard a snarling snowmobile. Meanwhile, the more laid-back type prefers to position the white-capped peaks as a dreamy backdrop while...

The future of travel is AI; the present is alt-lodgings, tours and beach reviews

At the Phocuswright Conference, a travel industry meeting recently held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, blockchain and artificial intelligence were touted as the flying cars and robot maids of the future. But the present looked alluring, too, with attention heaped on alternative lodging, beaches, tours and hurricane recovery. The annual event, now in its 24th year, explored the innovations and interests...
April Bloomfield on London, California and not overplanning trips

April Bloomfield on London, California and not overplanning trips

English-born chef April Bloomfield has planted her particular brand of hearty, generally carnivorous cuisine in New York (the Spotted Pig, the Breslin Bar & Dining Room, the John Dory Oyster Bar, White Gold Butchers, Salvation Taco) and San Francisco (Tosca Cafe). She’s now extended her mini-empire to Los Angeles with the very English-sounding Hearth & Hound in Hollywood, and heartiness is deeply...

Lake Tahoe: 3 great places to try snowshoeing

Are you up for something different? Slip your feet into a pair of snowshoes. Snowshoeing has become increasingly popular in recent years and the good news is that, if you can walk, you can snowshoe. Snowshoeing doesn’t have the substantial learning curve that comes with cross-country skiing — just lift those knees! It’s a great way to explore a variety of terrains and to access areas...
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