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January 31
Chris Voss, a former lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FBI, applies empathy, bargaining and other tactics in landing travel perks, avoi

Travel tips from a former FBI negotiator

Chris Voss employs empathy and other tactics in landing travel perks.
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January 31
The +10-mile South Rim Trail is long, but the expansive views mid-hike are worth it.

In Big Bend National Park, get a taste of North America's largest desert

Exploring the varied ecosystems of the continent's largest desert in Big Bend National Park.
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January 31
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City features life-size bronze sculptures of star players, including Satchel Paige.

Midwest Traveler: Kansas City baseball museum pays tribute to the Negro Leagues

Kansas City baseball museum kicks off a centennial year of tributes.
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January 31
Casapueblo is a rambling hotel and museum constructed by Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaro in Punta Ballena.

A road trip along Uruguay's Atlantic Coast

The buzzing coast is filled with boho-chic beach towns, ritzy resorts and fine wine.
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January 31
In April, Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas will depart Sydney, Australia, for Hawaii.

To save money at sea, take a 'repositioning' cruise

These offseason voyages offer cruise fans a chance to cross the ocean at much lower prices.
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January 31
Mount Baker Wilderness

Mount Baker, alpine lakes create a beautiful scene at Mount Baker Wilderness

THE Traveler: Tom Singsank of Minnetonka.The scene: Mirror-like lakes and tall peaks make a stunning vista along the Yellow Aster Butte Trail…
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January 25
The Milky Way dazzles in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which could soon be part of a designated dark-sky region.

From dark skies to cruises to camping, travel trends for the new decade

Five of the latest travel trends lead to Minnesota — and beyond.
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January 24
Daniel, an emotional-support duck, is pictured onboard an American Airlines flight in this file photo.

New rule would limit emotional support animals on planes. Here's how to give your input.

Roosters have boarded airplanes. So have turkeys, ducks and monkeys — all in the name of service. These animals allegedly helped their owners stay calm.…
January 23
A bluff view of the Mississippi River and Lock and Dam No. 12 from Bellevue State Park in Bellevue, Iowa, in Jan. 8, 2020. In the winter, bird watcher

Before the caucuses, on the tourist trail in Iowa

Road-tripping through the caucus state, abuzz with presidential politics.
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January 23
It can be easier to navigate an airport in a wheelchair if you contact the TSA Cares hotline in advance.

Traveling with a disability: How I've explored 13 countries in a wheelchair

The world is for all of us. Don't let a disability detract from your desire to roam.
January 23
The nightly open-air food market at Forodhani Gardens, which faces the water, is a great place to sample Zanzibar pizza in Stone Town, Zanzibar.

Zanzibar's rainy season surprises

A soggy week on the Tanzanian archipelago leads to a curio shop, a taste of Zanzibar pizza and a bit of spice lore.
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January 23
Aran Islands

A quintessential shot of Ireland's rugged, moody Aran Islands

THE TRAVELER: Rebecca A. Hahn of Minnetonka. The scene: A rainbow arches across the sky above the Aran Islands, a trio off the…
January 23
Cabrits Resort and Spa Kempinski Dominica in Douglas Bay-Portsmouth, Dominica. In the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, many hoteliers in the Ca

5 new standout resorts in the Caribbean

A new age in hospitality since hurricanes Irma and Maria.
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January 23
Planes are grounded at Detroit Metro Airport on Jan. 23, 2019, which was closed for about 14 hours amid freezing rain.

Travel Troubleshooter: Delta left my luggage out in a thunderstorm and then rejected my claim

Q: I recently flew from Iowa City to Providence, R.I., on Delta Air Lines. While we were on a stopover in Detroit, the…
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January 23
A drawing sits as an example for Team Minnesota at the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship in Lake Geneva, Wis.

Lake Geneva Snow Sculpting Championship; Ely Winter Festival; Big Freeze in Albert Lea

Lake Geneva, Wis. Sculptors will transform blocks of snow into creative sculptures as 15 teams from around the world compete in the U.S. National Snow…
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January 23
CarePod’s pink pet carrier will cost $800 on Delta flights.

Delta unveils state-of-the-art pet carrier; details about Great Lakes cruise ship; February 'firefall' in Yosemite

State-of-the-art pet carrier Delta Air Lines is offering a new deluxe animal crate that can be tracked like luggage and is designed to reduce stress…
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January 19
Sunset at White Sands paints the dunes in a striking lavender hue.

A visit to the newest national park, White Sands

In December, the vast fields of gypsum known as White Sands became the 62nd national park.
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January 18
A rendering of the Viking expedition ship Octantis.

Viking cruise line will sail to Duluth; Hong Kong losing tourists amid protests

Viking cruises to Duluth Last week, Viking announced a cruise route that hits close to home. Beginning May 2022, the company that got its start…
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January 18
The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon underway in Two Harbors.

Quick Trips: Winterfest in Spicer; Bold & Cold in Owatonna; Beargrease sled dog race

Spicer, Minn. The 35th annual Winterfest continues today with ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, children’s ice fishing and live music. The festival highlight — the…
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January 17
With cobblestone streets, Quebec City seems like an immersion in Europe.

Why Quebec should be your next stop (relatively) close to home

Not far away, a Canadian province offers cultural immersion, French language and natural beauty.