Travel to Europe goes on
Despite the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, nearly three-quarters of travel managers for major U.S. corporations say their travel plans to Europe remain largely unchanged, according to the Global Business Travel Association. Only 10 percent said they have temporarily suspended travel to Paris in the wake of the attacks. Los Angeles Times
American is tops in lost bags
American Airlines has the worst record for losing and mishandling luggage. In the first nine months of 2015, the carrier lost or mishandled 4.04 bags for every 1,000 passengers, compared with an average rate of 3.31 for the country's top 13 biggest airlines, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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Secluded luxury in Nicaragua
The 17-room Inn at Rancho Santana, which opened in March, sits on 2,700 acres of tropical dry forest and Pacific coastline in remote southwestern Nicaragua. The driveway alone is a 45-minute journey on a winding dirt road. Visitors will find a tastefully appointed interior filled with details like traditional Spanish boveda brick ceilings, hand-painted tiled staircases and original artwork. Five separate beaches dot the property, including one with pink sand and another with veins of black volcanic sand. Our spacious room was sleek and modern, with most of its furnishings handmade by local artisans. Activities include horseback riding, surf lessons, bike rental, tennis courts, miles of hiking trails, yoga, a spa, an on-site naturalist, car rental and day tours. The hotel's La Finca y El Mar restaurant presents elegant farm-to-table meals. The Inn at Rancho Santana achieves the delicate balance of chilled-out luxury (standard rooms from $245; ranchosantana.com/the-inn). New York Times
You can scatter ashes in a national park
Your favorite getaway could be your final resting place. Cremated remains can be scattered in most national parks and other sites overseen by the National Park Service. The Park Service routinely grants permission for scattering of ashes, as does the Bureau of Land Management. To obtain permission, mail your request to the office that manages the site. You can find it on the website of the park via nps.gov or the BLM's blm.gov, along with the rules for scattering ashes. Every location has its own rules. For example, Yosemite requires that it be done out of sight of any public access. The ashes must be scattered, not buried, and the scattering must be over a large enough area so that no single portion is accumulated in one place. Chicago Tribune
Are airlines padding their flight times?
About a decade ago, Joe Nolan could expect to hop on a flight at Palm Springs International Airport and arrive in San Francisco 55 minutes later. Now the flight is usually scheduled for about 90 minutes. Nolan suspects that airlines are allotting more time for each flight to make it easier to meet their arrival schedule. "It tells me that the on-time statistics are worthless," he said. Nolan might have a point. A study by OAG Aviation Worldwide concluded that airlines around the globe have been padding their flight schedules for nearly 20 years. Vaughn Jennings, a spokesman for trade group Airlines for America, rejected the idea. "We have the same goals as our customers, which is to get them, their luggage and packages to their destination safely and on time," he said. Los Angeles Times