The five mini-cabins at Cuyuna Cove abut a popular state recreation area.

COVID-cation options in Minnesota include new tiny cabins and grain silos

Surprising lodging offerings in central Minnesota are perfect for social-distancing vacations.

Road trip to Colorado, where scenery is abundant, but COVID was not

October 17
An Airbnb yurt outside Gunnison featured a king bed, electricity and wood stove, overlooking the Blue Mesa Reservoir.
A 1,000-mile road trip to a luxe yurt provides an escape from the pandemic.

Experts weigh in on the best time to book flights for the holidays

October 9
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Experts on airfare deals say costs are lower than in previous years and deals can still be found.
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A masked woman placed her luggage in the overhead compartment on a Delta flight.

When flying picks back up, will you be ready?

Now makes a good time to heed the Real ID deadline and passport expiration dates.
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The Ayrakty-Shomanay Mountains of Kazakhstan.

'Very Nice!' Kazakhstan tourism embraces Borat catchphrase; Costa Rica opens to all Americans

Kazakhstan: ‘Very nice!’ If you can’t beat Borat, join him. After condemning Sacha Baron Cohen’s first “Borat” movie for portraying the country as backward and bigoted…
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Paris rental owner can't make up his own rules

Q: I booked a vacation rental in Paris through VRBO. VRBO charged $863 to my credit card. A day later, the owner contacted me, saying…
Bloomington, MN, Minneapolis St. Paul International has long carried its weight amongst national airports. Now, with a flurry of hot new restaurants,
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Duluth
October 27
The Duluth City Council approved $300,000 in additional tourism tax money for Spirit Mountain to help it open this year.

Will there be pent-up demand for Duluth's troubled Spirit Mountain?

Spirit Mountain hopes for pent-up demand and local travel to help right itself.
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October 22
American Airlines ticket agent Henry Gemdron, left, works with a customer at Miami International Airport during the coronavirus pandemic.

Travel Troubleshooter: Someone stole my 50,000 American Airlines miles!

Q: Someone stole 50,000 miles from my American Airlines AAdvantage account. The points were redeemed for a flight. I reported the theft to the Internet…
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October 22
Southwest Airlines will begin filling middle seats on Dec. 1.

MSP sees rebound of air passengers; Hawaii reopens; Southwest to fill middle seats

Air travel rebound at MSP Air travel out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has crept back slightly since spring. The annual Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA)…
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October 16
Fernando, 6-years-old, smokes a cigarette in the village of Vale de Salgueiro, northern Portugal, during the local Kings' Feast Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018

Travel Troubleshooter: The hotel room smelled bad when we arrived. Then we were charged $100 for smoking

Q: My husband and I recently stayed at the Red Roof Inn in Gallup, N.M. We checked in late in the evening. We asked if…
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October 16
Jesse Katayama had Machu Picchu all to himself.

After seven-month wait, man gets Machu Picchu all to himself

Machu Picchu, at long lastJesse Katayama had planned to end a journey around the world at Machu Picchu, the sprawling 15th-century Inca citadel high in…
Duluth
October 14
Visitors took in the fall colors and Lake Superior view Tuesday at the Summit Chalet in Lutsen. Winter tourism is looking promising for northern resor

North Shore's busy summer has extended into fall, winter

Resorts are adding more amenities to lure new visitors.
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October 9
Airbnb and other vacation-rental sites are seeing an uptick in demand.

Travel Troubleshooter: Airbnb keeps canceling user accounts for no apparent reason

Q: I tried to book a vacation rental through Airbnb while traveling in Spain. I received a notification that my Airbnb account had been closed.…
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October 9
The Chicago skyline, seen from a tour boat in Lake Michigan.

Chicago scores a four-peat

Chicago scores a four-peatChicago has been voted the best large city in the U.S. for the fourth year in a row — a first in…
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October 9
Ms Ly’s restaurant is well know in Hoi An.

Peek into Miss Ly Cafe, which turns out the best food in Hoi An, Vietnam

The Traveler Bonnie Dickel Hoffman of Golden Valley.In her eponymous Miss Ly Cafe in Hoi An, Vietnam, Miss Ly rests as staffers cook…
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October 2
Upgrades are underway on MSP’s Glumack Drive.

Delta drops more ticket change restrictions and fees; cruises banned until Oct. 31

Road to airport repaved A steep decline in air travel due to COVID-19 gave the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport an opportunity. Glumack Drive, the quarter-mile…
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October 2
A Puerto Rican flag hangs from the porch of a home that collapsed on top of parked cars after an earthquake hit Guanica, Puerto Rico, Monday, Jan. 6,

Travel Troubleshooter: My nonrefundable trip to Puerto Rico is threatened by an 'earthquake swarm'

Q: I’m trying to cancel an upcoming trip to the Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Rico. There’s been daily seismic activity…
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September 26
John Richardson, the Hawk Ridge fall count director, showed off a sharp-shinned hawk to visitors. The hawk was caught in their banding center and was

A parade of raptors at Duluth's Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve

Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve offers sweeping views of Lake Superior and gorgeous autumn color. But most visitors keep their eyes on the skies. This 235-acre…
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September 25
San Sebastian in Spain

A rainbow hugs San Sebastian, in the Basque region of Spain

The Traveler: B. Rowe Winecoff of EdinaA rainbow paints the sky above San Sebastian, a resort town in the Basque region of northern…
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September 25

Travel Troubleshooter: Orbitz said I didn't have a reservation with Disneyland Paris; now I have two

Q: Before the pandemic, I used the Orbitz app to book a hotel during our vacation at Disneyland Paris. At checkout, I attempted…
Local
September 22
Delta Air Lines will resume long-haul international flights at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport next month, with four roundtrips a week to A

Delta will resume long international flights at MSP, first with Amsterdam

Delta will resume flying route four times a week, starting on Oct. 25. MSP is now averaging 288 daily departures, down from 500 a year ago.
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September 21
Be sure to plan ahead and use caution when taking road trips amidst the pandemic.

Pop-up outhouses and advance research fuels road trips south

My family was among the millions of Americans taking a road trip this summer. We learned a few things along the way.
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September 18
The Starflyer, a ride on International Drive, stands unused in Orlando, April 29, 2020.

Travel Troubleshooter: Airbnb rental was surrounded by loiterers and weed smokers. Can we get a refund?

Q: We booked an Airbnb for three weeks in Orlando. When we arrived at the property, my wife and I feared for our safety. While…