September 8
Some $40 million paid by airlines to operate at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport could be waived. File photo of the airport this spring

MSP Airport could waive millions in fees to airlines

Move intended to preserve air service here, but some disagree.
September 5
Cecily Cutshall, an employee at TCF Bank, works at a family cabin on Half Moon Lake in Wisconsin.

For digital nomads, traveling for work takes on new meaning in pandemic age

A growing number of professionals are working remotely — really remotely.
September 3
Passengers stand at a British Airways check-in desk after the airport suffered an IT systems failure, at London's Gatwick Airport, Saturday, May 27, 2

Travel Troubleshooter: The airline thought we were no-shows, so it canceled our tickets home from Glasgow

Q: I visited Scotland with my family. It was an amazing trip, except for our return flights, booked through Orbitz. The first segment of our…
August 28
The Laurentian Divide Recreation Area near Virginia, Minn., has hiking and biking trails that cut across the Laurentian Divide and lead to great views

Near Hibbing, Minn., a geological force of nature

The Iron Range area is the site of a rare three-way continental divide.
August 28
In this Nov. 29, 2019, file photo, the Upe members wait to vote in the Bougainville referendum in Teau, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.

Travel Troubleshooter: Can't get a refund from Expedia after colleague 'busts' her knee in Papua New Guinea

Q: I recently flew to Papua New Guinea with a colleague. We booked the tickets through EVA Air and Expedia. While we were there, my…
August 28
Lisa Novak Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Viewfinders: A magnificent waterfall, whose name says it all

The Traveler: Lisa Novak of PlymouthTakakkaw Falls spills into the Yoho River in British Columbia's Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies. Amid a…
August 22
Rick Steves stops during a hike on Italy's Cinque Terre. Provided by Rick Steves' Europe.

Why Europe guru Rick Steves wants travelers to stay home

The author and television personality on tourism's future, the mark of a good traveler and how Italy is the India of Europe.
August 21
Coty George in Waianae, Hawaii, wearing a cloth mask made by the Hawaii designer Air South. Face masks made with the same colorful prints used for alo

Travel Troubleshooter: Rebooked flight to Hawaii isn't practical during a pandemic

Q: Hawaiian Airlines canceled my flight from San Jose, Calif., to Honolulu in June. The airline rebooked me on another flight to a different airport…
August 21
Zermatt, Switzerland

A view of Matterhorn, the photographer's 'happy place'

The Traveler: Kay V. Christianson of MinneapolisA sunny day in Zermatt, Switzerland, offers an exceptionally clear view of the Matterhorn, one of the…
August 15
Devil’s Bridge (Ponte della Maddalena) crosses the Serchio River near the town of Borgo a Mozzano in northern Tuscany, Italy.

From kids' camps to pilgrimage hikes, virtual travel hits its stride

Increasing numbers of tour companies are offering online experiences for would-be travelers.
August 14
A pedestrian with a face mask walks past a produce shop in the Brixton neighborhood of London, May 21, 2020.

Travel Troubleshooter: VRBO doesn't require owners to give refunds due to pandemic

Q: I saw your recent article about getting your money back after a VRBO owner canceled a vacation stay during the pandemic. I’m facing the…
August 14
Voyageurs National Park

An anniversary trip to Minnesota's only national park, Voyageurs

The Traveler: Melinda Bennett of Plymouth"Last week my husband [Tom Nelson] and I took our granddog, Millie, camping for a week on…
August 14
“Anything goes” in Acapulco?

State Department eases global travel warnings, but you still can't get there from here

You can travel, but you can't The State Department on Aug. 6 relaxed its pandemic warnings that Americans should avoid all international travel. However, as…
August 9
With long-distance trips on hold, many families are relying on outdoor activities that are close to home to scratch the travel itch.

The future of travel: How tourism slowly recovers from the coronavirus pandemic

Brief stays, last-minute excursions and road trips are easing people back into tourism.
August 8
Travelers at the Delta Air Lines ticketing counter Thursday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

In a downsized airline industry, focus shifts to leisure travelers

Perks and amenities are no longer the focus — health and safety are.
August 7
People sit on a bench in an unusually uncrowded historical Piazza del Duomo, in Florence, Italy, Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Travel Troubleshooter: The perils of booking an international flight with something called Fareobuddy

Q: I flew from Florence to London on Vueling Airlines with three companions before the pandemic. We had booked the tickets through an online agency…
August 7
Cruise ships line up along the Port of Miami.

No U.S. cruises through October

No cruises through October With coronavirus clusters sprouting aboard ships overseas, the U.S. cruise industry is extending its suspension of operations through October. The Cruise…
August 7
Vatican City

Swirling into the 1500s

The Traveler: Gary Stamm.The scene: At the Vatican Museums, the so-called Bramante Staircase bustles with foot traffic. "After a day of viewing countless…
August 1
The “Medora Musical,” shown in 2017, is the marquee event at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in Medora, N.D. This year, capacity is limited to arou

Despite the pandemic, the show goes on in Medora, N.D.

A North Dakota road trip leads to relatively healthy Medora, where the summer performance season is still going strong.
July 31
Scandinavian-flavored Tallinn, in Estonia, has its own art scene and is more affordable than Helsinki.

Getting a refund from an Estonian hotel gets complicated with an online travel agency and a global pandemic

Q: I booked a trip to Tallinn, Estonia, earlier this year through Otel.com. I prepaid $919 for a refundable room at the Three Sisters Hotel.…