Travel
January 1
1. The Superior Hiking Trail cuts through the old growth forest of Magney-Snively Natural Area near Spirit Mountain in Duluth. 2. Grand View Lodge in

The pandemic will change vacations in 2021. Here's how Minnesotans can embrace the trends.

Travel trends generally reflect the cultural moment. In the 1920s, after Prohibition shut down juiced parties in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Cuba became…
Travel
December 25, 2020
The nighttime sky seen over Voyageurs National Park.

Delta drops international change fees; Kauai requires quarantines

Delta drops int'l change feesDelta Air Lines says it will eliminate most change fees for international flights, an expansion of an earlier move to discontinue…
Variety
December 25, 2020

Travel Troubleshooter: VRBO owner in Orlando canceled due to COVID-19, but won't issue a refund

Q: I read your article about VRBO refund problems and was hoping for your help. A few months ago, I made a reservation for a…
Travel
December 24, 2020
Chevonne Ball, second from right, brings clients to a hidden gem in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, RR Wines.

Will 2021 be a better year for travel? Yes, for lots of reasons

Here's how the challenges of 2020 will transform travel for the better in 2021.
Variety
December 24, 2020
Hyderabad, India

Inside the restored Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad, India

The Traveler: Ken Hiller of ChaskaIn Hyderabad, India, a woman sweeps the floor beneath chandeliers made of Belgian crystals in the restored Chowmahalla Palace. The…
Variety
December 24, 2020
Porto, Portugal, was just out of reach in 2020.

Travel troubleshooter: COVID-19 made 2020 the year of the slow refund

Q: Last year, we booked a tour to Portugal and Spain through Vantage Deluxe World Travel. This was to be our third Vantage journey in…
Variety
December 24, 2020
People walk on the beach at Tierra del Mar, Ore.

Writers laud definitive American places for Frommer's

Lauding American placesSixteen notable writers have created a combined list of places that they believe helped shape and define America. The resulting collection of mini-essays…
December 24, 2020

You bring us the world

Viewfinders: Here are the best reader travel photos of 2020.
Duluth
December 20, 2020
Health care officials Andrea Orest and Grace Grinager stood “one moose apart” in Grand Marais.

Cook County kept COVID at bay as visitors flooded in

Throughout this hectic summer tourism season, when businesses were at times overwhelmed by traffic, many residents worried: Would this be the week the out-of-towners caused a massive COVID-19 outbreak?
Travel
December 17, 2020
The cruise liner Queen Mary 2 docked at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in New York in 2016. Cruises aboard the ship are scheduled to restart in June.

When will cruising restart and what will it be like?

Cruises will set sail from U.S. ports by the second quarter of 2021 — but the experience will be different.
Variety
December 17, 2020
A small village in Cambodia.

In Cambodia, balancing a haul of coconuts

The Traveler: Ken Stewart of RosevilleA bicyclist transports a collection of coconuts in a small village outside Siem Reap, in Cambodia. After a visit to…
Variety
December 17, 2020
Leah Llere did a workout outside her RV after arriving in California.

Airline passenger satisfaction hits a record high; you can donate your frequent flier miles to charity

Sky-high satisfactionHalf-empty flights, a less-crowded airport terminal and shorter lines for security are signs of the impact of the pandemic — but in normal times…
Business
December 16, 2020

Feds say Minnesota travel agent's $484K scheme funded his own globe-trotting

He kept commissions meant for other agents and traveled the world, bought electronics and tickets off StubHub, according to the indictment.
Variety
December 11, 2020
A couple take pictures in the village of Oia, on the cliffs of the island of Santorini, Greece.

Travel Troubleshooter: Our Greece and Turkey tour was rebooked for 2021, but we don't want to go now

Q: My wife and I booked a trip with Overseas Adventure Travel to Greece and Turkey in late spring. When travel started to get restricted…
Variety
December 11, 2020
Shelley Klaessy of Minnetonka captured this idyllic scene during boat ride on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.

View from one of the best scenic rail journeys in Europe

The Traveler: Shelley Klaessy of MinnetonkaA home with one of the world's best views hugs the shore of Lake Lucerne at the base of the…
Travel
December 11, 2020
The CDC discourages travel this holiday season; many locations, including Los Angeles, are asking travelers to quarantine upon arrival.

How to track rapidly changing travel restrictions in U.S.

Over the river and through the woods — to quarantine we go. Holiday travel isn't the joyful outing it once was, at least in a…
Business
December 9, 2020
Delta is eliminating fees for changing plans on most international ticket bookings. It's the latest sign of the effort by airlines to encourage people

Delta Air Lines permanently eliminates international change fees

The Atlanta-based airline is expanding its flexible rebookings as it hopes to lure customers back during uncertain times.
Duluth
December 9, 2020
The night sky seen from Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota is now protected.

Voyageurs National Park gains dark sky certification

Certification ensures that Voyageurs National Park will be protected.
Stage & Arts
December 7, 2020
A monolith stands on a Stadium Park hillside in Atascadero, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Days after the discovery and swift disappearance of two shi

California men declare they made of one the stainless-steel monoliths

For the first time, someone has taken credit for erecting one of the monoliths that have popped up in the past few weeks, riveting the…
Duluth
December 5, 2020
Travel Ski Section cover (Steve Thomas/Special to the Star Tribune)

Here's where and how to ski safely in Minnesota this winter

Now is the time to hit the slopes and trails, and not just because snow is flying.