Variety
February 26
The Colosseum in Rome. (Ellen Creager/Detroit Free Press/TNS) ORG XMIT: 1185815

Travel Troubleshooter: I was denied boarding my flight to Rome due to visa issues. Now I can't get a refund

Q: I booked a flight from Cairo to New York via Rome on Alitalia. When I tried to check in for my flight to Italy,…
Variety
February 26
Hotels like the Marker Key West Harbor Resort in Key West, Fla., have added programming geared to older vaccinated travelers such as aqua yoga.

Silver lining for silver-haired: Inoculations open up travel

They were the first to receive vaccinations. Now they are leading the wave in spring travel bookings.
Variety
February 26
Zion National Park

Open spaces, plenty of beauty in Zion National Park

The Traveler: Austin Indritz of RosevilleIndritz and a friend spent a week hiking in Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks in October. "These unique times…
Variety
February 26
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will play host to “The World’s Most Magical Celebration’’ in new looks.

Disney World turns 50; Bright news for dark skies; Carnival offers update

Bright news for dark skiesThe International Dark-Sky Association has named Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario as an International Dark Sky Park. The 1,800-square-mile wilderness park…
Variety
February 19
Cayo Costa is a barrier-island state park with 9 miles of unspoiled beaches on southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. Lee County Visitor & Convention Burea

Florida's wild 'quarantine' island is an escape from Fort Myers' crowds

Away from Fort Myers' crowds, escape to a wild side of southwest Florida.
East Metro
February 15

Twin Cities woman hits poker jackpot in Vegas for $230K

She and her husband were celebrating wedding anniversary at the time.
Variety
February 12
A United States passport, flag not included. (File photo/El Nuevo Herald/TNS)

Travel Troubleshooter: The government gets to keep your $116 passport application fee

Q: I lost my passport recently. I sent an application for a passport renewal to the U.S. Department of State and paid $116. Yesterday, I…
Travel
February 12
Sand Valley in Nekoosa, Wis., offers cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating and other winter activities this winter.

The nine best Midwest resorts for social-distanced winter fun

Best places to relish the outdoors in a winter like no other, where social distance comes naturally.
Variety
February 12
Deadvlei

In Namibia, national park shows the sands — and tree stumps — of time

The Traveler: G. Michael Schneider of Minneapolis.This ghostly place, called Deadvlei, or "dead marsh," lies in Namibia's Namib-Naukluft National Park. "This region was once rich…
Variety
February 12
The Harmon Room at 21c Museum Hotel has chess pieces on the ceiling.

'The Queen's Gambit' gets its own tour and hotel room; Delta extends block on middle seats; Canada bans cruises for a year

Delta's middle managementDelta Air Lines is extending its middle seat blocking policy for another month, through April 30, amid continued travel concerns during the pandemic.…
Business
February 9
The Brunswick Corp., which makes Lund and Crestliner boats, says it needs dozens more employees at its world headquarters in New York Mills, Minn.  Cr

Surge in demand for pleasure boating amid pandemic has Minnesota builders busy

The facility in New York Mills that builds Lund and Crestliner boats has added 114 positions in past 6 months and needs to fill 60 more.
Travel
February 5
The Winona Ice Park sits high above the Mississippi River in Sugar Loaf Park.

Winona's Ice Climbing Park takes winter activity to new heights

An iconic rock pinnacle tops Sugar Loaf Bluff in Winona. The whole eye-catching site, towering above Hwy. 61 and the Mississippi River, is so well…
Variety
February 5

Viewfinders: Photographers are drawn to picturesque prairie town

The Traveler Dave Marsh of MahtomediThe near-ghost town of Owanka, S.D., population 2, may look familiar because the location is making a return appearance here.…
Variety
February 3

Travel Troubleshooter: We might have to rename this column 'Airbnb Troubleshooter'

Q: I was looking for a cabin in upstate New York for a weekend getaway recently when I discovered I had been locked out of…
Variety
January 29
The Antiquarium in Pompeii, Italy, has reopened.

Pompeii museum is reborn and Sun Country Airlines has new routes

Pompeii museum rebornDecades after suffering bombing in World War II and earthquake damage in 1980, Pompeii's museum has been reborn, showing off exquisite finds from…
Variety
January 29
As a professor I have loved opportunities for personal and professional travel. These photos taken at the Kylemore Abbey as I was presenting at a rese

Peace and majesty at Kylemore Abbey in Galway, Ireland

The Traveler: Kristine Haertl of Blaine.Kylemore Abbey, in Ireland's County Galway, has housed Benedictine nuns since 1920, when a group fled Belgium during World War…
Variety
January 29
Hookipa Beach, in Paia, Maui, is a hotspot for surfers and turtles, who tend to congregate in distinct areas.

Travel troubleshooter: We want a refund, not a voucher

Q: My wife and I booked a trip for the whole family to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary on the Norwegian Cruise Line Pride of…
Variety
January 22
Airbnb app on a smartphone.

Travel Troubleshooter: Airbnb locked my account when I had COVID-19 – but they still won't unlock it

Q: I had a reservation through Airbnb for a three-day stay at a property in Washington, D.C., last June. Before the stay, I contracted…
Travel
January 22
View of Reykjavik in winter.

Thrifty Traveler provides the lowdown on cheap airfare from MSP

The Minnesota-based website unveiled its "ultimate guide" to finding deals from Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Variety
January 22
Enger Tower in Duluth

Colorful lights shine on Duluth's iconic Enger Tower

The Traveler: John Piepkorn of MinnetonkaTo make this photograph of Duluth's iconic Enger Tower, Piepkorn arrived just before dark in August and set up his…