Can you ever outgrow a destination?

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When I found out that my lifelong friends were planning one last trip together before we left town to make our way in the world, I was thrilled. The details of the trip sounded wonderful -- at least at first. But to my horror, my friends picked a destination I have no interest in visiting: Cancun, ...read more »


Do sick travelers have more rights than healthy ones?

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If you're sick, stay home. Unless you're about to go on vacation. Then it's OK to infect the rest of us. That's an almost fair statement, given the Ebola-infected nurse who flew from Cleveland to Dallas and the recent mandatory quarantines in New York and New Jersey. You have to ask yourself: Why are these people ...read more »


Airline misplaced my luggage, I want compensation

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Question: My checked bags didn't arrive at the airport with me. What's the airline's responsibility when there's a one-day delay in receiving your luggage? Answer: Nothing tests your patience more than waiting at the luggage carousel for your luggage to come up. Except maybe when your bags are a no-show. Most travelers are unprepared and don't ...read more »


Does traveling bring out your fear of crowds?

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When I'm traveling, nothing stresses me out more than a crowd. You know what I'm talking about, don't you? It's the sudden crush of people into your personal space on a crowded subway car during rush hour. It's the way a mass of travelers can almost lift you and carry you through a terminal as ...read more »


Betcha aren’t ready for winter roadways (I’m not)

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The first flakes of snow are falling in the mountains of California, Utah and Colorado, even though we're barely halfway through October. But for the rest of the country, winter weather still seems a long way off. So when should you start prepping the family vehicle for the changing season and gear up for the dreaded winter ...read more »


Loud-mouth traveling companions can cause big problems

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Thank you for reading the Away is Home newsletter. We've spun off our destination site into a new blog and newsletter -- and you're reading it. Remember, you can subscribe to our daily email newsletter here. What you need to know this week She said what! We kick off this week's newsletter with a story about the trouble ...read more »


Fall in the national parks: you’ve got to see it to believe it

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The 2-1/2 mile hike to Rose River Falls is classified as "easy" in all of the guides to Shenandoah National Park. But "easy" is relative. If you come here during the fall, just as the leaves begin turning golden and the summer humidity gives way to lower temperatures, this is no easy hike. It's distracting. Look ...read more »


Are your traveling companions revealing too much?

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Normally, I'm not a paranoid person. Still, there are times when we're traveling as a family that I have to shush my kids and tell them they're revealing too much personal information. No, not that kind of information. I'm talking about the kind of juicy tidbits that can also attract trouble. Here's a great example: "Mommy is ...read more »


As a matter of fact, I do own the road

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I love road trips. But I hate to drive. Why? Two reasons. First, some of the other drivers on the road make me crazy. Second, I drive my passengers crazy "talking" to the other drivers. I don't think I'm alone. Have you ever found yourself gesturing at other drivers (even though they can't see you)? ...read more »