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Dept. of State issues 'Europe Travel Alert' due to heightened risk of terrorist attacks

As the holiday season approaches, many families are preparing to take advantage of school breaks, federal holidays and remaining paid time off by traveling out of state to see family and friends and desirable international destinations. But according to the U.S. Department of State, prospective travelers might want to reconsider any plans to journey across the pond. In a travel advisory issued...
15-acre crystal-clear lagoon to be built in Orlando

15-acre crystal-clear lagoon to be built in Orlando

A resort and 15-acre crystal-clear lagoon is being planned for Orlando's Lake Nona development, officials with the Tavistock Development Company said Wednesday. >> Read more trending news Company officials said crews will break ground on the Lake Nona Resort on Lake Nona's southern shore next year. It's expected to open in 2020. The eight-story resort will feature 250 rooms, 80 condominium...
Chicago hotel available for $11.14 a night -- but only for a limited time 

Chicago hotel available for $11.14 a night -- but only for a limited time 

Planning on booking a trip but still haven’t settled on a destination? Or maybe you have and you decided you’ll brace the Windy City? Then you better act fast because this deal is not going to last long: Through 11 a.m. Central time on Wednesday, you can book a room at the Conrad Chicago hotel for only $11.14 a night. >> Read more trending news    Why are the...
Thanksgiving 2017: The best and worst times to drive and fly this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2017: The best and worst times to drive and fly this Thanksgiving

Don’t let road rage or flight delays ruin your Thanksgiving. To ensure you make smart travel plans this November holiday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reached out to popular navigation app Waze for national historical traffic data to determine the best and worst days to be on the move around Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 23). The AJC also incorporated Google Flights ...
5 East Coast ski resorts for the snow novice

5 East Coast ski resorts for the snow novice

As “Game of Thrones” fans would say, winter is coming. And while the snow and ice won't hit most of the South as hard as other parts of the country (and the White Walkers are almost certain not to be a threat), it's about time to start planning for the season. If you're thinking about a winter ski trip, instead of heading west to Colorado, why not consider trekking east? Whether your'e...
Dream job alert: Get paid $10,000 per month to 'experience' Cancun

Dream job alert: Get paid $10,000 per month to 'experience' Cancun

Love to travel? Looking for a new job?  A new job posting by Cancun.com might be just what you’re looking for.  >> Read more trending news  The travel site is seeking a social media savvy CEO, or a “Cancun Experience Officer.” A description of the position online notes that the company is looking for “an outgoing, authentic and dynamic individual...
Holiday travel with kids: Top survival tips

Holiday travel with kids: Top survival tips

Holiday travel with kids can be a challenge. Whether you’re driving or flying, normal routines are interrupted, and challenges such as traffic jams or delayed flights can lead to boredom and fussy children. A little preparation can go a long way to making a holiday trip with kids go more smoothly. The following tips from sources such as Parents, Reader’s Digest and...
Thanksgiving 2017 travel trends and tips

Thanksgiving 2017 travel trends and tips

Whether your Thanksgiving travel plans involve domestic destinations or an international getaway, understanding holiday travel trends for 2017 can help you maximize your Thanksgiving travel budget and minimize stress.Here are the key travel trends for Thanksgiving, including best and worst places to visit, busiest airports and a look at gas prices for those whose Thanksgiving travel plans includes...
5 places to go glamping in the Smoky Mountains

5 places to go glamping in the Smoky Mountains

Camping may be fun, but not everyone is cut out for roughing it. Some folks need a little more waiting for them after a long day of adventures than a sleeping bag and a flimsy tent. Here are five ways to experience the nature of the Smoky Mountains without pitching a tent yourself. Falling Water Adventure Resort 10345 U.S. 19/74, Bryson City, N.C. 800-451-9972. fallingwatersresort.com Those who aren't...
’Shiptease’: Richard Branson launches Virgin Voyages cruise line

’Shiptease’: Richard Branson launches Virgin Voyages cruise line

Richard Branson turned travel on its ear. Now he’s planning on doing the same with the cruise line industry. The founder and chairman of Virgin Group has started construction of Virgin Voyages, Condé Nast Traveler reported. The keel of the first ship of the line was laid Tuesday, with Branson making a show of the milestone, dropping 200 feet from a crane to the shipyard. Tom...
Earn your drink at these incredibly hard-to-reach bars

Earn your drink at these incredibly hard-to-reach bars

If you crave more than a generic corner pub or bar, don your explorer's hat and quench your thirst at these spots -- which happen to be located in the farthest-flung corners of the world. Should you make your way to these barstools, you'll be rewarded with epic tales to share for the rest of your life. It's not quite "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea," but it could certainly pass for...
Delta to debut new uniforms across airline in May

Delta to debut new uniforms across airline in May

After making a variety of changes to designs for new employee uniforms, Delta Air Lines plans to roll out its new Zac Posen-designed collection next May. Last year, Atlanta-based Delta held a fashion show to display its new uniform designs, and since then 1,000 Delta employees have tested the clothing. The new uniforms will be worn by 60,000 Delta front-line workers starting May 29. >...
Plan your holiday adventure with Harry Potter at Universal Studios now

Plan your holiday adventure with Harry Potter at Universal Studios now

Christmas at Hogwarts? Start planning now to enjoy the new holiday adventure, Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at  Universal Orlando. Both sides of the attraction will feature holiday adventure and the magic of Christmas-themed decor. Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley will take on a Christmas theme and at Islands of Adventure, the newly created holiday experiences...
Small airports are struggling. What will 2018 hold for Dayton’s hub?

Small airports are struggling. What will 2018 hold for Dayton’s hub?

The Dayton International Airport is at an arduous point in its history — a major air carrier left this year, ticket prices are higher than most Ohio airports and passenger traffic has steadily declined. Nationally, the declining trend has hit small- and medium-sized airports and forced several dozen to lose air service as they struggle to compete as major airlines pull up stakes and land at...
Walt Disney World announces addition to Toy Story Land

Walt Disney World announces addition to Toy Story Land

The 12-acre Toy Story Land expansion in Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World is set to open in Summer of 2018, and today the Resort announced that Woody's Lunch Box would be a quick-service dining location in the new area. Toy Story Land will 'shrink' guests to the size of a toy so they can step into the whimsical and beloved world of Pixar Animation Studios' blockbuster franchise set in...
List ranks top 10 cities to travel to in 2018

List ranks top 10 cities to travel to in 2018

Travel website Lonely Planet released its annual list of the top cities to travel — and one city in the Midwest landed on the list for 2018. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel “ranks the hottest, must-visit countries, regions and cities for the year ahead. Drawing on the knowledge and passion of Lonely Planet’s staff, authors, and online community, it presents a year’s worth...
5 things to know about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

5 things to know about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

There are a number of things associated with Thanksgiving− turkey, pilgrims, big dinners and family. One of them is the tradition of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Since 1924, Macy's has helped thousands of families celebrate the holidays with its annual parade.  The parade steps off at 9 a.m. sharp from 77th Street and Central Park West and travels south. Once the procession hits...
Clark County Historical Society seeks new tax to support museum

Clark County Historical Society seeks new tax to support museum

The Clark County Historical Society will ask voters to approve a new property tax on Nov. 7 that the group says will preserve and showcase local artifacts for residents and visitors. The society has placed a new 0.3-mill, five-year levy on the ballot that would pay for maintenance and improvements to its Heritage Center at 117 S. Fountain Ave. in downtown Springfield. The bulk of money raised would...
Group seeks funding for $360K upgrades at old Snyder Park golf course

Group seeks funding for $360K upgrades at old Snyder Park golf course

The Master Gardeners of Clark County have started a fundraising campaign for its $360,000 first phase of work to transform a former golf course into the Snyder Park Gardens and Arboretum. The overall renovation of Snyder Park will be a five-year, $2 million process, depending on donations the organization receives, said Pam Bennett, Master Gardeners director and horticulture educator for the Ohio...
Delta hiring 1,000 flight attendants

Delta hiring 1,000 flight attendants

Delta Air Lines is hiring more than 1,000 flight attendants. >> Read more trending news The average entry-level flight attendant at Delta earns about $25,000 a year, “with an opportunity to earn more depending upon schedule,” according to airline officials. Officials with Atlanta-based Delta said applicants must have a high school degree or GED, be at least 21 years old...
Museum seeks more space for preserving some invaluable history

Museum seeks more space for preserving some invaluable history

The Champaign Aviation Museum has started a capital campaign to raise funds for expansion of its current hangar. The museum specializes in restoring World War II-era aircraft. It opened in 2007, and a group of volunteers has been working on restoration of planes since before that, in 2006. Dozens of volunteers are now working on a gray, black and yellow B-17. It is taking up half of the 23,000-square-foot...
17 states granted extension for REAL ID compliance; Driver's license OK for domestic travel 

17 states granted extension for REAL ID compliance; Driver's license OK for domestic travel 

Less than a week ago, residents in 22 states were panicking over the possibility that their state-issued ID cards would be insufficient to access domestic flights. Many thought they would need passports to travel between states. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has now approved requests for an extension, granting 17 states more time to provide appropriate, REAL ID-compliant identification...
Despite hurricanes, Caribbean still a popular travel destination

Despite hurricanes, Caribbean still a popular travel destination

It’s been about a month since a trio of hurricanes barreled through the Caribbean and Florida, destroying many popular vacation spots. Despite all the damage, the majority of destinations are open for business and need visitors to return. A travel group just produced a video called “One Caribbean Family” that drives home the theme that the islands are still beautiful and welcoming...
Here’s why travelers from 22 states could face conflict with domestic flights in 2018

Here’s why travelers from 22 states could face conflict with domestic flights in 2018

Residents in 22 states were panicking earlier this week over the possibility that their state-issued ID cards would be insufficient to access domestic flights next year. Many thought they would need passports to travel between states. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has now approved requests for an extension, granting 17 states more time to provide appropriate, REAL ID-compliant identification...
Fido’s first trip: Disney visitors can bring dogs to some Walt Disney World hotels

Fido’s first trip: Disney visitors can bring dogs to some Walt Disney World hotels

Move over Pluto, and maybe Goofy, there will be some new dogs in town at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Officials with Disney Parks announced Friday that people staying at four of its hotels on the property can now bring their dogs with them to the hotel, instead of putting them at either a kennel on the property or making other arrangements for their four-footed friends. >> Read more...
Flight 666 on Friday the 13th arrives in HEL for the last time 

Flight 666 on Friday the 13th arrives in HEL for the last time 

All you superstitious Friday the 13th people can breathe a small sigh of relief. Flight 666, which departed on the 13th hour of Oct. 13 and headed straight for HEL (Helsinki, Finland), has arrived safely and ahead of schedule. According to airline Finnair, Oct. 13, 2017 would be the last time Flight AY666 would fly to HEL on Friday the 13th. In the past 11 years, the airline has assigned the &ldquo...
Paris plans to ban all gas cars by 2030

Paris plans to ban all gas cars by 2030

France’s capital city, the world’s most visited city, according to Reuters, plans to ban all petrol and diesel-fueled vehicles by 2030, officials announced Thursday. Paris will encourage commuters who don’t walk, bike or use public transportation to switch to electric cars. >> Read more trending news The move is, in part, a pollution-reducing effort. “This is...
Southwest says aloha to Hawaii

Southwest says aloha to Hawaii

It has been years of consumers asking, but now it will become a reality. Southwest Airlines is expanding its service to Hawaii. >> Read more trending news  The company made the announcement Wednesday in a reply to a tweet from 2008. The company has not said what routes it will fly, but will start selling trips to the islands next year, USA Today reported. Southwest is also apparently...
Delta CEO on Donald Trump’s wall: ‘We’re going to fly over that damn thing’

Delta CEO on Donald Trump’s wall: ‘We’re going to fly over that damn thing’

In May, Delta Air Lines began a joint venture with Aeromexico. The latter gets connections to Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York, Salt Lake City and Seattle. >> Read more trending news  Delta gets greater access to Mexico through Aeromexico hubs in Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara. The U.S. airline now has a 49 percent stake in Aeromexico. Delta...
72-hour sale: Southwest Airlines offers round-trip flights for as low as $100

72-hour sale: Southwest Airlines offers round-trip flights for as low as $100

During one of their more popular sales of the year, Southwest Airlines is again offering customers non-stop round-trip flights for less than $100.  >> Read more trending news  Dozens of the carrier’s shortest routes are available for $49 each way. Other non-stop one-way fares are offered for $79, $99 and $129 for longer flights. Some international flights are also being...
Casino mogul Steve Wynn says Las Vegas shooter would have triggered alarms at his hotels

Casino mogul Steve Wynn says Las Vegas shooter would have triggered alarms at his hotels

Casino mogul Steve Wynn identified Las Vegas as a target city nearly two years ago, and he told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace on Sunday that he increased spending on security at his hotels by “tens of millions of dollars” in attempt to “identify and pre-empt any kind of terroristic or violent threat.” Wynn suggested that the training and steps implemented at his properties...
Discount flights to Florida from Cincinnati start today

Discount flights to Florida from Cincinnati start today

Nonstop, discount flights to Florida start today from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Frontier Airlines will now fly nonstop to Miami, Fla. from the Cincinnati airport. The passengers aboard the inaugural flight received a small gift when they boarded the plane on Thursday morning. Frontier Airlines serves more than 80 destinations in the U.S., Canada, Dominican Republic and Mexico...
Drivers take heed: It’s the season for deer strikes

Drivers take heed: It’s the season for deer strikes

Drivers, take heed: It’s the season to be aware of a particular threat on the roads: Deer strikes. State Farm has released its annual deer claim study, which ranks states by the chance drivers have of hitting a large animal, including deer, elk and moose. On average, one of every 128 Ohio drivers will have an insurance claim for damage caused by a collision with a deer in 2017 — making...
Royal Caribbean cancels cruise, uses ship for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

Royal Caribbean cancels cruise, uses ship for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

Cruise line Royal Caribbean has sent one of its ships to help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Maria. According to CNN, the company canceled an upcoming Adventure of the Seas cruise so the ship, which holds 3,800 people, could pick up evacuees and bring supplies to Puerto Rico. The cruise ship also will travel to St. Croix and St. Thomas. Royal Caribbean tweeted about...
Delta to launch free in-flight messaging

Delta to launch free in-flight messaging

The days of being out of contact during a flight are coming to an end. >> Read more trending news  Delta Air Lines officials said the airline will offer free in-flight mobile messaging via iMessage, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp starting Oct. 1. On Delta’s planes equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi, passengers will be able to exchange real-time messages with those on the ground via...
The best US cities to avoid effects of climate change, according to report

The best US cities to avoid effects of climate change, according to report

Weeks after parts of Texas, Florida, Georgia, many of the Atlantic islands and other regions were ravaged by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, in the wake of Hurricanes Jose and Katia and in the midst of Hurricane Maria, climate change has gained steam again in continued conversations about global warming and humans’ interactions with the earth. >> Read more trending news  Included...
Favorite airports in North America? Regional hubs land on list

Favorite airports in North America? Regional hubs land on list

Despite constant construction and increased passenger traffic, passengers are more satisfied with their experiences at airports across North America than ever before. Overall passenger satisfaction with airport has reached an all-time high, and some regional airports like John Glenn Columbus International Airport and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport have made the list of top...
Passengers upset after flight minutes from landing returns to departure airport

Passengers upset after flight minutes from landing returns to departure airport

Passengers on a late night flight to Santa Fe Tuesday were confused when the plane, just minutes from landing, instead returned to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Passengers and those waiting at the airport for loved ones to arrive told KRQE that it was a clear, calm night. After the flight's captain told passengers they were returning to DFW but didn't give a clear reason why, passenger...
Florida Keys hotel in Netflix series ‘Bloodline’ closed in wake of Irma

Florida Keys hotel in Netflix series ‘Bloodline’ closed in wake of Irma

The Islamorada hotel featured in the Netflix series ‘Bloodline’ is closed indefinitely in the wake of Hurricane Irma. >> Read more trending news  Last year, Palm Beach Daily News travel writer Cheryl Blackerby  wrote a piece about her trip to Islamorada and how the Moorings Village and Spa and other Florida Keys locations became...
Hurricane Maria: Airlines cap fares for flights out of affected cities

Hurricane Maria: Airlines cap fares for flights out of affected cities

Update 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19: American Airlines and United Airlines announced that they are capping some of their fares as Hurricane Maria churns over the Caribbean. American Airlines said it will cap until Sept. 24 one-way, nonstop fares from airports in Antigua, Haiti, the Turks and Caicos islands, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Kitts and Nevis...
Florida to resume charging tolls after being suspended for Hurricane Irma

Florida to resume charging tolls after being suspended for Hurricane Irma

Florida authorities said the state will resume charging tolls on its turnpike and other roads and bridges at 12:01 a.m. Thursday after they were suspended during Hurricane Irma. More than a week after Hurricane Irma hit parts of Florida, the state’s tolls are still suspended while cities rebuild and residents return to their homes and repair damages to property, some with the help of friends...
Woman claims sexual assault on red-eye flight to Charlotte

Woman claims sexual assault on red-eye flight to Charlotte

A 33-year-old woman was flying a red-eye flight from San Diego to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday when a stranger took the seat next to her younger sister. >> Read more trending news  She said they were instantly nervous when he first spoke to them. "He said, 'I get to sit next to the two most beautiful women on the plane,' and we were concerned," the woman, who did not want...
Woman claims Delta paid her $4,000 to give up seat on overbooked flight

Woman claims Delta paid her $4,000 to give up seat on overbooked flight

How much money is a single football game worth to you? For a plane full of University of Georgia fans heading to South Bend, Indiana, to watch their team play Notre Dame last weekend, that number is pretty high. >> Read more trending news WSB-TV sports director Zach Klein was on a full Delta Air Lines flight Friday morning leaving from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The...
Affordable Olive Garden deal offers trip to Italy, all-you-can-eat pasta

Affordable Olive Garden deal offers trip to Italy, all-you-can-eat pasta

“Recipients of a Pasta Passport to Italy will ... start by exploring the sprawling cobble-stoned streets and terracotta rooftops of Sienna, then will travel throughout Italy, including Florence and Assisi, cities known for their ancient architecture and fresh, seasonal cooking,” according to an Olive Garden news release. “From there, guests will enjoy cultural excursions to...
Hurricane Irma damage in Daytona Beach: Tourist favorite meets Atlantic's largest storm

Hurricane Irma damage in Daytona Beach: Tourist favorite meets Atlantic's largest storm

Volusia County, Florida, residents on Monday morning awoke to toppled trees, downed power lines, flooded streets and damaged property. Hurricane Irma brought howling winds and pounding rains to the county. Officials urged residents to ascend to the highest floor of their homes. But for some, the rising water became too dangerous. The Daytona Beach Fire Department said it had to evacuate people...
Traveling after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma? Here are some key tips

Traveling after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma? Here are some key tips

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have brought billions of dollars in damage to the American South and Caribbean, but the storm season isn’t over yet. “We need to keep our eye on the National Hurricane Center because the season isn’t over yet and the fact that we had two category fours in one season hit the mainland is historic,” said Cindy Antrican, public affairs manager for AAA...
Cruise lines impacted by Irma, but Florida ports could reopen soon

Cruise lines impacted by Irma, but Florida ports could reopen soon

Several of the top cruise lines took a hit as Hurricane Irma battered popular destinations and Florida’s ports. Port Miami, Port Everglades, Port Canaveral and the Port of Tampa were closed Monday, according to Carnival. MORE: Local flights impacted as Irma strikes Georgia “Although the ports remain closed, port assessments in South Florida have already begun and we are optimistic the...
Hurricane Irma: Man braves waves to snap photos at Key West's Southernmost Point, instantly regrets it

Hurricane Irma: Man braves waves to snap photos at Key West's Southernmost Point, instantly regrets it

If a hurricane is barreling toward you, it's obviously not the best time to visit a tourist attraction and take some photos. But one man in Key West was caught on camera doing just that as Hurricane Irma approached. According to ABC News, a livestream at the Southernmost Point Buoy captured video of a man snapping pictures of the landmark as waves crashed around him – and then into him...
No requirement in $420K CVB contract with Springfield for major events

No requirement in $420K CVB contract with Springfield for major events

The city of Springfield and the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau have reached an agreement on a new 5½-year contract, but some city commissioners are concerned it doesn’t include guarantees for popular events such as Holiday in the City and the Springfield Farmers Market. The contract is worth about $420,000 annually, but it doesn’t include extra money to put on...
Delta flight from Puerto Rico flies through narrow path of safety amid Hurricane Irma

Delta flight from Puerto Rico flies through narrow path of safety amid Hurricane Irma

A Delta Air Lines flight out of San Juan, Puerto Rico weaved its way through a swath of calm air around Hurricane Irma to take passengers to New York on Wednesday afternoon. >> Read more trending news The plane took off from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Wednesday morning bound for San Juan. The 180-seat Boeing 737-900 landed in San Juan without incident, according to...
JetBlue offering $99 flights for people evacuating Hurricane Irma

JetBlue offering $99 flights for people evacuating Hurricane Irma

JetBlue is offering discounted flights for people evacuating the path of Hurricane Irma. >> Read more trending news  Remaining seats on flights leaving the following airports have been reduced to $99 plus government taxes and fees: SAV - Savannah, Georgia  CHS - Charleston, South Carolina PAP - Port-au-Prince, Haiti PLS - Turks and Caicos POP - Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic SDQ...
Local flights to be impacted as Irma heads for U.S.

Local flights to be impacted as Irma heads for U.S.

As Florida braces for the impact of Hurricane Irma, local flights have been delayed and cancelled in preparation of the momentous storm. Hurricane Irma remains a category 5 hurricane with max sustained winds at 185 m.p.h., cone still has the storm potentially hitting Florida — causing more chaos for the flight industry still recovering from delays and cancellations due to Hurricane Harvey. Irma...
Delta, Southwest cancel flights due to Hurricane Irma

Delta, Southwest cancel flights due to Hurricane Irma

Delta Air Lines is canceling flights that had been scheduled for Wednesday in St. Thomas as it prepares for Hurricane Irma to pass through the Caribbean. >> Read more trending news Delta said it will also delay its evening flights in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is planning to assess facilities after the storm passes. Delta said its team of meteorologists expect the storm to begin curving...
Pittsburgh Int'l Airport becomes first to allow access to shops for non-ticketed visitors

Pittsburgh Int'l Airport becomes first to allow access to shops for non-ticketed visitors

Non-ticketed visitors will have access to Pittsburgh International Airport’s gates, shops and restaurants starting Tuesday. >> Read more trending news  The “myPITpass” program, which was announced in late August, makes Pittsburgh the first airport in the country to allow such access since 9/11. The TSA pilot program will allow guests beyond the security checkpoint...
WOW, $69 flights to Europe? Yes, please.

WOW, $69 flights to Europe? Yes, please.

Have you been craving an authentic Guinness from Dublin? Perhaps a flawless Eiffel Tower selfie in romantic Paris? If Europe has been on your bucket list, there’s never been a more perfect time to go. >> Read more trending news  WOW, an Icelandic low-cost airline, announced flights from Miami International Airport to eight European cities for as low as $69 each way.  From...
Tropical Storm Harvey could leave travelers stranded in airports

Tropical Storm Harvey could leave travelers stranded in airports

As Tropical Storm Harvey threatens South Texas, airliners are preparing for flight delays and cancellations for travelers across the country. American, Southwest, Frontier, Delta and United are among the major carriers that are waiving hefty change fees because of the incoming storm, Rare.us reported. Travelers are being told to contact their airline to rebook flights. Local expert Jay Ratliff...
Airlines waiving rebooking fees as Hurricane Harvey makes landfall

Airlines waiving rebooking fees as Hurricane Harvey makes landfall

As South Texas awaits Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, airlines are looking the other way, accommodating travelers who need to change their plans. American, Southwest, Frontier, Delta and United are among the major carriers that are waiving hefty change fees because of the incoming storm, Rare.us reported. While the details vary according to carrier, travelers are urged to contact their airline...
Dayton airport unveils new CPR training kiosk

Dayton airport unveils new CPR training kiosk

Travelers can now learn how to save a life before they hop on their next plane at the Dayton airport. The Dayton International Airport unveiled its new hands-only CPR training kiosk at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday. The interactive kiosk gives travelers the opportunity to learn CPR in under five minutes. The kiosk will be located in Concourse A, and features an interactive touch-screen, brief...
WOW air expands in Ohio: What’s really going on?

WOW air expands in Ohio: What’s really going on?

Air carriers have added dozens of new flights out of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and the Dayton International Airport in the past year. Cincinnati’s airport just announced that WOW air will add services — bringing discount, international flights to travelers in Southwest Ohio. Here’s what you need to know about Iceland’s low-cost air carrier&rsquo...
Warning: State Department discouraging travel to Cancun, Los Cabos

Warning: State Department discouraging travel to Cancun, Los Cabos

Planning a vacation? You might want to avoid certain parts of Mexico, according to a recommendation from the U.S. State Department. >> Read more trending news  The warning comes during a spike in violence in states where some of the country’s most popular tourist regions are located -- Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo. Cabo San Lucas and La Paz are located in Baja...
A new airline is coming to Cincinnati’s airport: What we know now

A new airline is coming to Cincinnati’s airport: What we know now

International discount carrier WOW air will begin nonstop service at CVG on May 9, 2018 to Iceland for $99. Iceland’s WOW air is adding services in Cincinnati, but the low-cost carrier is also expanding in other Ohio cities. The low-cost transatlantic airline is announcing new international flight services from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to Europe via Keflavik International...
6 world-famous monuments undergoing major renovations

6 world-famous monuments undergoing major renovations

Big Ben bonged for the last time on Aug. 21 after an announcement that London’s famous bell will be silenced until 2021 while its home, Elizabeth Tower, undergoes a multi-million dollar renovation. >> Read more trending news The London clock tower isn’t the only tourist attraction to close for major repairs in recent years. One of the most famous structures in the City...
7 of the craziest, coolest places to stay in Hocking Hills

7 of the craziest, coolest places to stay in Hocking Hills

Ohio’s Hocking Hills region offers plenty of charming B&Bs, cozy inns and romantic cottages to choose from if you are looking to make a weekend out of your road trip. Here are a few options that are off the beaten path to grab a night’s rest in. Experience the magic and tranquility of camping in traditional Sioux Native American tipis, reminiscent of “Dances with Wolves.” Each...
Stafford: Blunder during island trip provides time to reflect

Stafford: Blunder during island trip provides time to reflect

Most of my mistakes either turn out badly or make me laugh at myself. But every often, I have blunder I’m really proud of. And last week, in this space, I may have made — thank you very much — my Best Blunder of 2017. MORE: Spending time with grandchild special The column was about my walks around the block with our grandson Finnegan and how, in the intense focus...
Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls continues to impress 25 years later

Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls continues to impress 25 years later

I was lucky enough to work and learn alongside former Dayton Daily News food critic Ann Heller over the course of many years together at the paper. She helped inform my writing, my editing, my eye, my thought process, my palate and so much more and I am fortunate to still be able to call her my friend. So when her name came up in conversation during a recent trip to dine at the Inn at Cedar Falls...
Bonnie Tyler to sing 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' on cruise during solar eclipse

Bonnie Tyler to sing 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' on cruise during solar eclipse

It's the epic matchup you've been waiting for, bright eyes: Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and a real-life total solar eclipse. According to Time, Tyler, backed by DNCE, will perform the iconic 1983 song aboard Royal Caribbean's Total Eclipse Cruise during Monday's Great American Eclipse. The cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas leaves Orlando, Florida, on Sunday and will...
Is this the future of air travel? Pilotless planes to be ready by 2025

Is this the future of air travel? Pilotless planes to be ready by 2025

Pilotless planes could be ready for commercial use by 2025, but a study found that more than half of travelers would refuse to board an automated aircraft. Pilotless planes would save airlines more than $35 billion every year and could lead to cheaper airfare, according to new research from the investment bank UBS. Pilots cost the industry about $31 billion every year and another $3 billion in training...
London's Big Ben to go silent for four years

London's Big Ben to go silent for four years

Big Ben, the iconic British timekeeper at the Palace of Westminster, will go silent until 2021. >> Read more trending news  Also known as the Great Bell of the clock on the Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben is the name of the bell inside the clocktower. It will sound Monday for the last time for four years. According to the BBC, the bongs are being disconnected for the clock...
Doctor saves woman overdosing on flight

Doctor saves woman overdosing on flight

A Boston cardiologist saved a passenger who passed out after a believed overdose 30,000 feet in the air. Dr. Anil Punjabi was about to fall asleep on his flight from Boston to Minneapolis on Friday when he heard the Spirit Airlines attendant shouting for a doctor. Other passengers alerted the crew when a woman a few rows back had been in the bathroom for a long time. When she got back, she was...
A few reasons to tour this famous presidential home before summer ends

A few reasons to tour this famous presidential home before summer ends

One of the best ways to absorb history is to visit a historic home. A few weeks ago my husband and I headed for Marion, Ohio, for what turned out to be a fascinating visit to The Harding Home Presidential Site, the residence of Warren G. and Florence Harding. Thanks to a terrific guide — the museum’s assistant director Shannon Morris — we spent an entertaining morning at the home...
Donald Trump's childhood home in NYC listed on Airbnb

Donald Trump's childhood home in NYC listed on Airbnb

President Trump’s childhood home, located in Queens, New York, has been listed on home rental website Airbnb. The house is in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood. >> Read more trending news The listing provides a short history of the house, which was built by Trump’s father, Fred: The house is conveniently located for those who wish to visit the city during the day and retreat...
Lights out, music off for cruise passengers to avert ‘pirate attack,’ reports say

Lights out, music off for cruise passengers to avert ‘pirate attack,’ reports say

Passengers aboard a luxurious 104-day world cruise were ordered to go dark and remain silent at night for 10 days to thwart off possible “pirate threats,” according to reports.  >> Read more trending news  The Sea Princess departed from Sydney, and as it approached and crossed the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal, it was turned...
Toilet flush delays thousands of passengers at Florida airport, officials say

Toilet flush delays thousands of passengers at Florida airport, officials say

A single flush of a toilet at Florida's Orlando International Airport over the weekend ended up delaying thousands of passengers as a hazmat team cleaned up sewage that flowed into one of the airport’s customs areas. An investigation is ongoing into what caused the toilet issue, but it appears someone was trying to flush the contents of a suitcase, officials said. The flooding caused passengers...
Rate of people bumped from flights plummets in wake of United incident

Rate of people bumped from flights plummets in wake of United incident

The number of passengers bumped from flights in the United States has dropped to historic lows, the federal government announced Tuesday. >> Read more trending news The report, issued monthly by the U.S. Department of Transportation, is the first to include data for the second quarter of this year -- the timeframe when a passenger on a United Airlines flight was injured as he was...
Parents of 4th graders: Here’s how to get free entry to any national park this month

Parents of 4th graders: Here’s how to get free entry to any national park this month

Trekking through some of the country’s most beautiful terrain just got cheaper.  >> Read more trending news  Thanks to the Department of the Interior’s Every Kid in a Park program, fourth-grade students can enter any of more than 2,000 of the nation’s national parks and other federally managed lands and waters for free for one year.  Fourth-grade students...
Kind stranger helps mother flying alone with crying kids when no one else would

Kind stranger helps mother flying alone with crying kids when no one else would

One stranger's act of kindness is showing others around the world what a little compassion can mean to someone. While aboard a plane, Kesha Bernard of Savannah, Georgia, offered to help a fellow mother when two of her three children started crying and screaming before takeoff. The Alaska Airlines flight was delayed due to weight issues. While Bernard waited for others who were closer to help...
15-year-old stranded 10 hours at Connecticut airport

15-year-old stranded 10 hours at Connecticut airport

A teen who was traveling as an unaccompanied minor was told by airline officials that he could not board a flight home and was stranded at a Connecticut airport for 10 hours.  >> Read more trending news  According to CTV News in Vancouver, 15-year-old Victor Shmulevich was flying home after completing a summer program at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Shmulevich...
What regional airport has the best deals? Airfare gets cheaper locally

What regional airport has the best deals? Airfare gets cheaper locally

Average airfare from Dayton International Airport is getting significantly cheaper compared to recent years, but other regional airports are still offering competitive — and sometimes better — ticket prices than the Miami Valley’s hometown hub. Dayton’s airfare decreased to an average $397 in the first quarter of this year, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department...
Man stands up girlfriend, leaves country on brocation

Man stands up girlfriend, leaves country on brocation

A Telford, England, man nearly landed in hot water after he ditched his girlfriend and left the country to vacation with his buddies.  Brent Catterson made plans to meet his girlfriend Kayleigh Thompson for breakfast on June 15. But, instead of grabbing a bite to eat, Catterson headed to the airport and boarded a flight to Spain. Instead of calling Thompson to cancel, he took a picture with a...
Outer Banks homeowners, not tourists, allowed back on islands after mandatory evacuation

Outer Banks homeowners, not tourists, allowed back on islands after mandatory evacuation

People living on two islands along North Carolina's Outer Banks are able to turn their lights back on. But for visitors, a strict evacuation order is still in effect. Engineers have been working nonstop to restore power for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands since Thursday when a construction company accidentally cut an electrical line. As of Saturday morning, one generator had been restored, but...
WATCH: Pint-sized Southwest passenger wins over travelers with fist bumps

WATCH: Pint-sized Southwest passenger wins over travelers with fist bumps

While the skies have been anything but friendly recently for some travelers, one young passenger won over his flight this month with a simple request. In a video originally posted on Facebook by Suzann Novak on July 22, a boy can be seen walking down the aisle of a Southwest Airlines plane, saying “hi” and asking for fist bumps from fellow passengers. Most travelers complied, amused by...
Thanks to Southwest, you can view the solar eclipse from 30,000 feet up

Thanks to Southwest, you can view the solar eclipse from 30,000 feet up

Next month’s total solar eclipse is getting galactic-sized attention. After all, the last time one of these solar phenomenons was visible from North America was 1979, and this time, much of the country will get to see the moon covering the sun.  For some large swaths of some states, like Texas, the Aug. 21 eclipse will only be partially visible, but Southwest Airlines has...
Large electronics will have to be screened under new TSA carry-on policy

Large electronics will have to be screened under new TSA carry-on policy

Passengers traveling through America’s airports will have to separate large electronics from their carry-on baggage under new screening procedures announced Wednesday by the Transportation Security Administration. Travelers will be required to remove electronics that are larger than a cellphone from carry-on baggage so the electronics can undergo X-ray screening in an effort aimed at upgrading...
TSA ends testing, will not screen passengers’ books separately

TSA ends testing, will not screen passengers’ books separately

TSA officials will not screen and search books separate from luggage during security checks before passengers board planes at airports across the country. The agency announced the decision to end testing the practice at select airports at the end of June. Testing was being performed at two U.S. airports. >> Read more trending news Many people criticized the book screenings, saying TSA agents...
Air France to launch new airline specifically for millennials

Air France to launch new airline specifically for millennials

Air France will launch a new airline specifically for passengers aged 18 to 35. On Thursday, the airline announced its new airline, Joon, which will begin operating routes this fall.  >> Read more trending news According to a news release, Joon’s targeted clientele is young working professionals whose lifestyles revolve around digital technology. “Designed for our...
Woman live tweets ‘nightmare’ encounter with feet on flight

Woman live tweets ‘nightmare’ encounter with feet on flight

There are some things you should and shouldn’t do on a plane; one of those is rub your feet on the armrests of the person in front of you. >> Read more trending news Jessie Char, 30, shared on social media that she had a “nightmare” flight due to a pair of unwelcome feet. Char live tweeted her experience, which was horrible for her but entertainment for others. It all started...
Frontier Airlines to add 21 cities, 85 routes

Frontier Airlines to add 21 cities, 85 routes

Low-cost airline Frontier Airlines will add 21 destinations and 85 routes to its lineup, the company announced Tuesday.  >> Read more trending news  The airline plans to grow to a total of 82 cities total with more than 1,000 routes by next summer, according to a news release. That’s more than double the current number of total routes offered by the airline...
Trump's Chicago hotel won't honor woman's low fare on Booking.com

Trump's Chicago hotel won't honor woman's low fare on Booking.com

A hopeful traveler stumbled across the hotel deal of a lifetime. Rose Lawrence quickly took the chance to book a deal in which a normally priced $1,100 room was being offered for much less. But the hotel said it will not honor her deal. >> Read more trending news Lawrence’s excitement quickly turned into frustration and shed light on an online booking fiasco when hotel management...
Family outraged after being kicked off JetBlue flight

Family outraged after being kicked off JetBlue flight

A family of five from New York City captured on video an altercation with JetBlue staff after they got kicked off a JetBlue plane at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. Tamir Raanan and Mandy Ifrah said they were heading home with their three children on July 2 when Ifrah got into an argument with another passenger over her 1-year-old daughter kicking the back of...
Disney’s Star Wars-themed land models are something to see

Disney’s Star Wars-themed land models are something to see

As Disney fans gather in Anaheim, California for the D23 Expo, one part of the fan-fest had the internet burning up before the show officially opened. >> Read more trending news On display during the comic-con for Disney enthusiasts is an extremely detailed model of the Star Wars lands that are being built in both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida. Videos of the display...
Must-see: Beachgoers form 80-person human chain to save drowning family

Must-see: Beachgoers form 80-person human chain to save drowning family

Dozens of beachgoers in Panama City, Florida, teamed up to form a human chain to save a family from drowning. According to the Panama City News Herald, Roberta Ursrey heard her sons shouting for help in the water Saturday. But when she and other family members swam out to save them, they also became trapped by the rip current. As the nine family members struggled in the water, Ursrey said her...
Delta passenger hit in head with wine bottle accused of assaulting flight attendant, charged with federal crime

Delta passenger hit in head with wine bottle accused of assaulting flight attendant, charged with federal crime

Joseph Daniel Hudek IV, the Florida man accused of assaulting a flight attendant on a Delta Air Lines flight from Seattle to Beijing, appeared Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle and is facing a federal charges. >> Read more trending news A Delta Air Lines flight from Seattle to Beijing returned to Sea-Tac Airport Thursday evening after Hudek, 23, reportedly assaulted and injured a flight...
Here's why the TSA wants to see your fudge

Here's why the TSA wants to see your fudge

A sign at a county airport in Michigan left some travelers puzzled this week. The sign was posted before the security checkpoint at Chippewa County International Airport. It says, "Please remove fudge from your bags." The sign includes an illustration of a piece of fudge. An image of the sign was posted on Twitter by a traveler. The airport offers convenient access to Mackinac Island, which...
What to do if you're treated unfairly on a flight

What to do if you're treated unfairly on a flight

United Airlines is making headlines again. And once again, it’s not good. >> Read more trending news  This time, the airline forced a woman flying with her 2-year-old son -- both of whom were ticketed passengers with seats -- to give up her son’s seat to another passenger and make the flight from Houston to Boston with her son in her lap.  The woman, Shirley Yamauchi...
Online grocery shopping: What’s really going on?

Online grocery shopping: What’s really going on?

Amazon’s pending purchase of Whole Foods has waged a full-out war between grocers — signifying an upcoming transformation of the grocery shopping game in major markets across the U.S., including the Southwest Ohio region. With Amazon.com’s pending $13.7 billion purchase of Austin-based Whole Foods Market, consumers in Southwest Ohio are seeing a deluge of new online grocery offerings...
Low-cost airline considers replacing seats with standing space

Low-cost airline considers replacing seats with standing space

A low-cost airline based out of Colombia is considering ridding its planes of seats and having customers stand for the duration of flights.  >> Read more trending news  “There are people out there right now researching whether you can fly standing up,” VivaColombia airline founder and CEO William Shaw told the Miami Herald. “We’re very interested in...
Record-breaking 44 million Americans to travel for July Fourth

Record-breaking 44 million Americans to travel for July Fourth

A record-breaking number of travelers will hit the road in Ohio and across the U.S. for the July 4th weekend, crowding highways and airports. More than 44 million Americans and nearly 2 million Ohio residents will travel for the holiday weekend, according to an analysis by AAA. That’s the highest July 4th travel volume on records, and represents a nearly 3 percent increase — more than...
Disney: Animatronic Trump will speak at Disney World show

Disney: Animatronic Trump will speak at Disney World show

Disney has confirmed that an animatronic version of President Donald Trump will have a speaking role at its Hall of Presidents attraction at Walt Disney World in Florida. The company is pushing back against reports that Trump's figure wouldn't have a speaking part in the show, which features figures of all U.S. presidents. Disney Parks editorial content director Thomas Smith writes in a blog post...
TSA begins searching books before travelers board planes

TSA begins searching books before travelers board planes

The TSA is testing a new policy under which passengers will be asked to separate their reading materials from the rest of their carry-on luggage so agents can fan through the pages to see if anything dangerous is hidden inside. >> Read more trending news  Right now, the book searches are happening at just a few airports, but Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly ...
Mom says baby overheated as United Airlines plane sat on tarmac for 2 hours

Mom says baby overheated as United Airlines plane sat on tarmac for 2 hours

2017 is not a good year to be an airline company, especially if that company’s name is United Airlines.  Passenger and mom Emily France said her baby became overheated recently on a delayed flight as the aircraft waited on the Denver International Airport (DIA) tarmac, reports the Denver Post. The 39-year-old said that passengers waited for more than two hours on the plane despite...
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