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This nearby Ohio city is one of the top 20 summer travel destinations

The Queen City made the list of top travel destinations of the summer. To help travelers plan the perfect summer getaway, WalletHub compared 100 metro areas across 40 key indicators of budget- and fun-friendliness. The data set ranges from cost of the cheapest flight to number of attractions to average price of a two-person meal. Florida and Texas are home to the top summer destinations...
WOW air’s first discount flights from Cincinnati to Europe, Iceland launch this week

WOW air’s first discount flights from Cincinnati to Europe, Iceland launch this week

Discount airliner WOW is celebrating the launch of its first flights in and out of Cincinnati. WOW’s first flight will arrive at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) tonight at 11:50 p.m. “with a water canon salute.” The first departing flight from the airport will be an hour later at 12:50 a.m., according to the airline. WOW is launching flight service from...
Troy student trip to D.C. back on after new tour company found

Troy student trip to D.C. back on after new tour company found

TROY - Sixth-grade students from Troy will be going to Washington, D.C., after all. The district announced Wednesday morning that WorldStrides, a tour company in business 51 years, will sponsor the trip that will move forward May 20, as planned. EARLIER: Hope fades for Troy students Washington trip “The hope of WorldStrides is that monies collected through donations and refunds could be collected...
Southwest Airlines plane, pickup truck collide at Baltimore's BWI Airport

Southwest Airlines plane, pickup truck collide at Baltimore's BWI Airport

A truck struck a Southwest Airlines plane Monday morning at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, multiple news outlets are reporting. According to WJLA, none of the 172 passengers on Southwest Flight 6263 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, were hurt when the pickup hit the plane, which was heading to its gate about 1:30 a.m. EDT. Those on board "were being assisted off the...
Travel company files for bankruptcy, Troy students won’t get D.C. trip they paid for

Travel company files for bankruptcy, Troy students won’t get D.C. trip they paid for

Discovery Tours, the company that canceled the annual trip to Washington, D.C. for Troy sixth-graders, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  According to the bankruptcy filing, the company has $1.37 million in assets but owes $3.92 million, according to media reports. Troy City Schools sixth-graders and their parents were notified Friday that the annual trip to Washington, D.C., probably...
Viking Cruise announces 8-month-long trip

Viking Cruise announces 8-month-long trip

Imagine leaving all cares behind and climbing on board a ship for a monthslong world cruise. Viking Cruises is offering a new itinerary that the company calls the “longest-ever continuous world cruise.” Those lucky enough to be able to take the time away from responsibilities and afford the trip, will embark on a 245-day trip from London on Aug. 31, 2019. After six continents...
Find out where: Delta launches new nonstop flight at Cincinnati airport

Find out where: Delta launches new nonstop flight at Cincinnati airport

Delta Air Lines launched new nonstop service from Cincinnati to Austin, Texas this week. Delta launched the new service from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport at the beginning of May. Delta’s new service to Austin will operate daily except Saturdays using Bombardier CRJ-700 aircraft with 9 First Class and 60 Economy seats. Flights depart Sunday through Friday at 9:45 a.m...
New inspections mandated for locally produced engines

New inspections mandated for locally produced engines

New inspections are being mandated today for parts of an airplane engine produced by companies with a strong Southwestern Ohio presence. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is scheduled to issue a new “airworthiness direction” today as a follow-on to the emergency directive published April 20, engine manufacturer CFM and GE Aviation said. This new directive mandates “ultrasonic...
Starflyer, world's tallest spinning ride, opens soon in Orlando

Starflyer, world's tallest spinning ride, opens soon in Orlando

The world’s tallest spinning ride, the Starflyer, will be opening soon in Orlando, Florida. >> Read more trending news  The ride will be 450 feet tall and is set to open in June along International Drive. Developer Chuck Whittall has spent a lot of money to swing business into I-Drive. He has invested nearly a billion dollars between the Coca Cola Orlando Eye and the I-Drive...
TSA wins three Webby Awards

TSA wins three Webby Awards

The Transportation Security Administration isn’t known for its humor, but the government agency has won three internet awards thanks to its lighthearted messages used to keep us safe. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences awarded the TSA Instagram account with awards for - Marketing/Corporate Communications, Social Content Marketing/Weird and the People’s Voice Award...
Guests use Bluetooth technology at Disney hotel to enter rooms

Guests use Bluetooth technology at Disney hotel to enter rooms

Opening your hotel room door with your cell phone? Disney has started to roll out the new technology for guests to skip the front desk and go directly to their room, speeding up the start of vacations. Disney gave WFTV anchor Jamie Holmes an exclusive look at how guests will be able to use their cellphones to get into their hotel rooms. The theme park rolled out the technology at Disney’s Wilderness...
WOW air offering $69 flights to Iceland from Cincinnati this summer

WOW air offering $69 flights to Iceland from Cincinnati this summer

Icelandic low-cost airline WOW air is offering $69 one-way fares from Cincinnati and 12 other cities to Iceland during the summer and the fall. The first introduced $69 one-way fares in 2017 and is excited to bring them back in time for summer and fall vacation planning. The discounted flights will be available from Baltimore/ Washington, D.C. (BWI), Chicago (ORD), Cleveland (CLE), Cincinnati (CVG)...
Longest nonstop flight ready to take off

Longest nonstop flight ready to take off

What’s the longest nonstop flight you’ve been on? Maybe a five-hour trip between Los Angeles and Hawaii? Or maybe it’s a flight between New York and London that’s more than 7 hours. Whatever the time is, the trips have nothing on Singapore’s newest flight. Thanks to the Airbus A350-900ULR that’s being produced, the airline is planning on offering a nonstop flight...
Why did free apple cost a woman $500?

Why did free apple cost a woman $500?

A Colorado woman is paying the price for forgetting an apple in her bag when flying internationally. Crystal Tadlock recently was returning to Arvada from Paris when flight attendants on the international flight handed out apples in sealed plastic bags, KDVR reported. She said she didn’t want it at the time, so she tossed it in her bag, intending to eat it on her second flight to Denver...
Southwest Airlines cancels dozens of flights amid inspections after deadly engine failure

Southwest Airlines cancels dozens of flights amid inspections after deadly engine failure

Southwest Airlines said it canceled about 40 flights Sunday as it inspects engine fan blades in the wake of an engine failure last week that led to one passenger’s death. That’s about 1 percent of Dallas-based Southwest’s daily schedule of nearly 4,000 flights. The airline encouraged passengers to check their flight status. “We anticipate minimal delays or cancellations...
Tips for celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Disney's Animal Kingdom

Tips for celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Disney's Animal Kingdom

On Earth Day, April 22, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will celebrate its 20th anniversary with entertainment, parties, and educational experiences for a limited time. It wouldn’t be a milestone celebration without a party, and all 500 acres of Disney’s Animal Kingdom will come alive with a wild party that includes animal encounters, activities, and special desserts the Party for the...
Alaska Airlines introduces new rules for emotional support animals

Alaska Airlines introduces new rules for emotional support animals

Alaska Airlines announced Thursday it is making policy changes for passengers who fly with emotional support and psychiatric service animals. Starting May 1, the airline will require passengers traveling with those type of animals to provide animal health and behavioral documents. The airline said a signed document from a medical doctor or mental health professional will also be needed. >> Read...
Cincinnati flight emergency shown in ‘60 Minutes’ Allegiant investigation

Cincinnati flight emergency shown in ‘60 Minutes’ Allegiant investigation

An investigation by “60 Minutes” found more than 100 serious recent incidents involving mechanical issues with Allegiant Air aircraft. Between Jan. 1, 2016 and the end of Oct. 2017, “60 Minutes” found more than 100 serious mechanical incidents, including mid-air engine failures, smoke and fumes in the cabin, rapid descents, flight control malfunctions, hydraulic leaks and aborted...
Cruise ship MSC Armonia crashes into Honduran port, destroys part of pier

Cruise ship MSC Armonia crashes into Honduran port, destroys part of pier

What happens when the person steering a massive ship into port misjudges the space between the vessel and the dock? Now we know, because the whole thing was caught on video. The MSC Armonia was coming into port on the island of Roatan in Honduras, but the ship was bearing down on the pier, NPR reported. >> Read more trending news  The ship crashed into the dock and tore out a chunk...
Best Places to Live 2018: Did your city make U.S. News' annual list?

Best Places to Live 2018: Did your city make U.S. News' annual list?

It’s another good day to live in Austin, Texas.  Last year, Austin knocked Denver from the No. 1 spot on U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” And this year, it didn’t budge.  As in years past, the publication ranked the 125 largest cities in the country based on a variety of factors and data. Five indexes...
Tourism impact nears $400M in Clark County

Tourism impact nears $400M in Clark County

An improving economy and better marketing were factors that pushed the economic impact of tourism from about $300 million in 2010 to nearly $400 million last year, according to Clark County officials. A recent report from the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau showed the economic impact of tourism in Clark County has slowly but steadily risen over the past decade. That has led to more...
Delta, Sears, Kmart data breach: Customer payment info possibly compromised in cyberattack

Delta, Sears, Kmart data breach: Customer payment info possibly compromised in cyberattack

Update Apr 5, 2018 3:45 PM EDT: In addition to Delta Airlines, Sears Holdings announced that customer data from Sears and Kmart stores, including names, addresses and credit card numbers, may have been exposed during a security breach last fall. >> Read more trending news  Sears Holdings uses the same online chat service as Delta, [24]7.ai, and said in a statement posted on its website...
North High grad photographs the world, new film looks at Guatemala

North High grad photographs the world, new film looks at Guatemala

After being robbed five times and losing a vehicle in Costa Rica, 1976 North High School graduate Brent Winebrenner left in 1998 swearing he’d never return to Central America. Then, three years ago, Elsie YiDonoy, founder of Bella Guatemala Travel, made him an offer the freelance photographer whose work has been published in National Geographic and critically acclaimed books easily could have...
TSA Instagram post: Cool it, Aragorn, you don't need your blade on the plane

TSA Instagram post: Cool it, Aragorn, you don't need your blade on the plane

The Transportation Security Administration is not known for its sense of humor. “I was just joking” is probably the last words heard of many travelers before they are dragged into one of those private rooms at the airport. But it turns out the TSA makes an exception for its Instagram account (did you know the TSA has an Instagram account?). When a traveler at San Antonio International...
You'll soon be able to cruise Pittsburgh's three rivers on a Tiki boat

You'll soon be able to cruise Pittsburgh's three rivers on a Tiki boat

When you think of Tiki bars and exotic tropical drinks, you probably don’t think of Pittsburgh. But starting this spring, you’ll be able to cruise the three rivers – Tiki style. >> Read more trending news  Cruisin' Tikis Pittsburgh will offer two-hour sightseeing charters on the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers starting in May. Each 16-foot boat fits six...
Delta drops route at Dayton airport

Delta drops route at Dayton airport

Delta Air Lines is dropping a route at the Dayton International Airport. The airline is halting its Dayton-New York LaGuardia nonstop route this month, according to a statement from Delta. The route will end on March 31, due to under-performance, a spokeswoman said. The airline is adding a non-stop route to LaGuardia from Chattanooga starting July 10. Terry Slaybaugh, Dayton’s aviation director...
Earth Hour 2018: Landmarks around the world go dark for climate change awareness

Earth Hour 2018: Landmarks around the world go dark for climate change awareness

From the Sydney Opera House to Paris' Eiffel Tower, landmarks around the world went dark Saturday night for Earth Hour. >> Read more trending news  The "symbolic lights-out event," which began in Sydney in 2007, is designed to raise awareness about climate change, according to the World Wildlife Fund. 
Clark County Fairgrounds to get $50K grant to re-brand

Clark County Fairgrounds to get $50K grant to re-brand

The Clark County Convention Facilities Authority will move ahead with a plan to provide $50,000 in funding to re-brand the Clark County Fairgrounds. But board members said at a meeting Thursday they had reservations about other proposals to provide funding to the Master Gardeners of Clark County and the Springfield Museum of Art. They tabled discussions on those two projects until they can gather...
Delta under fire after flying a puppy to the wrong airport

Delta under fire after flying a puppy to the wrong airport

Delta Air Lines is coming under heat after accidentally flying a puppy to the wrong airport. Josh Schlaich posted about the incident on Facebook over the weekend when he was trying to figure out where the 8-week-old puppy was. He was supposed to pick up the puppy at the airport in Boise, Idaho. But instead he got a message from a Delta rep at the Detroit airport saying the puppy would be...
Hear this award-winning wildlife expert talk in Springfield

Hear this award-winning wildlife expert talk in Springfield

Dr. Sean B. Carroll could hardly believe his eyes — from one spot he saw gazelles, buffalo, zebras and wildebeests, at least 10 species of animals intermingled. It wasn’t a zoo or circus or nature but Africa’s Serengeti, located in Tanzania. It inspired the evolutionary biologist to write “Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters,” a tribute...
United Airlines mistakenly flies dog to Japan instead of Kansas City

United Airlines mistakenly flies dog to Japan instead of Kansas City

United Airlines is under fire again after a family said the carrier accidentally sent their dog to Japan instead of Kansas City. According to KCTV, Kara Swindle and her family, who are moving from Oregon to Kansas, took a United flight to Kansas City. Their dog, a 10-year-old German shepherd named Irgo, was supposed to be waiting in a United cargo facility when they arrived.  But that wasn't...
WATCH: Florida fishermen come within feet of 14-foot white shark

WATCH: Florida fishermen come within feet of 14-foot white shark

A day on the water in Amelia Island, Florida, turned into a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a group of fishermen. Capt. Tony Peeples with Southern Style Charters said he and a group of four men were off the coast of Fernandina Beach north of the jetties when they came within feet of a 14-foot white shark. Peeples said he was leaning over the side of the boat with his hands in the...
State Department warns of 'security threat' in Mexico's popular Playa del Carmen

State Department warns of 'security threat' in Mexico's popular Playa del Carmen

The State Department on Wednesday issued a security alert for a popular Mexican resort city, warning Americans to exercise caution in Playa del Carmen and to buy travel insurance two weeks after an explosion on a tourist ferry injured more than two dozen people. Officials told The Associated Press on Thursday that the alert was not related to the explosion, which left 19 Mexicans and at least...
Need a vacation? Take a trip to Walt Disney World with Google Maps

Need a vacation? Take a trip to Walt Disney World with Google Maps

Wish you could take a trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland? Just hop on Google Maps, because the amusement parks are now available in street view.  » RELATED: Google Maps launches feature that allows users to see moons and planets The tech company announced the news this week, revealing that you can virtually visit the tourist spots right from your home.  “We&rsquo...
In wake of NRA flap, Delta reviewing all group discounts of a ‘politically divisive nature’

In wake of NRA flap, Delta reviewing all group discounts of a ‘politically divisive nature’

In the wake of the controversy over Delta Air Lines’ end of an NRA discount for travel to the group’s convention, the Atlanta-based airline said it is reviewing all discounts “of a politically divisive nature.” “While Delta’s intent was to remain neutral, some elected officials in Georgia tied our decision to a pending jet fuel tax exemption, threatening...
Want to learn more about this iconic Springfield site?

Want to learn more about this iconic Springfield site?

If you’ve ever wanted to take part in preserving history, the Westcott House Foundation might have an opportunity for you. The foundation has begun accepting volunteers to work at the Westcott House in Springfield throughout 2018. Those interested will work at the house conducting tours, in the house’s gift shop and perform other activities. » RELATED: Westcott House temporarily...
Delta’s new emotional support animal policy takes effect

Delta’s new emotional support animal policy takes effect

Delta Air Lines’ new tighter restrictions on emotional support animals and service animals took effect Thursday. Atlanta-based Delta put in place the new policy effective March 1 after a passenger on one of its planes was attacked by a 70-pound emotional support dog last year. It also comes amid a rise in incidents involving animals in flights and a lack of certain regulations...
Spring breakers, watch out: The Portuguese man o' war is back

Spring breakers, watch out: The Portuguese man o' war is back

No, we’re not talking about sharks, but there’s another sea creature that spring breakers might have to worry about. Park rangers at Texas' Padre Island National Seashore this week posted a photo of some of the first Portuguese man o’ war to hit the shore this season. Similar sightings have been reported at Florida beaches in Palm Beach County and St. Augustine...
These brand new rustic lofts are the PERFECT affordable getaway to Hocking Hills

These brand new rustic lofts are the PERFECT affordable getaway to Hocking Hills

Shiny and new is a thing of the past. Hocking Hill’s newest getaway is testament to that.  The brand new Hocking Hills Rusty Lofts are rustic meets fabulous, and are situated minutes away from downtown Logan, where one-of-a-kind restaurants, wineries and downtown activities await visitors. It’s also just a short, scenic drive to Hocking Hills State Park. Sleeping up to six...
What's the No. 1 state in the nation? U.S. News releases 2018 Best States list

What's the No. 1 state in the nation? U.S. News releases 2018 Best States list

Iowans earned major bragging rights this week after their state was recognized as the best in the nation. >> Read more trending news  That’s according to U.S. News & World Report’s official 2018 Best States ranking, for which analysts compared the 50 states across seven categories: health care; education; economy; opportunity; infrastructure; crime and corrections...
More cruise ships failed sanitation inspections in 2017 than any other year

More cruise ships failed sanitation inspections in 2017 than any other year

MIAMI—Cruise lines have never had a cleanliness problem this big. In 2017, cruise lines failed their sanitation inspections at the highest rate ever since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vessel Sanitation Program started holding cruise ships to its Operations Manual guidelines in 1990. Fifteen ships earned failing scores last year, a figure that dwarfs the average failure...
Parkland school shooting survivor asks tourists to boycott Florida until gun reform passes

Parkland school shooting survivor asks tourists to boycott Florida until gun reform passes

David Hogg, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, is now calling for tourists to boycott Florida during spring break to raise awareness for gun control. “Let’s make a deal DO NOT come to Florida for spring break unless gun legislation is passed,” Hogg tweeted to more than 280,000 followers. “These politions [sic]...
WOW discount airline adds more flights

WOW discount airline adds more flights

Icelandic low-cost airline WOW air is adding a fifth weekly frequency to its scheduled service at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Due to strong demand, WOW air is increasing its service frequency from four days a week — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday — to five days a week throughout the summer travel season, June 4 to Sept. 17. The new frequency will...
Champaign County officials push forward plan to build new hotel

Champaign County officials push forward plan to build new hotel

Champaign County economic development leaders will push ahead with a proposal that could lead to a new hotel in Urbana as early as next year. A recent review conducted by a Wisconsin-based consultant showed there’s enough demand in Urbana that it would be feasible to build a new hotel with at least 70 to 80 rooms and meeting space, said Marcia Bailey, economic development coordinator for the...
All aboard: Disney Cruise Line looks for workers to man its ship kid clubs

All aboard: Disney Cruise Line looks for workers to man its ship kid clubs

If you’ve dreamed of working on the high seas, then Disney is looking for you. The cruise line that Mickey built is hiring youth activities counselors to live and work on its fleet of cruise ships, Metro reported. >> Read more trending news  The hours are long, according to Metro, at 80 hours a week, but the job offers fun and amazing ports of call in Mexico, Barcelona and...
Florida beach named nation's best in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards

Florida beach named nation's best in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards

A Florida beach has been named the nation's best in TripAdvisor's annual Travelers' Choice awards. The travel website announced Tuesday that Clearwater Beach was the best in the U.S. in 2018, climbing from No. 4 in 2017. The beach also topped the national list in 2016.  >> Read more trending news  Meanwhile, Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, took the award for...
5 wine tours a lot closer to home than Napa

5 wine tours a lot closer to home than Napa

You can take some of the most lavish, expensive wine tours in the world in the Napa Valley, where wines are all about heritage, taste and sophistication. These days, though, even the snootiest oenophile can find a worthy wine tasting in places far from California. And the same goes for the Napa-style custom of wine tours. Travelers in the South or Southeast have lots of pleasurable wine tours...
Passengers behaving badly: 5 recent airplane debacles you won’t believe

Passengers behaving badly: 5 recent airplane debacles you won’t believe

Outrageous behaviors on airplanes and in airports haven’t stopped just because it’s a new year. Last year, passengers brawled in busy terminals and got taken off of flights. Commercial airlines carried more than 3.8 billion passengers and generated more than $501 billion in revenue worldwide last year, according to the International Air Transport Association. Here’s how travelers...
Low-cost airline adds flights an hour from Springfield to 7 cities

Low-cost airline adds flights an hour from Springfield to 7 cities

Spirit Airline, a low-cost carrier, has added new nonstop flights just an hour from Springfield to five cities and plans additional service to New Orleans and Myrtle Beach in late March. Spirit added flights from John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay and Fort Myers in Florida and Las Vegas, beginning Thursday, Feb. 15. MORE COVERAGE: Don&rsquo...
Disney announces when Toy Story Land will open

Disney announces when Toy Story Land will open

Fans of the “Toy Story” film franchise now know when they’ll be able to “shrink down” to the size of Andy’s toys and experience the immersive world Walt Disney Imagineers have been building. Guests to Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios will officially be able to visit’s Andy’s backyard playsets starting June 30.  >> Read more trending...
Southwest adding new flight at Cincinnati airport

Southwest adding new flight at Cincinnati airport

Southwest Airlines is adding another new flight at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Southwest Airlines’ new nonstop service from Cincinnati/Northern International Airport to Denver, Colorado (DEN) will begin Aug. 7. The new route will operate daily year round with Boeing 737 aircraft using a combination of 143 and 175 seat configurations. “This new route continues...
WATCH: United Airlines plane loses engine cover on way to Honolulu, makes emergency landing

WATCH: United Airlines plane loses engine cover on way to Honolulu, makes emergency landing

Passengers aboard what one woman called the "scariest flight of my life" are breathing sighs of relief after making a safe landing following a midair engine problem. According to CNN, United Flight 1175 from San Francisco lost an engine cover over the Pacific Ocean less than an hour before it was set to land in Honolulu. "There was a loud bang ... and then the plane really started shaking...
DOT reveals which airlines ranked highest for complaints in 2017

DOT reveals which airlines ranked highest for complaints in 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation received 18,148 complaints about air travel in 2017. It was a year when airline incidents were in the headlines, including a United passenger dragged from a plane and a Delta passenger mauled by an emotional support dog. >> Read more trending news  The number of complaints about air travel to the federal government last year — which...
Flying with germs: 3 things you never want to touch at airports, on planes

Flying with germs: 3 things you never want to touch at airports, on planes

We know that airplanes can be a breeding ground for germs and other nasty things that could get you sick, but did you ever think about what you’re exposing yourself to before you even get to the jetway? A study that was recently released found that the airport itself is a haven for germs and bacteria and it is enough to make those who aren’t germaphobic squirm and grab the hand sanitizer...
Disney raises ticket prices again in Florida, California

Disney raises ticket prices again in Florida, California

If you have plans to go to the Happiest Place on Earth, be prepared to pay more for the privilege.  Disney officials have announced that both American parks have increased ticket prices. The increase went into effect Sunday at the theme parks at both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, The Associated Press reported. >> Read more trending news  Take...
Westcott House temporarily closes to tours for crucial repair projects

Westcott House temporarily closes to tours for crucial repair projects

The need for preservation work has temporarily closed one of Springfield’s most notable landmarks. The Westcott House, one of the still-standing structures developed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1906, will be undergoing crucial preservation projects until Feb. 16 and has been closed to tours, according to the Westcott House Organization’s website. Westcott Center for Architecture...
Passports to cost more in coming weeks; how to apply, renew before price hike

Passports to cost more in coming weeks; how to apply, renew before price hike

If international travel plans are even potentially in your future, you may want to start planning now.  That’s because starting on April 2, fees will be going up on passports if you have to go to a post office or other consular offices, Fox News reported. For those who renew via mail, the fee is said not to apply, according to Fox News. The Department of State is raising the execution...
Don’t waste unused vacation time

Don’t waste unused vacation time

Every year more than half of Americans fail to use all their time off, creating a stock pile of 662 million unused vacation days. AAA, in collaboration with Project: Time Off, knows the most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning. Yet only 54 percent of households set aside time to plan the use of their vacation time each year. RELATED: Danger:...
5 Midwest winter getaways near Dayton that will make you WANT cabin fever

5 Midwest winter getaways near Dayton that will make you WANT cabin fever

The Midwest, particularly the region around Southwest Ohio, has some major advantages over other regions this time of year.  It’s hard to completely loathe winter when you’re curled up under a mound of blankets, feet away from a crackling fireplace, sipping a cup of hot chocolate that just reached its ideal temperature. That kind of warm and cozy feeling is only earned after enduring...
Florida ranked worst state in the U.S., according to travel site

Florida ranked worst state in the U.S., according to travel site

It appears nothing could help Florida from ranking as the worst state in the nation, according to travel website Thrillist.  In the site’s “Definitive and Final Ranking of all 50 States,” Florida came in at No. 50, with an “awfulness résumé so staggeringly impressive that it couldn’t go any other way. You were born for this. Embrace it,&rdquo...
Could your travel plans be impacted by a government shutdown?

Could your travel plans be impacted by a government shutdown?

The U.S. government could be headed for a shutdown after midnight on Friday if Congress does not pass a temporary spending bill.  What would a shutdown mean for those planning domestic or international travel in the coming days or weeks? First, employees deemed “essential” would remain on the job and that includes  Transportation Security Administration screeners and air traffic...
6 top tiny home vacation rentals that won’t cost you your mortgage

6 top tiny home vacation rentals that won’t cost you your mortgage

Need a vacation that isn't followed by a barrage of credit card bills? Tiny home vacation rentals are a wallet-friendly option, with beach, mountain and ranch locations available. Renting a small space for a weekend getaway or weeklong adventure is also a great way to test drive the tiny home concept.  »RELATED: Here's what a $1 million house looks like in 7 major US cities »Here...
2 more Carnival cruise ships fail health inspections

2 more Carnival cruise ships fail health inspections

Two of the newest ships in the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet have received failing grades in health inspections designed to control the spread of gastrointestinal illnesses.  Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze both scored below a passing grade of 86, the Miami Herald reported.Vista, the cruise line's newest ship, received a 79 while Breeze was given a 77.  >> Read more trending...
Fairgrounds get $50k to rebrand site as Champions Park

Fairgrounds get $50k to rebrand site as Champions Park

The Clark County Fairground will get a $50,000 grant to pay to rebrand one of the top tourist attractions in Clark County. The Clark County Convention Facilities Authority is funded by local hotel bed taxes and is tasked with supporting projects that lead to more overnight stays and tourism in Clark County. It will give the fairgrounds a one-time payment to be used to cover costs associated with rebranding...
Eyelashes freeze, thermometer breaks as -62°C temperatures hit world's coldest village

Eyelashes freeze, thermometer breaks as -62°C temperatures hit world's coldest village

As Americans continue to brave the winter weather, photos from a remote village in Russia might make them count their blessings that it’s not worse. According to the experts, Oymyakon in Siberia is the world’s coldest permanently inhabited area. Recent temperatures came in at a bone-chilling -62°C, or -79.6°F. In fact, it was so cold that the town’s thermometer...
Warning: Travelers through Chicago O’Hare International Airport may have been exposed to measles

Warning: Travelers through Chicago O’Hare International Airport may have been exposed to measles

Anyone who traveled through Chicago O’Hare International Airport earlier this month may want to check for signs of measles. The Illinois Department of Health issued an alert that a passenger on board an international flight that landed on Jan. 10 tested positive for the disease. The department has not released what flights the person was on, or where they traveled to or from. >> Read more...
Must-see: Passenger jet skids off runway, gets stuck on edge of cliff

Must-see: Passenger jet skids off runway, gets stuck on edge of cliff

A passenger jet carrying 162 people got stuck on a cliff's edge moments after skidding off a runway early Sunday at Turkey's Trabzon Airport. According to The Associated Press, no one was hurt in the incident, and everyone on board was evacuated safely. The airport was closed temporarily. >> Read more trending news  Authorities said they did not know what caused the incident involving the...
PHOTOS: Must-see natural waterfall ‘ice sculptures’ at Hocking Hills

PHOTOS: Must-see natural waterfall ‘ice sculptures’ at Hocking Hills

When temperatures drop at Hocking Hills State Park, the rushing waterfalls transform into ice sculptures -- and the results are captivating.  >> The most unique getaway spots at Hocking Hills We’ve rounded up photos of these frosted formations shared by park-goers on Instagram. Check out our favorites below.
U.S. issues ‘do not travel’ advisory for 5 states in Mexico

U.S. issues ‘do not travel’ advisory for 5 states in Mexico

The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel advisory urging citizens to use increased caution when traveling to five states in Mexico. USA Today reported that the new warning from the government has increased the Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas states to a level 4, the highest level of potential danger.  The warning for the states, issued Thursday, was raised...
'Game of Thrones'-themed ice hotel opens in Finland

'Game of Thrones'-themed ice hotel opens in Finland

In collaboration with HBO Nordic, a Finnish hotel chain has built the ultimate experience for fans of “Game of Thrones,” made entirely from ice and snow. Lapland Hotels’ SnowVillage, set about 125 miles above the Arctic Circle, opened last month with an ice restaurant, an ice bar, an ice chapel and a “Game of Thrones”-themed ice hotel. The hotel features a life-sized...
New local cheap flight options you need to know about in 2018

New local cheap flight options you need to know about in 2018

Get ready to book some cheap flights this year. Air carriers, like Allegiant Air and Southwest Airlines, are adding flights at local airports in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati. Here’s some of the new flights you can book this year: » MUST-READ TRAVEL NEWS: 7 major changes at the Dayton airport in 2017 1. Allegiant to add new flights in Cincinnati Allegiant is adding nonstop service from...
Try your luck: 10 tips on beating the odds on your first casino trip

Try your luck: 10 tips on beating the odds on your first casino trip

There's just something appealing about a casino vacation, whether you're dreaming of the luxury of the world's most extravagant casino resorts or playing roulette at one of Yahoo's top-ranked casinos outside of Vegas. Or maybe you're just longing for a day playing the slots at a smaller place like the Mardis Gras Casino and Resort in West Virginia. »RELATED: Feeling...
WORTH THE DRIVE: Eat your way through Hocking Hills on this Comfort Food Cruise 

WORTH THE DRIVE: Eat your way through Hocking Hills on this Comfort Food Cruise 

It’s January, and it’s cold -- but not too cold to enjoy the jaw-dropping rock formations on either side of you as you hike through the beautiful Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills.  Now imagine that you’re on that very same hike, with a belly full of warm mac ‘n’ cheese, an ultimate chocolate brownie and maybe even some biscuits and gravy.  This is a real...
Are airplanes really dangerous? 2017 was safest year yet for flights

Are airplanes really dangerous? 2017 was safest year yet for flights

Plenty of people have a fear of flying in airplanes, but a new report found last year was the safest year for commercial airline passengers in the history of aviation. This past year was another “exceptionally good year for civil aviation safety,” according to Netherlands-based aviation consultant To70. Only two fatal accidents occurred in passenger airlines in 2017, and both were...
Flight takes off in 2018, lands in 2017

Flight takes off in 2018, lands in 2017

How does stuff like this even happen? This time, you can thank flight delays and the International Dateline. Passengers were on board a flight that left Auckland, New Zealand, at 12:05 a.m. local time. That meant the flight left in 2018, The Daily Mail reported. >> Read more trending news   But it landed in Honolulu at 10:16 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2017. Technically, Auckland is 23 hours...
Wisconsin football players catch 450-pound shark days before Orange Bowl win

Wisconsin football players catch 450-pound shark days before Orange Bowl win

You can’t do this at every bowl destination. Wisconsin’s football team landed in Miami for the Orange Bowl earlier in the week, and between practices and team outings, a few teammates had the chance to schedule some deep-sea fishing. >> Read more Floridoh! stories Members of Wisconsin’s football team went fishing somewhere near Miami this week and caught a 450-pound...
Must-see: Niagara Falls is a winter wonderland in these stunning photos

Must-see: Niagara Falls is a winter wonderland in these stunning photos

A cold wave is sweeping almost all of North America, and as temperatures have dwindled, we’ve seen some pretty bizarre things. But one of the coolest and most beautiful sights right now has to be Niagara Falls, where Jack Frost painted a spectacular scene that looks like something straight out of Narnia. >> RELATED STORY: Could Niagara Falls completely freeze?  >> Read...
Sick of cold weather? 5 cheap local flights to warm destinations

Sick of cold weather? 5 cheap local flights to warm destinations

As bitter cold temperatures linger in the region, it’s the perfect time to escape to warmer destinations. Cold, arctic air arrived across most of the United States Wednesday morning and clear skies caused the Miami Valley to have frigid temperatures, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. The Dayton International Airport reached minus 2 degrees for the first time since February...
That free vacation may end up costing you

That free vacation may end up costing you

What better way to travel than winning a free vacation, right? Well that free vacation may cost you more than if you would have booked the trip on your own. Or, it could result in having your credit and bank account information stolen. ››RELATED: Don’t take the click bait Common travel scams involve time share promotions, free plane tickets, free vacation packages,...
Ready for a new travel experience? Airport renovations start next week

Ready for a new travel experience? Airport renovations start next week

Get ready for some major changes at the Dayton International Airport. The next phase of the airport’s terminal modernization project is set to begin in January, focusing on the airline ticketing end of the terminal and the outside of the parking garage across from baggage claim. The portion of the project is expected to be finish up in August. The construction will impact the flow of traffic...
Airbnb hosts caught secretly filming guests: How to check for cameras

Airbnb hosts caught secretly filming guests: How to check for cameras

Many travelers have ditched traditional hotels for the convenience and savings of renting a room or house through Airbnb or other home sharing apps — and hundreds of Ohioans are making extra income by renting out their properties. But some consumer watchdogs are alerting travelers to watch out for hidden cameras or other privacy violations. “Unfortunately, Santa and his elves aren&rsquo...
Airlines working to reunite stranded passengers with luggage

Airlines working to reunite stranded passengers with luggage

Flights are getting back on schedule at Atlanta's airport after the massive blackout but now people have to find their bags. Delta said they have extra workers working long hours to get those bags to passengers who were affected by flight delays and cancellations. On Monday, there were more than 400 flight cancelations. Tuesday, there were just a few.  >> Read more trending news  Regan...
Woman sues hotel after she claims she was charged $350 after negative review

Woman sues hotel after she claims she was charged $350 after negative review

An Indiana woman is taking a hotel to court saying that she was charged $350 for a negative online review and the hotel claims it has a right to charge customers who give them bad reviews. Katrina Arthur and her husband stayed at Abbey Inn & Suites in March 2016. Arthur alleges that when they arrived, the room was not cleaned. She said she found hair and dirt in the sheets. The air conditioner didn&rsquo...
7 new, cheap flight options added at regional airports in 2017

7 new, cheap flight options added at regional airports in 2017

Discount airlines flooded regional airports with cheap, new flights to destinations across the globe this year. WOWair, Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air added new flights in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton — lowering airfare for eager travelers in the region. These were some of the best deals added to the region this year: Discount carrier Frontier grew its service with the addition of six...
Yellow Springs lodging tax to cost Airbnb renters, local hotel guests

Yellow Springs lodging tax to cost Airbnb renters, local hotel guests

If you want to rent a room to travelers in Yellow Springs — a practice that residents say has a long tradition in the village — starting next year you might need a permit and have to tack a lodging tax onto the guests’ bills. STAY CONNECTED: Greene County News on Facebook Village officials are implementing a 3 percent lodging tax effective Jan. 1, a move that will not only affect...
5 traffic tips for navigating Austin Landing this holiday season

5 traffic tips for navigating Austin Landing this holiday season

Planning a trip to Austin Landing for some holiday shopping or maybe dinner, a movie or other entertainment? Here are five traffic tips that will make getting to and around the area easier:  If you’re coming from I-75. When driving east toward Austin Landing, there are two left turn lanes on Austin Boulevard that take you north into the complex. Choose them wisely. Upon turning onto Austin...
Macy’s Day Parade 2017: 5 things to know about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy’s Day Parade 2017: 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...
WOW Air selling flights to Europe for $99 for Black Friday

WOW Air selling flights to Europe for $99 for Black Friday

WOW Air could fly you to Europe for as low as $99. >> Read more trending news  If Black Friday sales on electronics don’t excite you, maybe a cheap flight abroad will.  Wow Air is offering discounted one-way flights from airports in Boston, Chicago and Pittsburgh to destinations like Amsterdam, London, Dublin and Reykjavik, Iceland. The catch? The select discounted...
Cancer survivor and the doctor that saved him climb Mount Kilimanjaro together

Cancer survivor and the doctor that saved him climb Mount Kilimanjaro together

Four years ago, Ken Brown, of Chicago, received news that would change his life forever. He was told he had a five percent chance of survival after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, WGN reported. >> Read more trending news But Brown wasn’t alone. He had the help of Dr. Malcom Bilimoria, who was able to help cure Brown of his life-threatening disease. “I could see when...
128 teams from around world coming to Warren County for championships

128 teams from around world coming to Warren County for championships

The 2018 World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) Championships will bring teams from around the world to the Lebanon Sports Complex, Mason High School and other facilities in Warren County, according to officials. While area individuals could wind up among the 4,000 athletes taking the field during the tournament, no local teams are among the 128 teams - 48 teams in the Mixed Division, 40 each in the...
Travel tips: 10 worst airports to fly through for Thanksgiving travel

Travel tips: 10 worst airports to fly through for Thanksgiving travel

With holiday travel right around the corner, travelers should prepare themselves for hectic airports and crammed planes. The Thanksgiving travel period is the busiest travel time of the year. Check out a few tips for a smooth flying experience, according to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport: 1. For protection against lost luggage, label your bags inside and out with your contact...
Dept. of State issues 'Europe Travel Alert' due to heightened risk of terrorist attacks

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...
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