This week in travel news…


trainsThe surprising comeback of train travel

It’s been 21 years, and John Moore still eagerly leans against his passenger window to watch the landscape pass by as the train he commutes on every day roars over the Moodna Viaduct in Cornwall, New York.  Click image to read more.


RomanceA romantic’s favorite fall getaways

While renovating a bed-and-breakfast in California’s Sierra Nevada, Maddy Breyer finds herself falling for the local sheriff.  That fictional location is as rugged and beautiful as the real thing for author Stacy Finz, whose debut novel, “Going Home,” features a young woman who moves to the fictional small town of Nugget, California, to start over.  Click image to read more.

BelizeFind paradise at Belize’s top beaches

Belize is unlike many other Caribbean destinations, where it’s easy to isolate the best beaches of a particular island. The mainland coast of Belize is a tangle of mangroves, which is about as far as a person can get from ideal beach conditions. Not to worry, Belize has literally hundreds of cayes (pronounced keys, as in Key West).  Click image to read more.

AcadiaFind the best fall foliage near Acadia National Park

As a child born and raised in the Northeast, autumn is the season that fills me with wonderful memories and has always been my favorite time of the year. Many hours spent on the soccer fields, apple picking with my family, and enjoying fall festivals and the beautiful burst of color that filled the landscape each October.  Click image to read more.

HotelsThe Coolest Hotel in Every State (and DC!)

Unless your name happens to be Arthur Fonzarelli (in which case, that’s crazy!), it’s hard to define the word “cool.” And even harder to apply the label to hotels, when “cool” could mean historic, or trendy, or that the place is actually a decommissioned Coast Guard helicopter with a full-service bar… in your room!  Click image to read more.

TipsAbsolutely Everyone You Need to Tip While Traveling

It’s probably safe to say the idea of tipping the flight attendant has never crossed your mind, but apparently a whopping 30 percent of flyers have done it. How do you feel now, cheapskate?  Click image to read more.


Cruise MakeoverWorld’s Biggest Cruise Ship Heads Home to Florida After Refit

The world’s largest cruise liner set sail for Florida on Wednesday night after a sojourn in Europe that saw it undergo an extensive refurbishment. The refit means the Oasis of the Seas now has a culinary offering “as vast and varied as dining in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities,” according to its owner Royal Caribbean.   Click image to read more.