| May 9, 2010
On the road south from the international airport in Managua, Nicaragua swooshes by, unfurling in buzzing, humid green. Fields of swaying banana trees recede from the road in rows, the shaggy fronds bouncing against a searing blue sky.
I look south toward...
| May 9, 2010
THE BEST WAY TO OMETEPE, NICARAGUA
From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) to Managua is offered on Continental, Delta, American, TACA, Copa and Spirit. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $309.
Ferries to Ometepe leave from San Jorge, about an...
| May 22, 2010
As drifting ash from the Icelandic volcano played havoc with flight schedules again this week, worried travelers continued to besiege trip insurers with one question: Am I covered?
No event in recent memory, not even the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, has...
| May 30, 2010
The volcanic ash clouds, the earthquakes, the tornadoes, the floods. Where will it all end? It won't, and that's why you should consider buying travel insurance for your next trip. Paying a few hundred dollars in premiums could save you untold grief and...
| Mar 18, 2011
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The Shinmoedake volcano on Japan's southern island of Kyushu, 950 miles from the epicenter of last week's magnitude 9 earthquake, spewed ash and rocks up to 2.5 miles into the air March 13. The volcano had erupted Jan. 19 and several times afterward, most...
| May 22, 2011
Only four people live in the village of Machuca, 13,000 feet up in the Chilean Andes, and all of them are related to Joel Colque. Colque, who grew up in this stone village that hugs the side of a volcano, is our guide for a daylong trek in the altiplano...
| Dec 7, 2010
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A flying leap from the tallest building in Soweto. A volcano sunrise. Rootbeer at the Mark Twain Dinette. And a $50 parking space. If you spend 47 days on the road chasing travel stories, you run into this sort of thing. Here's my 2010 list of 31 travel...
| Feb 6, 2011
Hawaii isn’t just one tropical paradise, it’s many. Sure, each island has its own distinct personality. But that personality is the sum of each island’s diverse offerings and experiences. Oahu, for example, is one visitor’s high-...
| Sep 17, 2010
Soca musician of 'Hot Hot Hot' fame
Alphonsus "Arrow" Cassell, 60, a soca musician who won global fame with his 1982 hit "Hot Hot Hot," died Wednesday of complications from brain cancer at his home on the Caribbean island of...
| Nov 7, 2010
At Haleakala, it's all downhill
Every day, about an hour after first light hits the green hillsides of upcountry Maui, the spokes begin to sing.
If you stand along the road by Sunrise Market in the hamlet of Kula, you'll first hear the buzz, then with a...
| Nov 7, 2010
THE BEST WAY TO MAUI
United flies nonstop LAX to Maui's Kahului airport.
Seven companies on Maui hold permits to offer bike tours that begin with van or bus trips to sunrise viewings atop Haleakala. The guided rides go from the edge of...