SATURDAY, FEB. 6, 2016

300 dpi Chris Ware illustration of family traveling on a flying dollar bill; can be used with stories about vacations, frugal trips, budget travel, etc. (Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT) (Tribune News Service illustration)

6 ways to afford that dream vacation

If you have perused those year-end lists of hot destinations, then wondered how you could afford any of those places, this column is for you. A couple of financial whizzes shared their insights on making your travel dreams come true ...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 30, 2016

In this Sept. 6, 2014 photo, a worker updates the paintwork at the Wat Xieng Thong temple in Luang Prabang, Laos. (Mark Baker / AP)

Magical Laotian town preserved by UNESCO loses its soul

It is officially described as the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia, a bygone seat of kings tucked into a remote river valley of Laos. Luang Prabang weaves a never-never land spell on many a visitor with its tapestry of French colonial villas and Buddhist temples draped in a languid atmosphere.

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Jess Cauthorn (1923-2006) “Builder’s Brick Company, Off Columbian Way”, 1955 Watercolor, 22 x 30” Private Collection. Courtesy of Cascadia Art Museum

New art museum celebrates unique Pacific Northwest

EDMONDS, Wash. – Lindsey Echelbarger surveyed the Central Gallery, his favorite spot in the newly opened Cascadia Art Museum. Richly colored paintings glowed in the soft light, set off by crisp white walls and soaring, beamed ceilings. Patrons leaned in ...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 29, 2013

From top, the Olympics, commemorations of World War I and the fall of the Berlin Wall, and movie-inspired destinations will likely make top travel choices in 2014.

Destinations for travelers in 2014

The Olympics, the World Cup and commemorations of World War I, D-Day and the fall of the Berlin Wall are some of the events that will spotlight destinations like Sochi, Brazil, Sarajevo, Normandy and Berlin in 2014. Elsewhere abroad, a potentially game-changing high-speed rail service has just launched linking Paris and Barcelona. Some travelers may now prefer the train over a plane, with the train ride cut in half to just over six hours between the two cities.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 22, 2013

A general view of the new visitor center at Stonehenge, above. A forensic facial reconstruction, pictured above, taken from the skeleton of a man who is believed to have lived at the Stonehenge site at around 3630 B.C. is on display inside the center. (Associated Press)

Stonehenge gets renovated, modern visitor center

STONEHENGE, England – After thousands of years, Stonehenge has had a makeover. But visitors may initially feel something is missing: the prehistoric monument itself. Tourists now arrive at a gleaming new timber-and-glass visitor center some 1.5 miles from Stonehenge. The famous stone circle tucked into the rolling green landscape is nowhere to be seen.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 15, 2013

A restoration expert works on a mosaic inside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, part of massive restoration work at the sacred site. (Associated Press)

Christian shrine in Bethlehem undergoing restoration work

BETHLEHEM, West Bank – As visitors descend upon Bethlehem this holiday season, they will notice a different look for the Church of the Nativity. Wrapped in scaffolding, the basilica located at the site traditionally regarded as Jesus’ birthplace is undergoing a much-needed facelift after 600 years. Experts say that water is leaking from the rooftop and threatens to cause serious damage to mosaics and other priceless items.

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The Ski & Ride Center at Schweitzer Mountain Resort offers skis for rent. (Associated Press)

Renting lets skiers try new gear, avoid bag fees

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – Just like skiing in jeans or falling while waiting in the lift line, renting gear for a visit to the slopes used to be a sure sign of a novice. Not anymore. Increasingly, experienced skiers see renting as an opportunity to use the latest skis – chosen for that day’s snow conditions – and avoid airline baggage fees.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 8, 2013

The Egyptian Museum, at right, is located in Cairo’s Tahrir Square next to the former headquarters of Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party, at left, which was burned during the 2011 uprising. Plans are being drawn up to demolish the burned building and create an exhibition garden for the museum. (Associated Press)

Egypt’s continued unrest leaves museum short of funding, visitors

CAIRO – The home of Egypt’s mummies and King Tutankhamun’s treasures is trying to make the best out of the worst times of political turmoil. But the Egyptian Museum is taking a hammering on multiple levels, from riots on its doorstep to funding so meager it can’t keep up paper clip supplies for its staff. The museum, a treasure trove of pharaonic antiquities, has long been one of the centerpieces of tourism to Egypt. But the constant instability since the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak has dried up the industry, slashing a key source of revenue. Moreover, political backbiting and attempts to stop corruption have had a knock-on effect of bringing a de facto ban on sending antiquities on tours to museums abroad, cutting off what was once a major source of funding for the state.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 2013

The lightweight, rubber-soled, water-resistant Pakem shoes come in five colors.

A traveler’s gift guide

NEW YORK – Today’s travelers want to be comfortable, organized and connected. With those themes in mind, here are some gift ideas, starting with suggestions from three folks who travel for a living. (Prices were found online mid-November, but will vary by purchase date, retailer and model.)

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SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 2013

The British Museum in London (Associated Press)

Free attractions help make visit to London more affordable

MYRIAD MUSEUMS Many visitors are surprised to learn that admission to London’s major museums and art galleries is free. There is often a charge for special exhibitions, but the permanent collections of Tate Modern, the National Gallery and many other institutions can be visited for nothing.

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Visitors play with a puppy near a pool at the dog-friendly Lamb and Lion Inn, located in West Barnstable, Mass. (Associated Press)

Knowing rules makes traveling with Fido more manageable

If you travel with your dog and prefer small inns and bed-and-breakfasts over chain hotels, it can be frustrating that so few allow pets. If you listen to some innkeepers’ stories, though, you may wonder why any of them do. At Les Artistes Inn in Del Mar, Calif., for example, a pair of Weimaraners crashed through a window when they saw another dog walk past. “The owners had said, ‘Don’t worry, they’ll be fine,’ ” said owner John Halper. “The ‘fine’ part was incorrect.”

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SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2013

Above: The scenic Le Petite France neighborhood in Strasbourg, France, is filled with half-timbered houses, bridges over canals and cobblestone roads.

First-time cruisers discover smooth sailing on the Rhine River 

When our train from Brussels arrived in Amsterdam, it was raining hard but our spirits refused to be dampened. My husband, Bill, and I were about to begin a new adventure. Once we arrived at the boat dock on the Rhine River, we turned our bags over and were shown to our stateroom. Wow, we were off to a good start already.

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Weekend Wild Card — 2.13-14.16

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The week that was…

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