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During self-quarantine, learn a foreign language without leaving the house

At this point in time, we have no idea when we will be able to travel abroad again. But we don’t need to be idle. We can keep our travel …


UPDATED: Sun., March 29, 2020

Ireland’s ‘Wild’ side: Exploring a quieter corner of the rugged west coast

I bounced the rental car slowly up the narrow, one-lane road and pulled up near the only other car in the unpaved parking area. My family and I tumbled out …


Armchair travelers: Historic sites, attractions offer virtual tours during coronavirus pandemic

As governments across the world implement social distancing efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus, in some cities, bars, restaurants and other public spaces have been ordered to close. That …


UPDATED: Sun., March 15, 2020

President Donald Trump defends US over airport crowding amid virus fears

Harsh criticism rained on the Trump administration Sunday from state and local officials over long lines of returning international passengers at some U.S. airports that could have turned them into …


River encounter: Challenge of getting over ‘the bar’ is explained at museum

Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon, highlights difficulties facing ships where river meets the ocean.


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

Airlines slash flights, freeze hiring as virus cuts travel

Airlines are slashing flights and freezing hiring as they experience a sharp drop in bookings and a rise in cancellations in the face of the spreading coronavirus.


UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020

Headphones and Netflix: Gonzaga basketball players, staff share their must-have travel items ahead of postseason stretch

Being tucked up in the Pacific Northwest, GU finds itself on a private plane more often – at least for longer stretches of time – than other teams might.


UPDATED: Wed., March 4, 2020

United is first airline to cut U.S. flying because of virus outbreak

United Airlines will reduce flights, freeze hiring and ask employees to volunteer for unpaid leave as the airline struggles with weak demand for travel because of the new virus outbreak.


UPDATED: Sun., March 1, 2020

Spokane airport travelers express little concern over risk of contracting coronavirus

As two new cases of the COVID-19 disease were reported Sunday in Washington, , travelers through Spokane International Airport said they weren’t too concerned about contracting the disease. Most were …


Would you live in a van? Two San Diego women launch startup for Bohemian traveler movement

Inspired by a social media phenomenon, Breanne Acio, a former San Diego State University lecturer, and public relations worker Jessica Shisler teamed up in 2018 to pave the way for …


Antarctica is becoming easier to visit - here’s how to get to the bottom of the world

“Antarctica is becoming more accessible,” said Colleen McDaniel, editor in chief of Cruise Critic, who recently traveled to the southernmost continent with Abercrombie & Kent, a luxury tour operator. “There …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

Does my travel insurance cover coronavirus? Depends

Washington State University is monitoring the situation in South Korea and Italy, where students are currently studying abroad, but are not advising the students return to Pullman amid coronavirus fears.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 22, 2020

Rock star digs: In laid-back Bolinas, California, stay in home once owned by Jefferson Airplane guitarist

BOLINAS, Calif. – We awoke to the sounds of waves washing up to the house, built right onto the retaining wall. The picture window in the downstairs guest room of …


You don’t need to be a student to take part in new Cagli program

Previously under Gonzaga University, a study abroad in Cagli, Italy, will reboot this summer as an independent program. The longtime Cagli cultural-communication immersion program is now open to any adult …


Discovering the Baroque beauty of a revived Naples

For years, this southern Italian capital was a tourist afterthought. Venice had canals. Rome had the Vatican. Naples had smog, litter, street crime, flies, graffiti and crazed Vespa drivers. That …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

Delta, American Airlines suspend flights between US, China

Delta Air Lines and American Airlines said Friday they will suspend all flights between the U.S. and China, making them the first U.S.-based airlines to do so and joining several …


Atari plans to open video game-themed resorts in 8 U.S. cities

Atari, the arcade game company that ushered in the gaming revolution in the 1980s, is opening eight video game-themed hotels across the U.S. The company said this week it will …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

More airlines drop flights to China as deadly virus spreads

British Airways halted all flights to China and American Airlines suspended Los Angeles flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing as efforts to contain a new and deadly virus intensifies.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 26, 2020

Super slopes: Powder addict skis six resorts in four days in Utah’s Wasatch Range

Salt Lake City might be the world’s best location to try a stunt like this. Eleven ski resorts are a short drive away in the


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Spokane International Airport breaks record for passengers in 2019

Spokane International Airport set a new record for passenger activity in 2019, exceeding more than 4 million travelers for the first time in its history. It’s the third consecutive year …


Paradise, by definition: Natural beauty and friendly people make Bali an idyllic destination

Browse through any travel brochure, and you’re apt to find several different definitions of the term “paradise.” Some travelers would cite the beaches of Hawaii, for example, or the vistas …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 11, 2020

Storm grounds U.S. flights, whips up tornadoes, warms East Coast

A massive winter storm is grounding flights in Chicago, whipping up tornadoes and hail across the South, and will likely push record January warmth into New York, Washington and the …


Plan visits to national parks on free entry days

There are 62 official national parks in the United States. A series of no entry fee days help ensure that everyone has a chance to visit one of them.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Up to 8 inches of snow expected to fall on Spokane starting Friday

The snow is expected to snarl traffic on Interstate 90 from Ritzville into North Idaho, on Highway 195 from Spokane to Uniontown and on Highway 2 in the West Plains …


10 of the world’s most beautiful places to unplug

My family and I are phone addicts, so we’ve never purposely searched out vacation destinations with restricted Wi-Fi access. Then, a few months ago, we took off on a small …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Richland woman among astronaut candidates completing their NASA training in January

Navy Lt. Kayla Barron, 32, will be among the 11 astronaut candidates graduating from spaceflight training next month. Any of those astronauts could be selected for manned missions to the …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Program expediting clearance for international travel to hold first interviews at Spokane airport

International travelers in Spokane will soon have an opportunity to sign up for the Global Entry program at the Spokane International Airport.


The world needs trees more than ever – here’s how to plant some on your travels

We’ve heard a lot about trees lately: The devastating deforestation around the world, caused by wildfires and unchecked development. The health benefits of “bathing” under the forest canopy, shinrin-yoku-style.


Airline trade group predicts Christmas travel will rise 3%

Airlines are looking forward to another big Christmas and New Year’s season, with 3% more people flying in the U.S. than during last year’s holiday stretch.


Abandon big city, fall in love, repeat: Live out your Hallmark movie fantasies in these five festive towns

The Hallmark Channel is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Countdown to Christmas, a tradition that, this year, started 60 days before the actual holiday with the release of 40 …