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Electro-pop duo Frenship announces debut studio album

“Vacation,” which features collaborations with Bastille and Yoke Lore, will be released on May 17.


Digital detox: Resorts offer perks for handing over phones

Can you take a vacation from your cellphone? A growing number of hotels will help you find out.


Trump’s summer: Don’t call it a vacation

President Donald Trump is spending his summer vacation at his golf club in New Jersey. Wait, don’t call it “vacation.”


Chrissy Teigen caught in Bali earthquake while on vacation

Chrissy Teigen has shared her shock and worry in real-time during a powerful and deadly earthquake in Indonesia with her social media followers.


RV revenue in Spokane County has increased five-fold since 2009

Now that the economy is climbing, RV sales are reaching record highs, far beyond pre-recession sales.


Prospects are slowly looking better for moms and dads who are hourly workers

In the months leading up to Mother’s Day, more large companies have been boosting parental leave benefits to hourly or part-time workers.


Airbnb unveils new category of rentals rated by inspectors

Airbnb is dispatching inspectors to rate some of the properties listed on its home-rental service in an effort to reassure travelers they’re booking nice places to stay.


For Seattle’s Pike Place, a $74 million marketing effort

Pike Place Market has been one of Seattle’s main tourist attractions for much of its 110-year history, despite one oddity: It has never been as functional for visitors as for …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017

Spokane-based Stay Alfred announces employee buy-in

Vacation rental startup Stay Alfred announced Thursday that its full-time employees will receive stock options, a move seen as a reward for the Spokane company’s early growth and an incentive …


UPDATED: Mon., July 3, 2017

Spokane nurse saves woman from drowning in Maui

A woman’s vacation turned out to be less relaxing than expected, when the Spokane nurse saved a woman from drowning in Maui.


Minimize summer brain drain

Regardless of their socioeconomic background, they’ll forget two months’ worth of math instruction from the previous year by the time they return to classes.


UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017

Summer vacation? Lots of Americans say they can’t afford it

Forget frequent flier miles, last-minute getaways and even road trips. Nearly half of Americans say they won’t be taking a vacation this summer, mostly because they can’t afford it, according …


Summer work perks: More than 40 percent of companies now offer warm-weather benefits

Leaving early on a Friday afternoon in June? There’s a growing chance your boss has endorsed it.


UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017

20 brilliant ways to save on summer travel

If you’re planning to head out on a summer vacation this year, you’re not alone. A 2017 AARP travel survey revealed that 99 percent of boomers intend to take at …


State employees can take vacation days within first 6 months

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has approved a law allowing new state employees to take vacation time within their first six months on the job.


Still checking work email on vacation? This employer says ‘Stop’

No-email vacation policies are one way employers are dealing with the stress of the modern workplace, where technology allows people to field work emails late into the night and first …


Report: 8 years of Obama vacations cost $85 million

As America’s first family enjoys its eighth and final vacation in Hawaii, new estimates put the price tag of the Obamas’ annual trip at $3.5 million or more.


Italy earthquake kills at least 120, reduces towns to rubble

AMATRICE, Italy – A strong earthquake in central Italy reduced three towns to rubble as people slept early Wednesday, with reports that as many as 73 people were killed and …


Tourism to Paris slumps after attacks, strikes, floods

Fewer foreign tourists are visiting the Paris region after deadly attacks last year and a season of strikes, violent labor action and exceptional floods.


Front Porch: Finding enlightenment on family road trip

Scenic mountain vistas, mighty locomotives, a dash of dogs and a sprinkling of enlightenment – our recent road trip had it all.


Robert J. Samuelson: Are you a ‘work martyr’?

Millions of Americans aren’t taking all the vacation time they’ve earned – and that’s a commentary on America’s new work culture.


Cheap gas revives the great summer road trip

Grab your sunglasses, a giant cup of coffee and prepare to hit the highway: 2016 is shaping up to be the summer of the road trip.


Kanye West, Kim Kardashian latest names to visit Havana

Rap superstar Kanye West, his wife Kim Kardashian and members of her reality-show-star family are the latest celebrities to visit Havana.


Front Porch: Swimsuit wasn’t the only vacation miracle

My most recent column was written the day we returned from Hawaii, and in my post-vacation fog, I forgot to include some important information.


Front Porch: Stories connect us, wherever we are

Whether at home or across the sea, it’s our stories that connect us.


Front Porch: Change of scenery good for us, and so is the planning

Looking forward to a trip is so wonderful for the brain and for personal outlook that it’s almost better than the event itself. Well, maybe not that good but darn …


‘Vacation’ can’t end too soon

If there were a 10th circle in Dante’s vision of Hell it would be reserved for movies like “Vacation.” Not only does the film feature a script that has less …


Do your homework before entering second-home market

If the end of the summer rental season – extended in many areas by balmy weather – has you eyeing seemingly bargain properties, don’t get too carried away with the …


Summer destinations range from peaks of Italy to waters of B.C.

Mid-afternoon and the air was filled with hot, sticky summer heat as we stepped out of the lower terminal of Linate Airport in Milan, Italy. I was with my climbing …


Vacation rental coverage needs seasonal checkup

Now that Labor Day has wrapped up the last official weekend of the summer season, owners will begin to review how they can improve their vacation rentals for next year’s …