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TRAVEL

Try backyard camping for a little change in perspective

Here are 10 tips for making your own adventure a stellar one.

THE VIP LOUNGE

A sound artist sleeps to the hum of the jet engines

We caught up with Christopher Janney, who created the SoundStair at the Museum of Science, to talk about all things travel.

TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER

After coronavirus pandemic, where’s my Viking Cruise refund?

Viking Cruises is refusing to issue a total refund after canceling operations and promising refunds.

CHRISTOPHER MUTHER

The tricks and travails of vacationing in New England this summer

Looking for a local getaway? Better start your research now.

HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE

A virtual bike fest, looking ahead to next ski season, and a wearable cooler

Travel news you can use.

When it comes to travel, where do we go from here?

Here are some thoughts from industry leaders.

TRAVEL

Here’s what you need to help make your summer road trip go smoothly

If you’re hitting the road, whether local or farther afield, it’s best to be prepared, be as self-sufficient as possible, and make sure your gear is in tip-top shape.

TRAVEL

On wings of song

Many airports are named after military or political figures. Here are 10 named after composers and musicians.

TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER

Can I get a refund for my Southwest Airlines ticket fees?

When Southwest canceled Peter Bell’s flight, it offered a partial refund. But are the EarlyBird fees also refundable? Maybe, maybe not.

CHRISTOPHER MUTHER

Are you ready to travel again? Here’s what our readers said.

A surprising number of respondents are ready to fly, and they’re not letting the economy get in the way of summer plans.

TRAVEL

Everyone’s gone to the drive-in movies: Here’s where to find them in New England

These days, when a Target run qualifies as an outing, we’ve never needed the drive-in more.

HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE

A Maine Tourism Relief Fund, a shoemaking vacation, and a bracelet for the road ahead

Travel news you can use.

THE VIP LOUNGE

In breaking retirement news: Scandinavia, here they come

Retired broadcast journalist Randy Price plans to use his new free time gardening and traveling.

People are wearing hazmat suits on planes, but should they?

Disposable PPE suits can cost less than $20 online, but health experts aren't advocating wearing them on planes during the pandemic.

CHRISTOPHER MUTHER

The future of flight: Immunity passports, unexpected border closings, and no carry-ons

A dramatic transformation in air travel is well underway. Simple tweaks, such as deep cleaning planes after every flight, to more invasive ones, like dousing passengers with disinfectant, have begun around the world.

TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER

American Airlines canceled my flight after the pandemic. Where’s my refund?

Jill Kaiserman wanted a refund for her canceled American Airlines flight. The airline wanted to offer her a credit. Who is right? And what does the US Department of Transportation have to do with this case?

BEAUTY SPOTS

7 experts tell us where they go to find peace and beauty outdoors

Suggestions range from Maine's 100-Mile Wilderness, to Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest in Hawley, to your own backyard.

THE VIP LOUNGE

Jesse Wegman makes a case for abolishing the Electoral College — and for picking the window seat

The former Newton resident just published his first book, “Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College,” and will discuss it at a Kennedy Library (virtual) Forum on May 27.

TRAVEL

RV sales and rentals are skyrocketing during pandemic

Rental site RV Share reports 1,000 percent increase in bookings since April 1, and dealers are ahead of last year’s sales.

HELP DESK

How to get road-trip ready

Whether you need to travel for essential reasons or are looking ahead to a future road-trip adventure, it’s important to put some extra thought and effort into your planning this summer.

HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE

Renew your passport without leaving the house, and stay dry on the go with a raincoat that fits in a fanny pack

Travel news you can use.

HELP DESK

Science class al fresco: Take the kiddos to these outdoor beauty spots

Outdoors, our world is waking up and warming up, but remote learning is still in session. Maybe now’s the time to take your science lessons outdoors.

NEW ENGLAND TRAVEL

3 Rhode Island road trips to consider when you want to get out safely but start small

With shoreline views, seaside towns, parks, and preserves, there’s plenty to see from the comfort of your car.

HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE

A new Newport hotel, plus new ways to experience Berlin from home (even the nightclubs)

Travel news you can use.

HELP DESK

How to make sure your next hotel stay is a safe one

Hotels nationwide have new guidelines to follow when they start opening up, but there are steps consumers can take to further protect themselves

THE VIP LOUNGE

In which Adam Ezra time travels: Before the virus and after

His guilty pleasure? Allowing himself ‘an unethically long shower’ when the hotel’s water pressure is just right.

This restaurant in Amsterdam is redefining pandemic dining with private ‘greenhouses’

Most of what we love about restaurants makes dining out problematic during the coronavirus pandemic. Sure, we love eating the food, but going to restaurants is just as much about experiencing the service, being out of your house, and immersed in a communal atmosphere.

What hotels are doing to sanitize rooms during the pandemic

Changes are being made to housekeeping procedures, food safety, and guest check-in and check-out.

HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE

Virtual tours in Connecticut and a new bikeway in Maine

Travel news you can use.

TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER

Help! Airbnb isn’t following its own COVID cancellation rules

Is Airbnb following its own coronavirus cancellation rules? Kimberly Chong doesn’t think so, and she’s about to lose several nights in Madrid and Paris because of it. Can she get a refund or is she stuck with the bill?

THE VIP LOUNGE

Tony Massarotti on dude ranches, the lack of sporting events, and memories of Sicily

We caught up with the “Felger & Mazz” radio host to talk about all things travel.

How the airlines are cleaning planes

Here are the sanitation and distancing policies from some of Boston’s largest carriers.

Update on Plymouth 400: How COVID-19 has reshaped a commemoration 11 years in the making

Michele Pecoraro, executive director of the event, says her first thought was ‘This isn’t really happening.’

Here’s what to know about Nantucket’s Black history

Many New Englanders are aware of Martha’s Vineyard’s history as a haven for Black Americans, but Nantucket’s? Not so much. Scholars are aiming to change that.

People are eager to start traveling again, survey says

Many are already planning trips for the second half of 2020.

Give a mom a getaway, and something to look forward to

While most New England hotels and resorts are temporarily shuttered, many are offering enticing gift certificate deals.

FOOD & TRAVEL

Maine moxie keeps chefs from getting ‘Chopped’

Portland chefs have impressive showing on popular Food Network show.

TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER

This Airbnb refund should be approved. What’s the delay?

Elena Lopez was trying to get a refund from Airbnb after canceling her stay in London. But the site wasn’t making it easy. Is getting an Airbnb refund impossible?

THE VIP LOUNGE

He’s been around the world for his restaurants. Maybe the moon is next?

Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s idea of an ideal vacation is staying home and relaxing, because he does that so rarely.

HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE

Boston secrets, a North Pole splurge, and pain remedies for travel

Travel news you can use.

Books that take you places

While travel is curtailed, it’s a good time to settle in with a book that takes you away.

CHRISTOPHER MUTHER

Turn the seat around: An early-stage concept to make flying safer

Could a reverse center seat and a plastic shield help protect flyers against viruses?

The herring are running, all the more so as dams are razed

There’s solid evidence that our rivers are slowly becoming more usable for both fish and people.

HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE

Virtual ‘hoppy hours’ and dreams of Antarctica

Travel news you can use.

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK

COVID-19 has offered a candid view into how different cultures address the same problem

It’s time for Americans to sit tight and take a lesson from the rest of the world.

TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER

Is travel insurance refundable after coronavirus cancellation?

When Road Scholar cancels Diane Horban’s tour of Russia, she asks Allianz Travel Insurance to refund her policy. But is her travel insurance refundable?

THE VIP LOUNGE

With her book tour halted, she’s dreaming of Mexico (and snacking on almonds)

We caught up with Martha Hall Kelly to talk about all things travel.

TRENDSPOTTING

The hobbyists who love travel, even when they can’t actually do it

They build airplane models, go train- and plane-spotting, produce videos about the histories of theme parks and theme park rides, and collect vintage travel-related merchandise, travel guides, maps, and art.

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