Archives for 2013

What’s Florida’s best family beach?

Bill Baggs Cape Florida Park

by Candyce Stapen, USA TODAY 12:52 p.m. November 7,2013   Florida’s beaches are famous. They lure the cold weather weary and put the sparkle in the Sunshine State. But the sands that edge the Atlantic from Amelia Island in the northeast south to Miami and beyond differ from those that stretch along the Gulf Coast […]

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‘Taboo travel’: Tours to Iran and North Korea

by Candyce Stapen, USA TODAY 5:05 p.m. October 31, 2013   Curious about those destinations which are always depicted as troubled in the news but which few Westerners other than diplomats and politicians visit? Consider a train trip into Iran or a journey through North Korea. These new options for 2014 are offered by MIR […]

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What’s the most tranquil beach in Florida?

Don Pedro Island, Florida

by Candyce Stapen, USA TODAY 1:01 p.m. October 31,2013   Florida’s beaches are famous. They lure the cold weather weary and put the sparkle in the Sunshine State. But the sands that edge the Atlantic from Amelia Island in the northeast south to Miami and beyond differ from those that stretch along the Gulf Coast […]

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Arthur Frommer: ‘We believe in guidebooks’

Arthur & Pauline Frommer

by Candyce Stapen, USA TODAY 1:26 p.m. October 29, 2013 Arthur Frommer, the guru of travel guides, together with his daughter and travel expert Pauline Frommer are relaunching Frommer guidebooks. With 30 titles in two formats, the books reach stores Nov. 1. Why did the Frommers reacquire the rights to publish their books? “We believe […]

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Will Costa’s new ‘slow cruising’ entice passengers?

The Costa neoRomantica

by Candyce Stapen, USA TODAY 12:22 p.m. October 23, 2013 Costa Cruises will launch “slow cruising,” a new concept for the line, in February on Costa neoRiviera and Costa neoRomantica. The experience features longer itineraries, extended time in port that may include an overnight, shore tours that emphasize cultural attractions and are limited to 25 […]

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Dog Halloween costume parade packs in the pups in NYC

Halloween Dog Contest

by Candyce Stapen, USA TODAY 12:25 p.m. October 23,2013   Dogs costumed in their Halloween best will accompany their fancifully attired owners on parade in New York’s Tompkins Square Park on Oct. 26. One of the largest dog Halloween events in the USA, the East Village park last year saw more than 500 terriers, bulldogs, […]

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Discover underwater wonders at Toronto’s new aquarium

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

by Candyce Stapen @familyiTrips, USA TODAY 3:20 p.m. October 17, 2013 Where can you see a 100-year-old lobster with claws the size of footballs, a 396-pound grouper and a three-inch seahorse? They inhabit Toronto’s new Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. The largest such facility in Canada debuted Oct. 16. Its 135,000 square feet showcases 16,000 marine […]

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Plant a tree in Hawaii to help restore historic forest

Plant a tree in Hawaii to help restore historic forest

by Candyce Stapen, USA TODAY 12:29 pm October 15, 2013 Visitors to Hawaii can now get rooted in Hawaii’s culture by planting a koa tree seedling on the slopes of Mauna Kea, land that long ago belonged to King Kamehameha the Great. Back when Hawaii’s first king ruled, the koa forests turned the volcano’s flanks […]

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It’s becoming a breeze to rent Caribbean villas

by Candyce Stapen, USA TODAY 7:49 am October 11,2013 Sometimes a hotel room just isn’t enough. For those in search of parlors and patios to gather a far-flung family or privacy in the form of their own moonlit pool, booking a villa, cottage or condo is the way to go. “The biggest benefits are more […]

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Should you tip a flight attendant?

by Candyce Stapen, USA TODAY 4:28 pm October 9, 2013 Savvy travelers know to tip the taxi driver, the airport skycap, the hotel bellman and the restaurant’s waiter. But what about the flight attendant? A surprising 27% of some 900 respondents to a poll posted by Airfarewatchdog, said they give gratuities, 20% as thanks for […]

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