Artist rendering of Star Wars theme park at Disney World and Disney Land

Fans of "Star Wars" are about to get a chance to experience the world of the Skywalkers and Han Solo up close and personal. Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at the D23 EXPO that "Star Wars"-themed lands are coming to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and at Disney's Hollywood...

Rendering of an All Nippon Airways ANA Star Wars themed plane

A galaxy far, far away is getting a little closer thanks to All Nippon Airways (ANA). The Japanese airline has announced two new Star Wars-themed planes will be joining the previously announced R2-D2 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The first of these two planes, a Boeing 777-300, will be adorned with...

hiking in Estes Park in Colorado while touring the Peak to Peak Highway

During our recent trip to Colorado, we set up base in Denver and arranged a few day trips around it. The day trip which took precedence in our schedule was our visit to the Rocky Mountain National Park via the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. As we drove away from urban Denver, we were welcomed by...

Steamed blue crabs at Ocean Odyssey restaurant in Dorchester County, Maryland

When people think of food tourism, they immediately think of catching a flight to Copenhagen, Tokyo, or Spain's San Sebastian. It's easy to overlook the culinary treasures of the United States, but don't! One of these food jewels will cost you less than a tank of gas to get there from Washington,...

When New Orleans newspapers began publishing Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary articles back in early June, one reader commented: “Can we all just evacuate now before the flood of Katrina stories?” It’s a sentiment many New Orleanians share. Having experienced the storm first-hand, I understand...

young, excited man at airport on a cellphone

San Francisco is awesome, and there's no doubt about that. Sometimes, though, trying to leave the city but not spend a ton of money can be challenging.  NerdWallet recently did a lot of number, and airline rewards points value, digging to find the best airports to fly into from San Franciso...

Supersonic jet Concorde

Airbus is envisioning a new way to travel transatlantic, at speeds faster than sound. The experience would be like this: You'd lounge in a hammock-like seat while riding in a jet that launches like a rocket ship and then propels you from New York to London in just an hour. Possible? It might be...

The Virgin Mary prays outside St. Leonard’s Church in the North End.

Sheer luck led to my first papal encounter back in 1999 when I was wrapping up a semester abroad in Europe on a grand backpacking tour through Italy. On this particular day, I went to the Vatican to see Michelangelo's magnificent Sistine Chapel—btw, a very long wait to see a surprisingly tiny...

Spanish Soldiers at the Castillo fire a cannon

St. Augustine is getting ready to celebrate its 450th birthday in a month. Driving into town, the excitement is palpable. Yellow and red banners hang from the balconies of centuries-old buildings, music pours from quaint patios off St. George Street, crowds are bustling to see what the buzz is all...

Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History

The museum you’ve been wanting to visit? Head there on Saturday, Sept. 26, and it might be free.  That’s when museums across America participating in the 11th annual Museum Day Live! will be offering free admission to holders of a downloadable ticket. "Museum Day Live! is a unique opportunity to...

Star Alliance adds premium economy seating to round-the-world flights.

Round-the-world flights have always been sold in one of two options: First class for the well-heeled travelers looking to spoil themselves on a world tour, or economy seating, popular with young travelers freeing themselves from a job for a lengthy global adventure. Now, however, Star Alliance is...

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