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Archive: February 2010
feb 26

It's a prime time to visit Mexico, says this expert

We ask Travelocity's editor for tips.
feb 26

Are passport prices about to get more expensive?

It's probably wise to buy or renew your passport soon: The price for either service may be going up by $35.
feb 26

NYC: A girl can't live on bread alone

…but two slices of bread with something in between? Now we're talking!
feb 25

On the radar: A wry film from a Roman mama's boy

Opening soon in the U.S., "Mid-August Lunch" adds nuance to the stereotypes that Italians love their food and their mamas.
feb 25

In Paris, and down at the farm

A livestock festival offers a peek into French culture and a chance to meet Paris's Top Pigeon.
feb 25

Trendspotting: A new family travel site delivers luxe for less

This mother is excited by FamilyGetaway.com, which allows you to bid on vacation packages at deep discounts. The prices always include everyone in your crew, and bidding is quick and easy.
feb 24

Airfare sale! Half off flights

Direct Air, a lesser-known carrier based in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is celebrating its fourth birthday with a sale knocking 50 percent off all flights.
feb 24

San Francisco: Wine tasting in the city

You don't have to go to Napa to taste delicious wines.
feb 23

The airlines and a la carte passenger anger

Baggage fees and other nickel-and-dime strategies may net airlines some short-term revenues. But at what cost? There's no doubt that such practices are annoying the heck out of customers.
feb 23

London: A side trip to Hadrian's Wall

About 500 lamps brighten 84 miles.
feb 22

London: In search of Sherlock Holmes

At his museum at 221b Baker Street.
feb 19

Win a free cruise! One little catch: The cruise line is out of business

Scam alert: If you get a phone call saying that you'll get a free Caribbean cruise just for taking part in a brief survey, it's probably best to hang up.
feb 19

London: A behind the seams guide to Fashion Week

A spate of sales and fairs.
feb 19

5 things to do with your old guidebooks

Guidebooks are obviously good for helping you plan a trip. But what do you do with the book when your trip is over?
feb 18

D.C.: Top 3 free things to do in the capital

Free walking tours, Blues jams, and Kennedy Center performances!
feb 18

San Francisco: 5 favorite stairway walks

The city's hidden stairways offer killer views.
feb 17

Photos: Mardi Gras floats on

See the wild costumes, impromptu parades, and bead-hungry crowds that keep the good times rolling in NOLA.
feb 17

Vancouver: Tim Zagat dishes travel tips

Tim Zagat, co-founder of the famous restaurant survey, shares the top bang for the buck restaurants and newest attractions in Vancouver for post-Olympics fun.
feb 17

Kayak teams up with Yapta to let you track fare changes

Before (and after!) you book your flight on Kayak, you will soon also be able to keep tabs on fare fluctuations, so you can get any applicable credits or cash back from the airline if the price drops.
feb 16

TripTracker: Whip up a no-fuss, insta-itinerary

Keep track of your trip's essential details, from hotels to tour bookings, with new free service TripTracker, which automatically hoovers up your info, letting you access it on the go.
feb 16

San Francisco: Decoding the "healthy surcharge"

What does the extra restaurant charge mean?
feb 12

Readers' Choice: Ultimate dream destination?

Make your case! Our October 2010 Readers' Choice issue will be devoted to what you tell us about this and other travel topics.
feb 12

Live from Rome: Snow!

Photos of a rare snowfall today in Rome.
feb 12

Vietnam: Dinged dong means deals

This week, the Vietnamese dong was devalued by more than 3 percent, on top of an earlier cut of 5 percent, and the dollar is stronger than ever against it.
feb 12

Anybody use one of those special seatbelts made to hold kids in airline seats?

The product made a splash a while back when it came on the market. But I can't recall ever seeing anyone using one on a plane.
feb 11

Rome: Fried treats for Carnival

The sweetest part of Carnival season is frappe and castagnole—get 'em while you can!
feb 11

St. John: Warm weather escape planner

Hungry for an authentic island experience? Discover Johnny cakes, reggae rhythms, and other tropical treats in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
feb 11

Valentine's Day travel outlook

An industry player sees more last-minute bookings, and more blind-booking deals on rental cars.
feb 11

London: A sequel to Phantom of the Opera

Reserve tickets now for the March debut.
feb 10

Readers' Choice: Best value destination?

Make your case! Our October 2010 Readers' Choice issue will be devoted to what you tell us about this and other travel topics.
feb 10

Follow-up: New York City's The Jane hotel

Double rooms at this West Village hotel are now available for booking.
feb 10

New York City: The view from our office windows

During the snowstorm.
feb 10

San Francisco: Decoding shabu shabu

Shabu shabu is the Japanese version of Chinese hot pot.
feb 09

Finding the romantic side of Rome

Chocolate truffles, a hilltop stroll, and an intimate meal are key ingredients.
feb 09

Facebook oversharing causes trouble for travelers

One blabs about every detail of their trips online. The other keeps most things private. Partners aren't always on the same page when it comes to Facebook and travel.
feb 09

Ask Trip Coach: Group gatherings

Most people love the idea of getting together with loads of family members and friends, especially if you're gathering in a fun spot. Do you have questions about how to pull it off successfully? Ask away.
feb 08

What happens when the Olympics move on?

This Friday brings Vancouver's turn in the spotlight, but back in August 2008, all eyes were on Beijing, whose cutting-edge stadiums are now looking lonely.
feb 08

Hawaii: Answers to 5 common travel questions

From the best beaches, best "shaved ice," and best times to go, a Hawaii guide book writer has the answers you need for planning a trip to Hawaii.
feb 05

Rome: 5 best February values

Ideas for Sundays, Valentine's Day, and other days this month.
feb 05

Readers' Choice: Favorite island getaway in the world?

Make your case! Our October 2010 Readers' Choice issue will be devoted to what you tell us about this and other travel topics.
feb 05

London: 5 best February values

From dancing to gallery-hopping.
feb 04

Click fast: 99-hour sales in the Caribbean & Mexico

Sales so fast even we have trouble keeping up, from CheapCaribbean.com.
feb 04

Would you skip hotel housekeeping service for a $5 daily credit?

For every day you opt out of housekeeping at a Starwood hotel, you'll get 500 bonus loyalty points or a $5 credit at the hotel restaurant.
feb 04

New site PackLate lets you rent a place after all

The way to get the most space and privacy for your dollar may well be to rent a vacation home. The deepest discounts come at the last-minute, and a new website helps you find the best offers.
feb 04

Have a happier vacation

Trip Rx from Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project: Pack early, use your electronic devices sparingly, and bring some almonds to smooth out the dips in your blood sugar.
feb 03

Family travel: "Stop telling us to pack light!"

Is "packing light" reasonable advice for families? Or is it unrealistic?
feb 03

Readers' Choice: Most beautiful city in the world?

Make your case! Our October 2010 Readers' Choice issue will be devoted to what you tell us about this and other travel topics.
feb 03

Super cheap ski lift tickets on Super Bowl Sunday

Lift tickets are discounted at 44 ski resorts around the country this Sunday.
feb 03

San Francisco: Night at the museum

After-dark parties at MOMA, the deYoung, and the Exploratorium are on our radar.
feb 02

Dirty tricks used with "Dirtiest Hotels" list?

TripAdvisor dished some serious dirt last week with the release of a list of the Dirtiest Hotels around the world, based on traveler reviews. Some hotels are threatening to sue.
feb 02

Super Bowl travel, without a super-high cost

Feel Super Bowl fever among the fans in each team's hometown, without paying a high price.
feb 01

Introducing the "Skycouch"

Air New Zealand has introduced a new couch-style seating arrangement, with cushions that flip up to make for comfortable and easy lounging. Most innovative of all: The Skycouch is in economy class.
feb 01

San Francisco: 5 Best February Values

Five things on our calendar for February.

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