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Time again to think about holiday gifts for travelers on your list, so here are my suggestions, updated for 2019. My overarching guideline for a great gift is to arrange some extravagance-- petty to major, depending on your budget; experiential or physical-- that you know the traveler would enjoy but probably hasn't already arranged and wouldn't otherwise arrange.

Have you done your homework? Miami could be just as good as Cancun or the Caribbean, or vice versa, "suggests Expedia spokesman Alexis Tiacoh, who notes that Expedia's Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales have become" our biggest event of the year. For example, the Fairmont Austin will celebrate their tree lighting Sunday, Dec. 1 and is offering a Black Friday through...

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Have you done your homework? Miami could be just as good as Cancun or the Caribbean, or vice versa, "suggests Expedia spokesman Alexis Tiacoh, who notes that Expedia's Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales have become" our biggest event of the year. For example, the Fairmont Austin will celebrate their tree lighting Sunday, Dec. 1 and is offering a Black Friday through...

A recent blog post recounts the tribulations of a traveler who rented a place to stay in Chicago through Airbnb. Several decades ago, before Airbnb was a thing, a website offering Paris rentals played the same game: Promise a great rental, tell the tenants on arrival that their property has suffered some sort of emergency, and place them in an "alternative" that...

Every time I travel to Europe in the off-season, I find myself enjoying a cool and comfy tranquility-- and not missing the heat and crowds that so often come with peak season. But even more than that, I enjoy catching Europe by surprise-- at its candid best, living everyday life. When I travel outside of the tourist season, Europe seems even more welcoming than normal.

Experiencing Italy's cafés, cuisine, and wines is a joy, and in the heart of Tuscany, Florence offers a particularly satisfying spread. Restaurant competition in Florence is fierce, so it's easy to find delicious Tuscan specialties at fair prices-- even in the tourist zone. The best is from the white Chianina breed of cattle you'll see grazing throughout Tuscany.

That's because Halloween is now celebrated-- big time-- from theme parks to zoos, children's museums to hotels and resorts all October long. In Colorado, Ghost Walks are back in Glenwood Springs after which you can take a dip in the famous hot springs pools. Check out spooky science at the Birch Aquarium’ s Haunted Aquarium expanded to three nights in La Jolla,...

Strategically positioned across from England, Normandy is the closest coastline to Paris. A couple of hundred years later, William the Conqueror invaded England from Normandy. A few hundred years after that, France's greatest cheerleader, Joan of Arc, was burned at the stake in Rouen by the English, against whom she rallied France during the Hundred Years' War.

The sharing economy offers two major opportunities for travelers to depart from the conventional: Airbnb rather than hotels for accommodations, and Uber/ Lyft in place of taxis for local transportation. --The seven cities where hotels outscore Airbnb, in decreasing order of hotel advantage, are New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle, San Diego and San...