Why bother with the hassle of checked luggage when it’s possible to travel to any destination with only a carry-on? At least that’s what Anne McAlpin, a packing expert and the author of the book “Pack It Up: Travel Smart, Pack Light,” thinks.
You don’t have to wait until Saturday to start your weekend; the fun can begin on Friday afternoons. That’s the message hotels around the United States and throughout the Caribbean and Europe are trying to get across to an overworked, stressed-out American crowd by creating attractive packages valid for weekends in July and August.
This small island - only 21 square miles in size and 650 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. - gave the world shorts (still used as part of the island uniform), onions (still used in island cuisine), and grass (still used on the island's ubiquitous golf courses).
Beach vacations, done right, have a magical way of getting you to eat, drink and do things you'd normally steer clear of on a regular weekday. Take roller coasters. I hadn't been on one in years, ever since a wild ride on the Phantom's Revenge at a Kennywood school picnic left me dizzy for weeks.
SAN FRANCISCO - Move over, Alcatraz; clear some way, cable cars; and back off, Mickey: Silicon Valley is giving San Francisco and other Golden State attractions a run for their money when it comes to drawing hordes of tourists.
There are the green, rolling hills of Ozark Mountain Country; cutaways layered thickly with sandstone and limestone; two superlative state parks; and that lake - the jewel of mid-Missouri: the massive, 54,000-acre Lake of the Ozarks, stretching out more than 90 miles from end to end in sun-shimmering splendor.
Fossil-rich cliffs in Canada from 500 million years ago, sea caves used by Neanderthals, 99 artificial islands in the remote Pacific Ocean and 17 structures designed by the French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier are among 21 new sites inscribed on the World Heritage List.