Smart Traveler

By Mary Alice kellogg Sometimes SpaWatcher yearns for a simpler, time-warp era, when not every treatment had deep psychological/spiritual meaning and homework. A time when a massage didn’t necessarily thrash your innards for your own good, even if those pressure points needed a jackhammer to release tension. Something nice would

  By Everett Potter A southern airport named for a political power couple ranks as the nation’s worst. But don’t blame partisanship—Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, AR, earned the lowest score from a consensus of travelers. They voted in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards survey,

By Everett Potter Portland, OR, has a reputation for hipsters, but its airport makes a positive impression on all kinds of travelers thanks to quality food and shopping options and the likelihood of an on-time departure. So, if your next itinerary includes PDX—rated the nation’s No. 1 airport—consider yourself lucky.

By Mary Alice Kellogg Are we deluged with television ads for hotel booking sites? We are. Are we confused as to which give the best prices and customer service? It goes without saying. Can we trust the hotel reviews on the sites? Caveat emptor, say savvy travelers. Recently this reporter

By Mary Alice Kellogg There’s water, water everywhere in Amsterdam, and SpaWatcher has decided not to experience them by jumping in a canal, even though the city’s postcard-worthy waterways are celebrating their 400th anniversary this year. SpaWatcher wants something a bit … warmer. And I found it at the hottest

Everett Potter When my father‑in‑law, Jim, collapsed in a hotel room in Tallinn, Estonia, his wife Carole had him rushed to the East Central Tallinn Hospital. He was placed in intensive care, heavily sedated, and had an oxygen tube shoved down his throat. For two days, his illness was a

By Everett Potter Buckling your airplane seatbelt and weight-loss personality Richard Simmons aren’t things you’d necessarily think go together. But if you flew on Air New Zealand in the recent past, it’s Simmons who may have video-instructed you how to buckle up. Great companies always think outside the box, and

    Story & photos by Julie Snyder   “I collect antiques. Why? Because they’re beautiful.” Martha Stewart? No, Broderick Crawford, the tough-guy, fedora-wearing actor best known for his starring role as Chief Dan Mathews in the 1950s police drama, “Highway Patrol.” Clearly, antique fans aren’t easily stereotyped. The universal

By Bobbie Leigh It began badly, a kidney-crashing, five-mile drive in a  rusty pickup truck along unpaved  paths carved out between huge sandstone boulders.  (Vans and private cars remain at the Visitors Center to protect the environment.) But gradually,  15 minutes into the ride, we (a small group of journalist

By Gerrie Summers The state of the Greek economy, the ensuing strikes and street demonstrations, political uncertainty, debates over whether to keep the euro or return to the drachma, as well as negative news about cruise ships in the Mediterranean, might make travelers think twice about a Greek vacation.  A