Smart Traveler

by Bobbie Leigh When Boeing delivers a new plane to Cathay Pacific, both companies pull out all the stops.  In February,  they jointly  hosted a ceremonial roll out  “delivery dinner” that began  with a morning factory   tour  in Everett, Washington, a “delivery” dinner that night,  and  ended with  a free

By Eleanor Berman Visiting China and not traveling beyond the big cities would be missing some of the best of this amazing country. A few highlights: Xian Xian has one of the incredible sights, the army of thousands of life-size terra cotta warriors that have silently guarded the underground tomb

by Eleanor Berman The drastic contrasts between the ancient and modern worlds make China one of the world’s most fascinating destinations. New China dazzles, but two of the great ancient sights, the Great Wall and the buried army of life-size terra cotta warriors, remain among the world’s wonders, and good

By Gerrie Summers As much as I loathe freezing temperatures and only enjoy the sight of snow from the interior of a very warm building, Stein Eriksen Lodge in Utah, is one of a short list of places that could inspire me to take a winter vacation in a cold

By Everett Potter My favorite hotels in 2011? I stayed in some pretty wonderful places, but here are three where I’d gladly check in tomorrow morning: ROOM WITH A WATER VIEW Who knew that Park Hyatt could offer a hotel experience as smooth as the best Four Seasons Hotel? I

By Everett Potter If there’s a single reason to travel to the Canadian capital of Ottawa in the middle of a chilly winter, it can be summed up in two words: Rideau Canal. For several months each winter, the 7.8 km serpentine canal that runs through the heart of the

Everett Potter Mention the term “bed & breakfast” and two versions of my traveling life come to mind. I think of glacial breakfasts in formal Victorian-era dining rooms where fruit cocktail and elaborate culinary fantasies involving preserves, frozen waffles, and whipped cream come together. There are memories of rooms that

  By Everett Potter If you gear up for a delay each time you fly, you’re savvy indeed. Flight delays have become so common that more than 20 percent of all flights in the U.S. run late year after year. So the savviest travelers leave equipped with fully charged and

  By Everett Potter Tired fliers often think about how nice it would be to stretch out across a whole row of economy-class seats and take a nap. But let’s face it: airline seats were simply not designed for napping. That is, until Air New Zealand introduced its “Sky Couch,”

  By Everett Potter   When Andrew Schrage discovered that his seatback TV wasn’t working on his JetBlue flight from Chicago to Boston, he didn’t wait until he landed to complain to the airline. Schrage, an editor at the website MoneyCrashers.com, tweeted @JetBlue before the plane took off, and the