Smart Traveler

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

By Julie Snyder Far below our perch at South Camp Peak (8,866 feet), Lake Tahoe shimmers like liquid sapphire. Forests of pine and aspen and a host of peaks—some snow-frosted even in summer—cradle the meandering 72-mile shoreline of North America’s highest and largest subalpine lake. With this sumptuous picnic panorama,

By Marc Kristal Nothing makes you feel more pampered, somehow, than a properly done first-class airport lounge. By which I don’t mean one of those tired-looking, afterthought kind of spaces with a couple of slow-moving computers, a few half-filled liquor bottles beside a bucket of melted ice, and carrot and

By Buzzy Gordon Eight years ago, I had my first exposure to Ayurveda, India’s ancient system of holistic medicine, which is enjoying a remarkable – and well-deserved – global renaissance. My experience with Panchakarma, Ayurveda’s detoxification regimen, was no less than transformational; after its five stages of cleansing, it was