Larry Olmsted

  Because I have been a full-time travel journalist for nearly 20 years, and have covered aviation, hotels, and many related topics, I get a lot of questions from people traveling and requests for advice from those planning trips. Today I’ve consolidated some of my most useful general travel advice,

By Larry Olmsted Golf has long remained a classic sport, especially in American culture. While playing the major courses is certainly on every golf aficionado’s bucket list, there are plenty of spots worth playing that aren’t as well known. To help you navigate the unfamiliar terrain, here are four courses

I have to give the folks at TheDailyMeal.com credit for perseverance – they crank out more restaurant and food surveys and rankings than anyone I know. Using a panel of selected journalists, food writers, bloggers and other presumably qualified sources (I voted in their best burger survey) they release list after

By Larry Olmsted Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola is still best known for his movies, especially his early successes Patton, Apocalypse Now, and the mega-hits, The Godfather and the Godfather Part II, which have become two of the most lauded and popular films in history. All of these critically acclaimed bombshells were made in

By Larry Olmsted The word “tourist” has taken on a negative connotation, especially when used to deride an activity or place as a “tourist-trap,” or suggest that a restaurant or sight is only for tourists. It is true that there are many commercialized or stereotypical sights and activities in certain

By Larry Olmsted As far as tourist destinations go, few cities can rival the likes of New York, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Orlando and Los Angeles. But if you haven’t been before, each of these places can overwhelm and easily fill an entire week. The solution? Cities well designed to

By Larry Olmsted There has been a lot of talk the past six months about rising airfares, here and abroad, but summer vacation season to Europe is when leisure travelers typically get sticker shock, with peak season fares ratcheted up. The bad news is that fares are higher this summer