Costa Concordia: The Aftermath

As the monster salvage cranes and industrial pumping machinery prepare to right the ravages of the recent 3,200-passenger Costa Concordia incident, the cruise industry, indeed the travel industry, is still trying to come to grips with what happened – and how. The numbers remain exposed and grim: 17 deaths, 15 passengers still missing. A captain […]

Breezing Through International Airport Immigration

  Been through airport immigration lately? Even if you are a US citizen you’re not immune from penetrating eyeballs, the fishing questions and the lengthy line treatment when coming into the country from abroad. It’s not supposed to be fun, but depending on the confluence of random factors, such as where you’ve been, what you […]

Suites on the Beach in Uruguay

For romance travel there is nothing more seductive than a suite on the beach – but make that a Uruguay beach on a remote pampa, where celebrated wine from Chile pours, Uruguay art surrounds, heady conversations dangle and delicious foods await – and all within easy driving distance from Punte del Este and Montevideo. Family […]

Is Vegas Back?

  The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) announced last week that the destination attracted 38.9 million visitors in 2011, the second highest visitor total in history.  This news comes on the heels of a recession that has catapulted the city to the top of the list for unemployment numbers and home foreclosures. So what’s […]

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Lark Ellen Gould -- Award-Winning Journalist

Lark has been a travel journalist for more than 30 years. She shares weekly news and reviews on all facets of travel. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure or planning a trip for someone else, Lark’s insight on cruise travel, air travel, hotels, resorts, popular activities, attractions and destinations will keep trips cost- and time-efficient, and help all the travel go that much more smoothly.