Get to know your kids when you travel

GTKKidssmall.gifFew experiences are more stressful than traveling with children. Kids from 3 to 7 years of age are simply not designed to sit still for long periods of time in confined spaces, and older kids seem hard-wired to start fights the minute the family hits the road. What to do? Grab Charlie Leocha’s book of questions for kids. You’ll be amazed at what you discover.

Insurance claim denied

Because he’s traveling during hurricane season, Al Cooper takes out an insurance policy for his Mexico vacation. It’s a good call. A few days later, Cooper is diagnosed with cancer and has to cancel his trip. But now his insurance company, Access America, refuses to honor his claim. What gives?

Gas price spike longest on record

The 11th straight day of record high gas prices Wednesday resulted in a new measure of pain for the nation’s drivers — the longest stretch of time with gas above $3 a gallon, according a closely-watched daily survey.

Security workers scanning liquids at airports

Federal security workers have started using hand-held scanners to inspect bottled carry-on liquids for explosives at some of the nation’s busiest airports, the government said.

Warning: Bumpy summer ahead

How is the summer season shaping up for air travel? James Wysong looks at the trends and troubles, and reprises his “Top 10 Summer Travel Tips.”

The new lady Liberty

She’s new, she’s bold, and she’s better than her big sister. She’s Liberty of the Seas, the second of three mega-ships from Royal Caribbean, and she’s got a lot going on: new programs, new artwork, better food and nonstop cruises to the Caribbean. But wait. There are even bigger and better ships in development. Anita Dunham-Potter reviews the Liberty and gives us the scoop on “Project Genesis.”

Sunny Sydney days and gourmet nights

Sydney-Bridge-Small.gifThe bustling city of Sydney after two days in the Blue Mountains was a change, but perfect weather made it a pleasure to explore the city’s nooks and crannies between appointments, lunches and dinners. From Bondi Beach to Darling Harbor, from Paddy’s to Paddington markets and from gourmet restaurants to lamb chops on the barbie with friends, Sydney was hard to beat.

United to trim domestic capacity in 2007

United Airlines’ parent company UAL said Thursday it will trim its 2007 mainline domestic capacity by up to 3% from prior-year levels as it adjusts to flagging growth in domestic traffic.