Sunday musings: What makes you happy? Worst winter airports, creative brains

The science of why you should spend your money on experiences, not things Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University who has been studying the question of money and happiness for over two decades, tells us that things don’t make people happy, activities do. The joy of a treasured item is short lived. […]

Why flight cancellations are not the fault of the tarmac-delay rule

Every so often, I hear airline representatives grumble that the thousands of flight cancellations suffered during winter storms are due to the tarmac delay rule. But, with today’s flight rebooking programs, airlines would be canceling flights with or without the tarmac delay rule because it saves them money and makes recovery after a major weather […]

What we’re watching: Port City Sound, Airbus flight formation, Boston snow removal

A USAir flight to New Orleans today was delayed for maintenance AFTER passengers had boarded (I’m a flight attendant). I started talking to the passengers and realized we had a barbershop quartet in our presence. The group had been competing in the Seniors Quartet Contest. I asked them to sing and most of the passengers […]

Mountain-town hotel, Unusual winter breaks, Cuba tourism thrives

This used to be a village from the Middle Ages. Today, it’s one of the coolest places on earth. Enjoy these photos of a town deep in the countryside of Matera, Italy, perched on a hilltop. An abandoned town has been reconstructed as a luxury hotel bringing life to a dead town once again. Where […]

Rental car tips for winter travel

Winter weather is upon the US, especially in the South and Northeast. Frigid temperatures, snow, ice, and sleet have caused canceled flights and shutdown roads. Many accidents and huge vehicle pileups on US highways have increased. Ned Levi has a dozen tips for travelers taking to the road in winter to consider when renting a car.

6 tips for severe winter weather travel photography

Winter weather photography is extremely challenging. Snow, freezing rain, other precipitation and extremely low temperatures can cause camera and lens operational problems for photographers and permanently damage camera’s and lens’ mechanical and electronic parts. Ned Levi discusses the problems of making photographs in winter weather and how to overcome them.