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The frugal traveler: DIY Africa

It was a daunting challenge for a lone traveler in the African bush: Using only a tiny $23-a-day Fiat and my wits, I had to sneak around the six sleeping lions blocking the gravelly road ahead.

Police probe baggage thefts at Los Angeles airport

LOS ANGELES – A $15,000 camera, Gucci bags, name-brand clothing, electronics and jewelry are among the thousands of dollars in valuables stolen by baggage handlers at Los Angeles International Airport, police said Thursday.

Beating jet lag: get there, then get out

There is no end to the complaints about air travel. Delayed and canceled flights, cramped planes, extra fees, long security lines. There’s plenty to be grumpy about.

NYC night court becomes must-see tourist stop

NEW YORK – Jenny Baumann’s itinerary for her first trip to New York City: Rockefeller Center. The Empire State Building. Central Park. Night court.

Bayeux boasts ancient tapestry, D-Day history

BAYEUX, France – There’s a digital clock on display outside the visitors center in the charming Normandy town of Bayeux – but it doesn’t tell the time. It’s counting down the days until the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June.

5 free things to do in historic Boston

BOSTON – The city of Boston is known for its “wicked” rich history, to use a term the locals love, going back to the Boston Tea Party and roots of the American Revolution. But pride is not limited to the past: The city is also home to the World Series champion Red Sox team.

What’s the deal?

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

Mobile, Alabama: 5 free things for visitors

MOBILE, Ala. – Mobile is that “other” city on the northern Gulf Coast, the one that sometimes gets lost between the beaches of the Florida Panhandle and the nonstop party of New Orleans. Local promoters call it “secretly awesome.”

Savoring Sin City

LAS VEGAS – The cadre of baby-faced fraternity boys in the rows behind me barked and yelped like a pack of slobbering pups on the verge of their first hunt.

What’s the deal?

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

Surviving winter, with more fun than sunlight

Alone on a ridge in the Chugach Mountains of southern Alaska, I struggled to see. The wind was blowing upslope from the south, pelting my face with snow. Around me, all was white – or purple, as after a few hours of trying to rise in the sky, the sun had given up, leaving me alone in the dark. There was no shelter from the cutting wind as trees didn’t even try to grow at this extreme elevation. I had already had an exhausting day of climbing and descending the ridges, and I wasn’t sure how much more I could handle. Far below, the sea ice boulders strewn across the low tide line of the Turnagain Arm pointed the way back toward Anchorage, and civilization. But right about then, I didn’t know what I was going to do.

Canceled! Airlines scrap record number of flights

NEW YORK – The relentless snow and ice storms this winter have led to the highest number of flight cancellations in more than 25 years, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

On a quest for the best beignets in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – Pardon me while I wipe the powdered sugar off my lips.

St. Louis celebrating 250th anniversary

St. Louis is turning 250 this year, and visitors who want to join in the celebration can find plenty to do without spending a dime.

Cruise ship arrives back in NJ after 700 fall ill

BAYONNE, N.J. – Passengers aboard a cruise ship on which hundreds fell ill recalled days of misery holed up in their rooms as it returned to its home port Wednesday from a Caribbean trip cut short by what is suspected to be among the largest such norovirus outbreaks in the last 20 years.

Monarch butterflies drop, migration may disappear

MEXICO CITY – The stunning and little-understood annual migration of millions of Monarch butterflies to spend the winter in Mexico is in danger of disappearing, experts said Wednesday, after numbers dropped to their lowest level since record-keeping began in 1993.

There’s plenty to discover at Miami Beach – even for Floridians

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Five free things in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville’s history is so intertwined with music and creative expression that tunes seem to pour from every door and window. From Music Row to the Honky Tonk Highway, the city recognizes its past, while also celebrating emerging artists who are drawn to the city just like music lovers. Learn a little about the great artists that defined the Nashville scene for decades, hear new music that may soon be hitting radio waves, and take a sniff of Tennessee sipping whiskey, all for free.

Looking for Super Bowl tickets? You pay, they play

NEW YORK – Welcome to the Super Bowl, where demand always beats supply and the teams don’t really matter.

Five free things to do in Taos, NM

TAOS, N.M. – To winter sports enthusiasts, Taos is best known for its challenging ski slopes. But this northern New Mexico town has plenty more to offer visitors year-round, on and off the slopes. A hipper little sister of sorts to Santa Fe, Taos is known for its diverse outdoor offerings as well as its funky town square packed full of history, art galleries and Hispanic and Native American culture. Whereas Santa Fe is known for its wealth, Taos is lower-key and tends to attracts a younger, more starving-artist-type crowd. It’s a town where new-age nomadic hippies, (referred to locally as “sage monkeys”) peacefully coexist with artists, natives, daredevil skiers and even wealthy Texan tourists. Here are five free things to do and see on your next trip to Taos.

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