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Exploring Catalina Island: New Experiences on L.A.'s Island Getaway

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/16/2018, 12:00 AM

A new look at Catalina Island: Things to do, memorable bars, good hotels, and a rich history that has kept vacationers coming for decades...

Disney World Now Charges for Parking at Hotels, Decreasing Their Value

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/14/2018, 4:00 PM

It used to be one of the great courtesies of staying in a Walt Disney World resort hotel: You got free parking, and then you could take Disney transportation for free. It was touted as one of the perks and a big incentive to choose a Disney hotel over a room located outside the resort property's gates. Since Disney hotels are two or three times as much as a room of comparable quality a mile away, ...

Popular Place Names You've Probably Been Pronouncing Wrong

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/09/2018, 11:45 PM

Edinburgh, Nevada, Caribbean . . . you've been saying them all wrong. Here's how to pronounce those and other tricky place names....

For Tourists, This Is the Last Straw!

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/09/2018, 12:00 AM

Last call! More and more, you're going to have to go without drinking straws. Single-use plastic straws are distinctly unkind to wildlife. Fresh straws choke animals. Then each straw is said to take longer than 200 years to break down, and all the while, it disintegrates into ever-smaller and smaller bits that are eaten by small animals, fish, and even plankton. The plastic bits eventually make it...

Resort Fees Are a Tax Dodge: Why They're Destructive for Us All

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/21/2018, 12:00 AM

Americans despise resort fees. But in a shockingly short span of time, about a decade, we became blasé about them. Appallingly, the people once reknowned for feisty individualism and a testy spirit of fairness have rolled over like docile lap dogs—we sigh and pay hidden charges as if staying in hotels had always been this way. It wasn't. This is not normal. Can you remember how terrible you felt ...

A Walking Tour Into Los Angeles' Abandoned Speakeasy Tunnels

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/09/2018, 12:00 AM

A walking tour company in Downtown Los Angeles brings visitors into long-forgotten tunnels once used for bootlegging under city streets....

Look at How Different Shanghai Disneyland Is from Other Disney Parks

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/08/2018, 12:00 AM

In Shanghai Disneyland, Disney Imagineers made a version of the classic theme park that's distinctly Chinese....

Is It Safe to Vacation in Cape Town Once the Water Runs Out?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/31/2018, 12:00 AM

We have never been here before. A major world city is about to run out of fresh water.   On April 12, the drought-stricken city of Cape Town, on the southwestern tip of Africa, hits Day Zero. That's when the reservoir levels drop too low, taps run dry, and water must be trucked in. How we reached this point is important. While climate change dramatically reduced rainfall in the Mediterranean clim...

Why Wall Street Doesn't Want You to Have Cheap Airfare

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/27/2018, 12:00 AM

It was a blip in the headlines last week, barely noticed amid a circus of political stories: United Airlines stock plunged 6%. At the same time, Delta dropped 5.4% and Southwest went down 4.8%. In fact, all the major airlines dipped. Investors were displeased for some reason. Why? Because United announced that it would be increasing capacity by 4 to 6% over the next three years.  That's righ...

Orlando Sanford International Airport's Name Can Confuse Tourists Going to Orlando

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/23/2018, 12:00 AM

Despite its name, this small airport is not even in Orlando—it's in the town of Sanford, population 59,000, and is twice as far from Walt Disney World as Orlando International....

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