Fall is hitting its stride and savvy travelers know that autumn is a great time to see the world. This week we helped you to be more efficient with airport automation and clued you in to a few tips that just might help you survive that family vacation. Travelers should also keep in mind that this fall isn’t without its hazards, and we have the know-how to help you avoid potential pitfalls. From tropical islands to European metropolises, Peter has you covered for your pre-winter wanderings. For all this and more, check out this week’s travel news roundup.
Working with children and visiting orphanages is one of the fastest growing segments in voluntourism, but it’s also one of the most controversial. Ben Moroski examines the issues facing orphanage tourism and offers steps for choosing a legitimate program.
Do you check in at a kiosk in the airport? Use your smartphone as a boarding pass? Are you tagging your own luggage? Airport automation is becoming the new reality, but you just might be sacrificing quality service for convenience. Check out Peter’s latest thoughts on all the new airport technology.
There is now confirmation of eight outbreaks of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) in Yosemite National Park. Find out the latest news, who’s at risk and what you need to know to be safe.
Traveling with anyone can be challenging. And what happens when your trip involves not just family but, multiple generations to an international destination? Is it possible to keep everyone happy without going insane? The short answer is yes, but it isn’t always easy. Jennifer Evans Gardner reports on surviving her multi-generational trip to Ireland.
Is Bali on your bucket list? What about the Galapagos Islands? Contributor Laura Hubber put together a guide that makes your dream islands both accessible and affordable. How? It’s all about the off season. Click here for six off-season island adventures.
Fall is the time to help repair some of the summer wear and tear in our outdoor spaces. Find out how to volunteer for a day or even a week with Trails Forever at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
It’s no secret that Europe in fall is the time to find real value, and this year there are more than a few new attractions. Contributor Elena Strapkova shares all the exciting museums, restaurants, festivals and other cultural events going on across the Atlantic this fall.
Ahoy all ye scallywags and landlubbers! Happy 10th anniversary of International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Check out these five locations that were once inhabited by devious ne’er-do-wells that you can now enjoy without concern of a pirate attack.
Need a laugh? This week’s travel failures either come with a pint or a primate. From a cat stowing away to airport employees stashing mini-bottles, read about all the animal and human mayhem in Lily J. Kosner’s Icarus Award.
Bet you didn’t know that Wisconsin is home to 11 tribal nations. And there’s no better way to meet them than at an authentic pow wow that brings together the tribes and honors their historiess.
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By Braden Holly for PeterGreenberg.com