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Tax law can trip up your overseas trip

The State Department is required to deny an individual's passport application or deny renewals of that passport if more than $51,000 is owed to the IRS. Someone behind in child support by $2,500 is subject to the law, also.

Nature and culture mix to make Mazatlan an undiscovered gem

Three distinct sections offer a something-for-everyone approach to tourism: The central Zona Dorada (Golden Zone) is highly developed; Nuevo Mazatlan is rapidly on its way to becoming chockablock with new developments; entro Historico, is newly restored, with the local historical society orking to preserve the integrity of the architecture and community.

Nature and culture mix to make Mazatlan an undiscovered gem

Three distinct sections offer a something-for-everyone approach to tourism: The central Zona Dorada (Golden Zone) is highly developed; Nuevo Mazatlan is rapidly on its way to becoming chockablock with new developments; entro Historico, is newly restored, with the local historical society orking to preserve the integrity of the architecture and community.

What do airline passengers take from planes? Some things might surprise you.

But the "what" isn't as interesting as the "why." If passengers are taking everything they can carry when they leave planes, it may say more about the airline industry than it does about them.

What do airline passengers take from planes? Some things might surprise you.

But the "what" isn't as interesting as the "why." If passengers are taking everything they can carry when they leave planes, it may say more about the airline industry than it does about them.

Gadget Guru: Rekonect Magnetic Refillable Notebook

Each sheet is printed with a narrow strip of iron ink along the inside edge, so each page connects to the magnetic spine but can be easily removed, re-organized, shared, reattached, added to other Rekonects' innards, or ditched.

Gadget Guru: Rekonect Magnetic Refillable Notebook

Each sheet is printed with a narrow strip of iron ink along the inside edge, so each page connects to the magnetic spine but can be easily removed, re-organized, shared, reattached, added to other Rekonects' innards, or ditched.
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Olympia, Wash., manages to maintain its groove amid plenty of changes

"Keep Portland in Portland. Keep Seattle in Seattle," said Ned Hayes, founder of Oly Arts, a cultural publication. "We want to do our own thing."

At Seattle’s Gum Wall, has the bubble burst?

As tourism to the city has exploded in the last decade, the Wall has gone from quaint idiosyncrasy that even many locals had no clue about to major attraction, and the gum went from sometimes ingenious to possible health concern.

Want to improve your travel literacy? Here are some tips

Travel literacy falls into two broad categories: understanding how the travel industry works, with its often arcane rules and restrictions; and being aware of other cultures and customs. One is easy to overcome; the other isn't.

Field-Tested Travel Tips: Food for Thought on Your Next Vacation

Whenever we visit a new place, one of the aspects that interests us the most is the local food culture. You can learn a lot about a destination and its people by what (and where) they eat.

Gadget Guru: Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle

The bottle is durable, lightweight, leak-proof, spacious enough to hold plenty of hydration, easy to clean, and composed of safe materials that won't leach harmful chemicals (such as BPA or phthalates) into your liquids.

Travel Q&A: Plans change, but tour policies might not

Travelers ought to heed the cancellation restrictions posted by operators. Or purchase insurance.

In Key Largo, coral reefs have benefited from hurricane

The storm last September heaved sand up from the sea floor, dashed it against the reef, and scoured away harmful algae, enhancing the environment for the diverse sea life. It also uncovered artifacts (such as a decades-buried anchor) and opened up new swim-though passages in arches of coral.

Gadget Guru: Nite Ize Radiant 200 Collapsible Lantern Plus Flashlight

The lantern has a high and low mode, as well as a dual lantern/down-light mode, which activates the flashlight end along with the lantern, so you get both an area light and a spotlight.

Boston museum exhibition celebrates Winnie-the-Pooh

Pooh Bear and Christopher Robin star in "Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic," a new exhibition at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts that continues through Jan. 6

Not every tourist trap stinks

On the last day of our romp through Thailand, the guide suggested a stop at an orchid farm on the outskirts of our departure city. I noticed a billboard for Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park.

How much does this actually cost? In travel, it can be hard to get a straight answer

"Drip pricing" — resort fees, cleaning fees, mandatory tips, utility surcharges — is becoming more prevalent.

Gadget Guru: O2COOL Deluxe Misting Fan

The battery-operated fan apparatus screws onto the top of a sturdy brightly colored ergonomically shaped plastic bottle. You get a spritz of mist by squeezing the pump trigger.

Try these casual dining spots in Nashville

If you're visiting Music City, here are some suggestions.
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