Going Places

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5:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Nearby Destinations For Winter Escapes, Whether You Ski Or Not

There are plenty of areas to ski within driving distance of Seattle or, if you have the time, within train distance.
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With autumn in full swing, it’s already time to start planning winter getaways. Here are a few options from KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley:

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Tips On Staying Healthy While You Travel

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Teresa Crawford AP Photo

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the cases that have popped up elsewhere on the planet have put new scrutiny on travel. Health officials have been quick to assure the public that catching the disease on a plane or at an airport is unlikely. But staying healthy while traveling is a major concern for many people, even before the outbreak.

An important note before we keep going: We are not medical experts. And we’re not going to address Ebola specifically. For information on that, look to the resources linked at the end of this article.

What we can tell you is what KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley does to stay healthy while he travels.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Head To Provence For Food, Wine And A Bit Of Ancient Rome

The Pont d'Avignon, at Avignon, France.
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The south of France is a vacation destination for Europeans as well as those coming from outside. That’s in large part because of its sunny and warm Mediterranean climate. Our travel advice this week comes from Danna Brumley, wife of KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley. She’s the Francophile in the family, having lived and studied in France in her early adulthood.

“I studied the language. I worked at EuroDisney. I did everything I could to stay in the country,” she said.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Travelers Find Art, Architecture And Autonomy In Barcelona

The architect died in 1926, but the Sagrada Familia, a soaring church in Barcelona, still isn't finished.
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The Spanish city of Barcelona sits on the Mediterranean coast, just a couple hours’ drive from the French border. More than 1.6 million people call it home, and it’s the capital city of Catalonia, an autonomous region that, lately, has been pushing for independence from Spain.

KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says it’s also worth your time as a vacation destination.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

What If Your Travel Plans Go Awry? Know Your Rights Before You Head Out

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J Pat Carter AP Photo

Most of us can neither fix nor fly airplanes. So when a flight is delayed or canceled, there's very little most passengers can do about it.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Don't Panic If You Lose Your Credit Card While Traveling

FILE - In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009 tourists gather in front of the Trevi fountain in Rome.
Alessandra Tarantino AP Photo

Credit cards are essential travel tools for many. But they’re also targets for thieves and also easy to lose. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says the most important thing is not to panic. 

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Because Good Travel Agents Don't Hang Up When You Ask Questions

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Nick Kenrick Flickr

A fax arrived at KPLU not too long ago, claiming to be from the “HR Department.” Spoiler alert: It wasn’t.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

How Many Of These 50 Must-See Cities Have You Seen?

Climbers ascend Australia's Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2005.
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Have you been to New York? How about Lalibela, Ethiopia? Or Siem Reap, Cambodia? Those are three of the cities on a list titled “50 Cities To See In Your Lifetime.”

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Bah! Humbug: Plan Now If You Want To Escape The Holiday Bustle

If you want to travel for the holidays, KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says you'd better book soon.
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The holidays are still a ways off, but if you’re thinking of heading out of town for Christmas — and not to a relative’s house — now is the time to plan.

KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley has spent about 10 holiday seasons outside the country. This year, he’s taking his family to Costa Rica, and they plan to exchange inexpensive gifts from the local crafts market.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

3 Autumn Trips That Are Nearby, Affordable And Beautiful

Washington's wine country -- like these vineyards near Lake Chelan -- can be great destinations for autumn travelers.
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We hate to say it, but the end of summer is near. But you know, autumn isn’t half bad around these parts, and there are plenty of places for quick, easy and affordable getaways. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley has some suggestions. 

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Culture, Wildlife Await You In Diverse India

The city of Jodhpur, in India's northwest state of Rajasthan, is largely painted blue.
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India is a natural wonderland and also host to some of the world’s busiest cities. Its 1.2 billion people make it the second most populous country on Earth, and it’s second only to the United States for the number of people who speak English.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Why You Should Take Your Hobbies With You On Vacation

Fans react as the home team scores during an upset of the out-of-town favorite Havana Metropolitanos, a farm-team of the well-known Industriales, during the Cuban National Baseball Series in Holguin, Cuba.
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Traveling, whether around the globe or across the state, doesn’t have to be all about food, lodging and tourist attractions. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says it also can be about trying familiar things in new places.

First of all, this advice isn’t for everybody. If you want to see the sights, lounge around the pool or the beach, or spend the day in museums, by all means, go for it. Those are great things to do on vacation.

But for travelers who enjoy blending in, and almost becoming a local, bringing your hobbies along on vacation can be worthwhile.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

5 Tips For Using Your Frequent Flyer Miles

Passengers move through the terminal at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in 2010.
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If you get on a commercial airliner more than a few times of year, the chances are pretty good that you’re building up frequent flyer miles, either through your credit card or an airline, or an airline’s credit card. 

Whatever the case, when it comes time to redeem those miles, things can get tricky. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley has a few tips.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Take To The Water For Your Next Nearby Vacation

KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley (and his dog, Sophie) says locals should take more advantage of the water as a way to get around the region. There are a lot of good getaways, if you're willing to get on a boat.
Ed Ronco KPLU

A pod of orcas makes its way across Elliott Bay. A small seal basks in the sunlight. Children are sailing in Bainbridge Island’s Eagle Harbor, a cruise ship is pulling out of port, and over near Blake Island, the smell of wood smoke makes its way out over the water. Just another summer day in the Puget Sound.

Ours is an area surrounded by water, which not only provides great nature and excellent scenery, but serves as a big liquid highway to a variety of quick and easy getaways. Most of these locations are accessible by road, but our focus here is on using the water.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

The Procrastinator's Guide To Planning A Quick Getaway

Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park
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Don't be ashamed. We all procrastinate. The car needs an oil change. The living room needs to be vacuumed. And you still haven't planned your summer vacation.

We can't help you with the first two, but if you're still looking for a getaway this summer and finding no available reservations, read on. 

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