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The independent traveler takes a boat and navigates the Llangollen Canal from England to Wales.Gloria Maschmeyer
Portugal is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Spain and is one of the oldest countries in Europe. Whether you're an avid golfer or a sun-worshipper, the greens and the sand both await, along with heaping doses of romance and adventure.
Alaska Airlines has adopted a fee change that may affect passengers flying on some round-trip tickets who decide mid-trip to change their return date. Mike Dunham
It's amazing what a little competition will do!Scott McMurren
The Indonesian island of Bali is surrounded by coral reefs, making it a popular destination for scuba diving. With white sand to the south and black sand on the north and west sides, beachcombing and sunbathing are prerequisites. The lush, tropical rain forests beg to be explored too.
Next time you're in Seattle, check out the surrounding area on Washington State's ferry system. Scott McMurren
The Yucatan Peninsula separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico and includes Belize, Cancun and Cozumel. Beaches and resorts abound in this tropical wonderland, but don't forget to explore the hidden secrets left behind in the Mayan ruins and temples.
Traveling these days takes extra preparation, especially if you're not going it alone, so here's a checklist. Scott McMurren
Although many still think of Croatia as the war-torn country that fought and won its independence from Yugoslavia, its rich history began in the early 7th century and many cities have become popular tourists destinations. Located between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, Croatia affords visitors the opportunity to ski in the winter and swim during the summer months.
Maybe it's time to regard Seattle as a high-priced destination. Scott McMurren
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