It’s time to break out of our rooms — and travel (opinion)

But a couple of questions hover: Why do we actually want to go “abroad” in the first place? Will the experience be different if we do?

I’ve been lucky to live abroad for long periods, having spent seven years in college in Scotland in the late ’60s and early ’70s. That whetted my appetite for living a kind of transatlantic life. I’ve spent a good deal of time in Italy, the country of my grandparents, and it’s been the rare year when I haven’t sat in a café in Rome or Naples, walked in the Scottish countryside, or dined with … read more

Reserve a time for TSA screening

The good news: Air travel is picking up. Sunday, the Transportation Security Administration screened more than 1.6 million passengers, the most since March 12, 2020.

The bad news: Long wait times at security checkpoints may be coming back, too.

At times during spring break, the lines to go through the security checkpoint stretched into the food court at Orlando International Airport and across the skybridge and into the parking garage at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

TSA is in the process of hiring 6,000 screening officers before the predicted summer travel surge. That should help move things along.

So could

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Take Time Off for Vacation? Readers Weigh In

As vaccination rates continue to soar, many Americans are contemplating vacations. But over a year into the pandemic and working from home, many people have found detaching from work harder than ever. In response to Rachel Feintzeig’s recent column on the topic, many readers shared their own experiences. Below is a lightly edited sampling of their comments.

I work for HP. Last year, the entire company shut down for one week in August in addition to the annual two-week Christmas shutdown. The beauty is that everyone in the company is off. Minimal emails, no work expected to be done,

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Michigan Gov. Whitmer lied about travels before Florida trip revealed: ‘I was here in town the whole time’

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lied about not traveling out of state in a podcast interview last week, saying she was “here in town the whole time.”

Whitmer admitted earlier this week that she traveled to Florida in March, despite cautioning Michigan residents against traveling out of state. 

Last week, Whitmer joined the Michigan publication MIRS on their podcast, where she was asked by reporter Kyle Melinn if she was able to take any days off for spring break or over the past year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whitmer, a Democrat, responded that she was “here in town the whole

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Ownership of Hotel Pattee changes hands for third time

Perry’s 100-year-old Hotel Pattee is under new ownership once again.Perry Economic Development purchased the hotel and the La Poste on April 1.City manager Sven Peterson said 65,000 visitors stay at the historic hotel annually.“It’s kind of the economic driver of our downtown,” Peterson said.The historic hotel has been plagued with financial problems for a decade, causing previous owners to shut down and sell.Peterson said the city of Perry believes its newest owners will be different.“Now we get to finally say, ‘Yep, it’s open, and it’ll be open forever,’” he said.Perry Economic Development plans to give the boutique hotel and La … read more

How much it costs to travel the world full time on a yacht

The Sueiros had it all — great careers, a community of friends and kids enrolled in a top-notch international school in Boston.

Will was a corporate accountant, and Jessica ran a graphic design business from home. Life was “comfortable, uneventful and routine,” said Jessica Sueiro.

“Life was good” for the Sueiro family before they began traveling the world full-time, but they wanted adventures and a world education for their kids, said Jessica Sueiro.

Courtesy of Jessica Sueiro

However, they were overscheduled and depleting their finances with expenditures of around $10,000 a month — not on “a pampered life” of fancy

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