World Travel

  1. Readers share packing and money-saving travel tips

    Travel

    Thinking about going on a trip is exciting. For many of us, getting ready is not. • There is an avalanche of decisions to make. How many shirts and pairs of pants? Which shoes are the most comfortable? Checked baggage or carry-on? What kind of electronics to bring? How much money to take, and in what form …

  2. Watch: Tampa Bay's most bizarre roadside attractions

    Florida

    Does Tampa Bay have the largest collection of weird roadside attractions in the world? It's hard to argue that it doesn't when we easily found 25 oddities right off the bat.

  3. Cruise ship study lays out costly options for Tampa Bay

    Business

    TAMPA — The cruise ships that sail up and down Tampa Bay generate more than $380 million in annual economic activity for the area and help support up to 2,000 jobs.

    The Carnival Legend squeezes under the Sunshine Skyway as it leaves Tampa Bay. The mega ships favored by most cruise lines can’t fit under the bridge.
  4. Large crowds pour into opening of Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando

    Events

    As expected, crowds were massive and visitors arrived early for opening day of Diagon Alley, the new Harry Potter-themed expansion at Universal Studios in Orlando. The mood was upbeat as confetti rained down on visitors, many of whom dressed up in Hogwarts uniforms.

    Confetti greets crowds entering Universal Orlando Resort's Diagon Alley attraction on opening day Tuesday. [Universal Orlando]
  5. What do we think of most when we travel? Our underwear

    Travel

    Now we are going to mention unmentionables. In a word, underwear.

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  6. Harry Potter-themed Diagon Alley opens at Universal Studios Tuesday

    Florida

    Diagon Alley, the highly anticipated Harry Potter expansion at Universal Studios in Orlando, finally opens to the public Tuesday. But will its signature ride be working? The ambitious Escape From Gringotts ride is an entirely new kind of 3D attraction, with newly invented spins on the roller coaster experience with a …

    The Diagon Alley attraction, featuring shops, dining experiences and the next generation thrill ride, will officially open Tuesday.
  7. Space center adds fiery asteroid exhibit

    Florida

    The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex just opened a new exhibit that spotlights asteroids, comets and meteorites. Called "Great Balls of Fire," the 1,500-square-foot exhibit deals with the projectiles' possible risks, and it offers hands-on components that let visitors see how scientists determine the path of …

    In this frame grab made from a video done with a dashboard camera, on a highway from Kostanai, Kazakhstan, to Chelyabinsk region, Russia, provided by Nasha Gazeta newspaper, on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 a meteorite contrail is seen. A meteor streaked across the sky of Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring around 100 people, including many hurt by broken glass. (AP Photo/Nasha gazeta, www.ng.kz) MOSB105
  8. Panic before the plunge at Ihu's Breakaway Falls

    Florida

    ORLANDO — Fear is a tricky commodity, and mondo business, for theme parks these days. You have to push the envelope to keep pace with your nearby competitors, but not be so pushy that too many potential guests tremble at the idea of your nefarious new terror machine.

    Times pop music critic Sean Daly was seriously freaking out before getting sucked into the swirly horror of it all, as you can totally tell from his face in this picture.
  9. Dashiell Hammett's San Francisco: Where noir still lives

    Travel

    San Francisco is well known for its transformations, the most recent one fueled by tech money that has seemingly scrubbed much of the city clean. Evidence of it tends to be easy to mock: the $4 artisanal toast, the shuttle buses carrying workers from the city interior to Silicon Valley, the preponderance of reclaimed …

    Patrons drink at the House of Shields, in the financial district. House of Shields opened in 1908 and is the sort of place in which Dashiell Hammett could have imbibed in his heyday.
  10. Now kids can ride shotgun at 140 mph in Richard Petty Experience

    Florida

    Young racing fans who want to go fast like their favorite NASCAR drivers now have a chance to do just that with the Junior Ride-Along offered by the Richard Petty Experience.

    Petty staff members helped to suit up our test rider, Isaak, 10.