DESPITE a LOUSY ECONOMY, WE STILL WANT TO TRAVEL
The economy is troubled and the dollar is weak. But one forecast suggests that Americans aren't giving up international travel.
Travel organization AAA and Global Insight, a forecasting company, predicted 25.1-million Americans will take leisure trips outside the United States this summer, up 2.6 percent from last year. The forecast counts Canada and Mexico among international destinations.
Vacationers will cut shopping and entertainment out of their travel budgets, and will snip household expenses before they nix travel plans, Ken McGill, executive managing director of Global Insight, said.
Phish-heads and Parrot-heads
Trey Anastasio, the former Phish lead singer, has been added to the Newport Folk Festival, joining Jimmy Buffett, the Black Crowes and Levon Helm.
It's Anastasio's first time playing the famed festival, and organizers say it will be his first-ever full solo acoustic show.
Phish broke up in 2004, but the group still has a devoted following. The festival is Aug. 1-3 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I. For more information, go to www.festivalnetwork.com.
New name, new cruise port
Norwegian Cruise Lines is sending its ship Pride of Aloha to Miami instead of Asia.
The Pride of Aloha, which cruised Hawaiian waters from 2004 to early May, will shift to a Miami-Bahamas route beginning July 14.
Pride of Aloha will also resume its original name — Norwegian Sky — for its new cruise duty. It will join Norwegian's international fleet and be outfitted with a casino.
The ship was originally supposed to shift to Asian cruises after completing its service in Hawaii. But Norwegian Cruise Lines, the ship's owner, now says it will be redeployed on the Florida-Caribbean route with three- and four-day cruises.
Brother Billy has a museum
The Billy Carter Service Station Museum opened in Plains, Ga., after two years of planning and eight months of rummaging through the possessions of former President Jimmy Carter's late brother.
The museum represents the actual service station in which Billy held court with locals and world media in this small south Georgia town before, during and immediately after his brother's tenure as the 39th American president.
The project is a joint effort of several departments within the University of Georgia, the Plains Better Hometown Association and Billy Carter's widow, Sybil.
Displays include clothing and other memorabilia reflecting Carter's life.
In search of serenity?
Looking for the trail less hiked? Austin-Leahman Adventures company ranks these as the least-frequented national park trails:
1. Harding Ice Field Trail, Kenai Fjords N.P., Alaska
2. Easy Pass Trail, North Cascades N.P., Wash.
3. Mt. Scott Trail, Crater Lake N.P., Ore.
4. Death Canyon, Grand Teton N.P., Wyo.
5. Wapiti Lake Trail to South Rim Trail, Yellowstone N.P., Wyo., Idaho, Mont.
6. Kolob Canyon — Taylor Creek Trail, Zion N.P., Utah
7. Fairyland Loop Trail, Bryce Canyon N.P., Utah
8. Bunsen Peak Trail, Yellowstone N.P., Wyo., Idaho, Mont.
9. Pohono Trail (Taft Point), Yosemite N.P., Calif.
10. South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon N.P., Ariz.
Find hotel deals on Orbitz
Orbitz is offering a sale on hotels throughout North America and the Caribbean. Savings range from 10 to 50 percent for stays through Sept. 30; book by July 6. For example, rooms at the Hotel Cozumel & Resort in Mexico start at $71 a night, including taxes; rate through hotel is $114. Request promotion code SUMMERSALE10 when booking at www.orbitz.com.
Compiled from Times wires