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Lisa Schwarz

About Lisa Schwarz

By day, I'm a St. Cloud Times editor guiding coverage of politics, government, public safety and business beats. By night, I'm leading the cubicle jailbreak as the Times Traveler. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LisaSSchwarz and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sctimeslisa

Try this route around dastardly baggage fees

Question: Not sure if you ever heard of this, but we are considering a Daytona Beach 2015 vacation and also strongly considering renting a home there for two weeks. Are you aware of the possibility of having our things shipped … Hit the jump to read the rest

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Thousands of new hotel rooms planned for Mexico and Caribbean this year

With a winter like we’re having, visions of white-sand beaches giving way to gently lapping turquoise waters are like money in the bank. And the Caribbean tourism industry is banking on it.

IMG_0636By the end of this year, 7,974 new … Hit the jump to read the rest

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As the world heads south, plan for full parking lots

Question: Believe it or not, we are actually taking a family winter vacation in March (flying from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport) now that Zac has a spring break. However, it’s been 10 years since I’ve traveled by air. Where … Hit the jump to read the rest

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Reader needs a piece o’ cake flight

Questions keep rolling in about getting to Florida from St. Cloud. Here are this week’s:

Question: Lisa, how was your trip to Orlando? My son and daughter-in-law live there, and it would be so great for me if … Hit the jump to read the rest

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Reader asks: Connections from Orlando Sanford, comfort and cars

We’re starting out today with another reader question about St. Cloud’s new flights to Central Florida.

Question: Hello, I travel often to Fort Lauderdale and am wondering how easy it will be to get connecting flights to FLL from … Hit the jump to read the rest

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Reader asks: Why two canceled Allegiant flights?

A reader contacted me last week to find out why two Allegiant Air flights didn’t go as planned:

Question: I read your article on Allegiant Air in (the Jan. 5) newspaper, hours before 150 people were to fly out of … Hit the jump to read the rest

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State Department issues travel advisory for Sochi

While the Sochi Olympics are mired in controversy, those debates over Russian social policy are not the sole reason for a new State Department travel advisory.

sochi-2014-logoMajor events and (to my memory) all foreign Olympic games spark travel advisories. … Hit the jump to read the rest

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Reader request: An Allegiant review

It’s time for another round of Stump the Travel Columnist. First up? A question from a local reader who wants a read on St. Cloud’s new destination option.

Question: I read your article (about taking Allegiant’s first St. Cloud-Sanford, Fla., … Hit the jump to read the rest

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Nor’easter could ground your flight plans: Links you need

A winter storm bearing down on the northeastern United States had already caused more than 1,000 flight cancellations by Thursday morning.

Most major airlines are waiving fees to change tickets for travelers who can tinker with their itineraries. And even … Hit the jump to read the rest

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MSP adds seasonal nonstops to Frankfurt

A German leisure carrier has announced it will add nonstop flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Frankfurt, Germany, starting June 26.

Condor Flugdienst (“just call me Condor”) will fly the route with Boeing 767-300s on Mondays and Thursdays through … Hit the jump to read the rest

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