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Travel

How accurate are online reviews posted by travelers?

Is it just me or are tour operators and hotel owners calling to change your rating on TripAdvisor, Yelp or Booking.com?

It’s been happening to me more and more.

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Taking the high road: Ethical Traveler offers mindful tips


Courtesy of Andrey Voronov
The island nation of Mauritius, designated among the World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations, boasts a statue of Lord Shiva.

At the end of each year, Ethical Traveler reviews information from nearly 200 developing countries to report which have been naughty or nice.

Then the nonprofit organization posts its World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations online, in the hope that travelers will “vote with their wings” and prioritize travel in countries they can feel good about supporting, its website states.

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Christmas gift recommendations for the traveler on your list


Courtesy of North FACE Collections
The North Face Dubs Insulated jacket boasts hand-warmer pockets. It retails for $199.

Whether you’re buying for the luxury traveler who wants the best of everything or for that adrenaline junkie that zip-lines from tree to tree on vacation, the following travel tools will light up their eyes.

For stormy weather

It’s no fun shivering while schussing down the slopes at Tahoe or hiking the backwoods. Consider giving your snow bunny a warm coat.

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South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on the slopes. Blackjack tables and Black Diamond ski runs often compete for attention.

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Soak up SoCal culture while exploring West, spices & art


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
The meandering path through the courtyard to SpiceStation in Los Angeles’ Silverlake District beckons visitors to explore the shop’s exotic selection of spices, herbs and teas.

If you’re visiting relatives in a strange city over the holidays, take advantage of the local museums and exotic shops. Most museums hire family education directors whose job it is to devise ways to entertain families while encouraging the kids to soak up the exhibition.

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