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Best airlines of 2018

WalletHub ranked the top major U.S. airlines based on several categories for the year 2018, including cheapest, best for pets and most comfortable.

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In the depths of winter, Thunder Bay, Ontario, is a sleeping giant

In late January, as the polar vortex of 2019 gripped the Midwest, my group of friends were enjoying some rest and relaxation at a resort on Minnesota's icy North Shore. After checkout, one sensible couple fled to balmy Austin, Texas, for the second half of their vacation. But my companion and I pushed 100 miles farther north – to Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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The spy who skied with me

Lounging in a bathtub shaped like an elephant's salad bowl, with two perpendicular walls of picture windows opening onto the main street of Soelden, below, I was beginning to feel splendidly above it all. This was my second visit to Soelden, in the Oetztal region of the Austrian Alps, in the show-window bathroom of my spacious room at the Dominic, a family-run hotel within ski-booted walking distance to the base of the Giggijoch gondola. From there, it is a short ride up to a series of highly efficient, interconnected lifts that can take you from one end of the ski area to the other on slopes suitable for intermediate skiers and snowboarders.

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Utah celebrates the Transcontinental Railroad’s 150th

You can fly from California to New York in as few as four hours with a strong tailwind and no delays. Before the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad 150 years ago, the journey could take four months. The fastest and safest route was by sea, not land, or by a combination of sea-land-sea by crossing the malaria-infested Panama isthmus. Many died in the attempt. But after the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) connected with the Central Pacific Railroad (CP) in Utah on May 10, 1869, the journey by rail took just four days. (Today, the same trip takes three days.)

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Mexican resort offer cure for winter blues

It's that time of year that feels like winter will never end. First, winter. Then, "false spring," wild cold snap, at least one more blizzard that will lead to "second false spring," and then maybe we can finally start to melt. I'm thinking about a shortcut to getting warm.

Best airlines of 2018

WalletHub ranked the top major U.S. airlines based on several categories for the year 2018, including cheapest, best for pets and most comfortable.