Traveling with the New York Times

Being a travel writer sounds like one of the best jobs in the world—in fact, New York Times 52 Places Traveler Jada Yuan says she hears that all the time. Yuan left 17 years at New York Magazine behind when she joined The Times as its 52 Places Traveler, reporting about every destination on The Times’ “2018 52 Places to Travel” list.

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Escape to New York City for Buffett and SJP

First, the shows.
“She came down from Cincinnati…”
ou don’t have to be a Parrothead to know the first lines of the Jimmy Buffett classic “Fins,” telling the story of a Cincinnati girl who heads to Florida for a little sunshine and ends up staying. Well, that’s the general premise of the Buffett Broadway musical, “Escape to Margaritaville,” now playing at the Marriott Marquis Theatre in the heart of Times Square.

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Santa Barbara/Montecito, open for business

The streets are still covered in dust, and cars remain caked in mud. But the main streets are cleared, shops are open and vehicles are moving through Montecito, the idyllic Pacific Coast community two hours north of Los Angeles on Highway 101 that has seen more misery in two months than most areas see in two decades.

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Touring India

There are bucket list items—skydiving, attending the Super Bowl, running a marathon—and then there are bucket list trips, like the one Sara Vance Waddell and her wife, Michelle Waddell took over the holidays to India and Nepal. The trip combined their love of Indian food with Michelle’s birthday and included a friend, Reeta Brendamour, whose parents were from India and who still has relatives there.

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On the Road to the U.S. Open

Now that you’ve had a taste of world-class tennis at last week’s Western & Southern Open in Mason, you just might have the jones to see even more before the outdoor season ends. You’re in luck, because the finale of tennis’ Grand Slam events happens just a little more than an hour way by air at the U.S. Open, August 28 through September 10 in New York (yes, technically it’s in Flushing, NY, but don’t tell New Yorkers that). 

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Travel to Michigan in Four Hours

Many Cincinnatians take the trip to Michigan for summer vacation, normally an eight hour+ trip to well-known spots like Torch Lake, Leland or Mackinac Island. The road trip up I-75 runs through the beautiful state with 11,000 lakes, small and large. But if you are looking for a shorter trip to Pure Michigan, let me recommend Clarklake.

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Getting to and around Cannes

As you plan your trip, here are a few tips to consider. We planned our trip in less than two weeks, right after the schedule of the film screenings was released so we would know when “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” was going to debut.

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Spend Mother’s Day in San Francisco

Frontier Airlines will make it easy and affordable to fly non-stop to SFO and Reds fans will also note that the team is spending the weekend playing the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. 

So here are a few travel tips to consider when booking your trip.

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Indianapolis for March Madness

Dear NKU Fans,

Take the trip to Indy on Friday! 

Take the advice from this Ohio University alum who took the trip to Nashville five years ago where my beloved Bobcats, a then #13 seed beat Michigan, a #4 seed in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA tournament. You never know what may happen! It’s called March Madness for a reason.

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