Kerri Westenberg | Star Tribune
Travel editor

Travel editor Kerri Westenberg has twice been named Travel Journalist of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers. She previously worked at Bon Appetit, Cooking Light and National Geographic magazines.Westenberg’s writing has appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Real Simple and other national publications.

During Westenberg's tenure, which began in 2004, the society has named the Star Tribune's Travel section among the top three in the country many times. She is also the author of "State of Wonder," a book that celebrates Minnesota and derives from a series that first appeared in Travel.

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Tourists beware: Know the rules of Rome

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Sun Country sets charter flight for Loons' Open Cup title match

Purchase of an airline ticket on this special flight includes round-trip coach bus transportation to and from the stadium in Atlanta, but not tickets to the match.

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Give yourself plenty of time to clear security.

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The best place in Rome that neatly merges fashion, food and history.

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Delta eliminates extra fees for checking sports equipment

Even surfboards could get a free ride.

A swimming vacation in Greece, Belize, the Canary Islands is full-immersion fun

I was at the cabin of friends when I waded into the water, slapped on my goggles and swam across the lake and back.The water…

For a taste of vacation, pop into one of these regional drive-ins

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At MSP, help for older parents unfamiliar with flying— or anyone who needs it

“I was wondering if you might speak to any travel tips for seniors who haven’t flown for several years,” a reader recently wrote to ask.…