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April 23, 2017

Looking for a way to get a taste of a foreign culture? A dinner table could be a really good place to start. At least as far back as Marco Polo, travelers have been exploring the world through food and drink, sampling the unfamiliar and introducing their tastebuds to flavors they never would’ve ex.../ ➝

April 15, 2017

If you’re bound for the tropics, you may hear about mosquito-borne viruses like chikungunya and Zika. But there’s one that’s even more dangerous: yellow fever. The first two will may knock you flat for awhile or leave your baby with birth defects.  Yellow fever will kill you. .../ ➝

April 9, 2017

If you want to see the world, it’s not enough just to keep tabs on airfares. You also need a grasp on costs in your destination country, because that’s going to determine how long your travel budget lasts. And that budget can start taking hits before you even get out of the airport. Yo.../ ➝

March 19, 2017

The fare war between upstart Norwegian Air and their European competitors is good news for California. When Norwegian Air started offering one-way flights between the East Coast and Europe for as little as $65 a few years back,  their older rivals vowed to retaliate — and now, they have.../ ➝

January 10, 2017

Regular IBIT readers know I’m a big fan of rail travel. Well, maybe equal parts rail travel fan and air travel hater, but if you fly these days in anything but Business or First Class, you know why. My favorite Amtrak rail ride is the Coast Starlight, which runs between Seattle and Los Angeles.  .../ ➝

December 8, 2016

Looming over the fishing village of Elmina, along Ghana’s Cape Coast, is a fortress of mottled whitewashed stone. If you are a Black American, your life story, and that of every Black American you know,  runs through these walls. Welcome to Elmina Castle..../ ➝

November 8, 2016

Second in a series Twenty-four hours of planes, trains and automobiles en route to West Africa. 06 NOV — OGO By far, the highlight of my weekend in New York City was my reunion with my friend, Ogo, of Senegal. We met five years ago when he graciously included me in his group going to [….../ ➝

November 7, 2016

First of a series 31 OCT-5 NOV I hate driving into a new city in the middle of the night, and arriving here reminds me why. The feeling is that of a mouse in a maze of headlights and tail lights, with freeway signs in lieu of cheese. The one saving grace, other than the […].../ ➝

November 6, 2016

Regular city buses let you explore a city and give you insight into its culture in ways that tour buses or even rental cars can’t — and for a lot less money. Embedded in an SFGate article about where residents would like to see new subway lines built in San Francisco (yes, there are folks [&.../ ➝

September 8, 2016

  Today’s traveler is all about the experience, and many are looking for something beyond the old familiar hotel stay. If that’s you, and your travel plans take you anywhere near a good-sized body of water, you’ve got a major alternative available to you. Instead of sleeping a.../ ➝