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September 30, 2009

Think the end of warm weather is the end of chances to travel? Think again. A lot of bargains come out along with the winter clothing. The days are getting shorter. The leaves will soon be turning colors. But in the executive offices of airlines all over America, faces already are turning colors, ma.../ ➝

September 29, 2009

Even in the 21st century, the Land of the Rising Sun still is a source of bewilderment and suspicion to much of black America. Japan is one of the world’s great travel destinations, but a tricky one for any independent traveler. For black Americans, though, there’s an added, uncomfortabl.../ ➝

September 26, 2009

The cruise industry was counting on more people getting into cruising before the recession. Soon, they’ll be just about begging for it. Bargain-hunting vacationers, take note. Bad timing on the part of the cruise industry could mean good news for cruise travelers. They’ve painted themsel.../ ➝

September 23, 2009

Cruise travel is one of the biggest travel categories going — and if the weekly dock traffic in places like Miami, New Orleans and San Diego are any indication, not even the Great Recession has managed to run it aground. If your idea of a great vacation is to be out on the ocean, check [&helli.../ ➝

September 19, 2009

Take the most pristine alpine setting you can conjure up — mountains, blue sky, water on all sides. Add city. Stir. The first time you see Vancouver, you may think your eyes are deceiving you. They’re not. This place rreally is as beautiful as it looks. A picture postcard on steroids. Wa.../ ➝

September 18, 2009

You learn a lot about yourself when you travel. You also learn a lot about who you’re traveling with. Don’t let the lessons ruin your vacation. Your best friend has just agreed to go with you on the dream trip you’ve been planning for months. You’re ecstatic, and why shouldn&.../ ➝

September 14, 2009

If the only thing you leave here is your heart, you didn’t stay long enough. My soul and the City of San Francisco are in a relationship. It’s complicated. If you closely observe urban life for a living, you couldn’t imagine a better working town. The music, the art, the food, all .../ ➝

September 11, 2009

Want to make your travel uniquely, intensely, intimately yours? Talk to your elders, then start packing. Our travel “wish list” usually starts out with the “usual suspects.” New York City, London. The Grand Canyon. The Eiffel Tower. The pyramids of Giza. Over time, though, ou.../ ➝

September 8, 2009

The name may be funny, but this virus is no joke. If you’re traveling this fall and winter, be extra careful. This year, flu is a four-letter word: H1N1. If you’re wondering why all the hype, do a search on the term “1918 pandemic” — and prepare to be terrified. Swine f.../ ➝

September 3, 2009

In a 21st century propelled by information, global connections and worldwide competition, should travel be a basic part of American education? Absolutely. Whenever I’m in Europe, I’m struck by the degree to which young Europeans not only speak some English, but have a far deeper grasp of.../ ➝