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October 9, 2011

A roundup of the good, the bad and the bizarre from the world’s best travel media.​ TWO MINUTES TO LIVE Could a hundred and twenty seconds worth of forethought save your life in an airline emergency? British Airways thinks so, and they’ve got a class for their corporate passengers to t.../ ➝

October 5, 2011

After reading about how Congress is once again trying to kill off Amtrak, enough folks have asked me about the petition to save it that it’s time to post it on IBIT. For those who may have missed it, Republicans in the House of Representatives are pushing a bill that would cut Amtrak’s a.../ ➝

October 4, 2011

While the rest of the developed world moves their passenger rail deeper into the 21st century, our Congress now wants to kill off our 19th century Amtrak and replace it with — nothing. As you’re reading this, IBIT guest columnist Walt Baranger and his wife Kathy are on the return leg of .../ ➝

September 12, 2011

While the US quibbles over whether to drag our passenger rail service out of the 19th century, Japan is about to step deep into the 21st. Your children will be riding this one day. Back in 1964, while Americans were acquainting themselves with a place called Vietnam, the Japanese were introducing a .../ ➝

July 3, 2011

A roundup of the good, the bad and the bizarre from the world’s best travel media BOURDAIN BUZZ Anthony Bourdain, TV’s favorite antihero/contrarian/rebel-without-an-apron chef, has got a new TV show coming out this fall. It’s a spinoff of his successful No Reservations globetrottin.../ ➝

January 19, 2011

The IBIT Rail Travel page is now on track. If you love train travel, or want to learn more about it, you’ve got your destination set. You’ll find my ongoing series on rail journeys, as well as information of rail destinations and tours, as well as a little inside-baseball-type info on ra.../ ➝

December 26, 2010

The good, the bad and the bizarre from the world’s best travel media THE GIFT OF AFRICA This Christmas season, give yourself a priceless memory — a trip to West Africa for the International Roots Festival in February. These days, the news out of West Africa is dominated by ominous and tr.../ ➝

December 12, 2010

THE WORLD AS YOUR CLASSROOM The more you travel, the more you want to learn — and vice versa. We all have our fantasies. I’ve had this one for years: Take America’s mothball fleet of naval transport ships out of mothballs, rebuild/refurbish them and convert them into floating high .../ ➝

December 3, 2010

One of an occasional series It also could be called the train that walks on water and flies through kudzu. Rather than fly from California to Washington DC, I decided to fly into New Orleans and from there, take Amtrak to the nation’s capital, a run of 27 1/2 hours The Amtrak Crescent gets its.../ ➝

November 30, 2010

One of an occasional series The aspects of rail travel that make it a vastly more pleasant experience than airlines begin before you board. In one of her columns, Benét Wilson, our Aviation Queen, described her vision of the perfect airport, so I tweeted a question out to the IBIT family: “Wh.../ ➝