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December 21, 2014

Mass-market tourism may do great things for a nation's economy, but it also can have a corrosive effect on a nation's culture. .../ ➝

December 6, 2014

A carefully restored sugar plantation outside New Orleans may be the only one in the United States devoted solely to the history of American slavery. There are several well-preserved plantations around the southern United States. Nearly all of them go to great lengths to re-create the splendor and s.../ ➝

September 13, 2014

If you want to experience this Caribbean island and its culture while both are still authentic, don’t wait for Washington to drop its anachronistic embargo. Go now. After 54 years, a US embargo designed in part to discourage Americans from traveling to Cuba still clings to life, defiant in the.../ ➝

September 8, 2014

Mother Nature puts on a breathtakingly beautiful color show every autumn, but catching her at her best can be tricky. Location matters, but timing is everything. About two years after he’d left the West Coast for a job in New York City, I went back east to visit best friend and IBIT guest colu.../ ➝

May 25, 2014

The good, the bad and the bizarre in the world of travel MAZATLAN MAKES A COMEBACK Three years ago, with reports of cruise passengers and crewmembers alike being mugged and assaulted there, the major cruise lines dropped Mazatlan as a port of call faster than the NBA dropped Donald Sterling. It was .../ ➝

April 14, 2014

[portfolio_slideshow id=419733] While the world’s largest river cruise outfit considers offering cruises on the largest US river, one small-ship operator is already doing it. Chicago to New Orleans, anyone? Last fall, I told you that Viking River Cruises was exploring the idea of offering crui.../ ➝

March 27, 2014

The couple that leads groups of Black American boaters on sailing vacations in the Caribbean is putting out a casting call for a cooking show at sea. Paul and Marvelle Mixon, recently featured in the IBIT Movers series, are looking for a few travelers with good taste, sea legs and dreams of TV stard.../ ➝

February 19, 2014

Legal travel to Cuba, a bureaucratic tangle created by the US trade embargo against Havana, is thrown into turmoil by balky American banks. Just when you thought the US government’s travel restrictions against Cuba couldn’t make the situation more absurd for American travelers, this happ.../ ➝

February 18, 2014

The hippest trip at sea sails Feb. 23 for a week-long Caribbean cruise. Don’t miss the boat. You still have time — but not much time — to sign up for the Soul Train Cruise 2014 out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL aboard Holland America’s MS Eurodam. The Eurodam sails Feb. 23 for a one-.../ ➝

February 16, 2014

[portfolio_slideshow id=390356] All images by ©IBIT/G. Gross unless otherwise identified. All rights reserved. In this century-plus-old cantina, you can knock back margaritas in the place where the drink was invented. But that’s not the only “flavor” you’ll get of a bygone era. There wa.../ ➝