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February 4, 2014

First in a series February is Black History Month. Use travel to learn about Black American history, or expose your family to African-American Heritage. One way is by exploring specially created heritage trails across the United States. Black or African-American Heritage Trails string together memor.../ ➝

January 24, 2014

WHAT: The 2014 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show WHERE Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center 300 E. Ocean Ave. Long Beach, CA WHEN Feb. 8-9, 2014, 10am-5pm TICKETS (per person) One-day: $10 online til Feb. 7, $12 online Feb. 7-9, $15 at the door Two-day: $16 online til Feb. 7, $18.../ ➝

January 22, 2014

Preparations are underway for the Soul Train Cruse 2014 next month out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. You’ll find contact information in the IBIT Travel Calendar over in the left sidebar. If you missed the fall STC 2013 out of San Diego, you won’t want to miss this one. People from as far away a.../ ➝

January 21, 2014

The Caribbean World Series this year will be a Cuban coming-out party, held on a tropical island off the Venezuelan coast. But Venezuela’s crime woes makes this a potential risky road trip. When Mexico’s winter-league baseball champions take the field in Venezuelanext month in the Serie del .../ ➝

January 15, 2014

A gunman robs and fires on a family of cruise tourists, a week after the State Department renews its warning to travelers on Honduran crime. Quick, which country has the highest murder rate per capita in the world? Mexico? Brazil? Iraq? Pakistan? The correct answer is Honduras. The day before Christ.../ ➝

January 8, 2014

Second of two parts [portfolio_slideshow id=323117 exclude=335536] All images by ©IBIT/G. Gross unless otherwise identified. All rights reserved. On its two-week Panama Canal cruise, the Island Princess takes you to five Latin American countries — and through a sixth. Part Two of this two.../ ➝

August 24, 2013

[portfolio_slideshow id=35053] All images by ©IBIT/G. Gross. All rights reserved. Even in the heart of the biggest tourist traps, you can find the unexpected treasure, provided you’re willing to risk getting lost for a bit. “Get off the beaten path.” As a traveler, you hear th.../ ➝

July 7, 2013

The good, the bad and the bizarre in the world of travel THE PERFECT AIRPORT As travelers, we complain a lot about airports, usually for good reason. Too big. Too small. Too crowded. Too much distance between gates. Not enough seats in the departure halls. Not enough electric outlets to charge all o.../ ➝

June 30, 2013

The good, the bad and the bizarre in the world of travel CREDIT FOR TRAVEL If you want to travel, especially internationally, you’ll need some plastic. Plan on bringing a couple of good credit cards, one for general use, the other reserved for emergencies. (And no, I’m sorry, ladies, but.../ ➝

June 18, 2013

Black families need to get out and enjoy nature — and the rest of America needs to get used to seeing us do that. Lately, I’ve had a number of readers write to me with concerns about how they are likely to be received when traveling abroad for the first time. They are especially concerne.../ ➝