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July 21, 2010

A round of the good, the bad and the bizarre from some of the world’s best travel media (This week’s extra digest is the product of jet lag that accompanied me back from Amsterdam last weekend. Now that the fog has finally lifted from my brain, let’s get to it!) THE ROCKETS’ .../ ➝

June 20, 2010

Nowadays, LAX gets to be a pretty busy place in summer, and that’s a beautiful thing. But the LAX I’m referring to is not the airport. It’s also the code for Los Angeles Union Station, Amtrak’s main base in California. From here, you get trains going north and east across Ame.../ ➝

March 7, 2010

First of an occasional series The industry buzzword for 2010 just might be “niche travel.” (Okay so it’s two words. Just stay with the script here!) These days, travelers are looking for alternatives to the old one-bus-fits-all approach to travel. When you’ve only got a week .../ ➝

January 5, 2010

Ferries were created as basic transportation for water-bound communities, but they can offer a great experience — and great value — to the traveler. When it comes to cruising, January is a hot month. Snowbound Americans start thinking about sunny holiday cruises, while the cruise industr.../ ➝

November 18, 2009

Is racism China’s other Great Wall? The presence of Barack Obama as America’s first president of African descent is prompting a more open discussion about race and prejudice, and not just in the United States. Check out this piece in the Washington Post about Chinese attitudes toward bla.../ ➝

November 8, 2009

That’s right, we’re out there in that big, wide, scary world. Visiting, studying, working, even living — and thriving. While doing Internet research for the sake of encouraging more black Americans to get out and see the world, I found some of us already doing that. I found a young.../ ➝

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.../ ➝

August 2, 2009

Stay in shape and see the sights at the same time! Okay, in the interest of full disclosure: I am not now nor ever will be a jogger. The closest I come to running is lacing up a pair of New Balance athletic shoes, which are extremely comfortable on my big feet and which I […].../ ➝

June 26, 2009

If Thanksgiving and Christmas for you are more “Bah! Humbug!” than “Ho, ho, ho!,” take a vacation from it all. Seriously, you can do that. Not everyone looks forward to “the holidays.” Ice, snow and winds sharp enough to carve the Thanksgiving turkey. There’s all that hassling with.../ ➝

June 25, 2009

These days, there are two kinds of air travelers — those who are sick of flying and those who soon will be. A good train makes a great alternative. My friend Walt flies all over the world for his job. He has enough frequent flyer miles to circumnavigate the globe 40 times. Do you envy [&hellip.../ ➝