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February 19, 2015

A trip to find the world’s first fully Christian lands could take you places you might never expect. Like Africa. If I say “religious travel,” what destinations come to your mind? Virtually every religion has its own “holy land,” sacred sites on sacred ground that is th.../ ➝

February 10, 2015

To really get into Black history, you’ll need to go beyond the month of February, and travel beyond American borders, because Black history is global. We’ve just left Black History Month, so this is as good a time as any to make this point. Were we to insist on historical accuracy, we.../ ➝

January 10, 2015

The Paris terror attacks of last week have prompted a reminder from the US government. Take it seriously, but don’t swallow the hype along with it. By now, you’ve probably heard what the media have widely reported: The US State Department has issued a “worldwide travel alert”.../ ➝

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.../ ➝

December 3, 2014

Authorities are talking about heightened terrorism threats on Europe-bound flights from the US. Personal electronics, too. While no decision has been made yet, you might want to plan for the worst. There’s some buzz in the travelsphere that the US and UK are giving serious thought to banning c.../ ➝

November 14, 2014

One of a series This year’s ATA Congress in Uganda highlights the challenges of the ebola scare and the emergence — or re-emergence — of great destinations and investment possibilities. The annual congress of the Africa Travel Association, the pre-eminent organization promoting tra.../ ➝

November 12, 2014

Slideshow images courtesy of Amras Cruises Ocean cruise lines look for new seas to conquer with glitzy new ships, while the river cruise scene explodes across Europe and Asia. Who wins? You do. Cruise travel comes in many “flavors” — different sizes and styles of ships, different t.../ ➝

November 8, 2014

One distant, storied land in East Asia, emerging from long isolation. One intrepid Black woman expat traveler — and, I’m proud to say, IBIT reader. It all adds up to one hell of a travel story. by MELISSA WATKINS mel.watkins@gmail.com I knew nothing about Mongolia except that I wanted to.../ ➝

November 6, 2014

Japan is now testing maglev trains for passenger service. If the only train you’ve ever ridden is in North America, you are not ready for this. The country that invented high-speed passenger rail is about to re-invent it. When it debuted back in 1964, Japan’s Shinkansen — aka ̶.../ ➝