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April 15, 2017

If you’re bound for the tropics, you may hear about mosquito-borne viruses like chikungunya and Zika. But there’s one that’s even more dangerous: yellow fever. The first two will may knock you flat for awhile or leave your baby with birth defects.  Yellow fever will kill you. .../ ➝

February 22, 2016

Salvador, Bahia’s rich cultural vibe has tourism officials touting it to tourists as the capital of Brazil’s African heritage. But a look past the enticing travel brochures reveals controversies that Black American visitors may find disturbingly familiar. In a social sense, Salvador, the.../ ➝

October 21, 2015

When it comes to heritage travel for African-Americans, maroon is — or should be — the new black. About an hour’s drive inland from the Colombian port city of Cartagena de Indias stands the village of San Basilio de Palenque. Population: roughly 3,500. Dusty streets, small, one-sto.../ ➝

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.../ ➝

November 30, 2014

The good, the bad and the bizarre in the world of travel The IBIT Digest is back, just in time for the holidays. Just the thing to recover from the shopping hangover of Black Friday. TIS THE SEASON TO BE…STUCK AT AIRPORTS The Christmas holidays may be “the season to be jolly,” but.../ ➝

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 .../ ➝

September 11, 2013

First of a two-part series Pursuit of great wine is as good a reason as any to travel. That pursuit can take you to places you might not expect, or even believe. Not long ago, I was skimming through a catalog of university extension classes when I came across a course about competition in the [&hell.../ ➝

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 2, 2013

The good, the bad and the bizarre in the world of travel FLY THE CROWDED SKIES You’re fastening your seat belt when the flight attendant announces, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is a full flight.” If you think you’re hearing those words more often nowadays when you fly, it̵.../ ➝

January 14, 2013

The good, the bad and the bizarre in the world of travel LOOKING ELSEWHERE, LOOKING HOMEWARD Last weekend’s Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show in Long Beach was equal parts eye opener and reminder. Japan, still pushing hard to rebuild its tourism after the earthquake/tsunami/radiation di.../ ➝