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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. .../ ➝

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.../ ➝

November 18, 2012

The good, the bad and the bizarre from the world’s best travel media THE WORLD’S DRY PLACES This edition of the IBIT Travel Digest is dedicated to my editor, P.A. Rice, whose name you’ll often see at the bottom of my blog posts. In addition to being a fine writer in her own right a.../ ➝

April 9, 2012

The good, bad and bizarre from the world’s best travel media. ​ With this edition of the IBIT Travel Digest, we’re trying a slightly different format. Let me know if you prefer this approach or you’d rather keep it “old school.” Because unlike other social media (*cou.../ ➝

August 5, 2011

When it comes to travel to Africa, does black America talk a better game than it plays? In some quarters, especially on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, it may well look that way. FIRST OF TWO PARTS “Why don’t more black Americans travel to Africa?” Kwerekwere, one of IBIT’s more prolif.../ ➝

July 3, 2011

A roundup of the good, the bad and the bizarre from the world’s best travel media BOURDAIN BUZZ Anthony Bourdain, TV’s favorite antihero/contrarian/rebel-without-an-apron chef, has got a new TV show coming out this fall. It’s a spinoff of his successful No Reservations globetrottin.../ ➝

May 10, 2010

An individual quest becomes a multibillion-dollar travel industry How far would you go — in statute miles — to find God? Every year, everywhere, millions of people around the world go looking Whether seeking enlightenment, lending a hand in a crisis, a chance to touch history or just to .../ ➝

April 16, 2010

Increased red tape to visit the United States has fewer travelers coming here…and we’re all paying for it Earlier this year, President Barack Obama signed into law the Travel Promotion Act. Good. Our beat-up economy can use all the tourist dollars we can get, especially when more than ha.../ ➝

October 2, 2009

For many travelers, surgical procedures are becoming an excuse to vacation in distant lands. But if EVER there were a case of “let the buyer beware,” this is it. Every day, somewhere in the world, some American unpacks their bags in a foreign country to start their vacation — and p.../ ➝