Thomas Cook: here we go again

<p class=”intro”>One of the oldest and largest tour companies on the planet abruptly goes belly-up, leaving the UK facing the largest peacetime repatriation in its history. If this happened to you, would you be protected?</p> At some time earlier today, an army of travelers around the world, vacationing with the British tour company Thomas Cook, […]

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AFRICA says NO to plastic bags

The Mother Continent is leading the global struggle to get rid of single-use plastic bags, but does this affect you, the visitor to Africa? Oh yes, it does. If you’re planning a visit to Africa anytime soon, it’s perfectly okay to pack your plastic. Just not your plastic bags. Tanzania just became the 34th African […]

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CUBA: Yes, you (still) can

The pronouncements of Donald Trump notwithstanding, it is still possible for Americans to legally travel to land of rum, cigars and vintage cars. Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced new restrictions on Americans wanting to travel to Cuba. No more of the popular “people to people” educational and cultural group tours (The Trump White […]

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When Airlines Fail (Financially)

If an airline suddenly goes bust and leaves you stranded, that travel insurance policy you bought may not offer you the protection you think it does. Low-cost airlines in Scandinavia are having their problems these days. When Primera Air abruptly belly-flopped financially last October, the unexpected collapsed stranded flight crews and passengers alike throughout the […]

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VIETNAM: The next Thailand?

Tropical beauty and booming cities. Mountains and beaches. Great food. A young country with an ancient culture. All in one of the world’s cheaper travel destinations. Thailand is the tenth most visited country in the world, and for good reasons. It’s beautiful, it’s friendly, its social scene is “lit” and it’s all spectacularly cheap. Small […]

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Get ready for ETIAS

Come 2021, the days of North American travelers being welcomed into Western Europe with just a passport and a nice smile will be over. You’ll need to be registered. One of the joys of traveling to Western Europe as an American is being able to breeze through immigration and customs on arrival at European airports. […]

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A healthy dose of Cuba

Ready for a tour of Cuba with a focus on healthy living and Afro-Cuban culture? Well, start packing. Could it be that you’re into one of these: Afro-Latino history and culture Yoga Beach life Salsa Vegan/Vegetarianism Art All of the above Or maybe you’d just like to get a jump on Spring Break? If so, […]

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GHANA: The Year of Return

Any year is a great time to visit this warm and welcoming West African nation. But for African-Americans in particular, 2019 will be special. An easy non-stop flight from the eastern United States. A nation known for its food, its music and its friendly people. And a government that has made a point of saying […]

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CRUISE: Farewell, free room service

Carnival is doing away with its free 24-hour room service aboard its cruise ships. So what, it’s only one cruise line, right? Don’t bet on it. Sometime this month, Carnival Cruise Lines will, probably quietly, do away with one of the longstanding traditions of the modern cruise industry — free all-hours room service in your […]

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