The SEYCHELLES: Where tourism is life

This archipelago of 115 tiny, almost unbearably beautiful islands welcomes visitors as if their nation’s future depends on it. Because it does. You have to look hard to find the Seychelles — 115 microdots of land scattered like dispersed sand grains in the western Indian Ocean. Odds are, your friends and neighbors have never heard […]

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AIRLINES: Who’s safe?

The crash of a brand-new Boeing 737 off an Indonesian island revives doubts about regional air safety in that part of the world. For the traveler, there’s a different question: How to tell which airlines are safer? When it comes to international travel, Indonesia is an uneasy contradiction. It’s one of the most beautiful and […]

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GERMANY: Planes & Trains

Germany’s national airline is teaming up with the country’s national railroad to create and air-rail net across the whole country at a bargain rate. Hopefully, someone on this side of the Atlantic is taking notes. In the seemingly eternal death struggle between airlines and passengers trains, Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn (DB) are trying something different: […]

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IBIT RANT: Just go

Is there a part of the world you’ve always wanted to see, but you’re afraid that those closest to you wouldn’t understand? Don’t let someone else’s doubt mess with your passport dreams. Do you love travel? Do you love to dream about travel, talk about travel? If the answer to any of that is “Yes,” […]

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New warnings from State

The State Department is rolling out a new travel advisory system for every country in the world. The old system, frankly, sucked. Will its replacement be any better? The New Year will see the US State Department ushering in a new system of travel advisories for Americans contemplating trips abroad. It’s being described as a “tiered […]

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Egypt’s Black Pharaohs

The Nubians were the most ancient of African civilizations and among its most successful. They conquered Egypt, stymied Rome, and grew rich as merchants and mercenaries. Their men built cities. Their women led battles. And their descendants survive today. Remember when your  grade-school teachers taught you all about the Black Africans who ruled Egypt for […]

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