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Cuba — open for US travelers

Lying on a white sand beach at the edge of the turquoise sea, I could have been at any Caribbean destination. The major difference was that I was enjoying an experience which few Americans could share for more than the past 50 years. That is likely to change somewhat in the future under the recent […]


Room to Explore – Boar’s Head Inn

This Rooms to Explore feature focuses upon places to stay throughout the country and the world that become part of a visit to a destination. These are hotels, inns and other accommodations that help to bring the local history, culture and lifestyle alive in a very meaningful way — where the sightseeing and travel experience […]


Charlottesville, Virginia: Mr. Jefferson’s Country

To many people, Monticello and Charlottesville, Virginia, are synonymous. Indeed, even more than his famous home, the presence of Thomas Jefferson the Man can be felt throughout the quiet college town, about a three-hour drive from Washington, D.C. For any history buff, a tour of Monticello is heaven, but even those less historically inclined will […]


Rumdoodle — all British all the time in the Lake District

This Rooms to Explore feature focuses upon places to stay throughout the country and the world that become part of a visit to a destination. These are hotels, inns and other accommodations that help to bring the local history, culture and lifestyle alive in a very meaningful way — where the sightseeing and travel experience […]


Stateroom with a view — on the Amazon

This Rooms to Explore feature focuses upon places to stay throughout the country and the world that become part of a visit to a destination. These are hotels, inns and other accommodations that help to bring the local history, culture and lifestyle alive in a very meaningful way — where the sightseeing and travel experience […]


Kauai — Truth in advertising

Remember when Maui was considered the undeveloped island of Hawaii, in the days before hordes of tourists — and the commercialism that inevitably follows — invaded its pristine coastline? Well quick — before the same thing happens to Kauai, visit the Garden Isle, the lushest and prettiest of the Hawaiian Islands. Go before it loses […]


Vieques Island: From bomb site to beach destination

A jet plane bearing the emblem of the U.S. Navy streaked low over a beach, dropped a bomb and returned to its base. The U.S. Navy was attacking a corner of its own country. Today, beach towels and colorful umbrellas line that stretch of sand. The only sounds are the surf and people enjoying a […]


Hiking “The Way” through southern France

I first learned about “The Way” from the 2010 movie of that name starring Martin Sheen. However, it has been known since at least the 9th century to many thousands of people who have followed all or part of the network of ancient pilgrim routes that stretch across western Europe. They eventually converge and end at the shrine of Santiago de Compostela at the western-most tip of Spain.


Online Christmas (and other holidays) gifts for travelers

With Christmas fast approaching, have you finished your gift list, checked it twice and finished your shopping? Or do you still have some presents to buy? If you need ideas for what to get for folks who travel a lot for pleasure or business, a “gift of go” can be the perfect solution.


Vancouver, a multicultural kaleidoscope of life

The diversity of Vancouver’s multicultural population adds a kaleidoscopic touch. Many residents trace their ancestry back to Chinese immigrants brought in for construction of the Canadian-Pacific Railroad and during the country’s Gold Rush, both at the end of the 19th century. Many more recent arrivals came from the Philippines, Taiwan and other Southeast Asian countries.