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October 30, 2009

Way back in the second entry I ever did for this blog, I described a trip I made as a child on the Sunset Limited train from New Orleans to Los Angeles, the trip that ignited my passion for traveling. On that trip, we made a predawn crossing of a bridge over a gorge that […].../ ➝

October 29, 2009

Wondering where I’ve been, where I’m going next, where I’m thinking about going — but you’d rather not hunt through the entire blog to find out? You no longer have to. Now you can find all my destinations — past, present and future — in one place, with links.../ ➝

October 29, 2009

When American announced this creation of the Black Atlas site, I was more than a little skeptical. It has since opened for business this month. While I may still have issues with the concept, I have to say that — so far, anyway — I mostly like the execution. The site is clean, attractive.../ ➝

October 28, 2009

Anytime a conversation begins with the words “Has this ever happened to you?,” you know it’s not going to be a happy story. It’s one of those small-print travel cautions you hear from time to time, one which you may or may not heed: If you’re going to be using your cred.../ ➝

October 27, 2009

If this is an indication of the concern that professional pilots have for their passengers, I may have flown my last mile. We all know at least one person who’s afraid to fly. Like many other hard-core travelers, I’ve tried to persuade my air-averse friends that flying is really very saf.../ ➝

October 27, 2009

The Dominican Republic — one part baseball mecca and one part beach colony, with a ton of Caribbean history and culture thrown in for added flavor. The island of Hispaniola sits in the eastern Caribbean between Cuba and Puerto Rico. The western third of Hispaniola is controlled by Haiti. The D.../ ➝

October 26, 2009

Guest columnist Samuel Autman recounts his experiences co-leading a student field trip to rural Central America. Such trips are meant to be learning experiences. One of the things you may learn is what your fears look like. — G Gross by SAMUEL AUTMAN SUCHITOTO, EL SALVADOR – “Samuel! Samue.../ ➝

October 25, 2009

Please welcome the blog’s first guest columnist — Samuel Autman. His column, which will appear periodically here, is called Roaming. I first met Samuel when he joined the San Diego Union-Tribune as a young staff writer. When he left to enter academia, he had built a reputation as a solid.../ ➝

October 25, 2009

Paris is the world’s most visited city. Think you know why? I sure don’t! Back in the 1960s, a young British rock band called The Who cut a single whose title succinctly captures my feelings about Paris: “I Can’t Explain.” I can tell you in three different languages tha.../ ➝

October 24, 2009

The desperation to avoid airline baggage fees is making things downright ugly in the airport — and dangerous in the air. USAToday is reporting that things are getting crazed aboard America’s airliners as passengers scramble to get their carry-on bags into the limited overhead bin space. .../ ➝