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November 30, 2009

When it comes to road trips, there’s a difference between transit and travel. For the latter, exit the Interstate and go local. The Interstate system of American freeways is great (most of the time) for getting from Here to There with speed and safety. For getting the true flavor of a place, a.../ ➝

November 27, 2009

Think it’s too late to book a vacation at a decent price this holiday season? Maybe not. Labor Day came, and you waited. Halloween passed, but you waited. Thanksgiving came and went, and still you waited. Now Christmas at hand and you figure it’s too late to book a holiday trip for less .../ ➝

November 24, 2009

Not every crook is a pickpocket waiting to ambush you in some faraway place. For some, the weapons of choice are a smile and a sales pitch. But they can ruin your vacation, your credit rating and more — without you ever leaving home. We’re going to tell you how to spot them — and [.../ ➝

November 23, 2009

So I’m sitting in a hospital lobby in Culver City, being entertained at long distance by my friend Walt, who’s making a cross-country train run aboard Amtrak’s historic California Zephyr. He’s sending back lovely digital images of snow-covered mountains and glowing sunrises. .../ ➝

November 20, 2009

Why do the Germans have to be such brilliant engineers? They refuse to let me see the rest of Europe! Damn those Germans! Every time I think I’m done with Germany, they come up with something to pull me back. I can’t help it. It’s the geek in me. First, it was the Magdeburg water [.../ ➝

November 18, 2009

Is racism China’s other Great Wall? The presence of Barack Obama as America’s first president of African descent is prompting a more open discussion about race and prejudice, and not just in the United States. Check out this piece in the Washington Post about Chinese attitudes toward bla.../ ➝

November 17, 2009

When you’re in Italy’s Tuscan capital, it’s hard to tell if you’re in a city…or in a painting. The best way to prepare for a visit to Tuscany may not be by reading guidebooks or watching travel shows, but by visiting a museum that specializes in Renaissance art. This is.../ ➝

November 13, 2009

Second in an occasional series We’ve already talked about the need to be alert and aware to stave off pickpockets. Here are some other things you can and should do: * To minimize your exposure to pickpockets, think not only about where you travel, but when. If you can, consider saving high-thr.../ ➝

November 13, 2009

First in an occasional series Pickpockets. You can find them (or they can find you) anywhere, but especially in Europe. For years, Rome was the world capital of light-fingered lifters, but of late has lost their “title” to Barcelona, with Prague close behind. Horror stories about pickpoc.../ ➝

November 10, 2009

Don’t let fear of crime deprive you of the experience of a lifetime. Millions travel safely around the world every day. You can, too! Whether it’s fear of street crime abroad or con artists at home, too many people let a fear of falling victim to crime keep them from getting out to see t.../ ➝