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May 30, 2010

A roundup of the good, the bad and the bizarre from the world’s best travel media One of the things you’ll notice the first time you set foot outside the United States is that we don’t have a monopoly on graffiti. This is especially true in Europe, where it seems at times that this.../ ➝

May 29, 2010

The diaspora visa, an idea whose time is coming — gradually African tourism, despite the lingering recession, continues to rise — but the Mother Continent wants more. In particular, African countries are targeting diaspora travelers — black Americans, black Caribbeans and African e.../ ➝

May 27, 2010

Guess who didn’t make the cut — again? Skytrax, the Britain-based airline research outfit, has unveiled its annual awards for the world’s top ten best airlines. The overall winner for 2010 was South Korea’s Asiana. Singapore Airlines, whose cabin service is the stuff of indus.../ ➝

May 26, 2010

It’s not as if I need an excuse to visit Paris, but I do have some unfinished business in the City of Light, and it starts in a bar at the Hotel Meurice. The five-star Meurice is one of several Parisian hotels that put the “lux” in luxury. Their basic rooms start at $811 a [&hellip.../ ➝

May 26, 2010

Our guest columnist slips the surly bonds of Earth By BENÉT WILSON I have wanted to learn to fly ever since I stepped into the cockpit of a Pan Am Boeing 747 when I was 6 years old.  I have several friends who fly general-aviation aircraft and have always enjoyed the ride. A few months [&hel.../ ➝

May 25, 2010

And wait until you find out who’s being hit Consider, for just a moment, the poor airport screener. Unarmed. Not exactly a graduate from the FBI Academy. Making about $30,000 a year to protect thousands of harried, hurrying and largely ungrateful travelers from folks who want to board your pla.../ ➝

May 25, 2010

Today I’m on the Northeast Corridor between Connecticut and southern Virginia. My particular train, Amtrak 95, in late more than half the time. In this case it was 30 minutes late picking me up in Stamford. So should I have flown? Not a chance. Aside from the reasonable fare ($200 r/t with AAA.../ ➝

May 25, 2010

The fleecing of the flying public continues Just when you thought the airlines couldn’t possibly slap you with any more add-on fees, they come up with yet another way to fang you in the wallet. You already know how they bump up their fares during certain peak travel days — a few days bef.../ ➝

May 25, 2010

If the nation’s flight attendants get their way, the answer is a loud “Yes!” While aircraft builders like Boeing and Airbus design new airliners with overhead bins almost big enough for some of their passengers to stow away in, the men and women who work on these planes are going i.../ ➝

May 24, 2010

That means “it’s not easy.” Second of two parts. By TRACY GROSS What is the status of Blacks in Cuba? What is Afro-Cuban culture? And why should African-Americans visit this island of time-capsule intrigue? Currently, we can’t. Not as tourists, anyway. But that may change and.../ ➝