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July 31, 2010

My friend Jay Berman recently sent this letter recounting his recent experience with American Airlines. It is reprinted here with his permission. It speaks for himself: July 27, 2010 Mr. Craig S. Kreeger Senior Vice President – Customer Experience American Airlines Customer Relations P.O. Box .../ ➝

July 31, 2010

You won’t find any of these items on the TSA’s banned list, but they should always be on yours. Packing light is always important for the independent traveler, especially the way the airlines will reach into your pocket if you don’t. But there are more reasons for packing light tha.../ ➝

July 30, 2010

Sometimes, in the midst of life and its proverbial ten thousand things, you need to stop and remember, with gratitude, where you are. I’m in San Diego. I’m taking a little time out from travel issues to attend the annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists here in.../ ➝

July 25, 2010

The good, the bad and the bizarre from the world of travel Today, the 2010 Tour de France bicycle race makes its traditional triumphant finish in Paris. Millions will watch, not just on television screens around the world, but on the streets of Paris itself. If you’d like to get your own taste.../ ➝

July 24, 2010

Second of an occasional series introducing black travelers and their Web sites SITE: An American Black Chick in Europe Don’t go to sleep on this sister, she’s going places. In fact, she’s already been places! This young American expat has already seen a good deal of Europe — .../ ➝

July 23, 2010

One day, my wife told her co-workers how we independently planned our own trips around the world. “Is your husband white?” one asked. No, he’s not, but he travels, anyway — and you can, too. Anyone can. All you need is a willing heart, an open mind…and a half-empty sui.../ ➝

July 22, 2010

First of an occasional series introducing black travelers and their Web sites SITE: Black Backpacker Count backpacking as yet another of those things that “black folks don’t do?” Wrong again — and this blog is proof. The creator of Black Backpacker is a 20something London col.../ ➝

July 22, 2010

Don’t let the languid canals fool you. This place is 24/7 hype, swag and “oh-my-God!” It’s also one of the friendliest, most enjoyable cities in the world. Mix Venice canals with 1960s Berkeley cool. Layer on centuries of history, immigrants and visitors from everywhere, a fr.../ ➝

July 21, 2010

A round of the good, the bad and the bizarre from some of the world’s best travel media (This week’s extra digest is the product of jet lag that accompanied me back from Amsterdam last weekend. Now that the fog has finally lifted from my brain, let’s get to it!) THE ROCKETS’ .../ ➝

July 16, 2010

Dear Anne, Paid a visit to your house this morning, along with a few thousand other folks, the one where you hid for two years during the German occupation in World War 2, until one of your neighbors ratted you out to the Nazis and they shipped you all off like cattle to Bergen-Belsen. I […].../ ➝