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January 31, 2011

Okay, flights are rerouted. San Diego up to Los Angeles via American Eagle, then from LAX into Washington Dulles. If all goes well, not only will I arrive in DC tomorrow, but a good four hours earlier than originally scheduled. Props to the reservations folks at American Airlines for coming through .../ ➝

January 31, 2011

American Airlines just cancelled my connecting flight from Dallas to Washington DC for Tuesday. They didn’t give a reason, but there’s one prime suspec — the next monstrous winter storm slamming the eastern United States. Our South African Airways flight is to depart from the natio.../ ➝

January 31, 2011

In less than 24 hours, my body will begin its journey to the Mother Continent. My mind and soul are already there, impatiently waiting. No more planning, no more packing. The only thing left now is the going. And for me, the going can’t come soon enough. The façade of the cool, sophisticated,.../ ➝

January 31, 2011

I’m not the only one trying to get more Americans to see the world. We’ve talked before about the embarrassing number of Americans who don’t have a passport. The current figure stands at about 63 percent of the population, just about the highest rate in the developed world. Rick St.../ ➝

January 30, 2011

This week’s Sunday Travel Digest opens AFRICA WEEK on IBIT! It’s devoted to all things Africa — its regions, its cultures, its challenges and above all, its attractions for the traveler. When it comes to travel, Africa has a perception problem. Tell your friends and family you̵.../ ➝

January 26, 2011

If inexpensive all-inclusive resorts are your thing, and you’re looking for an excuse to visit Africa, these folks just might be your ticket to the Mother Continent. Everyone has their own style(s) of travel. I’m not sure I’m the resort type, but lots of vacationers absolutely love.../ ➝

January 26, 2011

Reports of cruise passengers and crew being mugged are prompting cruise lines to drop Mazatlan from their itineraries. Not good. Really not good. According to USA Today, three cruise lines that operate ships along the Mexican Riviera are diverting their vessels away from the Pacific Coast city of Ma.../ ➝

January 26, 2011

My Blackberry Storm from Verizon, the bane of my digital existence for the last two years, may get a wholly unexpected resurrection in the most unlikely of places. Okay, so I bit the bullet and reluctantly bought a new Blackberry Bold, re-upping with Verizon in the process for another two years. Aft.../ ➝

January 25, 2011

ATM cards have pretty much rendered the traveler’s check obsolete. But the farther afield you go in traveling around the world, the more you may need more than one card. One of my all-time favorite philosophy books is called “The Four Agreements” by don Miguel Ruiz. It’s a collection.../ ➝

January 24, 2011

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Captain. There will be a slight delay…” I love this pic, which first surfaced on the Web seven years ago and immediately went globally viral. I also hate it. The reasons for loving it are clear to anyone who hasn’t had their sense of humor .../ ➝