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October 27, 2011

If you ever wondered what the phrase “traveling while black” was all about, a friend of mine has spelled it out for you. Mark Twain once famously said that “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” It’s a favorite quote of travel writers and travel .../ ➝

October 25, 2011

Does this airline get some sort of perverted kick out of abusing people? The way some businesses look at public relations, even bad publicity is good, as long as it keeps the company name in front of the public. In that case, Ryanair, the airline that turns “cheap” into a four-letter wor.../ ➝

October 23, 2011

One of the things we learn when we travel is that our African ancestors did more than just rebel against slavery. They built communities throughout the Americas. This one survives to this today. The IBIT family has some great readers out there who teach me a lot. One of them is Rasheed Dennis, who j.../ ➝

October 21, 2011

The end of 2011 will see higher airfares than a year ago. Those who don’t book early can expect to pay the price, literally. When it comes to airfares for the upcoming holiday travel season, I have seen the future — and it sucks. The buzz among the experts has the airlines raising ticket.../ ➝

October 20, 2011

If you’re one of those people who treat winter as a no-travel time because you think things like skiing and snowboarding aren’t for “us,” Brother, are you in for a shock. It won’t be long before the fall foliage has fallen and winter is upon us. For much of the country .../ ➝

October 18, 2011

There’s still time to get in on a Carnival cruise out of New Orleans — and out of the Super Bowl hype, if you like. Last week, IBIT told you about the four-day western Caribbean cruise on offer aboard Carnival Elation for a shade over $400. But you only had until Monday to get your [&hel.../ ➝

October 17, 2011

While the new MLK Memorial was being dedicated in Washington DC last week amid much hype, a living monument to black American dreams and resilience was quietly going about life in central Florida. I’ve never been a big fan of Florida. Beaches, we’ve already got on the West Coast, without the pos.../ ➝

October 16, 2011

A roundup of the good, the bad and the bizarre from the world’s best travel media.​ CANADA SPEAKS BIKE Cycling is a great way to experience a new city, and as the Los Angeles Times points out, two of the best cities to enjoy by bicycle are up in eastern Francophone Canada, Montreal and Quebe.../ ➝

October 13, 2011

Little by little, the world is altering its view of Africa. That has major implications for you as a traveler. Think of Africa and as likely as not, you think of headlines. Wars. Famines. Illness. Crisis. Tyrants. Terrorism. Piracy. Scary stuff, the kind that makes you wonder who in their right mind.../ ➝

October 11, 2011

The iconic clock tower that marks London’s Houses of Parliament has been gently shifting for decades. The tilt is now pronounced enough to see with the unaided eye. Could it be that Italy’s famously leaning tower in Pisa is about to get some competition? The Sunday Telegraph newspaper in.../ ➝