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May 25, 2013

Using a real neighborhood as your base can be both a less expensive and more rewarding way to see the world. Once you start traveling, it may not take long before you feel you’ve outgrown guided group tours. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of exploring a new locale on your own. To.../ ➝

May 23, 2013

There are things you don’t expect to find in the middle of a city. One is a saltwater lake. The other is a squadron of llamas. IBIT’s very own Aviation Queen, aka Benét Wilson, also happens to be an East Bay homegirl who still loves the city of her youth — and mine. Oakland..../ ➝

May 17, 2013

The grandson of a civil rights legend lost his life because he was targeted as a foreigner in one of the oldest scams around. Could this have happened to you? Don’t let it. When word first surfaced that Malcolm Shabazz, the 29-year-old grandson of civil rights icon Malcolm X, had been killed i.../ ➝

May 16, 2013

First of a two-part series There are bargains to be had on cruises and airline flights that don’t fit the regular schedules. In Part 1, we look at repositioning cruises. Whether for maintenance, the change of seasons or a shift in marketing strategy, cruise lines occasionally have to relocate .../ ➝

May 12, 2013

[portfolio_slideshow] Images by ©IBIT/G. Gross. All rights reserved. “America’s Finest City” is both cruise port and destination in one. As you can see, our traffic jams are not like your traffic jams. Especially down along the Embarcadero, San Diego’s waterfront on San .../ ➝

May 11, 2013

New airliners with longer range mean more hours in the air for travelers. Your best chance of reducing the misery? Get yourself ready. It was the 19th century American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson who first declared that “life is a journey, not a destination.” Love your work, Ralph, but you .../ ➝

May 8, 2013

A documentary film crew needs donations to help fund a feature-length program on the first all-black American team of climbers to take on North America’s tallest mountain. Yeah, I know. Your mailbox and your email get flooded daily with people pitching you for money — charities, politici.../ ➝