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July 21, 2013

Educating ourselves to the ways of the world — and the knowledge that the rest of the world isn’t all the same as America when it comes to racism — is a major reason why black Americans need to travel. Sundays are when you normally see the IBIT Travel Digest in this space. Not this.../ ➝

July 16, 2013

Announcement of plans to start high-speed rail in Mexico raises hope for a better future, and brings back memories of a rail trip from Hell. Mexico just announced plans to spend about $100 billion to improve the country’s road, seaport, telecom and rail networks over the next five years. And a.../ ➝

July 10, 2013

Is it really necessary for airlines to conduct training flights with paying passengers on board? The investigation into the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 is in full swing. As much as we’ve learned so far from the National Transportation Safety Board about this incident — and they&#.../ ➝

July 8, 2013

When it comes to aviation safety, all airlines are not created equal. You can’t fly the plane, but you can arm yourself with information to help you decide who to fly with. Little by little, the pieces already are falling into place on the events that led up to last weekend’s crash of As.../ ➝

July 7, 2013

The good, the bad and the bizarre in the world of travel THE PERFECT AIRPORT As travelers, we complain a lot about airports, usually for good reason. Too big. Too small. Too crowded. Too much distance between gates. Not enough seats in the departure halls. Not enough electric outlets to charge all o.../ ➝

July 6, 2013

Asiana Airlines Flight 214, a wide-bodied Boeing 777 with 291 passengers on board, has crashed while trying to land at San Francisco International Airport. Casualties unknown at this time. Check back with IBIT for more information as this situation unfolds. SOURCE: Associated Press. TIME: 12:13pm PD.../ ➝

July 4, 2013

One of an occasional series [portfolio_slideshow] All images by IBIT/G. Gross. All rights reserved. Sometimes, there are things you just have to do in certain destinations, especially the ones familiar to you. In New Orleans, that means a visit to the Garden District. In Manhattan, you’ve got .../ ➝

July 3, 2013

You know those giant steel boxes stacked by the thousands on freighters and carrying goods around the world? You one day may find yourself sleeping in one, as a paying traveler. Could you ever envision yourself spending a night, or a week, in a shipping container? It could happen, sooner than you th.../ ➝

July 1, 2013

Not everything about climate change is negative. Just ask the folks making wine in the UK. Next time you happen to be visiting England or Wales, you might want take some time out from London or Cardiff to check out what’s on offer in British wine country. Let me repeat that: British wine count.../ ➝

July 1, 2013

The army sides with anti-government protesters and lays down an ultimatum. If you’re in Egypt now, keep a low profile. If you’re planning a trip there, you seriously need to rethink. Just when you think things couldn’t possibly get any worse in Egypt, they do. With hundreds of thou.../ ➝