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February 28, 2014

The king of super-cheap European airlines says it can offer trans-Atlantic flight for $10 or 10 euros, as soon as it gets the right airplanes. Bombshell, bait-and-switch or BS publicity stunt? Color me skeptical. Among your traveling friends, you may hear some buzz about this: Ireland-based Ryanair,.../ ➝

February 28, 2014

SITE: Rome2rio TYPE: Search engine/travel routing LOCATION: Australia COST: Free Sometimes, you just want to know how to get there, especially if you don’t live near a major “hub” airport. These guys want to help you find your way — and maybe save you some money — at the same t.../ ➝

February 27, 2014

Second of two parts Nature and Black heritage are perhaps the two best-known reasons for visiting Africa, but there are many more reasons to go. In the first segment of this series, we looked at Africa in terms of safety and whether a traveler could feel reasonably secure visiting the Mother Contine.../ ➝

February 21, 2014

First of two parts There are plenty of African countries that a traveler can visit with confidence. It’s just that mainstream media seldom tell you where they are. Today, the Africa Travel Association is holding its annual US-Africa Tourism Seminar in Washington DC. It serves as the kick-off f.../ ➝

February 19, 2014

Legal travel to Cuba, a bureaucratic tangle created by the US trade embargo against Havana, is thrown into turmoil by balky American banks. Just when you thought the US government’s travel restrictions against Cuba couldn’t make the situation more absurd for American travelers, this happ.../ ➝

February 18, 2014

The hippest trip at sea sails Feb. 23 for a week-long Caribbean cruise. Don’t miss the boat. You still have time — but not much time — to sign up for the Soul Train Cruise 2014 out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL aboard Holland America’s MS Eurodam. The Eurodam sails Feb. 23 for a one-.../ ➝

February 16, 2014

[portfolio_slideshow id=390356] All images by ©IBIT/G. Gross unless otherwise identified. All rights reserved. In this century-plus-old cantina, you can knock back margaritas in the place where the drink was invented. But that’s not the only “flavor” you’ll get of a bygone era. There wa.../ ➝

February 12, 2014

The Tuskegee Airmen proved that Blacks could fly as well as anyone. But it would take another 20 years before you saw a Black pilot at the controls of a US airliner. When you board an airliner and the cockpit door is open, do you ever peer inside to see who’s sitting at the controls? […].../ ➝

February 12, 2014

Take advantage of social media to interact with locals in far-off destinations, and give your travel that extra dimension — the human one. The new CONNECTIONS page on IBIT can help. After you’ve made your first few trips around the country or to foreign lands, you may notice an unsettling pa.../ ➝

February 11, 2014

In the same year that a remake of the celebrated “Roots” TV mini-series is in the works, the International Roots Festival is set to return to the Gambia. It was three years ago this month that I took the most unforgettable trip of my life, one that took me through Senegal into the Gambia.../ ➝