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August 31, 2014

Does the ebola virus outbreak make you nervous about visiting West Africa? That still leaves you with a whole continent to explore and treasure. A longstanding, widespread ignorance about Africa in the United States predisposes a lot of would-be visitors to a hysterical view of events on the Mother .../ ➝

August 27, 2014

Why does international air travel cost so much? A breakdown of a single transcontinental flight reveals just how much you pay in taxes and fees — and why. If you’re like me, you dream of seeing the world. You read travel magazines, watch travel shows on television. The destinations are b.../ ➝

August 18, 2014

The speed and convenience of Europe’s high-speed passenger rail network is gradually turning the continent into a series of day trips. Back in 1969, there was a film that poked fun at the whirlwind style of European bus tours. It was titled, “If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium.̶.../ ➝

August 14, 2014

We often assume that certain reactions to “us” from people in other countries are based on racism, when it’s really about not knowing. Better to hold your fire until you’re sure. As Black Americans contemplating venturing beyond North America for the first time, we fret a lot over how we.../ ➝

August 11, 2014

Rome also is home to the world’s smallest sovereign state. Blink and you could miss it. But this tiny country does big things on the world’s behalf. Next time you’re in Rome, just for grins, you should check out the world’s smallest country. It should only take about 30 secon.../ ➝

August 9, 2014

First of an occasional series It’s time for travel to take its rightful place alongside the Three R’s. Back in the 16th century, upper-class Europeans sent their kids on luxurious journeys around the Old World. Sounds fabulous, and it was. But luxury wasn’t the aim of these extende.../ ➝

August 6, 2014

Want to get the most out of the world’s big cities, without being overwhelmed? Think like a sushi chef. You know the great cities of the world. Places like New York, London and Paris. Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. Tokyo and Hong Kong. Cairo, Lagos and Nairobi. Different continents, different.../ ➝