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April 20, 2015

First of two parts Travel that emphasizes spontaneity, spanning generations and genuine local flavor is what’s trending these days among Americans. Also, economic headaches on the other side of the Atlantic are making Europe a lot more affordable. You might not recognize the name John Golicz, .../ ➝

December 21, 2014

Mass-market tourism may do great things for a nation's economy, but it also can have a corrosive effect on a nation's culture. .../ ➝

April 19, 2014

Families around the world increasingly are welcoming foreigners into their homes to share their cuisine and their culture. You could be one of them. If you want to do more than just see the sights in a different part of the world, you’ve got to be able to connect in a meaningful way with the [.../ ➝

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.../ ➝

November 11, 2013

First of two parts The many and varied cuisines of the Mother Continent make food as good a reason as any to visit Africa. If you don’t have your passport yet, start your journey at your local African restaurant. Slowly but surely, the word is getting out about African cuisine. New York City h.../ ➝

October 15, 2013

[portfolio_slideshow id=259570] All images by ©IBIT/G.Gross. All rights reserved. Cruises designed around a specific topic or activity are a breed apart from regular cruise vacations. They can cost more — maybe a lot more — but you get a lot more for your money. Do you have this pro.../ ➝

September 16, 2013

On both sides of the Atlantic, black winemakers are slowly building a presence in one of the world’s most ancient industries. September is National Wine Month. Until a day or so ago, I never knew there was such a thing, but I’m glad there is. It gives me the perfect excuse to talk about .../ ➝

September 14, 2013

If you have a travel agency or organization with trips in the works, you want to get the word out about your trips — and we’re here to help. The IBIT TRAVEL CALENDAR is a listing in the sidebar by month and year of upcoming major trips and travel events, with special emphasis on black-or.../ ➝

August 24, 2013

[portfolio_slideshow id=35053] All images by ©IBIT/G. Gross. All rights reserved. Even in the heart of the biggest tourist traps, you can find the unexpected treasure, provided you’re willing to risk getting lost for a bit. “Get off the beaten path.” As a traveler, you hear 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.../ ➝