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March 31, 2015

Every four years, the peoples of the Pacific come together for a two-week celebration by and of the peoples of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia — and you’re invited. Next year, while much of the rest of the world will focus on the Olympics and the World Cup, another gathering of natio.../ ➝

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. .../ ➝

November 8, 2014

One distant, storied land in East Asia, emerging from long isolation. One intrepid Black woman expat traveler — and, I’m proud to say, IBIT reader. It all adds up to one hell of a travel story. by MELISSA WATKINS mel.watkins@gmail.com I knew nothing about Mongolia except that I wanted to.../ ➝

November 6, 2014

Japan is now testing maglev trains for passenger service. If the only train you’ve ever ridden is in North America, you are not ready for this. The country that invented high-speed passenger rail is about to re-invent it. When it debuted back in 1964, Japan’s Shinkansen — aka ̶.../ ➝

October 4, 2014

Looking for Asia travel destinations beyond “the usual suspects?” You have several candidates, some of which have been fully opened to Western tourism only recently. The Asia/Pacific region is so loaded with incredible travel destinations, it almost seems unfair to the rest of the world..../ ➝

May 25, 2014

The good, the bad and the bizarre in the world of travel MAZATLAN MAKES A COMEBACK Three years ago, with reports of cruise passengers and crewmembers alike being mugged and assaulted there, the major cruise lines dropped Mazatlan as a port of call faster than the NBA dropped Donald Sterling. It was .../ ➝

March 7, 2014

Authorities say they have lost contact with Flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200 from Malaysia Airlines inbound from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew. The plane departed Kuala Lumpur (KUL) at 12:41am local time for the 2,745-mile flight to Beijing (PEK). Air traffic controllers lost co.../ ➝

January 24, 2014

WHAT: The 2014 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show WHERE Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center 300 E. Ocean Ave. Long Beach, CA WHEN Feb. 8-9, 2014, 10am-5pm TICKETS (per person) One-day: $10 online til Feb. 7, $12 online Feb. 7-9, $15 at the door Two-day: $16 online til Feb. 7, $18.../ ➝

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.../ ➝

June 30, 2013

The good, the bad and the bizarre in the world of travel CREDIT FOR TRAVEL If you want to travel, especially internationally, you’ll need some plastic. Plan on bringing a couple of good credit cards, one for general use, the other reserved for emergencies. (And no, I’m sorry, ladies, but.../ ➝