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July 12, 2016

You didn’t lose your passport, but it’s damaged beyond use, and you’ve got another trip coming up within days. Disaster? Not at all. The State Department has your back. I, IBIT, am guilty of a federal crime. Not an offense in the unblinking cycloptic eye of the US Code. It won̵.../ ➝

May 16, 2016

One of an occasional series First, she moved herself from the US to Ghana as an expat and a solo Black woman. Now, she’s making moves on the African travel industry, organizing safaris for women of color. When Ghana became the first Black African nation to win its independence from colonial Eu.../ ➝

April 24, 2016

First of an occasional series ABOARD A CARNIVAL CRUISE SHIP, SOMEWHERE OFF THE ALASKA COAST, APPROACHING THE TOWN OF SKAGWAY, SUMMER 2013. In early summer, the word for Alaska seems to be gray. Gray waters. Gray sky. Somewhere on the other side of that gray water and beneath that gray sky is the out.../ ➝

April 2, 2016

The right choice of port to begin or end your cruise can give you two vacations for the time and cost of one. Even if you’ve never left sight of land in your life, you already know that all cruise ships are not created equal. Well, neither are all cruise ports. At some port cities, […].../ ➝

March 4, 2016

The woman who shared my love of travel for nearly half a century has left on a journey of her own. Part of the world knew her as Alice, Katie, Auntie Kay. To me, she was Kay, my wife of 42 years, and the person with whom I would see the world that I write […].../ ➝

February 26, 2016

E D I T O R I A L When it comes to Africa travel and the African-American travel market, it takes two to miss a golden opportunity. On one side of the Atlantic, you can find a lot of Black Americans who say they’d love to see Africa someday. On the other side, you […].../ ➝

February 23, 2016

The long-awaited National Museum of African American History and Culture is finally ready to open its doors, an event that will be celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic. Sept. 24, 2016 is a day that’s been in the works for 13 years. That’s the date set by the Smithsonian Institution f.../ ➝

February 22, 2016

Salvador, Bahia’s rich cultural vibe has tourism officials touting it to tourists as the capital of Brazil’s African heritage. But a look past the enticing travel brochures reveals controversies that Black American visitors may find disturbingly familiar. In a social sense, Salvador, the.../ ➝

February 15, 2016

Eventually, those in the business of marketing travel will figure out that our money is green, too. I’m just not sure when. So I’m wading through email when I come across an article on the Skrift site by Dan Peltier, touting the success of tourism boards in Baltimore and Miami in promoti.../ ➝

February 13, 2016

For the first time in a half-century, US airlines soon will be making regularly scheduled flights to Cuba. The trade embargo is over in all but name. If you want to see Cuba before the tsunami of American mass-market tourism hits full-force, you might want to accelerate your travel plans. Sometime n.../ ➝