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    Before You Book: Eco-Friendly Hotel Or Just Greenwashing?

    velo_city, Flickr We’ve all stayed at hotels that proudly boast, via little signs on the bed and/or bathroom sink, that they’re doing their part to save the environment. Don’t want towels changed in order to save water? Just hang ’em up, and the housekeeper will know that you’re a carbon footprint-savvy traveler. Sure. I can […] More

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    Arctic Explorer Gets Belated Recognition

    Wikimedia Commons When I took my family to the Orkney Islands of Scotland last year I saw this curious memorial in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall. It’s for an Arctic explorer named John Rae. While the name struck a bell, I knew virtually nothing about him. Most people don’t, and that’s a shame. Rae grew up […] More

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    Costa Concordia Wreck Could Be Upright This Month

    Carlo Mirante/Flickr It was a very unlucky Friday the 13th in 2012 when the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of Italy, sending shock waves through the world of cruise travel. After the event, which took 32 lives, cruise lines took a hard look at everything they were doing. Back at […] More

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    The Joys of Traveling Solo

    Rob, Flickr As travel writers, taking solo trips goes with the territory, so to speak. Sometimes, we’re able to take along significant others or friends, but that’s the exception. For my part, I prefer to travel alone, be it work or pleasure (which, given my occupation, generally turns into work in some form). I just […] More

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    Urban Camping: Pitch A Tent In Central Park

    Flickr, Sarah Ackerman High Manhattan hotel prices ruining your summer travel plans? If you’d like to try urban camping — sleeping under the skyscrapers of New York City — you can try your luck for a spot at one of the city’s summer Family Camping sessions. The Urban Park Rangers lead programs in more than […] More

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    Madrid Offers Up Great Summer Art Season

    Dalí, El gran masturbador, 1929 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, VEGAP, Madrid, 2013 Madrid is one of the best destinations in the world for art, and this summer its many museums and galleries are putting on an impressive array of temporary exhibitions. The blockbuster of the season is at the Reina Sofia, which is […] More