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Ways to Save Big on Hotel Bills

Dear Travel IQ: Do you have some good ways to save on my hotel bills that doesn’t involve camping out or a hostel? Signed: Cheap, cheap, really, really cheap Dear Cheap: Goodness, let’s not put cost above value. Cost is what you pay for something, but value is what you get in return. Think about…

This is how to experience Niagara Falls

The worst thing one can do at Niagara Falls is to simply stop and look at the falls. Niagara Falls might be an iconic North American destination, but there is so much to do here than stand and watch. The best way to experience Niagara Falls is to explore the scenery, to become part of…

Whales: The hottest blood of all

They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains the hottest blood of all, and the wildest, the most urgent.Whales Weep Not, D. H. LawrenceWe carry with us a special feeling for whales. From childhood on, we are fascinated by their size and intelligence and seek out opportunities to see them whenever we travel…

Island Flavors: The Diverse Cuisines of the Caribbean

One of the best ways to get to know a culture is to spend some meal time with the locals. Food is an integral part of culture and identity. It’s no surprise that writers like Anthony Bourdain and Phillip Rosenthal have explored how regional cuisines reveal the history, influences, and values of the destinations they…

Slow Travel: How to Immerse Yourself in Local Culture

Every destination has its distinctive charm, hidden aspects, and traditions most travelers miss in the rush to check off the popular sites listed in travel guides. However, to travel is not merely to see but to experience, understand, and connect. Here are a few ways to experience your destination in greater depth.

Halloween Around the World

Halloween as we know it, with the trick-or-treating and funny costumes, is mostly a Western practice. Though it has in recent years spread to South America, the Far East, and Eastern Europe, some of these places have their own traditions that resemble our own Halloween. Here is the way Halloween is celebrated in other countries.

Travel IQ – How can I safely eat street food?

Dear Travel IQ: I love to watch shows like Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, and I enjoy eating new foods when I travel.  I’ve always been afraid to try street food, however.  It’s tempting, but I’m worried about sanitation and catching some type of bug that will ruin my trip.  How can I safely join…

In the Footprints of King Arthur: Tracing a Legend Through Somerset and Cornwall

Scholars, archeologists, writers, and even theologians have debated, dug, and mused over the Once and Future King for centuries, but the mystery that shrouds the boundary between man and myth in our modern times remains thicker than ever. Luckily, if you know where to look, there are places today that still bear Arthur’s name, places…

Port Antonio – the real Jamaica

If you travel past Kingston and head northeast to Port Antonio, you see the real Jamaica. Once a hangout for the rich and famous, Port Antonio was ravaged by a series of hurricanes from 1988 through 2005. One after another, these storms pounded the Portland Parish, wrecking much of the tourism trade. But for those…

Above and Beyond with Alaska Helicopter Tours – Anchorage

The September Alaskan air was cool but not cold. Nevertheless, I didn’t begrudge the coat I brought with me. I was too excited by what lay ahead to feel anything but anticipation in any event. It was my first trip to Alaska, and the second for my wife Judi. Today, we were going to have…