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This June 17, 2014 photo shows elephants roaming in Torra Conservancy in Namibia. Namibia's conservancies give local communities a stake in conservation and development across the country, and a community in northwest Namibia formed a joint venture with a safari company to own and run Damaraland Camp in the Torra Conservancy. (AP Photo/Donna Bryson)

Finding elephants and fancy food on Namibia safari

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Before setting out on a game drive across ruggedly beautiful northwest Namibia, we told the safari camp managers we were happy to take sandwiches. We were intent on finding the notoriously elusive desert elephant, and we didn’t want to waste time returning to camp to eat. “Lunch in the bush?’ ” food and beverage manager Alfonzo Langbooi queried with an … 0

Group tours: How to pick the right one for you

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Group tours sound easy: Choose a destination and the tour company plans your trip, delivering you to hotels, restaurants and attractions. You don’t have to Google or organize a thing. But how do you find the right tour to begin with, one that fits your age, activity levels and preferences for lodging, dining … 0

Kittery, Maine, is no longer gritty, but a happening place these days

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The crowd waiting for a table at Black Birch restaurant in Kittery, Maine, spills out onto the street on a warm summer evening. Men in plaid shirts – the kind worn by hipsters, not lumberjacks – and artfully tattooed women mix with folks in more conventional garb, including khakis, polo shirts and pastel skirts. Inside, those lucky enough to snag a table dine … 0

Manaus, Brazil: Gateway to tours of the Amazon

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Amazon guide raised his hand in the steaming forest and looked at me at the end of a line of six hikers. “Do you want a machete, Jeremy?” asked the guide, Shane Zammette. “Jaguars always attack from … 0

In remote Scotland, take a walk on the mild side

Saturday, March 15, 2014

I don’t have much to tell you about Scotland, really. It’s true, they have whisky, and kilts, and some people speak with an accent so thick that you wonder whether you’re hearing English or Gaelic. All of that’s … 0

Mobile, Ala.: 5 free things for visitors

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mobile is that “other” city on the northern Gulf Coast, the one that sometimes gets lost between the beaches of the Florida Panhandle and the nonstop party of New Orleans. Local promoters call it “secretly awesome.” No, Mobile … 0

Delta spells out miles needed to earn free flights

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Delta is providing more details about changes to its frequent-flier program after complaints about the overhaul from some travelers. Delta is changing its program so that starting in 2015, customers will earn miles based on how much they spend, not just miles flown. On Thursday, the airline released … 0

Loreto: Quiet gem on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Efforts to turn the seaside village of Loreto, Mexico, into a major destination have been going on for years. So far, though, the results have been limited, and that in itself makes it worth visiting. Loreto is already … 0

Not just St. Patrick: Ireland home to many saints

Sunday, February 23, 2014

St. Patrick may have banished snakes and brought Christianity to Ireland, but perhaps his greatest feat was one of sheer endurance. After all, there were hundreds of other future saints roaming Ireland at the time, but Patrick is … 0

Spring break in Asia? Consider Thailand’s beaches

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A trip sampling the diversity of Southeast Asian destinations can take you from the sleek modernity of Singapore to the ancient temples of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. And then there are the beaches of Thailand: relaxing, beautiful, and for … 0

White Mountain National Forest waives day fees

Saturday, February 15, 2014

In celebration of Presidents Day weekend, the White Mountain National Forest is joining other forests across the country in waiving fees at all day-use areas through Monday. Fees will remain in effect for overnight camping, cabin rentals, permits, reservations and activities offered by concessionaires. The other scheduled fee-free … 0

Austin: Live Music Capital of the World

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Texas Capital, the Live Music Capital of the World, the Velvet Crown, Bat City or simply River City. Residents of Austin claim many titles and are known for their slogan: “Keep Austin Weird.” Some locals pejoratively call … 0

Travel Talk: Come up with your upgrade strategy

Sunday, February 9, 2014

I’m grumpy about flying these days. Part of it is just the hassle of the process, but now there’s even more. Bud and I had a decades-long strategy of managing our US Airways frequent flier status to maximize … 0