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This October 2014 photo shows an owl at Fukuro no Mise, which means Shop of Owls, in Tokyo. The cafe allows visitors to hold and interact with owls. It’s one of a number of cafes in Japan where you can spend time with animals ranging from rabbits to goats. (AP Photo/Linda Lombardi)

It’s a hoot hanging out with owls at this Tokyo cafe

Saturday, January 24, 2015

In the U.S., hanging out in a cafe with animals is such an exotic concept that people can’t get enough of it. A pop-up cat cafe in New York last year had lines down the block. Online reservations for another Manhattan cat cafe are almost fully booked, more than two months ahead. But in Japan, cat cafes are just the start. You can hang out in rabbit cafes or have coffee in Tokyo with two goats. And you’re not limited to domestic animals. You can also spend an hour at a cafe holding a great horned owl. Judging by how complicated it was to get …

Travel Talk: Technology can help steer you in the right direction on a road trip

Saturday, January 24, 2015

With gas prices at an amazingly low level, I bet lots of you readers are planning road trips this year. And with technology advancing at warp speed and prices for tech gadgets dropping fast, I have no doubt that lots of you will rely on a GPS, whether it is a hand-held or in-dash version, to help you navigate the highways and byways. …

Explore 3 N.Y.C. Chinatowns: In Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Chinatown has long been a popular destination for tourists in Lower Manhattan. But visitors willing to explore the city’s outer boroughs might consider a subway ride to neighborhoods in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, or Flushing, Queens, which are also home to large Asian populations and bustling commercial strips dotted with restaurants and shops. All …

Air rage a button push away as fliers fight over reclining seats

Saturday, September 6, 2014

With airlines packing more people onto every plane, frustration among U.S. passengers is boiling into rage over nuisances as minor as a reclining seat back taking some personal space. Stress among fliers “is not going to go away any time soon, and the amount of traffic we’re carrying …

It’s no longer safe to recline your airplane seat

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers. Three U.S. flights made unscheduled landings in the past eight days after passengers got into fights over the ability …

Go For the Food: Yes, you can do brunch in Rome

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Rome is a sightseer’s dream, and for many visitors, indulging in authentic Italian cuisine is one of the biggest draws. But for non-locals, the first meal of the day can be a bit of a letdown. Breakfast in …

Pompeii: Dead city lives in ruins, in imagination

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pompeii, Italy, is the city of the long goodbye. In A.D. 62, a major earthquake toppled buildings, causing severe damage, harbinger of what was to come. Seventeen years later, in A.D. 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying Pompeii in …

Travel Talk: Some travel tips can be life-changing

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Readers and friends often email me about travel. Sometimes they ask specific questions and sometimes they offer links to interesting travel information. Last week, a friend sent me a link titled “40 Must-see Travel Tips That will Change …

France’s camps offer family-friendly flexibility

Sunday, August 10, 2014

One son’s conquering a waterslide. The other’s at the soccer pitch leading French, British and Dutch teammates to victory. Mom’s getting a massage. Dad’s poolside chatting with his new European neighbors and plotting a barbeque. You might not …

The charms of Cape Cod: Making a bucket list

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Breathtaking beaches and classic seafood shacks. Quaint villages and postcard-perfect lighthouses. Whale watches and dune rides. Art galleries and summer theater. Cape Cod draws millions of tourists each year, and there’s no end to the area’s charms. But …

When traveling, use free Wi-Fi networks at your own risk

Sunday, August 3, 2014

I’ll admit it. I’ve been lackadaisical about internet security when Bud and I are traveling – be it to Burma or just down to Boston. In truth, I’ve been more concerned with paying extra data charges on my …

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 …

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 …