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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

Jimmy Stewart museum rebounds from adversity

Sunday, December 29, 2013

For a time it looked like the Jimmy Stewart Museum wasn’t going to make it. It’s in the actor’s hometown of Indiana, Penn. – an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh and off the radar of many fans who might … 0

Travel Talk: Your travel guide for 2014

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Here we are at the end of 2013, and pundits have started to share their predictions for what 2014 will bring to the world of travel. From mainstream Conde Nast to more obscure travel industry newsletters, opinions differ … 0

New culinary-themed hotel opens in Tampa

Saturday, December 21, 2013

In the past, the Tampa Bay, Fla., region hasn’t been high on a foodie’s travel bucket list. Sure, there are some tasty Cuban sandwiches in Tampa and fresh grouper in restaurants along the Gulf of Mexico. But cutting-edge … 0

Travel books: Food, inspiration and new Frommer’s

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Whether you’re planning a trip in the new year and need some practical advice, or you’d like to give a coffee-table book filled with inspirational photos to someone on your Christmas list, there’s a travel-themed book for you. … 0

In Ohio, a charming patch of Deutschland

Sunday, December 15, 2013

It’s the little touches that make the tree-shaded, brick-lined streets of German Village in Columbus, Ohio, feel like Hansel-and-Gretel land. Neat brick bungalows – a grander Federal or Victorian occasionally elbowing in among them – present their tidy … 0

Travel Talk: Best gifts for the travelers in your life

Sunday, December 15, 2013

It’s that time again: gift giving! Time to find the perfect gift for the traveler in your life (even if that’s you). I always swoon over the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog ( for nifty items like my own personal submarine or a two-person hovercraft. It doesn’t take long to … 0

A spiffy Vermont mountain, so well-groomed

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Along with a strengthening sun climbing higher in the sky each day, there’s often an unmistakable melancholy in the air at a ski resort in the early spring, with the season winding down and the melting snow exposing … 0

St. Augustine attraction zips over alligators

Sunday, December 1, 2013

I was slowly crossing a swinging log bridge when I paused, sensing the alligator 12 feet below was staring at me. The water around the 8-foot gator’s enormous body began rippling rapidly. A second later, Big Al let … 0

Some Northeast ski resorts open earlier than ever

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ski areas in the Northeast continue to pump millions of dollars in new high-tech snowmaking to draw early season skiers and riders and to ensure their slopes will remain snowy into the spring. An early cold snap allowed … 1

Travel Talk: Pick your cruises carefully and comfortably

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Bud and I don’t consider ourselves cruise people. We’ve done eight or 10 over the past 20-odd years – far below some friends and relatives who are up over the 50 mark. Generally, we prefer to be on … 0