The Voyages Issue: An Insurance Salesman and a Doctor Walk Into a Bar, and End Up at the North Pole

This post was originally published on this site By GUY LAWSON March 17, 2016 The twin-prop plane swung low, tilting its wings and heading north, only to circle back and swoop down over the men again. It was March 7, 1968, and the members of the Plaisted Polar Expedition looked up at […]

The Voyages Issue: The Secrets of the Wave Pilots

This post was originally published on this site By KIM TINGLEY March 17, 2016 At 0400, three miles above the Pacific seafloor, the searchlight of a power boat swept through a warm June night last year, looking for a second boat, a sailing canoe. The captain of the canoe, Alson Kelen, potentially […]

Not Happy With the Candidates? How to Try Out a New Country

This post was originally published on this site By JULIE LASKY March 17, 2016 On Feb. 15, Rob Calabrese, a Canadian radio disc jockey, launched a website inviting Americans to take refuge on an island off . The site, Cape Breton if Donald Trump Wins, has received 977,000 visits and so many […]

Frugal Traveler: On the Big Island, ‘Aloha’ Is a Way of Life

This post was originally published on this site March 16, 2016 Lucas Peterson FRUGAL TRAVELER Famously, the word “aloha” has several meanings. It’s often used, I found during my stay on the Big Island of Hawaii, as a noun loosely meaning a spirit of affection or compassion, one that has […]

In Transit: Resort and Tour News: Jewels in Russia; Hotels in Bermuda

This post was originally published on this site March 16, 2016 In Transit By SHIVANI VORA A NEW DESTINATION IN BERMUDA A major project to increase tourism is underway on the island of Bermuda: The Bermuda-based real estate company Morgan’s Point Ltd. announced today its plans for Caroline Bay, a […]

How to Go to Cuba Right Now

This post was originally published on this site By VICTORIA BURNETT March 15, 2016 Travel to Cuba just got easier and, probably, less expensive. The United States government on Tuesday announced new rules that allow Americans to travel independently to Cuba on what are called “people-to-people” trips. This means that Americans who […]

Where to Go Now: 5 Ways to Sample Americana in Havana

This post was originally published on this site March 15, 2016 Where to Go Now By VICTORIA BURNETT Every American dashing to Cuba these days seems to share a goal: to see the island “before we ruin it.” But Havana, the city that awaits a historic visit by President Obama […]

A City-Size Cruise, With 4,200 Friends

This post was originally published on this site By JULIE LASKY March 15, 2016 To travel on ’s Norwegian Escape, the fifth-largest cruise ship in the world, is to become a master of the tall tale. Except that the tales are all true. How big is that boat? So big you’re instructed […]

On Small Ship, Ocean Life (and Other Passengers) Are Up Close

This post was originally published on this site By BONNIE TSUI March 15, 2016 Most of the boat is asleep when we pass through Ballard Locks in Seattle shortly before midnight. Blotchy, heavy clouds are stacked like anvils above a purple horizon. Stars wink here and there, a promise of a clearer […]

In Transit: Cruise and Rail News: Sales on Seine Trips; Train Fare in Europe

This post was originally published on this site March 14, 2016 In Transit By ELAINE GLUSAC EXPANDS IN THE GALÁPAGOS Because of environmental restrictions, all boats operating in the Galápagos are small, but the biggest of the small — Celebrity Cruises — plans to add two boutique ships to its […]

500 Years of Jewish Life in Venice

This post was originally published on this site   500 Years of Jewish Life in Venice By DAVID LASKIN March 9, 2016 The Ponte delle Guglie. To the right of the bridge is the passage to the Jewish ghetto. By DAVID LASKIN March 9, 2016 Though you can still see the recesses in the […]

The Getaway: Your Next Trip, Courtesy of Google Search

This post was originally published on this site March 9, 2016 Stephanie Rosenbloom THE GETAWAY Google wants to make it easy for travelers to decide where and when to go on vacation, and to see at a glance what a trip is likely to cost, right from their mobile phones. […]

In Portland, Oregon, a Warm Embrace of Tango

This post was originally published on this site March 8, 2016 By JESSICA COLLEY CLARKE On a gray Wednesday afternoon in Southeast Portland, Ore., someone flicked on the lights in Tango Berretín, a dance studio devoted entirely to Argentine tango. Alex Krebs, the owner, teacher and acclaimed dancer, pressed play […]

Iran Invites Boeing for Talks, a Stride Toward Business Ties With the U.S.

This post was originally published on this site By RICK GLADSTONE March 3, 2016 Boeing has been invited to talks with Iranian officials about modernizing Iran’s aged commercial aircraft fleet, the country’s transport minister said Thursday, in what could be a precursor to the biggest business arrangement with an American company after […]

Ellen Page Explores L.G.B.T. Travel in New Documentary Series

This post was originally published on this site By DIANE DANIEL March 2, 2016 Ellen Page, 29, best known for her Oscar-nominated role in “Juno” and recently starring in “Freeheld” with Julianne Moore, has become an advocate for L.G.B.T. rights after coming out as a lesbian in 2014. In the past year, […]

Next Stop: A Costa Rican Surfer Town Goes Upscale

This post was originally published on this site A surfer rides a wave at Playa Guiones. March 2, 2016 By ERIC LIPTON Dozens of surfboards bobbed on the Pacific waves rolling in as the sun came down on yet another perfectly clear, piping-hot day in the Nicoya Peninsula beach town […]

Where to Go Now: A Guide to New York Art Fairs

This post was originally published on this site March 1, 2016 Where to Go Now By JOSHUA BARONE An art fair in New York may seem redundant. After all, the city already has offerings for new art spread among hundreds of galleries in centers like Chelsea, SoHo and Bushwick, in […]

Do You Really Need Car Rental Insurance? 8 Things to Know

This post was originally published on this site If something happens to your rental car, even a flat tire (or two), you are responsible for the damage. March 1, 2016 Lucas Peterson FRUGAL TRAVELER With every car rental transaction comes the slightly uncomfortable moment when the agent behind the counter […]

Itineraries: For Hotels, Bedbugs Are Bad Enough, and Social Media Adds to Irritation

This post was originally published on this site Itineraries M&M Pest Control and their dog Dexter check for bedbugs at a hotel. The tiny, biting bugs are causing headaches for hotel owners. By MATT KRUPNICK February 29, 2016 The worst hotel experiences can be caused by an insect smaller than a fingernail […]

Pursuits: Across Britain, Silent Relics of the Cold War

This post was originally published on this site At the Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker in Essex, warning sirens would have signaled that a nuclear attack was imminent. February 26, 2016 By DAVID SHAFTEL Buried beneath the breadth of Britain lies a legacy of the Cold War that was once a […]

In Transit: Tour and Resort News: Christo in Italy; Sharks in La Jolla

This post was originally published on this site The Antrim coastline in Northern Ireland. February 26, 2016 In Transit By ELAINE GLUSAC CHRISTO ACROSS THE WATER IN ITALY The installation artist Christo will unveil his latest project, a series of buoyant polyethylene cubes laid across Italy’s Lake Iseo that will […]

Bites: A New Orleans Restaurant Where Creole Meets Caribbean

This post was originally published on this site Biscuits and other fare at Compère Lapin. February 26, 2016 By DAN SALTZSTEIN Plenty of “Top Chef” competitors have opened restaurants, but it was Nina Compton, the runner-up (and fan favorite) from the 2013-2014 season, who fell in love with the host […]

Frugal Traveler: Leaving Las Vegas for Natural Beauty and More

This post was originally published on this site A road through the Valley of Fire, the largest and oldest state park in Nevada. February 25, 2016 Lucas Peterson FRUGAL TRAVELER Las Vegas is not only about gambling, partying and making certain that everything that you do there stays there: it’s […]

Boîte: Mr. Purple, a Trendy Hotel Bar on the Lower East Side

This post was originally published on this site Mr. Purple is on the 15th floor of the Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side. February 24, 2016 By BEN DETRICK Follow any trend to its exhausted end, and you may end up at Mr. Purple, a lounge on the 15th […]

In Transit: At Budget Hotels, Local Flavor Is Now Included

This post was originally published on this site The décor at Hyatt House Denver/Downtown reflects its location. February 23, 2016 In Transit By ELAINE GLUSAC It’s not unusual to view local art, consume regional foods or meet area trendsetters in boutique and luxury hotels. Now — to the great welcome […]

Essay: An Informed Traveler Is a Safer Traveler

This post was originally published on this site By SETH KUGEL February 23, 2016 Which sounds like the most dangerous way to spend your next vacation? 1. Going to Brazil, epicenter of the Zika virus, for the Olympics. 2. Visiting Istanbul, where eight German tourists died in a terrorist attack last month. […]

Cultured Traveler: In Cairo, Alone Time With the Pharaohs

This post was originally published on this site Looking over Cairo from the Citadel. February 22, 2016 Cultured Traveler By PATRICK SCOTT As I stood alone in the silent, darkened King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid of Giza, staring into the sarcophagus that had been hollowed from red granite at […]

Refugee Influx in Germany Sets Off a Brooding Cultural Debate

This post was originally published on this site A scene from the documentary “Fuocoammare” (“Fire at Sea”), which took the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. It focuses on an Italian island that has evolved into a way station for desperate refugees. By RACHEL DONADIO February 21, 2016 BERLIN — […]

India to Change Its Decades-Old Reliance on Female Sterilization

This post was originally published on this site Women lined up for examinations this month before sterilization surgery at a government hospital in Mahendragarh, India. By ELLEN BARRY and CELIA W. DUGGER February 20, 2016 MAHENDRAGARH, India — This is what family planning in India often looks like: Women in their 20s, mostly farmers’ wives, […]

In Transit: Resort and Tour News: Ski Deals; Margaritas in Santa Fe

This post was originally published on this site Riders on the Hiawatha Trail in northern Idaho, part of a new trip from Bicycle Adventures. February 19, 2016 In Transit By ELAINE GLUSAC SKI DEALS ACROSS THE AMERICAN WEST … Vail Resorts will hold a 96-hour sale on hotels, ground transportation, […]

Q and A: Deborah Berke Makes a Night at a Museum a Reality

This post was originally published on this site The lobby of the 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, N.C., was designed by Deborah Berke to showcase art. By SHIVANI VORA February 19, 2016 Deborah Berke’s appointment last year as the first female dean of the Yale School of Architecture might have brought her […]

In Transit: At Ski Resorts, a Giant Hot Tub Is a Good-Time Machine

This post was originally published on this site The hot tub at Squaw Valley. February 19, 2016 In Transit By ALYSON KRUEGER Several ski seasons ago Mark Bell, the hotel manager at Sunshine Mountain Lodge in the Canadian ski resort Sunshine Village, had an idea: Let’s throw parties in the […]

Pursuits: Reinvention in Walla Walla’s Wine Country

This post was originally published on this site Rolling fields outside Waitsburg, Wash. February 17, 2016 By MIKE SEELY There are only so many occasions on which a responsible adult can justify consuming alcohol and food nonstop for an entire week. Turning 40 is one of them. Such a fate […]

The Getaway: Airlines to Offer Cheaper Flights, but Are They Worth the Savings?

This post was originally published on this site February 17, 2016 Stephanie Rosenbloom THE GETAWAY Rock-bottom fares once unique to low-cost carriers like Spirit and Frontier may, in the coming months, be offered by all three of the nation’s legacy airlines, American, United and Delta. Great news for you and […]

Pact on U.S.-Cuba Flights Reopens Battle for Seized Property

This post was originally published on this site José Ramón López, 62, the exiled heir to the Havana airport and to Cuba’s national airline, in his Miami home. By FRANCES ROBLES February 16, 2016 MIAMI — The Obama administration’s top transportation officials will join Cuban dignitaries at the Hotel Nacional in Havana […]

Gefilte Fish and Gumbo in Buenos Aires

This post was originally published on this site Mishiguene offers modern Jewish cuisine. By PAOLA SINGER February 16, 2016 On a recent Friday night, a small group stood outside Mishiguene in Buenos Aires, chatting and sipping digestifs after an opulent 12-course tasting menu. Not five minutes had passed when a fellow diner […]

Sinosphere: Xinjiang Region of China Bans Glacier Tourism, Citing Risk to Ecosystem

This post was originally published on this site Posing in the tongue of a glacier in the southwestern province of Sichuan, which has not followed the Xinjiang region’s lead in banning such tourism. February 16, 2016 Sinosphere By EDWARD WONG BEIJING — Glaciologists in China and elsewhere have said for […]

‘Embrace of the Serpent,’ Ciro Guerra’s Searching Tale About Invaded Amazon Cultures

This post was originally published on this site A scene from “Embrace of the Serpent.” By NICHOLAS CASEY February 15, 2016 BOGOTÁ, Colombia — In 1979 the German director Werner Herzog set out into the Peruvian Amazon to begin filming “Fitzcarraldo,” the quixotic tale of an Irish rubber baron’s quest to build […]

Explorer: Bohemia’s Secret Spot for Cross-Country Skiing

This post was originally published on this site Trails take skiers through virgin forests of pine and spruce in the Jizera Mountains. February 2, 2016 By JOSHUA HAMMER The trail descended gently through a dense spruce forest, blanketed by snow from an overnight storm. It was bitterly cold, but the […]

In Transit: A Tour of Rwanda, From Jungle to City

This post was originally published on this site February 13, 2016 In Transit By DIANE DANIEL Rwanda, Jungle to City Gondwana Ecotours, founded by Jared Sternberg in 2013 when he was a law student at Tulane, has added Rwanda to its list of destinations. A highlight of the eight-day tour, […]

Workspace: Mark Dunkerley: Where You Can See Airplanes and the Aloha Spirit

This post was originally published on this site Hawaiian Airlines’ company headquarters are adjacent to Honolulu International Airport. February 13, 2016 As told to PATRICIA R. OLSEN 1. Project runway Our headquarters are adjacent to the Honolulu International Airport. We have the third through the fifth floors of an industrial […]

In Transit: After Stormy Royal Caribbean Cruise, Seeking Answers

This post was originally published on this site Damage on the Anthem of the Seas cruise ship. February 13, 2016 In Transit By SHIVANI VORA Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas vessel returned earlier than scheduled to its port of origin, Cape Liberty, N.J., on Wednesday evening after facing 120 […]

Royal Caribbean’s ‘Smartship’ Avoids a Titanic Situation

This post was originally published on this site Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas departed from Bayonne, N.J. on Saturday, Feb. 6, en route to the Bahamas. By BRETT MICHAEL DYKES February 13, 2016 “It’s the most technologically advanced cruise ship in the world,” the Royal Caribbean sales agent told me over the […]

Check In: At Turin Hotel, a Minimalist Mood, With a Dash of History

This post was originally published on this site A 17th-century palazzo has been modernized, but has kept many period details intact. February 12, 2016 By INGRID K. WILLIAMS Rates From about 150 euros, or $158 at $1.05 to the euro. Basics The NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina opened last winter […]

Bites: At Dorset Restaurant, Sophistication by the Sea

This post was originally published on this site Mussels appear in different guises; here, with chiles and lemongrass. February 12, 2016 CHERYL LU-LIEN TAN During the leisurely drive along the dramatic Jurassic Coast of Dorset, one could easily think that this journey might well be the highlight of the day. […]

In Transit: Tour and Resort News: From NASA, a Hands-On Destination

This post was originally published on this site The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. February 12, 2016 In Transit By ELAINE GLUSAC NASA’S NEW PLAY SPACE Kennedy Space Center near Cape Canaveral, Fla., plans to open a new visitor attraction called Cosmic Quest on Feb. 25. Through hands-on […]

Explorer: In Turkey, Adventure Travel Takes the Plunge

This post was originally published on this site A SwimTrek group in Turkish waters. February 12, 2016 By PATRICK SCOTT Honestly, I didn’t think our Mediterranean vacation could get much better. The dozen of us on the trip had already swum several miles a day through astonishing turquoise waters off […]

Q and A: A Concierge for Same-Sex Weddings in Florida

This post was originally published on this site Mark Semple serves as the wedding concierge for B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale, an L.G.B.T.-friendly resort in Florida. By MARISSA MILLER February 12, 2016 Between the palm trees and ocean breeze, it’s no surprise that Florida has long been a popular wedding destination. But […]

In Transit: What Travelers Need to Know About Zika and Dengue

This post was originally published on this site February 11, 2016 In Transit By SHIVANI VORA Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne diseases Zika and dengue aren’t slowing down: The Zika virus continues to spread throughout the Caribbean and Brazil, and the mayor of Hawaii County, Billy Kenoi, declared a state of […]

Cultured Traveler: On Java, a Creative Explosion in an Ancient City

This post was originally published on this site The dancer and choreographer Martinus Miroto practices at his studio in Yogyakarta. February 11, 2016 Cultured Traveler By DONALD FRAZIER After the tropical thunder rolls across south Java comes the rain, and each drop has a character. Some sweep across the bamboo […]

The Road to the Top of the World

This post was originally published on this site   The Road to the Top of the World By PETER KUJAWINSKI February 11, 2016 A crescent moon above reindeer from the Canadian Reindeer company’s open-range herd. A crescent moon above reindeer from the Canadian Reindeer company’s open-range herd. By PETER KUJAWINSKI February 11, 2016 In […]

Wanderlust: The Portland of Portugal

This post was originally published on this site   The Portland of Portugal February 10, 2016 Porto’s historic district of Ribeira is known for its riverside restaurants and bars. Porto’s historic district of Ribeira is known for its riverside restaurants and bars. February 10, 2016 Wanderlust By KATE MAXWELL In […]

The Getaway: 5 New York Hotel Bars That Melt Away the Winter Blues

This post was originally published on this site The Lobby Lounge, at the Ludlow. February 10, 2016 Stephanie Rosenbloom THE GETAWAY When the February air is biting and Manhattan’s avenues seem never-ending, few pleasures compare with ducking into a hotel bar and sinking into a club chair beside a fire. […]

In Transit: With Storm Over, Some Humor on Anthem of the Seas

This post was originally published on this site Damage to the deck of the ship Anthem of the Seas. February 10, 2016 In Transit By BRETT MICHAEL DYKES The voyage of Anthem of the Seas was cut short after sailing through a strong winter storm that produced hurricane-force winds. Here […]

Sikh Actor Is Allowed to Fly Home to U.S. Wearing His Turban

This post was originally published on this site Waris Ahluwalia inside an aircraft with his arms around the shoulders of what appeared to be two Aeroméxico pilots. By CHRISTINE HAUSER February 10, 2016 A well-known Sikh American actor, Waris Ahluwalia, who was not allowed to board an airplane in Mexico City because he […]

New Writer, Same Goal: Exploring the World on a Budget

This post was originally published on this site By THE NEW YORK TIMES February 10, 2016 Last week marked the final Frugal Traveler column for Seth Kugel, who has been bargain hunting and globe jumping for us for almost six years. Next week, he passes the baton to Lucas Peterson. In preparation for the […]

Pursuits: Chasing Redfish Off the South Texas Gulf Coast

This post was originally published on this site Rick Hartman, an expert fly fisherman and guide, poles a skiff in the Lower Laguna Madre while a friend casts for redfish. February 10, 2016 By JONATHAN GLUCK Rick Hartman had just navigated a pair of husband-and-wife anglers to a pretty little […]

In Transit: Hotel and Tour News: Art in SoHo; Hiking (and Wine) in Napa

This post was originally published on this site February 10, 2016 In Transit By SHIVANI VORA ART AND LONGBOARDS AT A NEW SOHO HOTEL Aby Rosen is the co-founder of the New York City-based real-estate development company RFR Holding, which has a portfolio of 71 notable properties worldwide including the […]

Heads Up: Vancouver Explores Its First Nations Roots

This post was originally published on this site Totem poles in Stanley Park. February 9, 2016 By ELAINE GLUSAC Wearing a woven cedar headband that distinguished her from the other boots-and-backpack-clad hikers, Candace Campo guided a walk in Stanley Park in Vancouver last fall, pointing out path-side huckleberries and blackberries. […]

Itineraries: At Ski Resorts, Meetings Fill Rooms When Snow Is Scant

This post was originally published on this site Itineraries Killington ski resort in Vermont is among those that have added attractions in part to attract meetings and conferences. By JULIE WEED February 8, 2016 It has been a winter to forget for many ski resorts in the Northeast, even with a heavy […]

In Transit: Cruise and Air News: A Historic Ocean Liner Will Sail Again

This post was originally published on this site A new Riverside Marine ferry ship, which will travel between Vancouver and Victoria. February 8, 2016 In Transit By ELAINE GLUSAC A SECOND LIFE FOR A VINTAGE OCEAN LINER Crystal Cruises has announced it plans to convert a historic ocean liner with […]

In Vermont, the Lure of Skiing in the Mad River Valley

This post was originally published on this site Mad River Glen, which has a one-seat chairlift. By BILL PENNINGTON January 28, 2016 A few years ago, I was skiing high above the Sugarbush resort in Vermont with John Egan, a legend of extreme skiing 20 years before the genre had even been […]

Airlines Reap Record Profits, and Passengers Get Peanuts

This post was originally published on this site Mergers of companies like American and US Airways have left 80 percent of seat capacity in the hands of the four largest airlines. By JAD MOUAWAD February 6, 2016 Helped by falling oil prices, airlines are reporting record profits, but for many passengers this […]

The Town of Colma, Where San Francisco’s Dead Live

This post was originally published on this site Colma, a small town outside San Francisco, has become a necropolis for the city, which relocated the remains from four of its cemeteries there. By JOHN BRANCH February 5, 2016 COLMA, Calif. — While the Super Bowl will be played at Levi’s Stadium, and […]

Bites: At a San Francisco Restaurant, a Taste of Brittany

This post was originally published on this site Moules marinières, steamed in Breton cider, “a kind of perfection.” February 5, 2016 By NICK CZAP In 2011, Dominique Crenn opened her first restaurant, Atelier Crenn, in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco. Within two years, its enchantingly artistic cuisine earned […]

Check In: At Dublin Hotel, the Night Life Beckons

This post was originally published on this site A hipster aesthetic pervades the hotel. February 5, 2016 By RATHA TEP Rates Doubles start at 116 euros, about $119 at $1.05 to the euro. Basics In a six-story Georgian building, this 51-room property bears the distinction of being one of the […]

Hou Hsiao-Hsien Fuses the Formal and the Bloody

This post was originally published on this site A scene from “The Assassin,” the Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s first foray into the Chinese martial arts genre wuxia. By J. HOBERMAN February 5, 2016 Avant-pop, as the term was used by the Village Voice music critic Robert Christgau in the heyday of punk, […]

Cultured Traveler: In Tokyo, Brand-Name Stores by Brand-Name Architects

This post was originally published on this site The Gyre Center. February 5, 2016 Cultured Traveler By SAM LUBELL It’s no secret that high-end fashion labels like Prada and Cartier have achieved a sort of mythical status in Tokyo. But here is something you may not know: Visiting their boutiques […]

Q. and A.: How the Luxury Adventure Vacation Was Made

This post was originally published on this site George Butterfield, at right, and Sidney Robinson, at left, founders of Butterfield & Robinson, lunch with friends in Germany, 1966. By SHIVANI VORA February 5, 2016 Biking- and walking-focused vacations might be common today, but when George Butterfield, 77, co-founded the active travel brand […]