You can learn to lead a safari, sort of

By: Charmaine Noronha

It’s not just a safari. It’s a master class in the untamed world, a behind-the-scenes education with experts who are the talking Google gods of wildlife.That’s what it’s like on safaris that let tourists learn alongside locals who are training to be guides.The guides, members of Kenya’s Maasai tribe, spend three weeks on a training mission traversing East... READ MORE

Plenty still to love in the city by the bay

By: Glenda C. Booth

Tourists ride one of San Francisco’s iconic cable cars, shown high on a hill overlooking the bay and Alcatraz island, which is now a National Park.Photo © Lee Pius“I left my heart in San Francisco,” Tony Bennett crooned over the airwaves and on record players in the 1950s.For a city that has survived the Gold Rush’s ups and downs, the Beat generation, hippies... READ MORE

Help care for elephants in Cambodia

By: Kristi Eaton

The trip to the hills of eastern Cambodia had all the makings of a luxurious getaway — delicious fresh fruit fed by hand, a dip in a refreshingly cold watering hole, and a relaxing massage.But I wasn’t receiving these amenities. Elderly elephants were. And I was one of several tourists paying for the privilege of doting on them.At the Mondulkiri Project, it’s not the... READ MORE

The Caribbean’s spicy island of Grenada

By: Victor Block

There’s no denying that Grenada, like other Caribbean islands, has the requisite white sand beaches lapped by crystal clear waters. Or that the modest pastel-painted houses in which most people live provide a storybook setting. But the Isle of Spice, as it’s known, also boasts a unique quality that sets it apart from other islands in the region. This realization springs from the... READ MORE

Is fear an acceptable reason to cancel?

By: Beth J. Harpaz

Spooked by headlines about Zika, terrorism and mass shootings? Maybe the news is so bad you’re ready to cancel your vacation and stay home. But can you recoup what you paid for flights, lodging, car rentals and tours?The answer is, it depends. Your best bet for getting a refund under such circumstances is to buy an expensive type of insurance called “cancel for any reason” ... READ MORE

Enjoy lap of luxury at nearby resorts

By: Victor Block

Visitors to the Homestead can step back to earlier times by enjoying a carriage ride or partake of the present with a video arcade, among dozens of other activities for those of all ages. The resort, which is celebrating its 250th anniversary, occupies 2,300 acres of the Virginia countryside, abutting George Washington National Forest.Photo courtesy of the HomesteadWe have the good fortune... READ MORE