A unique visit to Alaska in a small yacht

By: Don Mankin
Posted on: May 06, 2019

The Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska is the kind of place that inspires multiple visits. On my first two trips, I cruised past its lush rainforests and coastal mountains via the large, state-run ferries of the Alaska Marine Highway. On my most recent trip, though, I hopped aboard the 85-foot MV Windward, the first charter yacht in Alaska, built in 1924. With only four cabins, the yacht ... READ MORE

Most and least dangerous places to visit

By: Ed Perkins
Posted on: April 12, 2019

Reports about the most dangerous destinations are more useful than reports about the safest: After all, countries rated as safest generally fall under the “round up the usual suspects” meme and many of the most dangerous destinations are obvious to anyone who reads a newspaper or watches the evening news. But a few recent reports point out a few places you might be considering —... READ MORE

Three enchanting weeks in sultry Sumatra

By: Don Mankin
Posted on: April 05, 2019

The young orangutan swung on a vine like an Olympic gymnast. From the look on his face, it was clear that he was having a great time performing for the sweaty hikers who had trekked through the Sumatran jungle to catch his show. My wife and I were in the orangutan reserve on the edge of Bukit Lawang in Northern Sumatra on a trip hosted by Eldertreks — an adventure travel company... READ MORE

Exploring a classic Maine fishing village

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: April 03, 2019

To get to Stonington, Maine, from U.S. 1, wind down the Blue Hill Peninsula to Deer Isle on two-lane roads for 38 miles, past blueberry fields, rocky pastures and spruce forests, until the road stops at a snug working harbor on the peninsula’s end, a granite thumb lapped by salty ocean waves. Stonington, situated at the southern end of Deer Isle, is a quintessential coastal Maine... READ MORE

Find places to stay for next to nothing

By: Melissa Lambarena
Posted on: March 19, 2019

Credit card rewards can be your ticket — literally your plane ticket — to a dream destination. But even if you’ve earned what you need to get to where you’re going, the accommodations could be a different story. What do you do if you don’t have enough points or miles left for lodging? You can slash those costs, too, if you’re willing to get out of your comfort zone. That... READ MORE

Changes to Eurail Pass boost flexibility

By: Ed Perkins
Posted on: March 18, 2019

Eurail Pass just announced the biggest overhaul in its 60 years of existence. Among the key features: — Eurail Select Passes Discontinued: Most passes valid for travel in contiguous sets of two, three or four countries are gone. Most one-country passes remain, but if you want to travel in more than one country, your best option now is a 31-country Global pass. Fortunately, the... READ MORE