Powwows sustain indigenous cultures

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on May 18, 2023

Six men nestled close together in a circle, drumming in a steady, rhythmic beat as others sang along in Native American languages. Drumming like this is central to every powwow, or Native American gathering, providing a mesmerizing live soundtrack. “The drum is our heartbeat,” said Powhatan Red Cloud-Owen, a member of Virginia’s Chickahominy Tribe, who attended a powwow last... READ MORE

Make time for wild adventures in Alaska

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on May 03, 2023

As our travel group hiked on a lupine-lined trail in Alaska, the guide called out, “Here bear, here bear,” every minute or so, advising us to make some noise and not surprise Ursus arctos, the Alaska grizzly. Soon we spotted a dark brown mound shrouded in the bushes about six car lengths away — a bear’s head. Out came the guide’s bear spray. We didn’t need it; our... READ MORE

How to avoid illness traveling outside U.S.

By Raj Palraj, M.D.
Posted on April 18, 2023

Dear Mayo Clinic: I have a group of friends with whom I love to travel. We plan several trips a year, and we are planning to visit the Caribbean next. We will stay at an all-inclusive resort in a popular destination and do a few sightseeing day trips in the area. Are there things we should do to be safe while traveling? A: Travel is always a fun activity to enjoy with friends. In ... READ MORE

Nearby, off-the-beaten-path B&Bs to try

By Alice Shapin
Posted on April 14, 2023

There are times I need to get away but don’t want to spend weeks planning a trip or having to fly. I just want a change of scenery, good food and some interesting activities. A quick getaway, maybe a day or two, is all I need. So, I decided to look into B&Bs within a couple hours’ drive of our area. The fun thing about B&Bs is that no two are alike. And even within one... READ MORE

Avoid foreign exchange gouges abroad

By Ed Perkins
Posted on April 13, 2023

Since at least Biblical times, money changers have been gouging foreign visitors exchanging their currency for local shekels. Fortunately, if you’re going outside the U.S. this summer, you can avoid most of the gouge. Unless you’re a currency speculator, you’ll almost always lose a little in exchanging your dollars for whatever. That’s because the actual cost of exchanging... READ MORE

Three-generation travel adventure to Italy         

By Ann Cochran
Posted on April 03, 2023

Our lovely two-bedroom apartment in a Tuscan villa is all warm yellows and muted shades of rose. Vineyards and olive groves surround the villa, stretching far into the hills. Through the large windows, we can see the pool sparkling and, in another direction, the terrace where our family gathers for breakfast. Our eight grandchildren often run across the driveway and up the steps from... READ MORE

What to expect traveling to Europe now

By Ed Perkins
Posted on March 23, 2023

If you’re planning a trip to Europe this year, you’re not alone: Industry mavens are projecting a big year for transatlantic travel. For the most part, traveling to and within Europe is easy, but you need to know a bit before you leave. Paperwork: Western Europe does not require any advance paperwork for visitors who aren’t looking for a job and plan to stay less than three... READ MORE

Coming to appreciate Europe’s great art

By Rick Steves
Posted on March 15, 2023

To see great art is a joy. And to see it, while traveling, “in situ” — both physically (where it was meant to be seen) and historically (to understand the context in which it was made) — makes the experience richer yet. I haven’t always loved art history. As a teenager, I struggled doggedly through Kenneth Clark’s epic art series, Civilisation. “Brilliant work,” I... READ MORE

Patagonia’s spectacular hidden wonders

By Don Mankin
Posted on March 09, 2023

As I guided my kayak through a narrow, twisting marble cave, I marveled at the swirls of turquoise-colored rock. Although it was only my second day in the Aysén region of Patagonia — the remote, breathtakingly beautiful region that has inspired dreamers, adventurers and entrepreneurs for over a century — I understood why they came and why so many of them stayed. I have traveled... READ MORE

A trip to Panama for stem cell treatment

By Diane York
Posted on February 28, 2023

For some of us, it’s a never-ending task to stall the aging process. Now that I’m in my 60s, my back and hip problems were preventing me from activities like Zumba, hiking and pickleball. I had already been through the gamut of orthopedic consults, one hip replacement and endless physical therapy. Then a friend of mine told me he had stem cell injections in his knees and within... READ MORE