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Using A Concierge

Dear Travel IQ: Can you explain how to use a concierge properly?  Many of the nicer hotels I visit have a concierge, but I’m not sure what is an appropriate question outside of a restaurant suggestion or directions.  What can a concierge do for me (and should I then do something for them)? Signed: Confused…

India: Beyond the Taj Mahal

The thought of India evokes many images to travelers, but none more iconic than the majestic Taj Mahal. Although this wonder of the world is a relevant and magnificent site on the tourism circuit, consider adding a dash of adventure to your Indian experience. India’s diverse landscape and climate make it an exciting destination for…

The Best Ways to Travel With Cameras, Jewelry, and Other Valuables

When traveling with valuable gear, such as cameras, jewelry, and prescription meds, it’s important to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of your belongings. Protecting your belongings is crucial to maintaining their value and functionality, whether you’re a tourist who enjoys taking photos as their travels progress, a diabetic who relies on insulin that…

Five Reasons Bogotá Should Be On Your Destination Radar

Colombia — The land of drug runners, cartels and kidnappings, right? You might be thinking of the Colombia of old. This diverse gem nestled at the top of South America with coasts kissing both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea has successfully emerged from underneath a less than desirable reputation a few decades ago due…

Famous Streets of the United States

On occasion, we know we have to hit the road. Most of us have spent our lives close to roadways, but a few are an integral part of the North American obsession with the highway, to the path you can stroll or disappear on. Here is a small collection of roads and streets that are…

Urban Waterfalls

Waterfalls are a testament to our human relationship with water. We need it for our basic survival, but there is also a calming effect to being near water, to hearing the sound of a stream and the roar of a waterfall. Not all waterfalls are far removed from our urban centers, and here are a…

World’s Fair Leftovers

How do you feel about leftovers? Imagine a collection of pavilions, exhibits, and structures that once captured the world's imagination, now standing as a reminder of the events. These leftover treasures, scattered across the globe, echo grandeur of past international expositions, from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the Space Needle in Seattle.

The Most Beautiful Castles in the World

Castles are the guardians of history. From the ethereal fairytale ambiance of Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany to the ancient majesty of Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, each fortress tells a captivating story of a time long past.

A city alive with history

Quebec is one of the safest cities in the world, especially for women, my new friend tells me. That’s lucky, I think because I’ve just jumped into his car and we’re driving up into deserted forests. If I disappear, nobody will ever know why. All such thoughts vanish as my impromptu tour guide Philippe Guerriere…

British Blooms at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

My plan, upon finding myself in London with a day off, was to indulge my inner Downton Abbey fan with a trip to Highclere Castle. The Jacobethan “country home” that housed the fictitious Grantham clan was, however, closed until spring so I decided to trudge from my friend’s flat in Barnes along the Thames footpath…