Tag: Travel and Vacations

How Guilty Should You Feel About Your Vacation?

I’ve often wondered how it would feel to work in an industry blamed for its outsize impact on global warming — say, oil drilling or cattle ranching. But it recently struck me that the question is not hypothetical. I’m a travel writer. Yes, I’ve long known that jet fuel emits a ghastly amount of greenhouse […]

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36 Hours in Rennes and St.-Malo

Metropolitan. Maritime. Mystical. Those are the three faces of France’s rugged northwest corner, where Arthurian legends, stone circles and Celtic traditions suffuse the forests and fishing villages. Now they are closer than ever, thanks to the two-year-old LGV train line, which links Paris to the regional capital of Rennes in just 90 minutes. On arrival, […]

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Midway Through His Year, Our 52 Places Traveler Answers Readers Questions

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Iceland Mourns Loss of a Glacier by Posting a Warning About Climate Change

They arrived on Sunday in parkas and ski hats, hiking across the rocky terrain where Iceland’s Okjokull glacier once flourished. Today it is a watery grave, which scientists and politicians say is the site of the nation’s first glacier lost to climate change. A lake of melted ice now dominates the landscape amid a barren […]

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In Southern Appalachia, Searching for the ‘Big Bang’ of Country Music

ImageA scene outside Bristol, Tenn., where the famous Bristol recording sessions showcased future stars of the country music scene.CreditMike Belleme for The New York Times While the rest of America was roaring to jazz during the ’20s, in a small corner of the South, where back roads snake through early-morning mist and porches are used […]

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N.Y.C. Is on Pace to Draw a Record 67 Million Tourists This Year

Weather: Mostly sunny. The high should reach about 90, but it could feel like close to 100. Showers and thunderstorms are possible after 3 p.m. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Labor Day (Sept. 2). ImageCreditHiroko Masuike/The New York Times A protracted trade war with China. Signs of a looming recession in Europe. A strong American […]

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Where the Resistance Helped Plan the Liberation of Paris

The tunnel to the subterranean bunker that played a pivotal role in the liberation of Paris is long and narrow, each step down deceptively steep. It takes 100 of those steps to reach the former military command post where, for six days, members of the French Resistance helped orchestrate the city’s release from the Nazi […]

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Alla Salute! Italy’s Aperitivo Is Back

VENICE — My youth was aperitif-free. It was the 1970s and we concentrated on discos, warm beer on the beach, pizza, sleepless nights with friends and a bottle — or more — of cheap wine. We weren’t fussy. Aperitivi — a ritual pre-dinner drink to begin the evening’s imbibing — was for old people: my […]

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New Everest Rules Could Significantly Limit Who Gets to Climb

KATHMANDU, Nepal — In an effort to address deadly human traffic jams on Mount Everest and weed out inexperienced climbers, Nepali officials on Wednesday formally proposed new safety rules that could significantly reduce the number of permits issued for the world’s highest peak. Under the measures, would-be climbers would have to prove that they have […]

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How to Travel With a Drone

You’ve got it all planned. You’ll launch your drone from the grass beside the Eiffel Tower. When it reaches the top, you’ll circle around the tower once, then end the video with a perfect landing. It’s the kind of thing you bought a drone for. It’s the kind of thing that makes for epic Instagram […]

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Hong Kong Airport, a City’s Symbol of Pride, Is Now Its Hub of Unrest

HONG KONG — Hong Kong International Airport — sleek, modern and famously efficient — has helped symbolize the city’s place as one of the world’s busiest and most important commercial hubs since it opened more than two decades ago. But this week the airport, long a source of local pride, became the epicenter of civilian […]

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Chasing Waves on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

In the 1970s and 80s, the California surfer and writer Kevin Naughton and the photographer Craig Peterson traveled the globe “Endless Summer”-style searching for perfect waves. When they arrived in Ireland, with its friendly locals and powerful, mostly empty waves, amid a landscape of stone walls and ruins, Mr. Naughton recalled, “there was a sense […]

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Here There Be Dragons. But Can They Survive an Invasion of Tourists?

KOMODO NATIONAL PARK, Indonesia — The Komodo dragon, a 10-foot lizard native only to a scattering of islands in Indonesia, flicked its forked tongue. Two boys were standing nearby, the perfect size for dragon snacks. A local guide shrugged at their unease and urged them closer to the reptile. Komodo dragons resemble dinosaurs that missed […]

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How Peter Greenberg, Travel Expert, Spends His Sundays

As the travel editor for CBS News, Peter Greenberg spends much of the year outside of New York, where he has homes in Manhattan and Fire Island, the latter of which was built by his parents 55 years ago. “I love Fire Island,” he said. “It’s the Hamptons without the attitude.” During the summer, he […]

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Where Libraries are the Tourist Attractions

About a decade ago libraries across the world faced a dilemma. Their vital functions — to supply books and access to information for the public — were being replaced by Amazon, e-books and public Wi-Fi. To fight for their survival, said Loida Garcia-Febo, president of the American Library Association, libraries tried to determine what other […]

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A Mexican Hospital, an American Surgeon, and a $5,000 Check (Yes, a Check)

CANCUN, Mexico — Donna Ferguson awoke in the resort city of Cancun before sunrise on a sweltering Saturday in July. She wasn’t headed to the beach. Instead, she walked down a short hallway from her Sheraton hotel and into Galenia Hospital. A little later that morning, a surgeon, Dr. Thomas Parisi, who had flown in […]

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