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  • Travels with Bailey sniff out hospitality that’s pet-friendly

    Animals are welcome at many California venues. Let one man’s dog clue you in to his favorite places to stay and play.

  • Our reader recommendations

    Our reader recommendations

    Each week in "Readers Recommend," the Travel section shares tips on hidden gems in the U.S. and abroad. Here is a roundup of some of the lodging recommendations published in the last year. Although the information here was correct when it was published, some details may have changed, especially...

  • It's a snap: How to make digital cameras click for you

    It's a snap: How to make digital cameras click for you

    Go for megapixels, carefully consider zoom and memory. And carry plenty of batteries.

  • Contacts for the cruise contingent

    Contacts for the cruise contingent

    Here is a listing of cruise lines and their vessels. One caveat: Many cruise companies prefer to sell through travel agents, so it's often best to book through an agent who specializes in cruises. American Canadian Caribbean Line (800) 556-7450 http://www.accl-smallships.com Grande Caribe, Grande...

  • Lessons for the long haul

    Lessons for the long haul

    My friend Mike once shared with me this wisdom about traveling overseas: When you're done packing, take out half your clothes and put in twice as much cash. ATMs have made carrying wads of bills less of a necessity. But packing remains a fine balancing act of weighing an item's usefulness against...

  • Tourism offices in the States and U.S. territories

    Tourism offices in the States and U.S. territories

    States and many U.S. territories have tourism offices to help visitors. If requesting travel literature, be as specific as possible. Alabama: Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel, 401 Adams Ave., Suite 126, P.O. Box 4927, Montgomery, AL 36104; (800) 252-2262 or (334) 242-4169, fax (334) 242-4554,...

  • The first book you'll want to get

    The first book you'll want to get

    If you're planning to go abroad in the next few months and you don't have a passport, here's my advice: Get it now. That little booklet should be the first thing you think about, not the last, when you plan an overseas trip. That's because it usually takes up to six weeks to get one. If you also...

  • Vacationers think outside the cabana

    Vacationers think outside the cabana

    Looking to help, or to broaden their life experiences, Americans sign up for volunteer work here and abroad.

  • Airlines: Keep in touch

    Airlines: Keep in touch

    Following is a list of selected national and international airlines that offer flights out of major cities in the United States. In some cases, an airline may not have its own mileage award program, and it may partner with another airline. Note: "FF" denotes "frequent flier." Aer Lingus (800) 474-7424...

  • When a hotel seems ho-hum, a few bold alternatives

    When a hotel seems ho-hum, a few bold alternatives

    The wealthy might like the $50,000-a-week villa that sleeps 31. And a free sofa may be a good fit for the frugal.

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