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For the past five years, I’ve been regaling you with stories about the pleasures of travel on this website. But today that comes to an end, and for a very good reason: it’s called climate change. Right now, the world is facing a climate crisis that threatens the future of all of us. And unfortunately, [...]

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Over the past few years, I’ve spent more than a little time at sea. Cruising the oceans of the world has made me appreciate even more their amazing beauty and the value they provide for life on earth. So it disturbs me to hear more and more urgent reports on the damage we’ve done to [...]

The post It’s time to help out the suffering seas appeared first on The Travelling Boomer.

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We all love animals, and a trip to one of the world’s wildlife hot spots is a dream for many of us. But how can we go see lions and tigers and bears in the wild without just violating their territory? There are people who can help, and among the best are two folks who [...]

The post Destination: wildlife, and a better kind of travel appeared first on The Travelling Boomer.

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A road trip is kind of like a travelogue. As you drive along, the state or province or country you’re travelling glides past you like a never-ending film strip, one intriguing sight after another. My recent road trip to the American Southwest was like that. Through the windshield I watched as the landscapes of winter [...]

The post Through the windshield: film strip images of a trip to see America appeared first on The Travelling Boomer.

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A few months ago, I wrote a couple of posts about my search for my roots, a quest that took me back to the 1700s and a town called Trowbridge, England, where I travelled in search of my great-great grandfather’s family. Part of that search involved a DNA analysis provided by Ancestry.com, which gave me [...]

The post How I became more English: can you trust your DNA test? appeared first on The Travelling Boomer.

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We were driving through the hill country of Texas when I noticed something odd: the signposts at the end of the laneways along the road all seemed to have German names. What was that about? A few minutes later, the answer appeared as we drove into town. We had arrived in Fredericksburg, a little piece [...]

The post Bratwurst and Lyndon Johnson: deep in the German heart of Texas appeared first on The Travelling Boomer.

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Ancient traditions are great, but sometimes they need a little update. Like the old 7 Wonders of the World; originally compiled by Greek philosophers, the old list included things like the Colossus of Rhodes and the hanging gardens of Babylon, which are barely a memory these days. So in 2000, a fellow named Bernard Weber decided [...]

The post Exploring the New 7 Wonders of the World appeared first on The Travelling Boomer.

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If you fly very often, you know that the airlines are run by a tight, and often stingy, set of rules these days: you pay for a checked bag, cancelling carries hefty penalties — there’s no free lunch. But in fact, there are some things you can do that add great value to your flights, [...]

The post Round the world on the cheap: secrets the airlines don’t tell you appeared first on The Travelling Boomer.

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If you travel the highways of America, you see a lot of roadside signs. But it’s not that often you see one — a huge one, at that — offering free steak. Still, even though the sign above is a rarity, in a way it’s a graphic illustration of what’s wrong with the way America [...]

The post Photo of the week: free steak, and where America went wrong appeared first on The Travelling Boomer.

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It’s been less than a week since I published a little daydream about springtime in Paris, a city whose style and grace make it the perfect place to be at this time of year. So imagine my horror when I turned on the television yesterday and heard the announcer say: “Nôtre Dame Cathedral is burning.” [...]

The post ‘Nôtre Dame Cathedral is burning’: Paris mourns, but there’s hope appeared first on The Travelling Boomer.

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