Baden-Württemberg Journal: Design Driven Architecture in Old World Germany

Stuttgart's Kunstmuseum is a glass cube art museum on a historic, downtown square. (photo courtesy Kunstmuseum)

Baden-Württemberg Journal: Design Driven Architecture in Old World Germany BY RON BERNTHAL The area of southwest Germany, bordering France and Switzerland, is one of the oldest regions of the country, dating to the 12th century. Known today as the state … Continue reading

Designhotel am Stadtgarden – Freiburg, Germany

Guest room at Hotel am Stadtgarden (hotel photos Ron Bernthal)

  Hotel Review -  Designhotel am Stadtgarten, Freiburg, Germany   I was visiting Freiburg for one night and needed an affordable and clean hotel property within walking distance, or a short tram ride, from the historic Münsterplatz (Cathedral Square) and … Continue reading

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia Eco-Experience Explores Southeast Asia’s First UNESCO Geopark

One of the creatures that might be encountered on the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi in Malaysia's new family-friendly Mangroves & Eagles Safari through the dramatic Kilim Karst, Southeast Asia's first UNESCO Geopark.

The Four Seasons Resort Langkawi in Malaysia now offers a family-friendly Mangroves & Eagles Safari through the dramatic Kilim Karst, Southeast Asia’s first UNESCO Geopark. Guest take a private boat from the Resort’s Serai beach and in just a few … Continue reading

USTiA Quiz Tests Your Knowledge of Travel Safety & Health

Climbing Mt. Liamuiga in St. Kitts. USTiA's TRIP site offers helpful hints on traveling safely outdoors and in national parks, in the US and abroad © 2014 Karen Rubin/

What services do US embassies provide abroad? How can you recover from jet lag? How do you ensure your safety in a new destination? Where should you sit in a plane to avoid motion sickness? These are among the questions … Continue reading

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Partners with Ethnomusicologist to Add Music Adventures on Small-Ship Voyages

They say music is a window to the soul.  And at Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, that goes for the soul of an entire culture, thanks to a series of music adventures on select itineraries that offer guests rare insight into the … Continue reading

Tour Operators Focus on ‘Live Like a Local’ Immersive Experiences

‘Travel Together’ Program Launch Includes Travel to England Facebook Sweepstakes The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) is on a mission to share with all travelers the rich and engaging off-the-beaten path experiences enjoyed by the more than 6.5 million … Continue reading

Rome2Rio Trip Planning Service Makes Rideshare Available in 40 European Countries

Driving around Rome. Rome2Rio can arrange a rideshare © 2014 Karen Rubin/

The sharing economy has come to Europe, with a new ridesharing program in 40 European countries offered at a popular journey planning site, “Ridesharing is typically a much more affordable choice than air and rail services, and we’ve made … Continue reading

Teen Tour Company offers Parents Tips for Preparing Their Teen For Overseas Travel This Summer

Adventures Cross-Country, which has been operating teen tours for 30 years, offers parents a list of tips and precautions to properly prepare.

Each summer, families send off their teenage children for international travel experiences with a mix of excitement and trepidation. Adventures Cross-Country, a company that has delivered meaningful international travel experiences for teens, offers tips and precautions to help families make the … Continue reading

Tour Operators Offer Programs Commemorating 70th Anniversary of D-Day


  This June marks 70 years since allied forces invaded Normandy, a crucial turning point in the war against Nazi Germany, and people from all around the globe will come together to honor the brave soldiers who fought during World … Continue reading

England’s Top Hotspots for 2014

In 2014, London marks the 100th anniversary since the start of World War I (the Great War) and the 300th anniversary of the accession of George I to the throne (© 2013 Dave E. Leiberman/

From litera-tours through Hardy’s Dorset and Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon to top cycle rides in the wilds of Yorkshire and the curves of the Olympic velopark, here’s a sneak preview of England’s top hotspots for 2014. Set-Jetttings in Camber Sands/Rye Two big … Continue reading