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Travel Memories: Scarves with a Story

Forget about snow globes or t-shirts, I collect scarves for travel souvenirs.

Flight delayed? This firm wants to get you paid

Berlin-based firm AirHelp has helped 16 million passengers in 35 countries file claims for compensation against airlines for delays, cancellations and overbooking under rules such as the European Union’s Flight Compensation Regulation. Passengers on disrupted domestic flights in the U.S., however, remain largely unprotected by consumers rights law.

Highlights of Extremadura, Spain

Between the European capitals of Madrid and Lisbon lies a region of rolling hills with Medieval castles that have found new lives as “Game of Thrones” locations, villages that are honoring Spain’s Jewish history and 2,000-year-old Roman architectural marvels that are still thriving today.

On Wall Street with George Washington

George’s statue on the steps of Federal Hall, Hamilton’s grave, the Stock Exchange draw throngs of tourists to Wall Street.

This app makes clearing US airport immigration and customs a breeze

The Mobile Passport app from developer Airside Mobile lets travelers clear U.S. immigration by submitting passport and customs information via a smartphone or tablet before arrival at federal checkpoints.

How to pick a travel rewards credit card — if you should at all

Should you sign up for one of the many travel rewards cards out there? And which type of card should you choose? It depends on your finances and travel habits, say experts.

Here are the world’s best-value attractions and worst tourist traps

Club Med ranked 66 top tourist attractions worldwide to determine which give visitors the best value for money. Some classical sites rank high, while others rated surprisingly low.

Yucatan: Mayan Ancestry and So Much More

Published in TRAVEL SQUIRE: About an hour’s drive from the Cancun International Airport, the State of Yucatan’s countryside is a gateway to ancient Mayan culture and a study in how ancestral traditions are kept alive by the current generation. It also may be one of Mexico’s best kept secrets, though that may soon change.

Chef Manish Mehrotra is on a Mission to Elevate Indian Cuisine to Fine Dining

Like a culinary anthropologist Mehrotra searches out recipes throughout India

Mallorca Beyond the Beach

From TravelingBoy: Every summer, throngs of tourists descend to splay their pallid bodies on the glorious beaches that ring this island off the coast of Spain. They soak up the sun, swim and sail in the Mediterranean, swarm Mallorca’s shops and restaurants, drink her wine, consume her olive oil, and snore in her hotels. By September, they’re gone until summer rolls around again. Prices drop, everything is less crowded, and that’s what makes the cooler seasons the very best time to visit.

VACAYA’s Proposal for Cruising as a Community

Published in NEWNOWNEXT: We talk a good talk about the strength of a more unified community. Over the decades we’ve added letters to the movement to create a more diverse, welcoming, and clear representation of who we are. But though we’ve become more inclusive in our language, inclusiveness hasn’t necessarily applied to our travels.

Take the gay cruise as an example. There are cruises that focus on lesbians, gay men, bears, party boys, families, drag-queen enthusiasts, and even an upcoming Golden Girls cruise (it’s not specifically gay, but c’mon!). Can’t we all just vacation together?

These monuments honor LGBTQ history around the world

Published in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: This June marks the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Stonewall riots, the June 1969 uprising that galvanized the LGBTQ rights movement in the United States and beyond. Each year, Pride month honors those who stood at Stonewall, as well as countless others who have fought for equality throughout history.

But beyond the rainbow-themed summer parties, parades, and marches that usher in the June festivities, the rich and complex stories of LGBTQ history are honored at permanent sites around the world.