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    Well, ’tis the season. So here are a selection of gifts for travelers and a charitable way to use all of those frequent flier miles that you’ve accumulated. Galen Rowell was one of my favorite outdoor photographers and now 180 of his greatest pictures have been collected in

When my wife Gayle and I contemplated taking our then six-month old daughter Emma to Villars, Switzerland a few winters ago, I wasn’t thinking of Alpine pistes and lazy slope side lunches. I was dreading the thought of the three of us crammed into a standard-size European hotel room. I

If you love the outdoors, chances are you’ve heard of ExOfficio. You may have worn it bonefishing in Belize, rafting in Costa Rica or trekking through Africa. You might even be wearing it now. Founded in 1987, the company that pioneered innovative clothing such as the Baja, Air Strip shirts

WHY IT’S A CONTENDER:  I would willingly strand myself at the Hospiz, a legendary white-walled hostelry with a medieval chapel at its heart ( it contains an enormous statue of St. Christopher and is still used for services) and one of Europe’s most important Bordeaux cellars below.You come for a

On a glorious spring afternoon in late April, the Capitol Limited, a regularly scheduled Amtrak train, pulled slowly out of Washington DC’s Union Station, bound for Chicago. Attached to the end of the train was an anomaly, a shiny blue dome railcar named Bella Vista. Built in 1955, the old

     What’s the worst part of sitting in a cramped coach seat on flight after flight? For me it’s filing past the lucky handful of first-class (Photo courtesy of Air France) passengers in their comfy leather seats, champagne in hand. Especially when I suspect that few of them actually

  Cruise line executives tremble when the name "Douglas Ward" is mentioned. Ward is the most fearsome critic in the cruise industry, a man whose words can remove the smiles from the faces of the most unflappable ship owners. If you’re looking for a family cruise, a romantic cruise or

WHY IT’S A CONTENDER: Lots of travelers have heard about the ultra-modern "design hotels" in the vibrant city of Barcelona, but they might not have a clue about why they’re special. On a recent trip to the capital city of Catalonia, we tried three hotels that exemplified this trend. At

Why would any skier choose to click into skis so short that they look like clown feet? The short (ahem) answer is" to get better. The fact is that some sports have been transformed by revolutions in equipment design. Think of tennis, where it happened with oversize rackets. Joe Nevin,

I first met Tom Hale, the founder and president of Backroads, in his Berkeley, California headquarters about eight years ago. And I was a little floored by his exercise regimen. That morning, as on most mornings, he had risen somewhere between three and four to exercise. He had done 400