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Oaxacan Mezcal and the Passion of One Man

Photograph by PointsandTravelI was peering at him from the distorted window. His eyes smiled to his ears as I saw him wipe the sweat from his brow …

The Post

72 Hours in Oaxaca is Not Enough - Inspire

<i>What can you fit into a 3-day escape? We’ve partnered with Dr. Cacinda Maloney of Points and Travel as she takes us on a whirlwind adventure through</i> …

Follow Your Heart in Barcelona

<i>Sometimes a trip is just what you need to gain a new perspective. We’ve partnered with world traveler Dr. Cacinda Maloney from the blog Points and</i> …

This is Calcutta

Kolkata, West Bengal, India<p>A memorial to Queen Victoria was suggested by…<p>Kolkata, West Bengal, India<p>At the Parsi fire temple on Metcalfe Street …

VIEWPOINT: Cassis Vue Du Somment near Cassis, France

I was on a Viking Ocean Cruise and the port stop was near Cassis, France. We loaded up onto the bus for a tour of this quaint seaside village in …

France

Cultural Tourism in Guatemala

By Cacinda Maloney<p>Chichicastenango, Guatemala<p>Chichicastenango is an indigenous village lying on the crest of the northern volcanoes in Guatemala. It …

Adventure Travel

Don't Be Confused. The Panama Hat Is an Old Ecuadorian Tradition

Panama hats. Photo on Flickr by user Fabrizio Cornalba (CC 2.0).It's known as Panama hat, but it's a traditional brimmed straw hat from Ecuador made …

South America

Amsterdam's Intriguing Attic Church

From the outside, it looks just like any other canal house in Amsterdam—gray, white, and generally unassuming. But inside, there’s a different story …

An American Life in Abu Dhabi & Dubai - Inspire

<i>Wondering what life is like in Abu Dhabi and Dubai? We’ve partnered with travel writer Dr. Cacinda Maloney of Points and Travel to learn all about</i> …

Baton Rouge

Santa Fe Plaza: Where Cultures Collide - Inspire

<i>Want to travel like a local? We’ve partnered with adventure and cultural traveler Dr. Cacinda Maloney from the blog Points and Travel, as she</i> …

Here's Why Valeant May Have Accused Its Former CFO of "Improper Conduct"

A move by Valeant Pharmaceuticals to single out two former top executives over its accounting problems is likely a bid to win leniency with …

Corruption

Editor's Letter: How a Big Risk and a Solo Trip Changed My Life

How a Milwaukee Agency Made Some Simply Stunning Tourism Ads for Wyoming

People say print advertising is dying, but pretty regularly we see tourism campaigns that show its continuing power—not surprisingly, as tourism ads …

Tourism

Mali hotel attack: Gunmen 'storm EU military training base in Bamako'

Gunmen attack a hotel which was converted into a European Union military training base. One attacker was killed, witnesses say<p>Four gunmen attacked a hotel hosting an EU military training mission in Mali's capital on Monday, with one shot by security guards, according to a source within the …

Extremism

The President Can Go to Cuba, and Now You Can, Too

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Last Tuesday, just five days before President Obama’s historic arrival in Cuba on Sunday, the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments announced significant changes to further normalize relations with Cuba. An American commercial and …

Cuba

Travel back in time through the history of Doctor Who

<i>With more than 5 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or looking</i> …

TV Series

Colorado skiers face new hazard: easily-irked moose blocking slopes

WINTER PARK — Colorado’s rising moose population is adding new hazards on ski slopes: 800-pound behemoths taking advantage of packed snow to migrate …

Wildlife

4 Countries Singaporeans Must Apply for Visas for Before Visiting

Singaporeans try to escape the country by taking overseas holidays as often as they can. In fact, we travel much more than our regional and global …

Asia Travel

Tourism is spiking in these 8 countries

Iceland's tourism industry got a massive boost last year as it improved its marketing campaign and attracted a huge number of Chinese tourists, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council.<p>The tourism sector in the small country grew by 19.4% last year, according to WTTC data. That's …

Tourism

VIDEO: Five Things to Do in Melbourne

Melbourne is Sydney’s low-key, artsy sister, with no shortage of cultural Australian attractions. Travelers visiting this city down under may be …

Australia

How Loyalty Points Programs Could Be Impacted in Starwood-Marriott Merger

Marriott and Starwood customers will soon get some clarity about their loyalty hotel points after the two hotel giants agreed to merge.<p>Marriott …

Hospitality

Zack Snyder Wants To Travel Through History, ‘300’-Style

In a clear indication that he has not seen the <i>Robot Chicken</i> sketch in which the events of the American Revolution are retold in the style of <i>300</i>, director Zack Snyder has voiced his interest in a film retelling the events of the American Revolution in the style of <i>300</i>. In an interview with <i>Bloomberg</i> …

Comic Books

Chinese tourism spending leaps 53% in a year

Chinese consumers fuelled a travel and tourism boom last year, despite the country’s economic slowdown.<p>Chinese tourists spent $215bn outside mainland …

Tourism

Route 67: A Trip Through the History of Travel in the USA

<i>This post is brought to you by Grandpa Points after I asked him to pleeeease tell the story of how travel (including budget travel) has changed in</i> …

New Mexico

The One Secret That Will Utterly Transform Your Trip to Mexico City

The single best thing any traveler to Mexico City can do to get the most of the markets, street food, and nightlife is:<p><b>Hire a tour guide.</b> Even if you're a seasoned traveler, even if you think you hate tours, if you plan to spend less than six months in Mexico City — and are struggling to remember …

Airlines, other travel stocks drop after Brussels attacks

Shares in airlines and other travel-related companies dropped Tuesday in the wake of deadly attacks in Belgium, which has been on high alert after …

American Airlines

Belgian Air, Train Travel Hobbled After Bombings in Brussels

Flights and train services in and out of Brussels were canceled and security precautions at travel hubs around Europe were stepped up after deadly …

Terrorism

From Holland's past to present, Rotterdam is the real deal

A Dutch friend said, "I heard a dozen languages in Amsterdam; one of them was even Dutch."<p>The joke is that, like many antique European cities such as Brugge, Belgium, and Venice, Italy, Amsterdam is overrun by tourists.<p>If you are young, hip and Dutch, the place to be is Rotterdam.<p>Bombed to bits by …

European Travel