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One of the authors checks out the small shops near the Temple of the Moon in Beijing. In these shops, it pays to have skilled negotiators nearby.

Opening their homes, hearts, and worlds to each other

Not for the faint of heart, we would be crisscrossing the country, from Beijing in the north, to Xi’an in the center, and to Hangzhou in the south, with a lot of side trips.

Hundreds of people waited in line to use an ATM in Caguas.

The trials of reporting from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

Getting to Puerto Rico was hard. Getting around, staying over, and getting off the island? Even harder.

Both kids try the braised greens beignets at Persimmon.

A road trip to rediscover the adventurous eaters in my kids

My young kids routinely ate interesting foods when we lived in France. Within a year of moving back to the States, it was all chicken fingers and hot dogs. I had to get back on track.

While you’ve got your bike helmet on . . .

Here are two more Cape Cod bike paths to consider.

A shining star among bike paths

On the Cape’s Shining Sea Bikeway, you’ll see a snapshot of some of the Commonwealth’s loveliest natural features: ponds, cedar swamps, salt marshes, wooded uplands, even a cranberry bog.

Pralines at Market Street Sweets in Charleston.

When you reach the foodie finish line in Charleston, the praline awaits

Going to Charleston means more than history, the beach, and good friends.

The VIP Lounge with John Sebastian

John Sebastian is coming to Newton next month for a jug band concert to benefit Historic Newton.

The weird, wacky Winchester House hits its stride at Halloween

No one knows for certain why Sarah Winchester, heiress to the gun company fortune, spent 38 years building a lavish Victorian mansion that was never finished.

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A wildfire in Glacier National Park in Montana early last month.

How climate change is affecting travel — and what you can do about it

So how do you travel during a time of extreme weather? There’s nothing you can do to change the climate, at least in the short term, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure that disruptions are kept to a minimum.

The travel ban, a source of confusion and fear among some foreign travelers, has already resulted in a loss of billions of dollars to the US economy.

Trump’s travel ban has already cost the US billions in tourism

Experts say each time the ban makes headlines, it turns off more travelers from a potential United States visit.

If hotel alarm clocks tick you off, you’re not alone

While some forward-looking hotels are removing alarm clocks from their rooms, others are doubling down.

The bedrooms at the Unscripted Durham hotel are filled with fun splashes of color.

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Unscripted Durham, N.C., puts the focus on fun

The Unscripted, bathed in bright colors, even down to its graffiti-adorned parking garage, places the emphasis on fun.

The Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing, Maine, features a variety of work including a large Trojan horse.

Maine sculpture park pleases creatures of all sizes with its creatures of all sizes

Bernard Langlais turned to more down-home art, mostly rough-hewn carvings of animals, creatures, and occasional people, much of it then scattered throughout the 90-acre estate.

The white sand and deep blue water of Playa de Rodas entice visitors to the Cies Islands in Spain

Discovering the Caribbean in northern Spain

The Cíes Islands, off the coast of Northern Spain, are an undiscovered gem to many outside of Europe.

The VIP Lounge with Kate Shindle

The actress, who plays the lead in the national tour of “Fun Home,” said she is looking forward to coming to Boston and riding her bike along the Charles River when she is in town.

P.J. McHenry (right) and Felix Wai, co-founders of ArtsRiot.

Destroying apathy one beer at a time

At ArtsRiot, you can have dinner, a drink, take in a show — and for dessert have your social awareness elevated.

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The fire tower in Blue Job State Forest in Farmington.

On the lookout: Fire towers in N.H. worth a visit

Fire towers in New Hampshire were first constructed in the early 1900s, often funded by local lumber companies. Today, there are 16 fire towers still in service.

The Westport River is an easy, beautiful bike ride away.

South Dartmouth or European village? It can be hard to tell when you’re in Padanaram

If you’re looking for hustle and bustle, go anywhere else.

The Cliffs of Moher are one of the stops on the Ireland Ancestry tour.

Ancestry.com teams up with tour company to help you discover your roots

The trips will offer itineraries to Ireland, Italy, and Germany.

A trainer leads his elephant in Thekkady, Kerala, India,

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Essay: My journey to becoming someone who can live in the moment

A veteran photojournalist learns to put down the camera and soak in her surroundings on a family trip to India.

The VIP Lounge with Al Horford

Al Horford, who is beginning his second season with the Celtics, said he is eager to get to the Australian outback and see kangaroos, but in the meantime, his focus is on the upcoming season. The 6-foot, 10-inch power forward/center joined the Celts in 2016 after nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. A native of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, Horford, 31, and his wife, former Miss Universe Amelia Vega, live in the Boston area with their children: Ean, 2, and Alia, 10 months. We caught up with Horford to talk about all things travel.

Want to travel but don’t care where? ‘Surprise vacations’ have you covered

Pack Up + Go is one of a handful of surprise vacation travel agencies that aims to add a suspenseful twist to trips.

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On a quest for measuring cup accuracy

Named after the founding father of geometry, Euclid has a mathematically optimal shape with one flat side connecting to a tapered curve that preserves a constant ratio of surface area to volume at every measurement line — the equation for its mathematical essence is right on the side.

Entertainment and dining options in Manchester include the beautifully-restored Palace Theatre, lunch at the Firefly restaurant, or a visit to the Currier Museum of Art.

With jobs, diversity, and renovations galore, Manchester, N.H., should not be ignored

Infused with company start-ups, high-tech firms, and mega renovation dollars, this multiethnic city is buzzing with new energy.

A view from one of the peaks along Maine’s Hundred-Mile Wilderness.

Thoreau wasn’t wrong: The Hundred-Mile Wilderness is no picnic

Thoreau decided that northern Maine was a bit too wild: “Vast, Titanic, inhuman.” Well, I wanted to see for myself.

The bison burger from  Timber restaurant in Vancouver.

Feeding frenzy, Vancouver-style: Adventures in Canada’s West Coast foodie heaven

Conde’ Nast Traveler readers named Vancouver one of the world’s best food cities last year, smitten with the city’s East (Asian expats)-meets-West (Pacific Coast) allure. It’s Canada, with a Cali vibe.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge opened earlier this year in New York City and offers great views of its namesake.

Where Mother Nature is the guest of honor

Eco-friendly hotels take center stage.

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How the travel industry exploits the class divide

In an era of income inequality, travel may be where the class divide is most on display.

Josh Gates in an episode of “Expedition Unknown” on the Travel Channel.

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Travel Channel’s Josh Gates says leave room for adventure

We caught up with the Manchester-by-the-Sea native to talk about all things travel.

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A view of the cruise port of Quebec City with the Chateau Frontenac rising in the distance at left.

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Quebec City isn’t just a smaller Montreal

The rest of Canada may be celebrating its 150th birthday this year, but Quebec has the rest of the country beat. It was founded in 1608.

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Travel Troubleshooter: I thought I was paying for checked bags, not priority boarding

When Mary Lou Hartline buys an American Airlines ticket, she inadvertently pays extra for priority boarding instead of checked bags. Can she undo the mistake?

A woman is reflected in the arrivals board at Logan International Airport in Boston.

Logan Airport scores low on customer satisfaction

A study from J.D. Power ranked Logan Airport as below average among the nation’s airports.

A view from Mount Greylock, the state’s highest peak and fictional home of J.K. Rowling’s Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The muse in the mountains: Berkshire hills provide inspiration

We recently decided to explore two particular places that have influenced some prominent writers: Mount Greylock, in 1898 the very first state park established by the legislature, and Monument Mountain.

Sam Gabriels holds a tray of farm fresh vegetables as dinner is served to 200 guests at Chatham Bars Inn.

Chatham Bars Inn has always been about the beach. Now it’s also about the farm.

The inn has purchased more than 31,000 pounds of produce, worth upward of $118,000, from CBI Farm this year, and Chef Anthony Cole has achieved something unexpected with the bounty: He has made the inn a place where vegetables may be the star culinary attraction.

Camp’s log patio furniture hearkens back to summers spent at cabins on the lake.

Eat well and remember your summer camp days fondly

Camp aims to transport guests to the summer camp of their childhoods, with bunkhouse décor and comfort foods such as “camp crackers,” buttermilk fried chicken, and an updated take on s’mores.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin.

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Facing history: From Charlottesville to Berlin

There’s a lot we can learn from Germany at this particular moment in time, as we debate public monuments, their symbolism, and what place they have in today’s America.

Brian Rosenworcel and wife Megan Poe in Annisquam.

The VIP Lounge with Brian Rosenworcel of Guster

He loves Gloucester for its beaches, even if that answer makes it seem like he’s sucking up.

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Porter Airlines offered me 2 ‘free’ nights at a hotel, but I just wanted to go home

After Evelyn Morton’s flight from Toronto to Washington, D.C., is canceled, Porter Airlines offers to put her in a hotel for two days. She has a better idea, but will Porter go for it?

Clarkdale Jean by Clarks is an all-around men’s travel shoe.

Stylish, comfortable, packable: The best shoes for travelers

We asked tour guides and avid explorers to recommend their favorite shoes for traveling, and then we gave them a workout. Here are some of the best.

Hiking the Channel Islands in the United Kingdom.

Here, there, and everywhere: Gadgets and more for travelers

Head to the annual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival — or maybe to the Grand Canyon now that he crowds are gone.

If you go . . . Monument Mountain and Mount Greylock

You can hike Monument Mountain at any time, but if you want to experience something special, join a group of enthusiasts to recreate the famous picnic hike on which Hawthorne and Melville met for the first time.

Cruz Bay, St. John -- 9/14/2017 - William de Leon sorts through the remnants of an office on Estate Lindholm destroyed by Hurricane Irma, a hotel in the Cruz Bay section of St. John. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

‘We’ll be back’: Enormous hurdles — and resolve — ahead for those in Virgin Islands’ hard-hit tourism industry

Hurricane Irma hasn’t only destroyed the infrastructure of many Caribbean islands. It’s also wiped out much of the region’s vital tourism industry.