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Travel Troubleshooter: It’s been 6 months — where’s my refund, American Airlines?

After Charles Wohlust’s brother-in-law dies, American Airlines agrees to refund his ticket-change fees. But then it doesn’t. What should he do?

Let me be polite, because you aren’t. Please don’t recline.

In my book, unapologetic airplane recliners are on the same page as people who smoke cigars on beaches, talk in movie theaters, and don’t clean up after their dogs.

My ticket entitles me to recline, and doing so doesn’t make me an entitled person.

Let’s be clear about one thing: Those few inches in front of you are not your space.

From “Star Wars and the Power of Costumes” exhibit.

Can’t get to the museum? The museum may be coming to you

Some of the most interesting items from museum collections are increasingly going on the road, meaning you can see them when you travel in places you might not expect.

Alex Newell (center, front) on a recent trip to Brazil.

The VIP Lounge with Alex Newell

We caught up with actor Alex Newell to talk about all things travel.

The row houses make for a colorful backdrop on the Long Walk in Galway Bay.

The hidden jewel of the Emerald Isle

We settled on a moderately sized city on the west coast, nestled in an inlet along the Wild Atlantic Way: Galway. The hidden gem of the Emerald Isle.

The author at Chicken Spring Lake in the Sequoia National Forest, and on Knife’s Edge in the Goat Rocks Wilderness in Washington, with a view of Mount Rainier.

While hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, a life-changing 112 days

Few walks compare to the highs and lows of the scenic Pacific Crest Trail.

Q&A with Andrew Collins, private jet company CEO

Meet Andrew Collins, president and CEO of Sentient Jet.

Here, there, and everywhere

Head to Cooperstown for an exhibit on children’s book author Maurice Sendak or glimpse the never-before-seen working side of the Vanderbilt family’s summer home in Newport.

One of Eric Carle’s original collages for “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Amherst, a gem between Boston and the Berkshires

When people think of Amherst they think college drop-offs and visits. There is so much more to do there.

Large icebergs floated at the sea mouth of Ilulissat Icefjord.

Go Greenland this summer — yes, Greenland

The stark landscape is emphasized by blue-hued fjords and the occasional shimmering iceberg cutting in.

Revisiting that second language to be a better traveler — and person

Learning a second language as an adult involves trial, and a lot of errors.

The pale blue stone, larimar, only comes from one place in the world — the Dominican Republic.

Santa Domingo: 7 things to do beyond the beach

Here are seven great things to do in Santo Domingo beyond the beach.

Watching the fish migrate at the Amoskeag Fishways.

Why we love spring in New Hampshire

The snow melts, the sap flows, the flowers peek, the waterfalls tumble, the rivers roar, and the days grow longer and warmer — gotta’ love it!

Geoffrey Zakarian

The VIP Lounge with Geoffrey Zakarian

We catch up with Worcester native Geoffrey Zakarian, a renowned restaurateur and author, to talk all things travel.

travel troubleshooter | Christopher Elliott

Aer Lingus delay leads to more and more problems

One delay of Nora Rousso’s Aer Lingus flight from Paris to Dublin leads to another, and now her return flight is delayed an entire day. Is she entitled to any compensation?

Here, there, and everywhere

Enjoy a series of concerts by innovative up-and-coming musicians at the Berklee College of Music. When on the go, turn a single hotel or airport outlet into a charging station.

The bar at Aloft, a new hotel in the Seaport District, is a vibrant place to hang out.

He slept around so you don’t have to

Globe travel writer Christopher Muther checks into Boston’s rapidly growing hotel landscape to see if it lives up to the hype.

Taste the sweet life: It’s maple season in Vermont

It’s maple season in Vermont, that time of year when the Green Mountain State harvests that amber, pancake-topping nectar of the gods.

Margery Eagan at the WGBH studio where she does her midday program “Boston Public Radio.”

The VIP Lounge: Margery Eagan

We caught up with the “Boston Public Radio” host to talk about all things travel.

John F. Kennedy, and his then-fiancee, Jacqueline Bouvier, in Hyannis in 1953.

Celebrate JFK at 100 by walking in his footsteps

This year, to mark the centennial of Kennedy’s birth, admirers of one of our most forward-thinking presidents may want to retrace the steps from whence he came.

Colorful costumes are the order of the day during the St. Patrick's Day parade on Montserrat.

Party time under the volcano: St. Patrick’s Day on Montserrat

One of 14 British Overseas Territories, Montserrat is the only island nation (besides Ireland itself) where St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday.

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Hey Meridiana Airline, where’s our compensation check?

After Lynne Viti and her husband’s flight is delayed, they file a claim for compensation. Then they file another one. Where is their check?

Steam rises as the lava from the Kilauea Volcano reaches the water.

Turning up the heat in Hawaii

The Kilauea Volcano destroys, but also creates. The lava will eventually mound and cool to form a new lava delta.

The Red River Market, which focuses on locally-sourced products, is bustling on Saturday mornings.

Fargo’s no joke. It’s a hub of cool creativity.

Here are some of the best examples of the savvy Fargo of today, a nexus of creativity, sustainability, and an energetic maker movement.

THE BLACK ROSE

Where to get your Irish on

Southie gets a whole lot of love this time of year as home to one of the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country. But, of course, all of Boston celebrates big on St. Paddy’s Day.

Here, there, and everywhere

Indulge your sweet tooth at the Maple Open House Weekend or check into London’s first gin hotel.

Chef Daniel Bruce with his family in South Africa.

The VIP Lounge with Daniel Bruce

We caught up with Daniel Bruce, executive chef at the Boston Harbor Hotel, to talk about all things travel.

The slopes and the town are equal draws at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana.

SKIING WHITEFISH: BIG MOUNTAIN, HIP TOWN, NO PRESSURE

Whitefish may be out of the way, but it is no Montana backwater.

Take a walk on the wild side . . . in your snowshoes

Sure, you could strap on some snowshoes and meander through a golf course. You might even find a random golf ball or two. But wouldn’t it be more interesting to explore some wilder terrain?

Yoga at Switchback Brewing Company.

Would you like a beer with that yoga lesson?

Here are eight breweries where you can take a hula hoop class, do a downward-facing dog, join a book club, admire local artwork — and throw back a cold one, too.

Pacsafe Vibe

Here, there, and everywhere

Get a taste of the maple syrup-making process at Vermont’s Inn at Manchester, a 21-room family-owned property located between the Taconic and Green mountains.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Mount Danxia offers suggestive rock formations and breathtaking scenery.

This UNESCO-approved Chinese park might make you blush

Mount Danxia, Guangdong, China: Come for the pornographic rock formations. Stay for the breathtaking scenery.

Travel troubleshooter | Christopher Elliott

I can’t use these Southwest vouchers. How about a refund?

Kristin Long can’t use her Southwest Airlines vouchers because of a permanent medical condition. Can she get a refund?

Pink deviled eggs at SLATE.

Here’s what to eat in Orlando (Hint: It is not a giant turkey leg)

You want James Beard award-winning and nominated chefs? Orlando is loaded with them.

Christina Balzotti, a Connecticut College student interning at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, wears a Google “Trekker” backpack as she walks along Wollaston Beach, taking pictures of the beach for Google Maps.

Local beaches are now just a click away

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay teamed with Google to create panoramic and interactive images of Greater Boston’s beaches.

IF YOU GO . . . Tampa

IF YOU GO . . . Tampa

Ogunquit Beach in Ogunquit, Maine.

Two New England beaches among TripAdvisor’s best in US

TripAdvisor has named Race Point Beach in Provincetown and Ogunquit Beach as two of the best in the country.

Here, there, and everywhere

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus may be closing after 146 years, but the circus is alive and well at the New England Center for Circus Arts.

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Pressed for time but ready for anything, travelers opt for ‘microadventures’

Some microadventures may seem extreme, not for the activities they promise, but for their very, very short durations.

Members of the Wright clan gathered for a multi-generational ski vacation in

A vacation for the ages

We’re not alone in seeking multigenerational travel experiences. In fact, in a recent survey by Virtuoso, a leading international network of luxury travel agencies, multigenerational travel was the number one top travel trend for 2016.

The Himalayan Salt Cave at the Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center

Need to beat the winter blues? Hole up in a salt cave.

Salt caves are believed to help with many ailments and illnesses, from chronic conditions like cystic fibrosis to the common cold and allergies to skin ailments like psoriasis and eczema.

The author used a floating bike to get around the Tampa riverfront.

Tampa’s riverfront is its new star

Downtown started springing to life a few years ago, thanks to several new retail and residential developments. Then last year, its slow-moving 2.4-mile Riverwalk project was completed, finally giving the river its full due.

Pauline Frommer’s recent trip to Paris was very different.

The VIP Lounge with Pauline Frommer

We caught up with Pauline Frommer, editorial director of the popular Frommer Travel Guides and Frommers.com, at the Boston Globe Travel Show to talk about all things travel.

An arched wall marks where the building was enlarged in 1897 for the addition of the five-story Allis steam engine.

Let your appreciation flow at the Waterworks Museum

If you ever wondered where the water comes from, and how it gets into your home, the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum at 2450 Beacon St. has the answers.

Mary C. Wyatt in her AAA office.

Q & A with Mary C. Wyatt, editor of AAA travel publications

For Taunton native Mary C. Wyatt, serving as executive editor of the publication for AAA Northeast, a northeastern club of the national American Automobile Association, could not be a more perfect fit.

Fort Lauderdale ads send inclusive message

The campaign’s ads, which launced in January, include three transgender models, making Greater Fort Lauderdale among the first destinations to use transgender models as part of its mainstream advertising.