Aficionados of travel the way it used to be will find airlines restoring old planes to provide it. Pictured, a Douglas DC-3 from the era of air travel as a luxury.


On South Africa’s SkyClass Aviation’s DC-3 and DC-4 “passengers get to experience these majestic aircraft with engines purring, oil dripping and smoke bellowing," said operations manager David Cilliers.

Lufthansa’s Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin Foundation operates a Junkers Ju52, with 30- to 60-minute passenger flights in the summers for about $250 to $450.


In Maine, a European airline is quietly spending millions to restore one of the last remaining Lockheed Super Constellations, with plans to carry passengers.


A Lockheed Super Constellation at a Swiss airshow.

Old planes refurbished to offer taste of luxury

Intricately restored vintage aircraft, complete with all the elegance and service of a bygone era, fly in Canada, Africa, Australia, and Europe. By Jon Marcus

The VIP Lounge

// Guster’s Ryan Miller is looking for Iceland

We caught up with Guster’s lead singer and guitarist, a Texas transplant who lives in Vermont, to talk about all things travel.

// Snowboarding takes a slide in popularity; experts unfazed

Aging athletes, new skis and a lack of snow are ganging up on the once-edgy sport of snowboarding.

// Revisiting the ever-enchanting Prague — and its dark past

Prague bears its Soviet scars right next to lively signs of progress.

// A look at Toronto’s new Aga Khan Museum

The new Aga Khan Museum honors centuries of Islamic art while providing a welcoming space for all.

// Romancing the grape in Germany’s red wine paradise

Centuries ago, the Romans put down roots in the Ahr River valley and began cultivating grapes. Today this is Germany’s red-wine paradise.

Check In

// Lucky at The Ludlow

Check into the hotel on New York’s Lower East Side, roll the (metaphorical) dice, and you might stay for free that very night.

Check In

// Generator Hostel opens in Paris in February

Overnight digs in the City of Lights for around 30 bucks a night? A “haute” hostel comes to Paris.

Travel Troubleshooter

Hotwire’s star ratings seem less than stellar

Ashley Norris’s hotel reservation on Hotwire is a surprise — and not a good one.


// Rogers’s collection had something for everyone

John McInnis Auctioneers’ sale this month of the lifelong collection of Robert “Bob” Rogers of Byfield was reminiscent of those old-time auctions.

Michele McDonald for the boston globe


The Ice Castle in Lincoln, N.H.

The castle is lighted at night with LEDs, and contains a tunnel, a slide, a cave, and a fountain.

Food & Travel

// Budapest walking tour begins with morning liqueur

A Taste Hungary walking culinary tour will show you that this beautiful Eastern European city has more to offer than gulyas (goulash).

US eases long-standing travel restrictions to Cuba

Beginning Friday, airlines and travel agents will be able to provide service to Cuba.

// What to do in Phoenix — other than watch the Super Bowl

Super Bowl city has much to offer visitors willing to do some scouting.

News, apps, deals, and gear

// From a child’s size Vermont snowmobile tour to a sole charger

News, apps, deals, and gear from New England and beyond.


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// Chill: Shake it up

The newest gear, hottest peaks, and coolest places to warm up after a long day of chasing snowy thrills.

Globe Magazine

// Winter travel

Thirty-five ways to love a New England winter, plus touching the whales off Mexico’s Pacific coast.