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The VIP Lounge with former ‘Bachelor’ contestant Ashley Iaconetti

She and her fiance, Jared Haibon, are getting married in Newport, R.I., this summer.

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Travelocity can’t help me with my Air India refund, can you?

Erin Vuono just wants an Air India flight refund. Her online travel agent, Travelocity, can’t help her. Can this consumer advocate help?

20180801 Jamestown, N.Y -Visitors yuck it up at the National Comedy Center, a museum dedicated to the art of Comedy. The $50 million museum features an array of artifacts and high-tech exhibits, including — no kidding — holograms of comedians, both dead and alive. Jamestown in located is Western New York 75 miles south of Buffalo. Photo by: Dan Cappellazzo

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If you go . . . Cadaqués

Cadaqués is best reached by private car. It is a two and one-half hour drive from Barcelona-El Prat Airport.

Beaches by day, clubs by night, and eye candy galoreÑno wonder Miami is so hot with bachelors and bachelorettes. (Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau) 03miami

Miami-bound for a fling before the ring? Here’s what’s new in the ‘Vegas of the East’

Here’s a look at what’s new and fun, especially for bachelors and bachelorettes, in this sultry city. Bring your attitude — and a tiara, if that’s how your crew rolls.

Have you found a Town Pound around?

Town ordinances as far back as the 1630s called for enclosures to be built to contain “cattle, swine, and sheep [that] ran at large and were a constant annoyance.”

The sun sets over the Garonne River near Bordeaux, France.

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Hike, sip, cruise, repeat: A French river cruise offers an active alternative

A French company offers river cruisers the option to explore their surroundings with daily hikes — and a healthy side of wine.

UnCruise Adventures offers wildlife watching excursions in Alaska, where brown bear can be seen feeding on salmon.

Traveling to spots where the wild things are

If your #travelgoals include amazing animal encounters, focus your binoculars on these cruises.

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The VIP Lounge with Tommy Do

We caught up with Do, a professional ice skater who lives in Brooklyn when he’s not on the road (and whose parents still live in Sharon), to talk about all things travel.

Carlson & Turner Books has more than 40,000 volumes neatly filed on its shelves.

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Neighborhood on the verge: Portland’s East End comes into its own

The East End’s star is rising. Here are some places to check out.

10howtokids -- One of the top cruise lines for kids, according to traveler reviews at CruiseCompete: Carnival Cruise Lines. (Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines)

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How to take cruises with kids

We asked a cruise expert about family cruising. Here’s her advice, plus a list of cruise ships that are tops for families.

If you go . . . Portland’s East End

Hours may be flexible on slow winter days.

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After a Jet Airways cancellation, where’s the promised compensation?

When Jet Airways canceled Ariel Reyes’s flight from Paris to Mumbai, the airline offered $1,360 under EC 261, the European airline consumer protection regulation. But two months later, the waiting continued.

From top: the famous Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro; handcrafted dolls at Salvador’s Modelo Market; a secluded beach in Buzios; Ponta Negra Beach in Natal features a dramatic sand dune; the Lacerda Elevator whisks passengers from Salvador’s lower city to its upper city.

Beach-hopping in Brazil by boat

Oceania Cruises’ Nautica sails from Rio north along the Atlantic coast and stops at five ports-of-call in Brazil.

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The under-the-radar, unsung beach towns of Florida

While some destinations in Florida grab all the glory, these four east coast gems are waiting to be discovered.

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman relaxes on a Magellan Jet.

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For just $20,000, you can fly to the Super Bowl like Julian Edelman

The wide receiver ponies up $4,000 (or more) per hour to charter a private jet through Boston-based Magellan Jets.

The Legacy Trail has one 6-mile stretch that doesn’t cross a single road.

Florida by bike: Ditch the rental car and explore on two wheels

To get around Florida by bike, you need a plan. Here’s some help.

Keep the fires burning at these inns with fireplaces

Get your cozy on at these New England lodgings with fabulous fireplaces.

Sarah Bockel (left) with friends in a pool at the Grand Luxxe resort in Nuevo Vallarta.

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The VIP Lounge with Sarah Bockel, who will play Carole King at the Boston Opera House through Feb. 10

Bockel, 30, said when she was in Boston in 2015, she was on a restricted diet — the 30-day Paleo challenge — and was preparing most of her own meals, so this time around, she is looking forward to checking out the city’s food scene.

Ca’ d’Zan, which served as the winter residence of John and Mable Ringling, lords over the estate on the eastern shore of Sarasota Bay.

Reliving that old circus excitement at the Ringling Estate

John and Mable Ringling had no children of their own. So when the circus baron died in 1936, seven years after his wife, he bequeathed his estate to the people of Florida, opening the grounds and buildings to the public. Over 400,000 people now visit annually.

The Fog Room rooftop lounge at the Charter Hotel in Seattle.

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The Key Marco Cat, a world-famous (and very old) statuette, is home for a visit

The feline find, along with other rare Pre-Columbian Native American artifacts unearthed at the same time, recently went on display at the Marco Island Historical Museum and will remain there through April 2021.

The red tile roofs and scene in Wroclaw.

Wroclaw, Poland’s hidden gem

Even if you ignore this city’s compelling history — you shouldn’t — this artsy college town in western Poland is an inviting stop.

The Land Rover Experience is one of the activities offered by the Equinox Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester, Vt.

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I hit the road for a driving Experience

In a Land Rover Experience I navigated gullies and deep ruts, just sort of nudging the powerful machine along.

Mr. Cakestein (a.k.a. Blitzen) relaxes on a grass lawn in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.

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Puppy love in the Caribbean

Tourists are lining up in Turks and Caicos for an opportunity to take adorable stray puppies to the beach. It’s become so popular some are calling the Turks “Puppy Island.”

A pair of travelers get in a walk on a trip to Portugal.

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Traveling is good for you, both physically and mentally

A growing body of research shows that traveling — even in its most comparatively unambitious forms — improves both physical and mental health.

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The VIP Lounge with Diane Kochilas

To celebrate season two of her show, Kochilas, 58, has released her latest cookbook, “My Greek Table,” and will be signing copies at a meet and greet at Committee on Jan. 31.

27hte -- Briar Barn Inn in Rowley, MA (Erica Ferrone)

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Canceled Expedia tickets, and they were stranded in Santorini

Bridget Burke’s family vacation to Greece goes off the rails when someone cancels her tickets home. Why won’t Expedia help her?

As the partial government shutdown moved through another week with no end in sight, the economic blow was being felt not only by federal workers but also by business people, households, and travelers across the country.

The shutdown may yet make a mess of your trip

Even if the partial shutdown ends soon, it could have a ripple effect that’s felt into the busy spring-break-travel season and beyond.

Picnic tables look out over grapes at Larson Family vineyards.

Wine country with kids is still a bunch of fun (and even relaxing)

There are plenty of vineyards that cater to families, giving them room to roam and be a little crazy. And, of course, the wine helps.

Cross country skiers and their dogs get in a skijoring workout at Gunstock Mountain.

Unleash your dog’s love of winter by skijoring

The simple and easy Scandinavian sport — you cross-country ski with your dog towing you along — is becoming more popular in New England.

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The VIP Lounge with Matt Chatham

We caught up with the former-Patriots-player-turned-writer/announcer/analyst to talk about all things travel.

‘Unicorns and mermaids are very hot . . . also, narwhals’ (and other lessons from a souvenirs expert)

We talk to Mike Bass about the family business, Bass Resort Sales Corp., which sells souvenirs to amusement and water parks.

Skamania Lodge’s new treehouses are nestled in Douglas firs.

A treehouse with all the creature comforts

Staying in a rustic treehouse appeals to some travelers, but others hold dear to the modern amenities found in a hotel room. Skamania Lodge won’t make you choose.

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I tried to cancel my Priceline hotel cancellation, then Priceline kept my money

Malka Mandel cancels her Priceline hotel reservation and then tries to un-cancel it after losing her credit card dispute. Is there any way to restore her hotel reservation?

Still dreaming of Boise. (That’s ‘Boy C, not Boy Z’)

There’s a wholesome, fresh-air feel to the “City of Trees.” But there’s also an underlying sense that eccentricity might lurk just behind those inviting front-porch doors.

Jess and Kim Lawrence played travel roulette for their honeymoon, discovering at the airport that they were going to Copenhagen.

Feeling adventurous? Try your hand at travel roulette

The rules are simple: Show up at the airport. Book the first flight you see. Leave.

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The Charleston Tea Plantation is on Wadmalaw Island, about a half hour south of Charleston. It is the country’s only tea plantation.

It’s always tea time in South Carolina

I recently made a pilgrimage to the country’s only tea plantation, which sells tea under the American Classic Tea label.

Dylan Scott with his wife, Blair Robinson, in Jamaica.

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The VIP Lounge with singer Dylan Scott

We caught up with the country singer, who is playing the Paradise on Jan. 18, to talk about all things travel.

Star Search: Seeking celebrities at Atlantis in the Bahamas

Atlantis, the mega-resort patterned after a fabled lost city, is a favorite of the rich and famous.

Lulu, 6, learning to surf at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp.

On board in Costa Rica

Witch’s Rock Surf Camp in Tamarindo is an exquisite place for surfers from beginner to advanced.

Art undersea: These eerie underwater sculptures attract divers, snorkelers — and fish

Eerie. Creepy. Odd. Mystical. Alluring. Provocative. These are the adjectives that divers and snorkelers use to describe the undersea world of more than 500 pieces of art that grace the sea floor off the coast of Cancun.

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Despite promises, Frontier Airlines flight reimbursement still MIA

When Frontier Airlines canceled Audra Singer’s flight to Cleveland, it offered to pay for her new ticket to her destination. Two months have gone by. Where’s her money?