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About 93 percent of Memorial Day travelers will be hitting the roads, AAA estimates.

Traveling this weekend? Here’s what to know

Your guide to a smooth Memorial Day trip.

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The JAG Boutique Hotel turns up the beat in St. John’s

The hotel, which features rooms with a rock star theme, sits near the busy waterfront of St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland.

The ceremony to become an honorary Newfoundlander includes kissing a cod and drinking a shot of Screech Rum.

Kiss a cod and drink some rum: It’s tradition

To become an honorary Newfoundlander, there’s a ritual where you recite a limerick, kiss a cod, and down a shot of the local booze, Screech Rum.

Taniya Nayak.

The VIP Lounge: Taniya Nayak

We caught up with the in-demand designer, who will emcee this year’s culinary Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry (June 7 at Cruiseport Boston).

Eric Brennan at Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams & Bacon in Tennessee.

Boston chefs hit the road feasting on food finds

Boston restauranteur Chris Himmel and some of his staff hit the road in an RV to cook, eat, and chat with local chefs at stops along the way.

A Green Jay.

Traveling for the birds

“Lots of people will hop on a plane just to see one bird,” according to naturalist Marisa Oliva.

29hte- Classico Cyclismo film fest. (handout)

Here, there, and everywhere

From a cycling film fest to a New Orleans hotel

Check out a summer camp for adults only in Vermont or visit the iconic Pontchartrain Hotel in New Orleans when it reopens in June.

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Alitalia mixed up passengers — and their bags

Alitalia confused her ticket with another passenger with the same last name. Then it gave that person her luggage. She wants to be compensated.

The Royal St. John’s Regatta is really the apex of all the festivals, and one that Newfoundlanders cherish.

11 days of festivals in St. John’s, Newfoundland

As far as festivals go, St. John’s, Newfoundland, thinks 11 is a perfect number and accordingly delivers an 11-day bonanza of fun.

A view of York Harbor, Maine.

In York Harbor, historic charms and Rod Stewart

Just what would Fanny Chapman have thought of Rod Stewart’s infamous disco era anthem “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”

Wheels of cheese at at Appleton Farms.

Become a cheese whiz at Appleton Farms

You’ve heard of farm-to-table. At Appleton Farms, it’s cows-to-cheese. Take a course on making cheese and learn a whole lot more.

A Green Line train accelerated as it left Park Street Station.

Boston’s public transportation chaos, like you’ve never heard it before

A Boston startup released a melodic mashup of the MBTA’s various sounds that might very well change the way you view — or at least hear — your commute.

Neon is plentiful at the Dean in Providence, in the in-house artisanal cafe Bolt.

Go from Germany to Tokyo in one night at The Dean

The Dean a bit off-beat, a bit more thoughtful.

The tall ship El Galeon will sail into Newburyport on May 25.


Tall ship headed straight for Newburyport

Newburyport will celebrate with formal cocktail parties, ship tours, and pirate-themed events and activities before Memorial Day.

The marquee of the Providence Performing Arts Center.

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Is Providence really the coolest city in the US?

Travel writer Christopher Muther was ready to drink the Providence Kool-Aid, but he thought it best to explore a bit first.

The Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod is a starting and end point for the Lexus Gran Fondo.


Big ride, big rewards with Boston’s Lexus Gran Fondo

Boston’s Lexus Gran Fondo launches from XV Beacon hotel on Beacon Hill and ends at the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod.

The Abbott children (from top): Christopher, Katrina, Victoria, and Alexandra at Agassiz Rock.

A lifetime of admiration for The Trustees of Reservations and those who lead it

When my father, Gordon Abbott Jr., was director of The Trustees of Reservations, I appreciated what he did, but not in the way I do now.

Lindsay Luv likes a seafood tower and Moet when she’s in Boston.

The VIP Lounge: Lindsay Luv

We caught up with Lindsay Luv, “DJ to the Stars,” to talk about all things travel.

A view from the ancient wall in Dubrovnik.

Roadtripping through Croatia and beyond

The ports along the Adriatic Sea are dazzling and in spring, not yet crowded. Farther inland, Bosnia and Herzegovina is bleak by comparison.

Bostonians ranked fifth rudest drivers in the US

It’s no surprise: Our honking, speeding, and swerving have earned us a reputation around the country.

A harbor seal swims past visitors to the Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Roger Williams Park Zoo still wows

As far as New England zoos are concerned, Providence’s Roger Williams Park Zoo is preeminent. And it keeps getting better.

A rock sculpture on the top of Jerimoth Hill marks Rhode Island’s highest point.

Rhode Island’s high point

Where else in America can you reach a state’s pinnacle in less time than it takes to make a grilled cheese sandwich?

Hiding behind Kastel fortress, is the restaurant Kazamat. There are no signs to point the way.

If you go . . . Croatia

Hotel rates are less expensive off season and easier to book. These are high-season prices.

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From boutique B&B to bluetooth speakers

If staying at a B&B makes you shudder with thoughts of teddy bears and lace, think again.

Juma Kimweri and Jody Adams prepare a meal in Tanzania.

On safari with chef Jody Adams

Thomson Safaris organized “A Taste of the Wild with Chef Jody Adams,” a 12-day trip to Tanzania that included a big-game safari and other cultural stops.

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Rental car damage claim irks customer

She returned her Hertz rental in “perfect” condition, but three weeks later, she got a call from the company and a bill for $428.

If You Go . . . Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France

Tour this seaside village on the French Riveria close to the Italian border.

The weaving studio at Nantucket Looms.

Weave room for some treasures

This is Nantucket Looms’ weaving studio and, in an otherwise hypnotic aura of calm, there it is: clack, clack, clack. It’s the sound of wood on wood, rhythmic and repetitive, and in short bursts.

A Southwest Chief sleeping car attendant, Anthony Buck Jr., checks a ticket in Albuquerque.

Search engines: Crossing the country in an Amtrak train

On a Boston-to-LA trip, Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited and Southwest Chief reveal an American landscape that drivers and fliers rarely see.

A Hmong tribe girl in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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How to take better vacation photos

Professional photographer and journalist David Noyes shares the secrets of his photo successes in a new book for travelers.

View of rows of seats in airplane

American Airlines, United Continental to offer their own no-frills fares

Stung by competition from ultra-discount carriers, the two airlines plan to lure budget travelers with basic-economy fares.

The exterior of Le Corbusier’s Unité de Camping in Cap-Martin, France.

Architecture tourism in the south of France, at Cap Moderne

In the category of architecture tourism, Cap Moderne is a niche within a niche: a staggeringly beautiful location next to Monaco at the Cote d’Azur.

The lanes at the Barn, Bowl & Bistro in Oak Bluffs.

Barn, Bowl & Bistro is on a roll

When Barn, Bowl & Bistro opened last May and declared it would be open year-round, it seemed like a surprising decision.

Ed Harding and his wife Andrea Halper Harding.

The VIP Lounge: Ed Harding

We caught up with Ed Harding, who has been with local ABC affiliate since 1988, to talk about all things travel.

From fashion student to water taxi captain, and happier for it

A Q&A with the young captain of a Boston Harbor Cruises Water Taxi, Amy Meloski.

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An inn reimagined on Martha’s Vineyard

Last year, Anne and Charles Hajjar (who also own the Charlesmark Hotel in Boston), bought the property, formerly called the Fallon, and completely renovated it.

Oops, wrong dates on my Airbnb rental. How about a full refund?

When Michele Palanzo makes a mistake on her vacation-rental booking, Airbnb has some bad news: No refunds allowed. Seriously?

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Here, There, and Everywhere

Taxi driver John Consterdine.

Something Uber doesn’t offer

The reservoir of information cabbies amass in their jobs is one of the ways they’re battling, worldwide, against the likes of Lyft and Uber.

The Devils Garden Primitive Loop in Arches National Park, Utah, offers views of Landscape Arch.

You’ll want to beat a path to these top National Park hikes

My wife and I collect National Parks — we’ve visited 25 of the 59 parks — and we collect great trails. Here are 10 trails worth traveling to.

Death Valley visitors lucky enough to catch the super bloom will see expanses of yellow at the foot of the Black Mountains. The dominant flower is a type of sunflower called Desert Gold.

The beauty of hot springs and the super bloom in Death Valley

Tecopa sits on a plateau overlooking a marsh where hot water flows.

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Mad about my ‘bait-and-switch’ travel insurance

Michelle Cahr believes her Allianz travel insurance covers her trip interruption. Not exactly.

A concert on the deck of the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl.

On a Cayamo cruise, it’s OK to rock the boat

John Prine, Steve Earle, and John Hiatt were the headliners at this year’s ninth Cayamo cruise.

Business class amenities on Qatar Airways’ new A350-900 XWB jet airliner include flatbed seats, 17-inch flat-screen TVs, and three-course meals.

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Can this airplane really eliminate jet lag?

Qatar is contending passengers will experience less jet lag on the plane. They even dared to use the word “refreshed.”

The exterior of Whitehall and Pig + Poet.

Whitehall is a colorful Camden retreat

The boutique hotel in coastal Camden, Maine, all but bursts into Technicolor Oz. Luckily, it opens for the season May 8.

The exterior of Bob’s Clam Hut.

Celebrating 60 years of clams at Bob’s

The Kittery clam shack marks a milestone the coastal Maine way on June 9.