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The French Polynesian island Nuku Hiva enjoys golden-sand beaches and dramatic coastal scenery.

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French Polynesia’s exotic charm lures cruise adventurers

Throughout its history, French Polynesia has radiated an exotic charm.

The Urban Forestry Center.

New Hampshire’s walkable Seacoast offers easy escapes

Trade the cityscape for enjoyable year-round water and woods walks on New Hampshire’s Seacoast.

Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, Conn.

A tour of New England’s coastal wineries

Coastal New England’s maritime climate and unique soil conditions can produce some outstanding grapes, yielding wines with complex flavor and a terroir all their own.

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What to do in Brussels.

A guest room and screened-in porch at the Wagner at Duck Creek in Wellfleet.

The Wagner at Duck Creek: An old friend, reimagined

Those familiar with The Inn at Duck Creeke, located just off Route 6 along the main road into town, will notice a new sign announcing The Wagner at Duck Creek.

Grace Potter with two Tibetan monks she met on vacation

The VIP Lounge: Grace Potter

We caught up with singer Grace Potter to talk about all things travel.

Here, there, and everywhere

Get down and dirty — or watch others get messy — at the Mt. Washington Valley Mud Bowl, the championships of mud football in North Conway, N.H.

I touched a glacier — and soon after, so did a massive rock avalanche

The seismic tremors it caused registered 2.9 magnitude at the Alaska Earthquake Center. There had been no warning.

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She doesn’t smoke, but she was charged a $250 fee for violating the no-smoking poliucy

When Samantha Armstrong sees a $250 charge on her hotel bill, she’s told it’s because she smoked in her room. Just one small problem: She doesn’t smoke.

INDIAThe highly-anticipated Fort Bishangarh.

Walk the runway at the Fashion Week of travel

A look at 10 must-visit hotels (and a train) new for 2016 and 2017

Where to find the jet set

Trending destinations in the world of luxury travel.

A vendor at La Merced grills up some tortillas and meat and veggies.

Food doesn’t get any more local than at this Mexico City market

La Merced, as the market is known, is a cacophony of sights and sounds occupying an area larger than four football fields.

Garrett Harker in Thailand where he fullfilled one of his guilty pleasures — massages — three times.

The VIP Lounge with Garrett Harker

We talk all things travel with Garrett Harker, a major player in Boston’s restaurant scene.

Whether lounging on the porch or choosing from the breakfast items, the Chequit is all about comfort.

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The Chequit is a perfect place to find shelter from the world

If you happen to be headed to this 27.1-mile island, located off the northern tip of Long Island, do not expect a Hampton-esque experience.

The Travel Troubleshooter: Hotels.com left us waiting in the rain for our room

Gail Jaworski’s room isn’t ready when she and her husband arrive in Barcelona, Spain, and they’re left waiting in the rain. Although they eventually check in, she wonders: Who’s responsible for this late check-in?

The scene inside the Attendant, urinals and all.

Would you eat in a bathroom, even if it’s a restaurant now?

London is flush with success over the recent renovation of myriad, abandoned public toilets.

Here, there, and everywhere

Check out a mountain bike camp for girls, a moose-calling contest in N.H., and MONTH-LONG CRUISE THROUGH ANTARCTICA.

Ten Pound Island has been a popular subject for Gloucester painters since the mid-1800s.

The enduring vision of Gloucester’s Rocky Neck art colony

An artistic timelessness pervades Rocky Neck, where artists still live and work — some all year, others for the summers.

The Spicer Mansion, a restored 1853 estate of a sea captain, is full of historic touches and great food.

With Spicer Mansion, Mystic goes upscale

Conjuring a Gilded Age vibe — the one before the turn of the 20th century — the boutique hotel is up on a hill overlooking downtown and the Mystic River.

Passengers were delayed and stranded when the Delta computers went down last week.

Why airline computer outages like Delta’s are bound to repeat themselves

Recent IT disasters at Southwest and Delta show how fragile even the best-run airlines can be.

Jay Hajj, owner of the popular Mike’s City Diner, and his family enjoying sand and surf.

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His favorite vacation activity? Eating

We caught up with restaurateur Jay Hajj, who lives in Medfield, to talk about all things travel.

The Folly at Field Farm.

Lost and found treasures of the Trustees

The Trustees of Reservations cares for properties and locations throughout Mass., and along the way has collected an array of disparate objects.

A new passport in your phone can spare you airport wait time

Mobile Passport is a smartphone app that lets you zip through customs and it’s coming to Logan Airport.

Peggy’s Cove, its weathered fishing shacks and colorful boats, in fog.

Calling all chowderheads: 10 tastings on Nova Scotia’s chowder trail

Chowder is made with plump Digby scallops, shrimp, smoked haddock, salmon, mussels, and lobster, all pulled from local waters.

Renault got me lost — can you help me find a refund?

James DiProspero’s rental car is getting him lost. Is the company responsible for hours of missed vacation time?

Spend the night

Here’s a look at Trustees properties where you can spend the night.

The Adair Inn in Bethlehem, N.H.

The top of New Hampshire: Exploring the Great North Woods

Yep, in the Great North Woods, you can stand exactly halfway between the equator and the North Pole.

Conquering the funicular at the El Conquistador

While the basic layout of the property has remained intact, this slice of Caribbean paradise has been upgraded to include many top-notch amenities.

Here, There, Everywhere

Art and poetry are on display in Shedding Light on the Working Forest, a traveling exhibition that celebrates the landscape of the forest in the rural northeast, and the voices of those who make a living there.

Most travelers today are women, and the industry may finally be catching on

Men, it seems, prefer to stick around on Mars while women head off to Venus.

Patrons view the Democratic National Convention on a TV at the bar inside the Franklin Hotel in Philadelphia on July 26.

Philadelphia’s culinary and cultural convention bounce

Between the delegates, the press corps, and the protesters, Philadelphia was booming in the last week of July.

A temporary TSA PreCheck enrollment center opens next week at Boston Marriott Copley Place for travelers looking to sign up for the program and skip long check-in lines at the airport.

Pop-up center offers easy way to sign up for TSA PreCheck

The temporary enrollment center opens next week at Boston Marriott Copley Place.

President Barack Obama waves as he plays plays golf on the first hole at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. Obama and his family vacation every August on Martha's Vineyard, and he's been spending most of this year's two-week trip on the golf course, at the beach and dining at the island's upscale restaurants.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

For Obama, time on Vineyard hasn’t always been relaxing

Many of President Obama’s vacations at Martha’s Vineyard were cut short or interrupted by disasters and international situations.

Maury Collins (left) rented out his 22-foot Boston Whaler to Bob Sideropoulos of Pembroke as part of a peer-to-peer boat sharing program.

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Ship sharing sets sail

Once the province of the wealthy, recreational boating is being opened up by a fast-growing new world of boat clubs and Airbnb-style “ship-sharing.”

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The Peninsula Hotel goes from high-tech to highest-tech

The Peninsula Hotel in Chicago has just completed a multimillion dollar renovation, making it the city’s most high-tech hotel.

Crowds attempted to impede police arrests outside the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in 1969.

Raise a glass to the country’s newest, most boisterous national monument

The Stonewall Inn, is an operating Greenwich Village gay bar that was recently given federal recognition as a cornerstone of LGBT history.

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Why won’t Booking.com honor my room reservation at the Ritz?

Faig Babayev booked a room at the Ritz-Carlton, Abama, in Tenerife, Spain, for his family. But Booking.com, the site through which he made the reservation, has other plans for him.

Go west! (The jet lag will be easier to recover from)

Physicists recently unveiled a mathematical model of the oscillations of the brain’s pacemaker cells to explain why eastward jet lag is worse than the westward kind.

The VIP Lounge: Lee Nguyen

We caught up with Lee Nguyen, the standout midfielder for the New England Revolution, to talk about all things travel.

The Lost River emerges from underground and tumbles over a series of rocks.

Squeeze on in for some good, dirty fun

Caves of all shapes and sizes are there for the exploring — if you can fit — in New Hampshire.

The dynamite sandwich and fresh onion rings.

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Castle Restaurant, where the dynamite is king

The Castle is a mainstay of Woonsocket life, a place where people enjoy a side of gossip with their meal.

Q&A with Tara Murphy, Longfellow’s Wayside Inn

It’s 9 on a recent weekday morning and Hudson native, Tara Murphy, has just begun work as the restaurant and front desk manager at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury, America’s oldest operating inn and a Massachusetts Historic Landmark celebrating its 300th birthday this year.

Here, There, and Everywhere

Book New Hampshire’s new Penthouse in the Sky and you’ll enjoy 12,000 square feet of high-end luxury, with your own indoor garden, private concierge, and game room from your perch 17 stories above Manchester.

The hands-free Cowarobot R1 suitcase knows where to follow you thanks to a bracelet

Stop dragging that suitcase around like an amateur

The hands-free Cowarobot R1 is an autonomous, smart, and completely silly suitcase that follows you.

Author Christopher Willard suggests observation and word games or family singing during long car rides.

Experts’ advice on how to make trips with kids less stressful

Before you depart on a family excursion, be sure to have realistic expectations.

Above: Beachgoers catch some sun at Impanema. Left: Visitors take photos in front of a set of Olympic rings at Copacabana Beach.

Deals to be had for those getting last-minute Olympic fever

A search of several travel websites makes it clear that there are still many lodging options — ranging from hotel rooms to private apartments and homes — available in Rio.