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A hangover-free guide to New Orleans

Step away from Bourbon Street, and a trip to New Orleans can be a spiritual, magical experience.

A sign over the beer hall at the Toronto Christmas Market asks shoppers if they've been naughty or nice.

The best Christmas market in North America? Head to Toronto.

Hundreds of thousands of holiday enthusiasts come to Toronto’s Distillery District in the month leading up to Christmas for the market. This year it runs through Dec. 23. Fear not, it will return next year.

The Louvre, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” was the most Instagrammed museum in 2017.

Instagram’s most popular cities, locations, and hashtags of 2017

What is the point of traveling the world if you can’t share it — or boast about it — with deskbound friends back home?

Simple, easy, cheap: So many good reasons to snowshoe

These winter wonderland hikes will get you on your feet for some fresh air, exercise, and fun.

Centerville Pie Company’s top-seller: chicken pie.

Centerville Pie Co. won over Oprah — and so many others

The Centerville Pie Co. pie that won Oprah’s heart is stuffed with one pound of slow-cooked hand-pulled chicken, baked into a flaky, hand-crimped crust and oozing with homemade gravy.

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Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson at the Castle at Park Plaza in 2015.

The VIP Lounge with Billy Costa

We caught up with the Boston TV and radio personality to talk about all things travel.

If you go . . . New Orleans

A highly subjective, impossibly short list of suggestions for lodging, food, and drink for New Orleans.

The Claxton Bakery in 1920.

Claxton Fruit Cake Co. might change your mind about the dreaded holiday dessert

They make millions of cakes in the last four months of the year, and those cakes are moist. With no liquor, you will not be drunk after one slice.

A serving of the freshly made mayonnaise at Sa Llagosta restaurant in Menorca.

Mayonnaise’s unlikely origin in a Mediterranean paradise

The story of how Menorca gave the world mayonnaise, like much of European history, involves war.

Travel Troubleshooter: Holland America changed its schedule and left me high and dry

When Holland America changes the departure port for a Chilean cruise, Robert Houston and his wife have to scramble to change their tickets. Should the cruise line help them, or are they on their own?

While the Clooneys’ random act of aviation kindness was thoughtful, it reinforced a dangerous trend, Christopher Muther says.

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George Clooney, please don’t apologize for flying with your infants

George and Amal Clooney gave passengers on their flight to London noise canceling headphones as a preemptive apology if their babies cried. Here’s why they shouldn’t have.

The twists and vistas of West Ridgecrest Road near Mount Tamalpais will get the hearts of bikers pumping.

Where two wheels rule the road

Move over Porsches. This road near Mount Tamalpais offers some of the best pedaling in North America.

The VIP Lounge with David Andrews

The starting center for the Patriots says nothing beats taking a vacation by the water.

The Rockefeller Center tree is a classic holiday spot, but there are plenty of others.

There’s no place like NYC for the holidays

The food, the shopping, the lights, the window displays. There are so many reasons the Big Apple might get you in the holiday spirit.

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Construction noise ruined her Sandals vacation in Barbados

When Lisa Chiarello’s Sandals vacation is ruined by construction noise, the resort offers two “free” nights. Is she entitled to more?

Most air travelers say taking off your shoes is OK. An etiquette expert disagrees.

Most air travelers say taking off your shoes is okay. An etiquette expert disagrees.

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Woonsocket, embracing its history, is worth a visit

An introduction to the city’s past and present begins with a visit to the Museum of Work and Culture. Then it’s all aboard “The Polar Express.”

The answer to dirty hotel hair dryers (and other great gifts for travelers)

Here’s a look at things we discovered this year that will delight the avid traveler on your gift list.

Get thee to a nunnery . . . on Saba

Don’t expect a monastic vibe here. Old-meets-opulent in this unique cottage, located near shopping and restaurants in Saba’s Windwardside Village, one of the island’s four towns.

In the VIP Lounge with Nastia Liukin

Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin was born in Moscow, raised in Dallas, and lived in New York City for many years. Now she is happy to call Boston — specifically the South Shore — home.

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Give the gift of New England experience

Your parent/sibling/BFF might be so burdened with possessions that a hoarding intervention is imminent, but there’s no such thing as too many experiences.

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Charged for a second hotel room, but not by choice

Why is the Comfort Inn charging Lora Crumb for two rooms when she’s the only guest?

Anna’s Taqueria will sell burritos made by Santa to help a local charity.

Spend time out this holiday season and pay it forward

These hotels and restaurants in New England pay it forward with charitable events and holiday-themed programs.

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Need a nudge to get in the holiday spirit? Why not journey to Old Sturbridge Village for Christmas by Candlelight? Or maybe you’d rather enjoy wine, music, and the culinary arts at the newly-opened City Winery Boston.

Near the end of the 10-mile trek, hikers are greeted with a view of Havasu Falls.

If you can take the heat, a Havasu Falls hike is worth the haul

During the summer months temperatures can reach up to 115 degrees. We kind of lucked out — temperatures only got to about 96 (in the shade).

Bolton Valley has a long tradition of teaching kids to ski.

What’s old is new at Bolton Valley

Bolton’s mission has long centered on teaching kids to ski.

The view from the Royal Blues Hotel in Deerfield Beach, Fla.

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A glam Hollywood hotel, in an unlikely Florida town

Royal Blues Hotel was opened three years ago by movie producer Edward Walson.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art boasts large exhibit spaces and showcases the work of a variety of local artists.

The renaissance of Rockland

“Rockland was saved by art,” says John Hanson, publisher of Maine Boats Homes & Harbors.

A snowboarder at Bromley Mountain Ski Resort in Vermont.

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Travel news you can use, from ski deals to holiday festivities to the latest gear.

Dubrovnik’s Old Town, which doubles as King’s Landing on TV’s “Game of Thrones,” has been overrun with visits from the show’s fans.

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When destinations are too popular for their own good

Overtourism is beginning to trigger local antagonism in, and curbs on access to, some of the world’s most popular places.

An trumpeting angel at Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland.

Yule jewel: World’s largest Christmas emporium supersizes holiday fun

The family-run emporium has been a perennial favorite in this Bavarian-themed mid-Michigan town for more than 70 years.

The Monarch ruin sits half hidden in the shadow of a large canyon alcove at Bears Ears National Monument.

The beauty of Bears Ears and of protecting it

The area shelters one of the highest concentrations of archeological sites in North America.

Visitors can get up close and personal with Santa’s reindeer at Santa’s Village.

Santa’s Village and Story Land revisited: Even more magical than you remember

Both parks are rooted in nostalgia. But each also evolved, continually adding new rides and updated services.

Actress Lea Michele travels to Ellis Island to learn about her ancestry on the television show “Who Do You Think You Are?”  Inspired by genealogy-themed TV shows, DNA test kits, and ancestry research websites, Americans are now studying their family trees by traveling back to their homelands, fueling the trend of heritage tourism.

America’s love of ancestry hits the road. Welcome to heritage tourism.

It’s becoming big business as millions of people research their family trees and analyze their DNA.

The Grafton Inn in Vermont will serve a traditional dinner, as well as cajun-style turkey and vegetarian fare.

Thanksgiving out: Stylish spots to wine and dine in style on turkey day

We’ve rounded up some of the best spots in New England to wine and dine on a Thanksgiving dinner that you don’t have to cook yourself.

In the VIP Lounge with songwriter Stephen Bray

Songwriter Stephen Bray remembers fondly his days at Berklee College of Music, and is thrilled that “The Color Purple,” for which he won a Grammy Award for best musical theater album and was nominated for a Tony Award, is coming to Boston. We caught up with Bray to talk all things travel.

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Travel Troubleshooter: Can Palladium Travel Club keep my money?

Rowena Cruz buys a membership to Palladium Hotels & Resorts’ vacation club, but almost immediately regrets her decision. Why won’t the company refund her $8,174?

Susan Muther, the author’s mom, watches the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

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The ancestry-fueled trip of a lifetime in London

When a mother became obsessed with her ancestry, her son decided it was time to bring her back to the motherland. Cue the tears and the scones.

A 747 is part of the Continental fleet.

Looking back in wonder as United bids the 747 a fond farewell

Things were very different when United launched its iconic 747 service in 1970. Here’s some eye candy.

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Air France launches fashion and entertainment brand that ‘does flying’

It’s as if they were handed a marketing study of millennial stereotypes, shoved them all into an airplane, and sealed the door.

In Egypt, the pyramids of Giza.

When travelers brave the ‘tough sells,’ it’s possible everyone wins

At a time of natural disasters and political turmoil, an increasing number of tourism-dependent destinations have become tough sells. But travelers and industry representatives say this makes many of them cheaper and less crowded, with populations more warmly welcoming to visitors and the business they bring.

“Steel Palm,” by Boston sculptor Jacob Kulin, at Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens in Punta Gorda, Fla.

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Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens opens in Punta Gorda, Fla.

The waterfront gardens, which will continue to grow over the years, features botanical collections and contemporary art.

Settlers Green Outlet Village in North Conway, N.H.

Shop and then plop in one of these hotels

Hotels are offering deals on rooms for people seeking deals on gifts. Here are six ideas for overnight getaways in destinations that offer plenty of gift shopping in boutiques and outlets.