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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2014, file photo, a blue heron walks along the beach at sunset in Orange Beach, Ala. The second annual National Plan for Vacation Day is Jan. 30. The travel industry hopes Americans will use the day to schedule their vacations for the year and take advantage of any paid time off they are entitled to from their jobs. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Got unused vacation days? Plan for Vacation Day is Jan. 30

Stop making excuses. Start making plans.

Diana’s Baths in Bartlett, N.H.

New year, new you, new travels

Make 2018 your most adventurous year yet.

US Olympic archives in Colorado.

Tourism and sports win big by teaming up

Already a $1.41 trillion industry, sports tourism is projected to shoot up to a projected $5.72 trillion by 2021.

A ski company grows in East Boston

Parlor has become the largest ski manufacturer in New England, and is a name quickly becoming a status symbol among skiers.

Strawberry Fields Salad is one of the new first-class food selections offered by United Airlines, which announced in 2014 that it’s upgrading first-class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights.

New study ranks healthy airline food options. (Hint: Bring your own.)

At 35,000 feet, even a forlorn-looking tray can serve as both entertainment and sustenance for a captive audience.

A stretch of beach on Mayaguana.

Mayaguana, a world away and worth the trip

A man asked me if I knew his cousin in Brooklyn and seemed surprised when I said I didn’t. On Mayaguana, everyone knows everyone else.

The Essex Hotel in South Beach Miami

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How Miami saved its glorious Art Deco pastel-tinted past

Miami’s beautiful Art Deco District is an architectural treasure trove, but it wasn’t always that way.

State Ballet Theatre of Russia will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” in Stowe, Vt., Jan. 27.

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Sandra Bernhard brings her new show “Sandemonium” to the new City Winery on Jan. 19.

The VIP Lounge with Sandra Bernhard

The comedian, actress, and author loves to travel and is excited to be taking her show “Sandemonium” to select cities in the United States, including Boston, and internationally.

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The VIP Lounge with Katie McNally, fiddle champ

Westford native Katie McNally will be performing with the Katie McNally Trio at the 15th annual Boston Celtic Music Festival.

When Ben and Sarah Anderson bought the Exeter property, a big selling point was the adjacent former horse stable, which had been turned into an arts space.

In Exeter, the Word Barn is housing creativity

Since expanding to include music, the Barn has featured folk singer Anais Mitchell, the acoustic trio Stray Birds, country artist Tyler Childers and many other acts that could sell out much larger rooms.

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WOW, where’s my compensation for that 14-hour delay?

After a 14-hour delay on WOW Air, Rachael Lopez thinks she’s entitled to some compensation. WOW disagrees. Who’s right?

Women who see the world share a universal issue: Sexual harassment

Here is what female travelers need to know to stay safe when traveling.

Wisenet D1 video doorbell

Home security for travelers: The latest and greatest, plus some old-school standbys

You can take many steps to ensure your home remains safe, from beefing up lighting and making sure doors and windows are secure, to adding a simple do-it-yourself security system.

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Zip over to Pats Peak in New Hampshire on Saturdays and get everything from a lift ticket and gear rentals to a snow tubing pass for as low as $49.

Transfer car works with rental car companies that need vehicles moved from one location to another.

A trip from Boston to Florida, for (almost) free

Rental car companies need vehicles moved from Boston to Florida. Take a road trip for next to nothing.

Old-fashioned carousel provides fun for young and old alike during Lowell Winterfest. Photo by Tory Germann courtesy City of Lowell.

Festivals to combat cabin fever

New Englanders have a knack for celebrating winter despite themselves.

Hotel Lungarno has a prime location on the Arno River.

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Hotel Lungarno is artfully re-done

The Hotel Lungarno’s service is still over-the-top, but its look is still classic.

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My husband fell, so we had to cancel our flight — can I get a refund?

When Susan Kaufman’s husband takes a fall, she has to cancel their flight from Boston to Washington, D.C. Will American Airlines refund the tickets, or ignore her request for help?

The Boston Celtic Music Festival celebrates its 15th year.

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Musical events, splashy hotel openings, and great new gear.

Stoweflake Dog Sled in Stowe, Vt.

The best New England mountains to ring in the new year

From mountaintop fireworks and torchlight ski parades to ballroom galas and beer-tastings.

Vineyards stetch to the mountains in Rapaura on the South Island of New Zealand.

Tiny New Zealand keeping up with huge demand for its wines

Last year, New Zealand ranked number three in value of wine imported by the United States, behind only juggernauts Italy and France.

BackJoy’s SitSmart Posture Plus Seat

Straighten up and fly right

A number of easily portable products can help counteract the dastardly curved bucket seat of most airplanes.

The author finishes his run and avoids traffic in Iten, Kenya.

Getting up to speed in the Kenyan village of Iten

Iten, Kenya, is 215 miles northwest of Nairobi, overlooking a vast green quilt of farmland and forest below.

The VIP Lounge with Yvonne Spicer

We caught up with the mayor-elect of Framingham to talk all things travel.

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Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas (above), which will start sailing next year, will have an ice skating rink that will double as a laser-tag arena, among many other amenities.

Race tracks and drones that dive are coming to cruise ships in 2018

Robot bartenders and thrill slides are so 2017.

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Qantas denies passenger lounge access — over her Uggs

They are divisive, sartorially offensive, and ugly as sin, but should the boots be banned from airport lounges?

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?

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 A mural by New Orleans street artist Brandan Odums on the outside of Studio Be

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A hangover-free guide to New Orleans

Step away from Bourbon Street, and a trip to The Big Easy can be a spiritual, magical experience.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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