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Sicilian markets feature a cacophony of vendors shouting and singing the wonders of their produce — a fugue between fish and fruit — as if a higher pitch brings more shoppers.

Gobsmacked in a Sicilian market

It’s life itself here, a flume of color, smells, tastes, and passionate appeals from vendors.

Derek Hough wakeboarding on Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho.

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The VIP Lounge with Derek Hough

We caught up with Hough, who lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, dancer Hayley Erbert, and their rescue pets – a dog, Romie, and a cat, Palo – to talk about all things travel.

The ahi Benedict at Cane & Canoe on Maui is a great way to kick-start your day on the island.

On Maui, fresh, simple food takes center stage

At the annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival, we find a love of all things local, a burgeoning movement to support and form alliances with small, artisan farmers, and a nod to ethnicity and home-style cooking.

1. -2. Mother’s Day package at Camden Harbour Inn. Photo credit: Irvin Serrano (Exterior). Photo credit: Kristin Tieg (Interior DR). Approved by Gillian Britt; gillian@gbritt.com

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A Delta Air  Lines A320 passenger jet taxis at the Salt Lake City international airport.

CHRISTOPHER MUTHER

Delta reduces seat recline on select planes by 2 inches

For those who feel their blood pressure rise every time the seat in front of them plunges back into full recline, the airline is coming to the rescue. Will passengers be comforted or angered?

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It’s a vacation for teachers, too. Here’s where they can score some deals on getaways

We found some luxe New England hotels and inns offering A-plus deals for educators.

Fans at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

Music fests make these cities center stage

Giant music and arts events with international profiles are bringing cachet to remote destinations, from central Washington to rural Tennessee to upstate New York — and amenities that add to the appeal of these places, even at times of the year when they’re not playing host to massive concerts.

A queen-size bed with traditional Moroccan linens awaits in a 165-square-foot tent of thick white cotton.

Luxury desert camping, minutes from Marrakech

A mere 45-minute drive from Marrakech, Scarabeo Camp appears like a mirage in the middle of Morocco’s Agafay Desert.

A “Game of Thrones” tour guide demonstrates the proper form for battle.

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This Northern Ireland tour is as close as you’ll get to being in ‘Game of Thrones’

We were at the 820-acre demesne of Castle Ward in Northern Ireland, the location of Winterfell in the wildly popular HBO “Game of Thrones” series, and home to several GoT filming sites. According to well-connected sources, it will be where the series ends.

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No room at the hotel, so why won’t Priceline refund the stay?

When Liam Goodman tries to check in to his hotel in New York, no rooms are available. So he goes to another property. Why is Priceline keeping his money for the first hotel?

Looking back on Portsmouth’s naughty past

New Hampshire’s tourist-friendly seaport, home to historic houses, museums, fine restaurants, galleries, and shops, was a rip-roaring, rowdy town from the mid-1800s until 1912, when the “disorderly houses” were finally shut down.

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Tiny Tamworth is big on pleasures

The thriving little village in New Hampshire has outdoor beauty and an artsy, creative vibe, with artisan bakers and chefs, a small batch distillery, a craft winery, and a professional summer theater.

The first direct flight from Logan to Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines approached the runway on Friday morning.

CHRISTOPHER MUTHER

Why this extremely long flight from Boston to Honolulu was actually pleasant

I thought at the six-hour mark that I would be thoroughly bored. Instead, I’m sitting comfortably.

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Here’s where to live out your Lord- or Lady-of-the-manor fantasies

Set on 840 acres along the River Maigue in County Limerick, the manor took 30 years to complete. That makes its recent 21-month-long renovation sound like a mere blip in time.

Delta Air Lines is named the top US carrier for 2018 as the number of complaints against airlines dropped significantly in 2018.

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Plane truth: Airline quality at highest level ever, report says

Delta Air Lines was named the top US carrier for 2018 as the number of complaints against airlines dropped significantly.

The writer and her husband gave their oldest son (above) a trip to each of the major ski resorts in New England, spread out over 7 years; the gift to their younger son (right) was attending a baseball game at every major league stadium, spread out over 13 years.

The gift of travel keeps on giving

My husband and I decided to transition from giving toy gifts to our two young sons at the holidays to giving them adventures. We went big and bold: We gave them the gift of travel and that was it. But what a gift it has been.

Museumgoers showing their support of science at The Field Museum in Chicago.

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How museums are responding to an era of alternative facts

Many museums say their response to this skeptical age is simple: to continue to objectively present the facts. Others are taking a more activist role.

The High Priestess welcomes visitors to the Tarot Garden.

Tarot cards come alive in Tuscan countryside

Inspired by Antonio Gaudi’s colorfully abstract Park Guell in Barcelona, the artist Niki de Saint Phalle dreamed of a colony of sculptures based on the symbols of the tarot cards. She found a home for the project midway between Rome and Florence.

Clockwise from top left: the busy checkout area at Powell’s, the “Pillar of Signatude” that many well-known authors have autographed, some of the volumes in the Rare Book Room.

In Portland, Ore., a city of books

Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Ore., claims to be the world’s largest independent bookstore. The store occupies a full city block, and you need a map to find your way around its 68,000 square feet.

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Don McLean in Palm Desert, Calif.

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The VIP Lounge with Don McLean

We caught up with the singer-songwriter — who is performing at the City Winery on April 26 — to talk about all things travel.

New museums focus on darker sides of history: repression, torture, slavery, racism

“Museums today take our social responsibilities very seriously and there’s an increasing expectation that we do so,” said Francoise McClafferty, coordinator of the Federation of International Human Rights Museums.

Young woman using mobile phone being robbed by a pickpocket at the subway station. Pickpocketing at subway station

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The best ways to foil a pickpocket

Nothing ruins a vacation like getting robbed. Here are tips from the experts for protecting yourself — and your wallet.

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A canceled Viator tour, but no refund?

After Char Fischer’s walking tour is canceled without notice, the company through which she booked the excursion, Viator, refuses to answer her calls — or issue a refund. What gives?

A display at the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum. The museum has created pop-up exhibits around western Massachusetts, in Pittsfield, Lenox, North Adams, and Sheffield.

Baseball and the Berkshires go hand-in-glove

For baseball fans, the Berkshires — Norman Rockwell’s adopted home – offer a surprisingly rich history, ballparks to visit, and ways to pass the time even on rainy days.

In Santa Fe, Meow Wolf’s ‘House of Eternal Return’ is mind-blowing in all the best ways

“House of Eternal Return” combines a variety of storytelling elements into a kind of walk-in science-fiction novel whose narrative framework is anchored inside a two-story Victorian house.

For 06adventure - Spring skiing in Tuckerman Ravine, on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. (Eric Pedersen)

A primer to skiing Tuckerman Ravine

Here’s the skinny on how to plan for your trip to the birthplace of giant slalom and one of the most historical slopes on the continent.

The gem of the Amber Road

Gdansk’s enchanting Old Town, vibrant riverfront, interactive museums, and pristine beaches have won it kudos as one of Europe’s up-and-coming vacation spots.

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Richard H. Blake with his wife, Teri Thomas, and their son, Greyson, at Walt Disney World.

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A conversation with stage actor Richard H. Blake

We caught up with the veteran Broadway actor — and Providence native — to talk about all things travel.

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Under a spell at Voodoo Doughnut

“Good Things Come in Pink Boxes,” says the sign at the distinctive doughnut shop in Portland, Ore. Truth.

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Which travel pillow is right for you?

There are some really comfortable, versatile, and cleverly designed options, from inflatables to bendables to fiberfill loops.

TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER

I canceled my Expedia hotel room — so where’s my refund?

After Carol McLaughlin cancels her stay at a hotel in Segovia, Spain, she’s sure Expedia will refund her money. But when the hotel claims it never received her cancellation request, who will Expedia believe?

Panorama of the Lagoa das Sete Cidades, showing the Blue Lake (left) and the Green Lake (right) divided by bridge

The Azores are lush, lovely, and ready to be discovered

The semitropical archipelago is a paradise waiting to be discovered.

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You went on vacation and took thousands of photos. Now what? Here’s how to organize them.

Keeping travel photos organized as you go can prevent an overwhelming backlog of precious images, make it easier to manage photo projects later (think photo books and calendars), and help you preserve visual memories for the future. Here are a few tips.

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How to protect your digital photos for years to come

I used the free photo sharing site Flickr for a long time. But then I got an e-mail from Flickr threatening to delete my photos unless I was willing to pony up $50 a year. I wasn’t willing. What to do?

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Cambridge’s Hotel 1868, a new spot with an old soul

The design-built, 50-room hotel, with its steel-framed, boxy, neo-industrial look, gives a faint nod to the 1800s, when Porter Square was a center for commerce and light industry.

Sap, straight from the tap, is almost entirely water and makes a refreshing drink.

How to make your own maple syrup

With the help of a few neighbors and plenty of reading, here’s what we’ve learned.

The VIP Lounge with WGBH’s Jared Bowen

Bowen hosts the weekly series “Open Studio With Jared Bowen,” which showcases the best that the New England arts scene has to offer.

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Charged twice for my Marriott room. How about a refund?

When Marriott charges Elizabeth Maglione’s gift card twice for one night at the Courtyard Marriott Miami Downtown/Brickell, she asks for a refund. The hotel wants to issue a credit. Who’s right?

Shop at the Sadar Bazaar (top right) in Old Delhi with Intrepid Travel or visit the Lusumpuko Women’s Club (above, top left) in Zimbabwe with G Adventures.

Supporting women around the world with tours around the world

Intrepid Travel’s launch of Women’s Expeditions, which started with trips to the Middle East, proved so popular that it grew from four to 36 departures last year.

The Wauwintet, Nantucket Photo credits: Nantucket Island Resorts. Approved by Lauren Wintemberg; Lauren@alicemarshall.com

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Operated as a nonprofit since 2008, Craftsbury Outdoor Center is a mecca for Nordic skiing, with an extensive trail system that covers thousands of kilometers, crossing villages, farms, fields, and forests, thanks to generous landowners.

On a mother-daughter Nordic ski weekend in Vt., exertion and complete satisfaction

At Craftsbury Outdoor Center in the Northeast Kingdom, good conditions and grooming can continue through April, perfect for introducing kids to the joys of cross-country skiing.

Images in the style of airport safety cards show the dos and don’ts of airport etiquette: people in line to speak with a TSA agent, people talking too loudly on cell phones, people crowding a baggage claim gate, people listening to music on headphones, people falling off chairs at the airport bar, kids making a mess in the waiting area, people blocking an escalator, people crowding the gate.

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Avoid gate lice and wear your headphones: The dos and don’ts of airport etiquette

Helpful hints on how to make everyone’s airport experience less stressful. These tips are common sense, but common sense seems to depart from airports more regularly than Delta shuttles to New York.

Chef Georg Heise at George’s Patisserie in Slane.

In Slane, a not-your-average Irish distillery

Since 2002, high-end premium Irish whiskey grew an eye-popping 805 percent. That’s little surprise considering there are 21 distilleries operating in Ireland today and 26 more in planning or already under construction.