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Reusable stainless steel straws help reduce plastic waste.

By Anna Marden Globe Correspondent

5 tips for an eco-friendly road trip

Bring your own stainless steel straw and reusable cup. That’s a pretty good start.

Saranac Lake

Sleepy Saranac Lake awakens

Saranac Lake is on the rise, emboldened by the reopening of historic Hotel Saranac following a three-year, $30 million restoration, and by a lively downtown scene that is transforming it into a destination for foodies and lovers of art and music.

A lagoon off the island of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands is popular for snorkling.

Cook Islands: The tropical paradise you need to visit before everyone else does

This place won’t stay a secret much longer.

Audra McDonald with her husband, Will Swenson, on the Amalfi Coast.

The VIP Lounge with Audra McDonald

We caught up with the celebrated performer — and winner of six Tonys, two Grammys, and an Emmy — to talk about all things travel. You can see her June 24 at Tanglewood.

Dart players at Brighton’s Green Briar.

Here’s a list of some restaurants and bars where you can play darts in New England

Here are restaurants and bars to throw back a pint and throw a dart, too.

Spoons, magnets, rocks: New book looks at the history of souvenirs

The new book “Souvenir,” by travel writer Rolf Potts, walks us through the origins of some of the most popular vacation memorabilia, including postcards and the still confoundedly ubiquitous souvenir spoons.

Travel Troubleshooter

His rental car was on the wrong side of the island

The car rental company’s fix is less than ideal: It wants him to pay $500, plus “mandatory” roadside assistance and insurance. Is there any hope for a refund?

A Sunset Bioluminescence Kayak Tour takes visitors for a paddle in the Pacific Ocean off the Jenner coast in Sonoma County, Calif.

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In a screenshot from Nasser Weddady, a Norwegian Air gate agent at Gatwick-London Airport tells a passenger to rebook his flight to Boston on another airline.

Norwegian Air faces social media turbulence from local activist

After being stranded for hours at the gate on a layover between London and Boston, a local activist is leveraging his social media muscle to push the carrier to “treat customers like humans.”

A face lift has restored Blantyre’s opulence.

In the lap of luxury in Lenox, at the reborn Blantyre

The complex of red-brick Tudor mansion, carriage house, and cottages, arrayed on 110 acres of manicured grounds, re-opened Memorial Day Weekend under new ownership.

At Vintage in Vogue, hats and accessories are part of the look.

Where to shop for bargains on Cape Cod

Here’s a sample of the best-known resale shops from Falmouth to Provincetown.

10cheapcape -- The view from the tables at the Sesuit Harbor Cafe in Dennis can’t be beat—and the lobster rolls are pretty wonderful, too. (Diane Bair)

How to do Cape Cod on a budget

The good news is, you don’t have to be a one-percenter (or Kennedy kin) to have a total blast on that jacked arm of sand that lies over the bridge.

Shoal Hope Ciderworks produces four flavors of cider.

Where better to enjoy a local craft cider than the Cape?

Shoal Hope Ciderworks combines Robert Brosofsky’s loves: Cider and Provincetown.

Christopher Wilson in front of the Belfry Inn & Bistro, the former Corpus Christi Church.

Christopher Wilson is buying into the future of Sandwich

Wilson has developed a host of successful properties in the historic district.

Knockerball at Cranmore Mountain Resort.

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Aaron Patrick Craven at the top of Mt. Haleakala in Maui.

The VIP Lounge with Aaron Patrick Craven

We caught up with Craven by phone in Syracuse, N.Y., where he was performing in “Dirty Dancing,” to talk about all things travel.

Six (avoidable) mistakes travelers make

We talked to travel experts about the most common travel blunders, and here’s what they said.

Travel Troubleshooter

Why won’t WOW Air refund her canceled flight?

When Tiemi Washington’s airline cancels her flight from Paris to Reykjavik, it promises her money back. Now she wants to know why WOW Air won’t make good on its promise.

Travel Troubleshooter

Denied boarding by Delta Air Lines twice — can you help me get a refund?

Delta Air Lines denies boarding to both James Rees’ and his wife, blaming a “system error.” A representative then makes him buy a new ticket from Detroit to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. How did that happen — and is he entitled to a refund?

Ghanaian artist Kwame Akoto-Bamfo’s sculpture depicting slavery is on display at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala. Three of its seven figures are shown here.

Bearing witness to slavery

If ever there were an argument for the power of art to stir emotion, it would be Nkyinkyim, a grouping of seven shackled figures at the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala.

The VIP Lounge with Quiana Holmes, one of the Supremes in ‘Motown the Musical’

Quiana Holmes graduated from Berklee College of Music in May 2017, and within a few months landed the role of Mary Wilson (one of the Supremes) in the national tour of “Motown the Musical,” coming to the Boston Opera House June 12-17.

Trumpeter/vocalist/Juno Award-winner Bria Skonberg will headline the seventh annual New Bedford Jazz Fest on June 9.

Summer music fests worth the drive

If last weekend’s Boston Calling has you jazzed, jump in the car and keep those good times rolling.

Chateau de Vincennes, a 12th-century medieval fortress, is only a 30-minute metro ride from the center of Paris.

Bump in the road

Visiting Paris? Put this fortified castle in your itinerary

After my morning flight home was canceled, I had two choices: I could panic, or I could chow down another croque monsieur and make the most of every minute in Paris. I chose the latter. I’m so glad I did.

The Exotic Driving Experience at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut will get Dad’s heart racing.

Happy Father’s Day: New England getaways for Dad

Give him an adventure he’ll really enjoy. We’ve sleuthed out some fun ones.

Air New Zealand’s Skycouch service transforms three economy seats into a couch.

Christopher Muther

SkyCouch, where have you been?

Air New Zealand’s new offering is beer budget business class for those with Champagne tastes. The skies would be much friendlier if more airlines followed suit.

Sweets Hotel Meeuwenpleinbrug

Amsterdam’s newest lodging option? Bridge houses

The mostly historic structures once served as the work space for bridge operators, but the eventual change to automated technology has been rendering the buildings useless. So they’re being made into hotel rooms.

BeachTech Towels

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Presented by Wine Wise, a wine education events company, Portland Wine Week (June 18-24) debuts with something for everyone, from casual wine drinkers to serious oenophiles.

Nitro Bar, a cafe (pictured), shares space with Dash Bicycles.

Providence is bursting with new things to see, do, and eat

This city has gone from unique to downright cool.

At Casa Olea, the breakfast buffet offers local meats and cheese, eggs, pan con tomate (tomato puree spooned onto bread), homemade preserves, and pastries.

From ruin to castle in rural Spain (and you can eat like royalty, too)

Opening a business in such a rural spot in Spain was so risky that most banks in the region wouldn’t offer British innkeepers Tim and Claire Murray-Walker a thing. And then one finally did.

Greg Hill (left) with his children Breese and Julia at The Den, a stadium in Bermondsey, south of London, that is home to Millwall Football Club.

The VIP Lounge with WAAF’s Greg Hill

We caught up with the philanthropist and veteran disc jockey to talk about all things travel.

Travel Troubleshooter

My EU 261 claim from WOW Air is ‘in process.’ What does that even mean?

After WOW Air cancels Joseph Hopkins’s flight, he files a claim under EU 261, the European consumer protection regulation. It’s been almost six months and the claim still is “in process.” Where’s the money?

New England’s best beach town? Globe readers pick Narragansett, R.I.

In an online survey, Boston Globe readers voted Narragansett, R.I., as their favorite beach town in New England.

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The trails at Cape Highlands National Park in Cape Breton offer great views for hikers.

Four reasons to relocate to Cape Breton — if only for a few days (five, if you play golf)

After hanging around Cape Breton for a few days, we became enamored of this little-known spot in Atlantic Canada. Here’s why.

Surfing lessons at Liquid Dreams Surf in York, Maine, which has been offering summer camp for 23 years.

The fun comes in waves at these New England summer camps on the beach

What’s better than summer camp at the ocean?

The family resort company Beaches has provided sensitivity training in autism to all of its employees.


Travel industry takes another look at ‘all inclusive’ and begins to accommodate special-needs guests

Some travel providers are starting to accommodate families with children on the autism spectrum or whose parents suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s diseases. One reason is that it’s a big market.

Harvard and Yale polo teams square off on the beach at Ocean House.

For an otherworldly splurge, beach polo at the Ocean House

You have to hand it to the Ocean House, the luxurious Relais & Chateaux seaside resort on the bluffs at Watch Hill. They come up with programming not readily seen anywhere else in the region.

The writer grabs the gun turret of the USS Kittiwake, about 33 feet below the ocean’s surface.

Kittiwake wreck dive and Stingray City are unforgettable adventures — even if you do get bit

I’ve been diving all over the Caribbean from Jamaica to Trinidad, but the Caymans are the best place to scuba dive by far. That’s because they sit on the edge of a geological formation known as the Cayman Trench.

The VIP Lounge with J.D. Martinez

We caught up with the Red Sox slugger to talk about all things travel.

The Kayak Centre of Rhode Island offers several tours that depart from Wickford.

Wickford Village worth seeking out

If you don’t know about Wickford Village — if you’re not deliberately seeking it out — there’s a solid chance you’d never just happen through.

Participants in the annual Gaspee Days parade which takes place this year on June 9.

Past is present in Warwick — at Rocky Point Park and during Gaspee Days fest

Two popular attractions in Warwick — the former Rocky Point Park and the annual Gaspee Days celebrations — are all about celebrating the past while enjoying the present.

European Waterways new experiential barge cruises

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Travel Troubleshooter

Please fix the name on my baby’s airline ticket, Expedia

When Expedia truncates her daughter’s name on an airline ticket, Melissa Cassill’s Greece vacation is in jeopardy. Will she be able to fly with her baby?

Clockwise (from top left): Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine; Block Island, R.I.; a Nantucket lighthouse; gingerbread cottages on Martha’s Vineyard.

Four New England destinations named hottest vacation spots for summer 2018

A survey of more than 3,000 TripAdvisor users found that the Northeast is the most popular region of the country for summer travel this year.

Houses in the La Boca neighborhood of the Buenos Aires.

Argentina’s capital is a seductive pleasure that transcends the tango and Evita

What’s it like to conquer Buenos Aires in 60 hours? Picture sitting down to a nine-course meal and being told that you have 15 minutes to consume it all.

Campers had a prime view for the rise of the sun and the fall of the full moon atop the ridge near Round Bald.

Rhododendron rhapsody on Roan Mountain

There are many glorious moments along the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail. Yet, for sheer stunning, shifting beauty, it would be hard to top this one before the moon yields the skies to the sun along the Roan Massif ridge.