07/28/2015 | | Travel Writer | Travel

After six hours waiting at Toronto’s Pearson Airport, I got the bad news: My colleague’s flight had been cancelled, so I’d be attending a weekend’s worth of theater by myself at the legendary Stratford Festival. Since half the fun of seeing a show is talking about it afterwards, I figured I was in for a lonely trip.

07/22/2015 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Are you nervous about the idea of a Greek vacation? Don’t be. Economic turmoil notwithstanding, Greece remains one of the world’s most beguiling destinations.

07/14/2015 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Bernie Sanders, America’s only Jewish socialist senator and lately a presidential candidate, seems to be following my mom around these days.

07/07/2015 | | Travel Writer | Travel

It can take days — maybe a week, if you’re on the scenic route — to see all of California’s major cities. But next door in Washington State, Olympia, Seattle and Tacoma are all within a drive of less than two hours.

06/30/2015 | | Travel Writer | Travel

After more than 20 years of globe-trotting, I recently had my first consultation with a travel medicine specialist.

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I don’t know what took me so long. Hubris, I suppose — the fantasy that my own common sense and good luck would spare me the maladies that afflict so many fellow travelers. I’ve spent my share of time in overseas emergency rooms, but overall I have indeed been lucky.

06/23/2015 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Most of us have never contemplated a Van Gogh and immediately thought of Western Massachusetts. But the undulating green hills of the Berkshires region bear more than a passing resemblance to those of Provence — at least as rendered by the artist in a series of works on view in “Van Gogh and Nature,” the summer blockbuster at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown.