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The hills are alive with the sound of bovine traffic jams and bike gears

Can an nonathletic, misanthropic writer survive a week biking in the Alps surrounded by strangers?

The world of ‘Never Caught’

Portsmouth, N.H., once gave refuge to George Washington’s runaway slave.

By car, train, plane, and ferry: 4 long weekend winter getaways

We’ve come up with four excursions for every type of traveler, from those who like to hop in the car for a short road trip to those who prefer to take a quick flight for an escape further afield.

Fly by night: Exploring the secretive world of owls

When we saw that Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick was offering Owl Prowl Adventures Under the Moon, we decided to sign up.

You know what’s healthy? The wellness travel industry

It’s now the fastest growing segment of the travel industry, growing more than twice as fast as tourism overall.

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A problem with Hertz lost and found at Logan: Where’s my wallet?

Joseph Ziskovsky had a problem with Hertz lost and found. It found his wallet after he left it in a rental car in Boston. But after Hertz agreed to send it back, has his wallet been lost again?

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Billy Gilman loves Disney and his slippers and says you can ‘judge all you want’

The country crooner is preparing to perform some shows in New England, including a Christmas performance — “Home for the Holidays” — at Providence’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium Dec. 15.

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New flights out of Boston; how to score travel deals; Logan ranks low on reliability

A roundup of travel news from Boston and around the world.

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Santas hit the slopes, a new beer tour debuts, and these buds might be for you

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‘Don’t be a mess’ and other travel thoughts from soccer star and equality advocate Megan Rapinoe

Rapinoe will be in Boston Dec. 12 as a keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Conference for Women.

How I fell in love with Park City

Utah was the great unknown, an enticing prospect on its own, but one that also posed some challenges when it came to relaying to my three children what to expect.

Unplugged and liking it. (Unlocked? Not so much)

Petit St. Vincent is home to a luxury resort that’s been called one of the world’s most enchanting hideaways.

Introducing Bequia, the Caribbean escape worth getting to know

With a population just over 5,000, it’s an unpretentious place where visitors can truly relax.

MADE IN NEW ENGLAND

Stymied about what to give? Check out these locally made goods (bonus points for up-cycling and attitude)

New Englanders are a crafty bunch.

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Will FlightNetwork ever refund her money?

Where is Ann Melody’s flight refund? Her airline canceled her flight and she asked for her money back, but it’s been four months. How long is too long?

Travel writer Christopher Muther sits in a replica of an Emirates first class cabin at the airline's headquarters in Dubai.

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Under the radar: Behind the scenes on the world’s largest passenger jet

A look at Emirates training, safety, and catering facilities in Dubai. From fake airplane fires to a kitchen that makes more than 100 million meals a year.

Belcourt of Newport This entrance way, now used as the main entrance, was added to the house by Oliver’s second wife, Alva Belmont.

You can tour Jennifer Lawrence’s Newport mansion wedding venue

The lavish, Bellevue Avenue property has a storied history and recently underwent a major renovation.

20marblehead - Marblehead may be densely packed, but it offers plenty of spots to relax and watch the world go by. (Diane Bair)

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A heads-up: In Marblehead, some things never change (and hooray for that)

If merchant prince/ship owner “King” Robert Hooper, who lived in town in the mid-1700s, landed here today, he’d probably feel right at home. And that’s a good thing.

A great day in Maine inspired by Olive Kitteridge

With Maine on my mind upon the release of “Olive, Again,” I decided to take a road trip with my son in honor of the character and books I love.

20mini - Rabbit Hill Inn. (Jumping Rocks Photography)

5 great spots for a mini moon

They are mostly adults-only and feature romantic amenities like couples’ massages, rose petal turndowns, in-room champy, fireplaces, and gourmet meals for culinary-focused newlyweds.

Adam Butler is in his third year with the Patriots.

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The VIP Lounge with Patriots defensive tackle Adam Butler

Butler, a Dallas native, is in his third season with the Pats. We caught up with the Vanderbilt University product, who has a 5-month-old daughter, Grace, to talk about all things travel.

Catrinas gather by candlelight during the Day of the Dead festivities in Pátzcuaro, Mexico.

Coming to life for the Day of the Dead

Pátzcuaro has become the go-to destination for travelers from throughout Mexico and the Americas seeking something more meaningful than candy and tacky Halloween costumes as October slides into November.

The Club Med resort in Cancun, Mexico, offers pre-paid “all inclusive” packages.

A family vacation with something for everyone

I scoffed when a friend told me we should look at Club Med for our biannual trip with the kids and grandkids. But it turns out they were right: None of us had to cook and there was so much to do. Or nothing to do — which is just as good.

A rendering of a proposed idea for new TNC pickup and drop off areas at Logan Airport. Uber and Lyfts would use the Central Garage as their pick up and drop off points. Terminal B (Massachusetts Port Authority) 13uber

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Curb your complaining: Logan’s Lyft and Uber drop-off plan will not ruin your life

Travel writer Christopher Muther tried the new Uber and Lyft drop-off area in central parking at Logan, and he’s here to tell you that you’re making a big deal over a very small change.

20hte - The 31st annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. (Bill Gallery/Go Providence)

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The Banded Brewery Company in the Pepperell Mill Campus.

Five reasons to visit Biddeford, Maine

Locals are calling it “the Biddessance,” the rejuvenation of downtown as young chefs, artists, and entrepreneurs, who can’t afford the rising prices in neighboring towns (Kennebunkport, Portland) relocate here to start businesses and raise families.

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There’s a new Boston to New York bus — with $5 fares

The European company FlixBus launches a new route between Boston and New York with introductory fares beginning at $5.

A skim boarder at South Shore Beach in Little Compton, R.I.

Six under-the-radar autumn escapes

Here are a few places that we think are even better post-Labor Day.

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A $150-a-night South End hotel is declared the best in Boston

The bargain Revolution Hotel tops the normally all-luxury list of hotels in this year’s Condé Nast Traveler survey.

Despite improvements -- such as local food and beverage offerings in Terminal B -- Logan scored low on a recent customer satisfaction survey.

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Despite improvements, Logan scores poorly on customer satisfaction survey

A new satisfaction survey found that Logan travelers were least impressed by the airport’s terminal facilities, food and beverage offerings, and their experience arriving and departing the airport.

Buyi Zama with fellow Lion King cast member Sandile Gontsana.

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The VIP Lounge with Buyi Zama

The 41-year-old Durban, South Africa, native has played the role of the wise, eccentric mandrill Rafiki in Disney’s “The Lion King” since 2002, performing around the world, including in London’s West End and on Broadway.

06ghosted - Guide Aline Kaplan shares tales of BostonÕs dark side on her tour. After this, youÕll never stroll past the Central Burying Ground in the Common after dark (lest you encounter the ghost girl in white.) (Diane Bair for The Boston Globe)

Tours for those who love a good ghost story

On these creepy walks, getting ghosted is a good thing; guides encourage participants to be open to the presence of spirits and spectral energy.

Beyond glamping: Luxury Airstream lodging coming to Cape Cod

California-based AutoCamp plans to open the first Airstream hotel on the East Coast. The Falmouth opening is scheduled for fall 2020.

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Howard Johnson looks back to restyle its hotels for the future

Wyndham Hotels has been in the process of stylistically resuscitating Howard Johnson hotels. But will it be enough to bring in both modern travelers and those looking to relive memories.

In 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump paid a visit to the Airport Diner in Manchester, N.H.

New Hampshire in the fall: Primary colors and primary candidates

These days, it’s about a lot more than foliage.

Velas Resorts offers painting classes for children.

Singled out: How to avoid supplement fees for single parent travel

Here are some cool solo parent getaway ideas that don’t penalize you for not having a mate.

The nearly unbelievable beauty of Lake Louise

We’re here because my wife, Jennifer, and I are on a lifelong quest to hike the best trails in all the national parks. While most of our exquisite collection is from US parks, occasionally it’s good to branch out internationally — and Banff National Park might be the best reason we’ve found so far.

06hte - 4th Annual White Mountains Crush Festival in Lincoln, New Hampshire. (Seven Birches Winery)

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29norway - Hornsund, Svalbard. (Beth Jones for The Boston Globe)

In Norway, so much beauty — 24 hours a day — and fear of its demise

Svalbard, like many other places, is trying to create a balance between protecting spectacular and endangered places while increasing the economy through tourism.

29gretnagreen - The marriage anvil at Gretna Green.(Gretna Green)

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Gretna Green kept showing up in the romance novels I read, so I showed up in Gretna Green

In Scotland, you could get married by anyone, as long as there were witnesses. The blacksmith’s shop was literally the first business over the border. The man in charge was happy to marry people over his anvil, for a fee, of course. Almost three centuries later the entire community of Gretna is still a wedding destination.

Max Weinberg and his wife, Becky, with Italian friends at La Buccacia in Cortona, Italy.

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The VIP Lounge with Max Weinberg

Weinberg, 68, who for 17 years was also the bandleader on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien,” will perform at City Winery on Oct. 6.

Visit Errol, N.H., for what there is — and for what there isn’t

Errol and its immediate surroundings — a fine place to appreciate and attack the great outdoors in any season or smell the pines and maybe even relax for a bit if you prefer — has long held a certain allure for me and my family and the wildlife in the area has been a major part of the draw.

If you go: Peak’s Island

If you go: Peak’s Island

George and Ben Garmany at Plimoth Plantation.

Meet ‘gramping,’ the newest travel trend that has a little something for everyone

On skip-gen trips, grandparents and grandkids leave the middle generation at home.

29hte - During the HONK! Festival, dozens of social activist bands take to the streets of Greater Boston to roust political sentiment and instigate change. (Jesse Edsell Vetter)

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Peaks Island is a 20-minute ride on the Casco Bay Lines ferry from Portland.

Day tripping on Peak’s Island in Casco Bay, Maine

There are quiet coves for picnicking and swimming, a tiny cluster of restaurants and shops, two interesting, small museums, bikes to rent and nature walks.