You, too, can learn to row like a Venetian gondolier

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  • You, too, can learn to row like a Venetian gondolier

    You, too, can learn to row like a Venetian gondolier

    A lesson in Venetian rowing through the canals of the watery city.

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  • In search of the elusive, and endangered, Sumatran tiger

    In search of the elusive, and endangered, Sumatran tiger

    In Sumatra, you can still find rhinos, elephants and tigers living together in the wild — but maybe not for long.

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  • Caterpillars (the truck kind) and critters in central Illinois

    Caterpillars (the truck kind) and critters in central Illinois

    A revitalization project brings museums and other attractions to the river’s edge in Peoria.

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Travel Features

Funny signs from the world of travel

Readers send in humorous signs from their travels around the world.

Tips for riding the rails in Europe

Don’t be intimidated. With advance prep, you’ll be traveling like a local in no time.

A New Mexico sanctuary that will cure your ills

El Santuario de Chimayo is the repository of “holy dirt” that reportedly possesses a special curative power

Getting in a few licks at the Earl Scruggs Center

At a museum in honor of the famed bluegrass musician, you can try your hand at the banjo or Dobro or more.

‘Downton Abbey’ comes to Delaware

Winterthur hosts an exhibition with almost 40 costumes from the hit British TV series.

Haunted houses

At two Edgar Allan Poe museums, visitors get different glimpses of the horror mastermind

The hero’s march

In Georgia, the trail of a notorious Russian writer includes great heights and no shortage of drinking

One man’s beat

E.B. White’s essays captured a simple, peaceful Maine. Does it still exist outside of his books?

Tossa de Mar, a medieval-and-modern Spanish gem

Guidebooks may dismiss the town, but the author found a unique experience in its blend of cultures.

The Swiss make wine? Who knew?

In Switzerland, the wineries are pint-size and family-owned, and most of the wine is consumed locally.

Vermouth, back in Barcelona

No longer the drink of grannies, vermouth is making a comeback in Spain’s Catalonia region.

Philadelphia’s star-studded dining scene

New restaurant openings highlight Philly’s evolution toward a less formal fine dining scene.

The ice of Antarctica, crackling with energy

The penguins of Antarctica are fascinating, but they’re no competition for the mesmerizing ice.

The word ‘hostel’ doesn’t mean what it used to anymore

Forget the image of grungy youth hostels full of backpackers. Today’s hostels are a whole different animal.

Now showing: Upgraded in-room entertainment

Forget pay-per-view. Hotels are making it easier to stream your content onto some really nice TVs.

Travel Deals

Charles Bridge in Prague Famous historic Charles Bridge crosses the Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, originally erected around 1700, now all replaced by replicas.

This week’s best travel deals

Discounts include stays at Dominica’s Rosalie Bay Resort and on resorts in Nantucket, plus on flights to Tahiti.

What a Trip

A Fab Four fan follows the beat in Liverpool

John Holback on the stairway leading down to the Cavern Club. January 2014.

The author visits band members’ homes, Penny Lane and other sites, plus rocks out with other pilgrims

Enter What a Trip

Bed Check

CULPEPER, VA - APRIL 11: The Verde Suite at the Suites at 249 features windows overlooking downtown Culpeper, VA seen here on April 11, 2014. (Photo by Zofia Smardz / The Washington Post)

Don’t shop any farther than this Culpeper, Va., hotel

The Suites at 249 is an oasis of contemporary cool in the heart of a traditional downtown.

ROCKVILLE, MD - MARCH 30: The lobby at the Red Roof PLUS in Rockville, MD on March 30, 2014. (Photo by Andrea Sachs / The Washington Post)

Renovated economy hotel goes upscale

Red Roof adds new furnishings and amenities, plus a new category of room

CHESTER HEIGHTS, PA - MARCH 9: The exterior of the Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast is an English-style country inn located in Chester Heights, PA, seen here on March 9, 2014. (Photo by Becky Krystal / The Washington Post)

Bed Check: Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast

The British-themed inn offers warm hospitality in an impeccably decorated historic house.

HANDOUT IMAGE: The exterior of the Servants Quarters at the Stevenson Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Spotsylvania, VA. (Rachel May Photography) **HANDOUT IMAGE, MANDATORY CREDIT, ONLY TO BE USED IN CONJUCTION WITH STEVENSON RIDGE**

Where historic buildings come back to life

Bed Check: Stevenson Ridge in Virginia is more than just an inn; it’s a compound of resurrected structures.

KILMARNOCK, VA -- The Taylor and Tyler rooms at the Kilmarnock Inn are two pet-friendly rooms in one of several cottages situated around the courtyard.

In Virginia’s Northern Neck, the Kilmarnock Inn’s presidential aspirations

BED CHECK | The Virginia bed-and-breakfast mixes history and recreation in a charming setting.

The Navigator

Remember, travelers, the whole world isn’t wireless

BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 31:  A visitor tries out an HP Spectre XT laptop computer featuring an Intel Ultrabook processor at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) 2012 consumer electronics trade fair on August 31, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. IFA 2012 is open to the public from today until September 5.  (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Many travelers make the mistake of taking WiFi connections abroad for granted.

Travel galleries

In Venice, learning to row your own boat

Plenty of places offer lessons. These photos show the pros at work.

‘Downton Abbey’ comes to Delaware

Costumes from the show take up residence at Winterthur.

A tour of Paris, food first

Patricia Wells is updating her classic guidebook and has released a phone app for travelers.

Experiencing ‘saudade’ in Portugal

“Saudade” could be described as a profound state of longing. It has become a Portuguese way of life.

Kerala, India: ‘God’s Own Country’

The state in the nation’s southwest is an oasis of natural beauty and religious coexistence.