Meet your tour guide to Australia, the wombat

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  • Meet your tour guide to Australia, the wombat

    Meet your tour guide to Australia, the wombat

    Exploring for the feisty marsupial is one of the most interesting ways to experience country’s national parks.

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  • Touring St. Lucia with its Top Chef

    Touring St. Lucia with its Top Chef

    Nina Compton didn’t win during her stint on the Bravo show, but she’s still royalty on the melting-pot island.

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  • In the Bronx, finding hidden ties to Washington

    In the Bronx, finding hidden ties to Washington

    Two Founding Fathers lived in ‘SoBro,’ and the Capitol Dome was made here.

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Travel galleries

Wandering off trail in Shenandoah

The winter is bushwhacking season, when you can find things unseen during greener months.

In India’s Dharamsala, a taste of Tibet

Yoga classes, Buddhist teachings and hikes to Hindu temples in the adoptive home of the Dalai Lama.

2014 Travel gift guide

The Travel team’s picks on what to get every globe-trotter on your holiday shopping list.

Virginia’s legendary Omni Homestead Resort

The first Homestead opened in 1766. The current building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Photographing the Faroes

This otherworldly chain in the Atlantic is known for its beauty, traditions and being shrouded by a perpetual cloud of fog.

Touring the whiskey distilleries of Tasmania

The region is the major distilling region in Australia.

A raw beauty in the South Pacific

The islands of Vanuatu, a unique vacation destination, offer unspoiled tropical landscapes and friendly locals. 

A raft of adventures in Idaho

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River offers plenty of fun for rafters and anglers.

The natural beauty of Great Inagua

The Bahaman island features a park that is home to 60,000 flamingos and more than 130 other bird species.

Mind-blowing landscapes in a sparsely populated country

Namibia is one of the least densely populated areas in the world, with 20 percent of its land protected.

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Expedia has acquired Travelocity. As a traveler, why should you care?

Expedia has acquired Travelocity. As a traveler, why should you care?

COLUMN | An important competitor has been eliminated, which means consumers have fewer choices.

In the Bronx, finding hidden ties to Washington

In the Bronx, finding hidden ties to Washington

Two Founding Fathers lived in ‘SoBro,’ and the Capitol Dome was made here.

Discussion

Talk about Travel

The Post's travel writers and editors discuss your travel stories, questions, gripes and more.

Hiking and painting in the French countryside

Hiking and painting in the French countryside

A duo celebrates a 60th birthday with a trip full of art, idyllic villages and white-knuckle driving adventures.

Pennsylvania’s Inn at Westwynd Farm gives shelter to many species

Pennsylvania’s Inn at Westwynd Farm gives shelter to many species

The 10 rooms and decor pay tribute to the owners’ family history with horses — and one Great Dane.

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This week’s best travel bargains from around the globe

This week’s best travel bargains from around the globe

Discounts include a resort in the Fla. panhandle and cruises in Alaska, Greenland and the Mediterranean.

Touring St. Lucia with its Top Chef

Touring St. Lucia with its Top Chef

Nina Compton didn’t win during her stint on the Bravo show, but she’s still royalty on the melting-pot island.

Meet your tour guide to Australia, the wombat

Meet your tour guide to Australia, the wombat

Exploring for the feisty marsupial is one of the most interesting ways to experience country’s national parks.

What happens to TSA ‘banned’ items

What happens to TSA ‘banned’ items

Forbidden materials — including brass knuckles, all manner of blades and even cricket bats — go off to a government-surplus store in Pennsylvania, where they’re sometimes reclaimed.

Discussion

Talk about Travel

The Post's travel writers and editors discuss your travel stories, questions, gripes and more.

The modern translation of Jesus’s home town

The modern translation of Jesus’s home town

The 3,000-year-old Nazareth, in Israel, is long past its days as a rustic Christmas-card image.

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Flat tire or breakdown on a rental car could leave you with a tough choice

Flat tire or breakdown on a rental car could leave you with a tough choice

COLUMN | There’s no standard industry response, so should you report the problem or have it fixed?

In Japan, forgo the hotel and stay in a ryokan

<b>In Japan, forgo the hotel and stay in a ryokan</b>

Booking a traditional inn means premium hospitality: authentic food, hot-spring-relaxation, even slippers.

The ‘bean-to-bar’ chocolate experience in Asheville, N.C.

The ‘bean-to-bar’ chocolate experience in Asheville, N.C.

French Broad Chocolate indulges in the production and consumption of its mouth-watering namesake.

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This week’s best travel bargains from around the globe

This week’s best travel bargains from around the globe

Discounts are offered for 29 U.S. Marriott properties, tours of Bhutan and Royal Caribbean cruises.

Exploring the dunes of the Namib Desert

Exploring the dunes of the Namib Desert

What a Trip | Sand surfing, exotic food, a hard-to-start rental car and plenty of ad­ven­ture in Namibia.

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New year brings new definitions of ‘economy class.’ So what’s in store?

New year brings new definitions of  ‘economy class.’ So what’s in store?

COLUMN | When cheap seats get a makeover, it’s not necessarily good news for the average air traveler.

How to handle anti-Americanism when you travel

How to handle anti-Americanism when you travel

It may seem like everyone abroad hates us. But there’s plenty of baseline enthusiasm, too.

New exhibit takes Britain back into the trenches

New exhibit takes Britain back into the trenches

The renovated Imperial War Museum expands its focus on the WWI experience on the front and at home.

My 5-year-old uses a walker. That’s even more reason to show her the world.

My 5-year-old uses a walker. That’s even more reason to show her the world.

In the 400-year-old Canadian city, advance planning and location scouting equal a (mostly) smooth trip.

Travel Deals

This undated image provided by Visit Florida shows St. George Island Beach in Florida. Visit Florida has just launched an online tool called the Florida Beach Finder to help vacationers find a Florida beach that’s the right fit for them. (AP Photo/Franklin County DC via Visit Florida, Lou Kellenberger)

This week’s best travel bargains from around the globe

Discounts include a resort in the Fla. panhandle and cruises in Alaska, Greenland and the Mediterranean.

What a Trip

Hiking and painting in the French countryside

HANDOUT ART for Feb. 1 What a Trip. View over Grenoble on September 28, 2014 from the bastille. The Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car known to locals as 'Les Bulles' (the bubbles) provides dramatic views to the 15,000 ft. Mt Blanc in one direction, the 160,000 inhabited city including a broad industrial complex showing the economic strength of this area.

A duo celebrates a 60th birthday with a trip full of art, idyllic villages and white-knuckle driving adventures.

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Bed Check

NEW YORK, NY – Porthole-style windows at the Maritime Hotel in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood go along with the theme. Some rooms have views of the Hudson River and High Line. (Becky Krystal/The Washington Post)

Docking at the Maritime Hotel in New York

The nautical theme and hospitality make this stylish Chelsea property a welcoming port-of-call.

WILDWOOD, NJ AUGUST 25, 2014-The Caribbean Motel built in 1957 and still open for business. ( Photo by Andrea Sachs/The Washington Post)

Wildwood property stays retro with its mid-century design

The Caribbean Motel: Lodging on the Jersey Shore captures the Beach Bingo era.

AFTON, VIRGINIA - 2014 - The porch at The Farmhouse at Veritas in Afton, Va. (Joe Yonan/The Washington Post)

A soothing B&B in Virginia wine country

The Farmhouse at Veritas surrounds you with grapes and great views — and service.

AMHERST, MASS - AUGUST 2014 - Lord Jeffery Inn is in Amderst Mass. Rooms start at $205. (Photo by Zofia Smardz/The Washington Post)

Amherst’s Lord Jeffery Inn, a most homey hostelry

Bed Check: A Western Mass. hotel shines again after a three-year renovation and update.

HANDOUT IMAGE - The Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 West Baltimore St., Baltimore, rooms from $149. (Marco Ricca)

Bed Check: The Lord Baltimore Hotel, a happening place

After a multimillion-dollar facelift, Baltimore’s grand dame comes roaring back.

The Navigator

Expedia has acquired Travelocity. As a traveler, why should you care?

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23:  Travelers wait in line to have their boarding passes checked at the American Airlines terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on November 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Orbitz named LAX as the nation's busiest airport for 2011 Thanksgiving travel.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

COLUMN | An important competitor has been eliminated, which means consumers have fewer choices.