Chasing after the northern lights in Swedish Lapland

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  • Chasing after the northern lights in Swedish Lapland

    Chasing after the northern lights in Swedish Lapland

    Visitors flock to Kiruna, a small town above the Arctic Circle, hoping to see — or hear? — aurora borealis.

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  • Visitors jockey for access to Mount St. Helens during peak hiking season

    Visitors jockey for access to Mount St. Helens during peak hiking season

    Between May 15 and October 31st, only 100 climbers per day are allowed up the steep slopes.

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  • Where Van Gogh the pastor became Van Gogh the painter

    Where Van Gogh the pastor became Van Gogh the painter

    A visit to the mining area of Belgium that would provide the themes for the master’s lifetime of work.

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Summiting Cotopaxi, Ecuador’s second-highest peak

Climbers come from across the world to witness breathtaking cloud-level landscapes.

Where do banned TSA items go? Look to Pennsylvania.

No, officers don’t keep anything. These brass knuckles, knives and more make their way to a surplus store.

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.

Decades later, good morning, Vietnam

Decades later, good morning, Vietnam

With his sister in tow, a veteran returns to Chu Lai on China Beach, where he was stationed in the war.

Discussion

Talk about Travel

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

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If the travel industry says a policy is ‘for your own good,’ don’t buy it

If the travel industry says a policy is ‘for your own good,’ don’t buy it

NAVIGATOR | It’s just as likely that an unwelcome policy is designed to help a company’s bottom line.

Chasing after the northern lights in Swedish Lapland

Chasing after the northern lights in Swedish Lapland

Visitors flock to Kiruna, a small town above the Arctic Circle, hoping to see — or hear? — aurora borealis.

Are postcards a thing of the past?

Are postcards a thing of the past?

The vacation staple is on the decline. But if you want to really touch a friend, a digital upload won’t do.

How a Greyhound station in Savannah became a hit new restaurant

How a Greyhound station in Savannah became a hit new restaurant

A once-segregated bus station has been reborn as the Grey, a semifinalist for a James Beard Award.

Column

This week’s best travel bargains from around the globe

This week’s best travel bargains from around the globe

Discounts are offered for Eurail passes, Mississippi River cruises, Stockholm flights and tours of Italy.

Discussion

Talk about Travel

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

Discussion

Talk about Travel

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

Discussion

Talk about Travel

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

Not those gators: Improbable fauna 10 minutes from downtown Gainesville

Not <i>those</i> gators: Improbable fauna 10 minutes from downtown Gainesville

At sprawling Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Florida, the alligators come with the territory.

Discussion

Talk about Travel

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

Column

Rising airfares, customer complaints stoke calls for new airline regulation

Rising airfares, customer complaints stoke calls for new airline regulation

Lawmakers are being pressured to rein in the industry after years of freewheeling operation.

Where Van Gogh the pastor became Van Gogh the painter

Where Van Gogh the pastor became Van Gogh the painter

A visit to the mining area of Belgium that would provide the themes for the master’s lifetime of work.

Chumbe Island, sea sanctuary

Chumbe Island, sea sanctuary

The private nonprofit that owns the tiny island in Tanzanian uses tourism to support protection of its reef.

Column

This week’s best travel bargains from around the globe

This week’s best travel bargains from around the globe

Discounts are offered for family travel to Hawaii; European river cruises; and nonstop L.A.-to-Tahiti flights

So, you’re hiking across rural Britain? Walking the walk is the easy part.

So, you’re hiking across rural Britain? Walking the walk is the easy part.

On a coast-to-coast trek, an American writer muddles through directions as foggy as the landscape.

A father-daughter adventure in Argentina and Chile

A father-daughter adventure in Argentina and Chile

The duo — and one well-traveled stuffed animal — spotted thousands of flightless birds on Isla Martillo.

For families, a different kind of snow day

For families, a different kind of snow day

Ski destinations within a small radius make it easy to hit the slopes with the entire familiy.

Near Idaho’s Sun Valley, choppers give intrepid skiers an all-access pass

Near Idaho’s Sun Valley, choppers give intrepid skiers an all-access pass

Dreaming of untracked powder? Heliskiing, which takes you to places lifts don’t reach, can make it a reality.

Travel Deals

A courtyard of the Sforzesco Castle in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

This week’s best travel bargains from around the globe

Discounts are offered for Eurail passes, Mississippi River cruises, Stockholm flights and tours of Italy.

What a Trip

Decades later, good morning, Vietnam

A 1971 photo shows John De Cleene, left, and fellow soldier Bill Spigler in a Vietnamese fishing boat in the South China Sea off Chu Lai, South Vietnam, 1971. In 2014, De Cleene returned to Vietnam to revisit wartime sites.

With his sister in tow, a veteran returns to Chu Lai on China Beach, where he was stationed in the war.

Enter What a Trip

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

If the travel industry says a policy is ‘for your own good,’ don’t buy it

An aircraft takes off from Zurich's airport near the town of Kloten February 20, 2015. Mount Saentis is seen in the background. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS)

NAVIGATOR | It’s just as likely that an unwelcome policy is designed to help a company’s bottom line.