Better than Elba: Echoes of Napoleon on idyllic French islands

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  • Better than Elba: Echoes of Napoleon on idyllic French islands

    Better than Elba: Echoes of Napoleon on idyllic French islands

    On the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, a pair of offshore sites worth a trip.

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    Saluting the red, white and brew: ‘The Field Guide to Drinking in America’

    A conversation with Niki Ganong, an author who boned up on all 50 states’ (and D.C.’s) rules on booze.

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  • Road worrier: A reluctant driver takes the wheel in famously chaotic Phuket

    Road worrier: A reluctant driver takes the wheel in famously chaotic Phuket

    An expat English teacher discovers that traffic in Thailand is predictably unpredictable.

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Travel galleries

Exploring wildlife on the Galapagos Islands

Photos from the Ecuadoran archipelago by Karine Aigner.

Beyond beer and brats in Milwaukee

From eating ramen to touring Frank Lloyd Wright homes, there’s lots to do.

Visiting Egypt, post-revolution

Tourists are trickling back to see the temples, tombs and more.

Exploring Rio

Where outdoor oasis meets city charm.

Tiptoe through the tulips

Enjoy the flowers, windmills and canals of the Netherlands.

In search of the Northern Lights

While waiting for clear skies to reveal the aurora, tourists in Swedish Lapland spot reindeer and visit the Icehotel.

Van Gogh: The man and the myth, explained

Exploring the Borinage in rural Belgium sheds light on what inspired the artist’s work.

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.

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Talk about Travel

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

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Stubbornness from customer service? Remember, two can play that game.

COLUMN | Here’s how to push back in an era when travel firms routinely reject refund or upgrade requests.

Better than Elba: Echoes of Napoleon on idyllic French islands

Better than Elba: Echoes of Napoleon on idyllic French islands

On the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, a pair of offshore sites worth a trip.

Road worrier: A reluctant driver takes the wheel in famously chaotic Phuket

Road worrier: A reluctant driver takes the wheel in famously chaotic Phuket

An expat English teacher discovers that traffic in Thailand is predictably unpredictable.

Saluting the red, white and brew: ‘The Field Guide to Drinking in America’

Saluting the red, white and brew: ‘The Field Guide to Drinking in America’

A conversation with Niki Ganong, an author who boned up on all 50 states’ (and D.C.’s) rules on booze.

Finding solid footing while traversing the Grand Canyon

Finding solid footing while traversing the Grand Canyon

A family roughs it in Arizona, taking advantage of their proximity to one of the Seven Natural Wonders.

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This week’s best travel bargains around the globe

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe

Discounts on flights to European cities, package safari tours to South Africa and lodging in Costa Rica.

16th annual Travel photo contest: official rules

16th annual Travel photo contest: official rules

Everything you need to know about entering the Travel section’s annual photo competition.

Wing tips: Bird-watching adventures high in the Andes Mountains

Wing tips: Bird-watching adventures high in the Andes Mountains

Two nature lodges nestled in the lush cloud forest of Ecuador offer a shot to see rare and threatened species.

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It’s not you, it’s us: When you get dumped by your travel company

It’s not you, it’s us: When you get dumped by your travel company

Can businesses turn you away if they get a better offer from another customer? Actually, yes.

The Met, they’re not: The oddest museums in New York City

The Met, they’re not: The oddest museums in New York City

What’s on display? Gangsters, spoons, dirt, shrunken heads, taxidermy ... oh, and lots of sex.

A visit to Little Havana as the embargo that enlivened it comes to an end

A visit to Little Havana as the embargo that enlivened it comes to an end

Colorful, lively, exotic: Miami’s exile enclave has more in common with La Habana than you might think.

Traveling like sultans in Rome, Athens and Istanbul

Traveling like sultans in Rome, Athens and Istanbul

Taking advantage of the strong dollar, a family from Leesburg were able to explore three ancient capital cities.

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The week’s best travel deals from around the globe

The week’s best travel deals from around the globe

Bargains on Berkshires hotel stays, Galapagos cruises, air fares to Scandinavia and more.

Rowing for Jesus, and other activities for a Parents’ Weekend abroad

Rowing for Jesus, and other activities for a Parents’ Weekend abroad

A college student’s year in Cambridge provides an opportunity for a roles-reversed family vacation

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CANCELED: Talk about Travel

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Coming & Going

The cost of flying goes higher, and cruises switch ports.

Hiking mountains the French way: Fine food, wine and a soft bed

Hiking mountains the French way: Fine food, wine and a soft bed

Stops at Roman ruins, a residence of van Gogh and an artsy quarry add to the beauty of Provencal countryside.

Travel Deals

Cruise ships Mein Schiff, operated by TUI AG, left, MSC Musica, operated by MSC Cruises Ltd., and Celebrity Reflection, operated by Celebrity Cruises Inc., sail past the Aegean island of Santorini, Greece, on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The total level of aid available has risen by more than 20 billion euros since February, when the ECB locked Greek banks out of regular refinancing operations. Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe

Discounts on flights to European cities, package safari tours to South Africa and lodging in Costa Rica.

What a Trip

Finding solid footing while traversing the Grand Canyon

HANDOUT PHOTO: GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA, APRIL 9: Photo of accomplishment upon our 10 mile, 2,400 ft hike out of the Grand Canyon. Name of people in Image: Helena Andrea Howard, Veronica Howard, Ryley Kathleen Howard.

A family roughs it in Arizona, taking advantage of their proximity to one of the Seven Natural Wonders.

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

Stubbornness from customer service? Remember, two can play that game.

Employees serve customers standing at check-out counter in a Shoppers Stop Ltd. store in the Malad area of Mumbai, India, on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Shoppers Stop, India's oldest department chain store, is looking at a combination of e-commerce plus physical stores to boost margins as rising land prices drive up rents. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

COLUMN | Here’s how to push back in an era when travel firms routinely reject refund or upgrade requests.