Hiking the Great Wall of China, the wild and free way

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  • Hiking the Great Wall of China, the wild and free way

    Hiking the Great Wall of China, the wild and free way

    Far outside Beijing, a different view of the nation emerges along the less-polished segments of the famed wall.

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  • The best jazz clubs in Paris

    The best jazz clubs in Paris

    It’s not a U.S. import — it’s a century-old, vibrant part of French culture. Here, the best clubs to enjoy it.

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  • Worried Miami isn’t your scene? Go north for a different vibe.

    Worried Miami isn’t your scene? Go north for a different vibe.

    North Beach is the locals’ Miami: family-friendly and packed with cheap eats and lots to see and do.

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Travel galleries

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.

Hiking the Great Wall of China, the wild and free way

Hiking the Great Wall of China, the wild and free way

Far outside Beijing, a different view of the nation emerges along the less-polished segments of the famed wall.

The best jazz clubs in Paris

The best jazz clubs in Paris

It’s not a U.S. import — it’s a century-old, vibrant part of French culture. Here, the best clubs to enjoy it.

Discussion

Talk about Travel

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

Column

This week’s best travel bargains from around the globe

This week’s best travel bargains from around the globe

Discounts are offered on Lake Placid ski vacations, Nile River cruises and Grand Bahama Island packages.

Worried Miami isn’t your scene? Go north for a different vibe.

Worried Miami isn’t your scene? Go north for a different vibe.

North Beach is the locals’ Miami: family-friendly and packed with cheap eats and lots to see and do.

Column

Making the case for luggage tracking

Making the case for luggage tracking

New bag-tracking devices and bags aim to make lost belongings a relic of the past.

Searching for the northern lights in Norway

Searching for the northern lights in Norway

Four women brave the frigid temperatures north of the Arctic Circle to fulfill a lifelong dream.

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

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

Column

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.

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.

Travel Deals

The ocean view at Bell Channel Club and Marina in the city of Freeport, on the island of Grand Bahama.

This week’s best travel bargains from around the globe

Discounts are offered on Lake Placid ski vacations, Nile River cruises and Grand Bahama Island packages.

What a Trip

Searching for the northern lights in Norway

HANDOUT IMAGE: ROROS, NORWAY - JAN. 20, 2015: (l-r) Sisters Valerie and Connie Haeder, their mother Judy Gerrard Haeder, and Judy's sister Connie Gerrard visit one of the oldest wooden churches in Norway.

Four women brave the frigid temperatures north of the Arctic Circle to fulfill a lifelong dream.

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

Making the case for luggage tracking

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New bag-tracking devices and bags aim to make lost belongings a relic of the past.