Meet Jessica Pociask, your tour guide for crazy destinations

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  • Meet Jessica Pociask, your tour guide for crazy destinations

    Meet Jessica Pociask, your tour guide for crazy destinations

    The owner of WANT Expeditions takes tourists where the ad­ven­ture is. But sometimes it finds her first.

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  • How America’s open road inspired three women of the 1910s

    How America’s open road inspired three women of the 1910s

    Memoirs about three separate coast-to-coast quests depict a nation on the cusp of the automotive era.

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  • Birds are the other stars of Orlando’s Gatorland

    Birds are the other stars of Orlando’s Gatorland

    The Florida theme park creates a mostly safe haven for nesting birds and a rare opportunity for admirers.

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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.

How America’s open road inspired three women of the 1910s

How America’s open road inspired three women of the 1910s

Memoirs about three separate coast-to-coast quests depict a nation on the cusp of the automotive era.

Postcards from the edge (of the 20th century)

Postcards from the edge (of the 20th century)

These notes can endure as a first draft of the American story.

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How travelers can add charity to their vacation itineraries

How travelers can add charity to their vacation itineraries

Philanthropic programs allow vacationers to either connect locally or help others when they kick back.

Meet Jessica Pociask, your tour guide for crazy destinations

Meet Jessica Pociask, your tour guide for crazy destinations

The owner of WANT Expeditions takes tourists where the ad­ven­ture is. But sometimes it finds her first.

Spending a city weekend in Fells Point, Baltimore

Spending a city weekend in Fells Point, Baltimore

A night at the theater with the Vagabond Players, 99 years old and counting, highlights a weekend getaway.

Birds are the other stars of Orlando’s Gatorland

Birds are the other stars of Orlando’s Gatorland

The Florida theme park creates a mostly safe haven for nesting birds and a rare opportunity for admirers.

Column

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe

Discounts on lodging at the Waldorf Astoria New York, cruises around the world, and air fare on Southwest.

Divine intervention on a trip to the holy land

Divine intervention on a trip to the holy land

Ancient sites in Jordan and Israel and a downpour of Biblical proportions mark a six-day trip.

Tourists are trickling back to Egypt

Tourists are trickling back to Egypt

After the revolution, they are discovering fewer crowds at monuments (and tight security).

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.

A little-known secret to parking at Dulles isn’t actually at Dulles

A little-known secret to parking at Dulles isn’t actually at Dulles

Until the Silver Line runs, Herndon Travel and Park offers a secure, covered and affordable alternative.

Column

Cruise line companies fined by FTC $500,000 for telemarketing practices

Cruise line companies fined by FTC $500,000 for telemarketing practices

An investigation started when the agency’s Do-Not-Call program coordinator got, you guessd it, a call.

Searching the French countryside for the perfect cassoulet

Searching the French countryside for the perfect cassoulet

Tracking the origins and preparation of the decadent, golden, irresistible French bean stew.

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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 resort lodging in the Dominican Republic; cruises to Greenland and an Australia package.

A journey in Northern Ireland, the home of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’

A journey in Northern Ireland, the home of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’

See the glens, castles and eerie forests from the show and ‘head’ to County Antrim and County Down.

Sand, sun and craft beer in Florida

Sand, sun and craft beer in Florida

Sip Florida’s west coast through its burgeoning beer scene.

Down under, a couple’s close encounters with the pouched kind

Down under, a couple’s close encounters with the pouched kind

Australia’s wildlife — and wine — prove wonder-filled for two adventurers from Potomac, Md.

When to tip your hotel housekeepers

When to tip your hotel housekeepers

What is the proper protocol for leaving gratuities — if there is one?

Travel Deals

A Southwest Airlines Co. Boeing 737-7H4 plane takes off from Love Field Airport in Dallas, Texas, U.S., on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. Southwest Airlines Co., the largest low-cost carrier, said first-quarter earnings fell 17 percent as higher jet-fuel prices eroded the benefits of flying more passengers. Photographer: Matt Nager/ Bloomberg

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe

Discounts on lodging at the Waldorf Astoria New York, cruises around the world, and air fare on Southwest.

What a Trip

Divine intervention on a trip to the holy land

HANDOUT IMAGE: DEAD SEA - MAY 2014: Elizabeth Sheehy and her friends (Clockwise from bottom: Heather Pederson, Sheehy, Jennifer Dunlap, Tagrid Wahba, Barbara and Lynn Shotwell) float in the Dead Sea.

Ancient sites in Jordan and Israel and a downpour of Biblical proportions mark a six-day trip.

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

How travelers can add charity to their vacation itineraries

Ruins of Annaberg Plantation, Virgin Islands National Park Face of America 2001 Saturday, September 8 at 8 pm Photo Credit: File Photo   Original Filename: Ruins of Annaberg.jpg

Philanthropic programs allow vacationers to either connect locally or help others when they kick back.