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Elderhostel organizes "learning adventures," such as rafting in Costa Rica, for travelers 55 and older.
Elderhostel organizes "learning adventures," such as rafting in Costa Rica, for travelers 55 and older. (By Ilene Perlman)

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You want to travel, but you want to do it in a way that reflects you and your needs. To help, we have updated our library of niche resources covering 11 popular travel categories, such as dietary (vegan tours to Italy, anyone? Anyone?) and pet-friendly (including info on pet-friendly RV parks). Here are umbrella organizations, travel agents, Web sites and phone numbers to help you plan the Next Great Trip.

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· Pathfinders Travel Magazine for People of Color (215-438-2140, http://www.pathfinderstravel.com; $18 for a one-year subscription to the quarterly publication) also offers a free e-mail newsletter.

· Travel Professionals of Color (866-901-1259, http://www.tpoc.org) is a trade organization with several members in the region and an agent locator tool on its Web site.

· The African American Travel Conference (330-337-1116, http://www.aatconline.com) is an organization of more than 2,500 travel planners focused on African American travel. Its site is mostly for travel agencies.

· The Black Boaters Summit, a popular event held in the British Virgin Islands, is arranged by Honey Let's Travel (510-222-6308, http://www.blackboaterssummit.com), an African American-owned events planner in California.

· The nonprofit National Association of Black Scuba Divers (800-521-6227, http://www.nabsdivers.org) arranges dive trips and is a clearinghouse for dive-related information and education; Underwater Adventure Seekers (http://www.uasdivers.org) is the Washington chapter.


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